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April 2019

Gelato Festival

April 21 - September 4

The Gelato Festival is on tour just in time for the summer heat, stopping in 12 Italian cities between now and October. Guests will be able to watch gelato makers at work, taste and vote for their favorite flavors, and sample a special flavor in each city, including Nutella and a mango-kiwi-strawberry combination. There will also be opportunities to learn how gelato is produced and participate in gelato-making classes. Locations include Rome, Naples, Florence, and Torino. Note: Dates have not…

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May 2019

Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars)

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - May 26 @ 8:00 pm

Since 1993, vineyards all over Italy have opened their cellars on the last Sunday in May (or, in some regions, the first two days of June), encouraging direct contact with wine lovers. This year, the event will hold an Instagram contest with the theme of "See what you drink," rewarding the best shots that tell the wine pairing and territory. From tastings to tours in the vineyards, there will be many initiatives from the Alps to Mount Etna that will celebrate wine. Open…

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June 2019

Giugno Pisano

June 1 - June 30
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 1 of June, repeating indefinitely

Giugno Pisano is a month of festivals in Pisa in June. Among the events are openings of the town's churches at night, the Palio di San Ranieri, the Battle of the Bridge on the last Saturday in June, the Regatta every four years (the last one was held in 2015), a night opening of the Leaning Tower, and Games on the Bridge, and the Luminara di San Ranieri, a night when the town is lit by 70,000 candles. Access 160…

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Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics

June 8 @ 5:30 pm

The Regatta (Palio) of the Ancient Maritime Republics is a competition on eight-oared galleons among the crews of the cities of Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice. The event is held in a different city each year, combining a fascinating historical and cultural message with a spectacular competition. These four cities have competed in the 2,000-meter race since 1956. Each of the four boats competing represents one of these "maritime republics," with the sculpted figure head at the prow of the boat proudly declaring…

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Palio dei Barchini (Race of Small Boats)

June 9 - June 16
Unnamed Venue Castelfranco di Sotto, Italy + Google Map

The town of Castelfranco di Sotto in Tuscany holds an annual Palio dei Barchini on the 2nd Sunday in June, which translates to "race of small boats on wheels." The town's four neighborhoods compete in an afternoon competition, which is preceded by a week of parades and festivities. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.

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Il Giostro del Saracino

June 22 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on September 2, 2018 at 10:30 am

Piazza Grande Arezzo, Italy + Google Map

This lively festival in Arezzo (with editions in June and September) is based on a 13th century tradition of knights competing by jousting against a shield-bearing puppet (Saracen). The jousting continues today, with the modern-day knights competing for the prize of the Golden Lance, while flag-bearers, musicians, and revelers in medieval costume parade throughout the Piazza San Francesco. A full week of events leads up to the day of each Joust. Standing-room tickets start at €6, while seated tickets cost more.…

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July 2019

Pistoia (Tuscany): Blues Festival

July 6 @ 8:00 pm - July 10 @ 11:00 pm
Piazza Duomo Pistoia, Italy + Google Map

Started in 1980 when BB King and Muddy Waters inaugurated the event, the Pistoia Blues Festival has grown each year, with myriad world-famous blues bands and solo performers traveling to the main piazza of the beautiful Tuscan village each year. Past artists have included Mumford & Sons, Santana, Counting Crows, Hozier, Passenger, Sting, and Dream Theater. Ticket prices vary by performance, but start at €25. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.

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Torre del Lago (Tuscany): Puccini Festival

July 12 @ 5:00 pm - August 24 @ 5:00 pm
Great Open Air Theatre Giacomo Puccini, via Torbiere
Torre del Lago, Italy
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This open-air opera festival has attracted thousands of visitors a year to experience the various operas performed throughout the summer. Tickets start at €19.50. Access 160 Issues of Our Award-Winning Travel Publication. Get Insider Help Planning Your Trip to Italy.

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Siena: Incontri in Terra di Siena

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - July 29 @ 10:00 pm
La Foce, 53042 Chianciano Terme
Siena, Italy
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This festival celebrates classical music, literature, history, and art in La Foce, an historic villa in the Tuscan countryside.

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Lajatico (Tuscany): Andrea Bocelli’s Annual Concert at Teatro del Silenzio

July 25 @ 8:15 pm - July 27 @ 11:00 pm
Teatro del Silenzio, Via dell'Uccelliera
Lajatico, Italy
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The claim to fame of the lovely small town of Lajatico, 25 miles south of Pisa, is that it is the birthplace of world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli. While Bocelli now lives on the Tuscan coast in Forte di Marmi, you can spot the house (with big red shutters) he bought for his mother in Lajatico. In 2006, Bocelli persuaded the local government to build an outdoor theater in the peaceful, rolling hills of the town. Every summer since 2006, Bocelli has…

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