Pisa: Giugno Pisano

Unnamed Venue Pisa, Italy

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 ...


Pienza (Tuscany): Torneo di Panforte

Pienza Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Have you ever been told not to play with your food? Well the people in Pienza have, and they don't care! Here, just to the south of Siena, folks continue to keep the holiday spirit going with a friendly competition involving the throwing of panforte. This tournament takes place every year from December 26th - 30th in Pienza's city hall where ...


Pistoia (Tuscany): Blues Festival

Piazza Duomo Pistoia, Italy

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 ...


Pisa: Musicastrada

Unnamed Venue Pisa, Italy

Musicastrada is a series of 20+ free concerts throughout the province of Pisa, each celebrating the region's history, culture, and folklore. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get a free issue to see what we are all about. Join now to access them all. Let our expert travel planners book ...


Torre del Lago (Tuscany): Puccini Festival

Great Open Air Theatre Giacomo Puccini via Torbiere, Torre del Lago, Italy

This open-air opera festival is one of a kind as it highlights the master Giacomo Puccini by inviting thousands of visitors a year to experience the various operas performed in the very places that inspired his work. The charming grounds of Tuscany are home to the festival where past performances have included Madama Butterfly, Turandot, and Tosca. Note: Please visit ...


Siena: Incontri in Terra di Siena

La Foce 53042 Chianciano Terme, Siena, Italy

This festival celebrates classical music, literature, history, and art in La Foce, an historic villa in the Tuscan countryside.  With different venues for each concert, you'll get a chance to see what the charming town of Siena has to offer. Note: Please check the website for further information on single events. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning ...


Goblets of Stars

Goblets of Stars (Calici di Stelle) is a wine event held annually across Italy on the night of and the week leading up to the Feast of San Lorenzo, a night that is historically lit up with shooting stars, interpreted as the tears of San Lorenzo. Evening concerts, parades, and events celebrating wine are held in piazzas across the country. ...



It's the summer and in August many Italians are looking forward to Ferragosto which starts on August 15th. It's known as a two-week vacation period with roots in ancient Rome. When Emperor Augustus invented the feriae Augusti to mark the end harvest he also made it a moment that signified a period of well-deserved rest. Later, during the fascist regime, this ...

Cortona (Tuscany): Cortonantiquaria

Palazzo Bagnotti Cortona, Italy

This antiques fair in Cortona, one of the largest in all of Tuscany, brings together about 50 exhibitors from around the country to Cortona's Palazzo Bagnotti, with special exhibits focusing on interior design throughout the ages. Note: Dates have not been confirmed; please visit the event website for updates. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication ...


Montepulciano: Barrel Race

Every last Sunday of August this Tuscan hilltop town is consumed in the, by then, week-long celebration of the Bravio delle Botti, also known as the "Barrel Race". The festivities kick off with the presentation of the Bravium, the victory banner, which is painted each year by a select artist with a winning design based on on a specific theme; the ...