Events in Tuscany 2014

Festivals, fairs, folklore, giostre, jousts, processions, palio, sagre and feste in Tuscany

Here we present a calendar of some of the many Tuscan annual festivals and fairs, and also some Umbrian and other folkloric events. For additional information on this endlessly fascinating subject, please also refer to Festivals of Tuscany where the most important Tuscan festivals are described in greater detail.

Anyone planning a holiday in Tuscany should keep in mind that many of these folkloric events are INCREDIBLY GOOD and if at all possible you should try to see one or more of them. In recent years, the costumes and skills of the participants have become highly polished while retaining - indeed increasing - local participation and enthusiasm.

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January 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

Night 5 January
Piancastagnaio Befanate Befanotti

On the night between 5 and 6 January, groups of men go from poderi to poderi and the villages offering a begging song. They are the “befanotti”, dressed in old clothes and with their faces dirty with soot. The text of the song describes the character of the befana, who promises gifts for everyone, and ends with requests for offerings. The gifts collected, usually food, are eaten in a meal shared among the “befanotti” or are sold for division of the proceeds. This festival also takes place in the Maremma villages of Alberese, Braccagni, Poderi di Montemerano and Monterotondo, and in the area of Monte Amiata in the villages of Saragiolo, Bagnore, Bagnolo and Marroneto.

6 January
Sinalunga Fiera dell’Epifania

Epiphany Fair. The arrival of the Three Wise Men is represented.

17 January
Abbadia San Salvadore Festa S.Antonio Abate

The Festival of St. Anthony the Abbot. Blessing of the animals.

17 January
Castiglione d'Orcia Festa S.Antonio Abate

The Festival of St. Anthony the Abbot. Blessing of the grain.

17 January
Campiglia d'Orcia Festa di S.Antonio Abate
The Festival of St. Anthony the Abbot. Blessing of the grain.

17 January
Piancastagnaio Festa S.Antonio Abate

Blessing of the animals and distribution of blessed bread.

17 January
Radicofani Festa S.Antonio Abate

Blessing of the animals, the grain and the hay, and distribution of blessed bread.

First Sunday after 17 January
Torrita di Siena Festa S.Antonio Abate

Festivals of St. Anthony the Abbot.

31 January
San Gimignano Festa e fiera di San Gimignano

San Gimignano Festival and Fair. The fair is held in Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cistern. Offering of the church candle, blessing of the city.

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February 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

3 February
Castiglione d'Orcia Festa di San Biagio Vescovo

Festival of St. Blaise the Bishop. Celebration of religious rites. Dinners. Dances.

3 February
Sinalunga Festa della Mazza di S. Biagio
Festival of the Staff of St. Blaise. Celebration of religious rites and the blessing of the “mazza” of St. Blaise, made of grain flour dough and baked eggs. Groups of sbandieratori parade through the streets of the village accompanied by a band of musicians.

5 February
Asciano Festa di S.Agata

Festival of St. Agatha. Procession through the streets of the village and Mass.

5 February
Radicofani Festa di S.Agata

Festival of St. Agatha. Celebration of Mass and procession with statue of St. Agatha. 

March 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

12 March
San Gimignano Morte di S.Fina

The death of Saint Fina Mass is celebrated in the basilica of Santa Maria Assunta and a fair is held in Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna. Special blessing of the children.

First Sunday after the 12 March
San Gimignano Giornata del Ritorno

The day of Return. San Gimignano natives who have emigrated meet and celebrate their return (biennial festivity, only in evennumbered years)

19 March
Sienna Festa di San Giuseppe

Festival of St. Joseph

Sunday after the 19 March
Torrita di Siena Palio dei somari

Donkey race. The eight districts in which the village is organised compete in a donkey race. The race is preceded by a procession of figurants in costume and by an exhibition by sbandieratori (flag tossers) and drummers.

April 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

1 April
Sinalunga Pieve Feast


5 April
Bettolle Feast


18 April
Sinalunga Feast


26 April
Sarteano Festa della Madonna del Buon Consiglio


28 April
Poggibonsi Celebration in honour of S. Lucchese


29 April
Sienna "Dies Natalis" of Santa Caterina da Siena

Celebration of the birth of Saint Catherine of Sienna.

29 April
Guazzino Feast


30 April
Castiglione d'Orcia Festival of May

May 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

1 May
Castelnuovo Berardenga Geggiano Ponte a Bozzone. 1 Maggio a Geggiano

Mayday at Geggiano. A picnic in the wood with food, music and dance.

1 May
Castelnuovo Berardenga San Lorentino. 1 Maggio a San Lorentino

Mayday at S. Lorentino. A picnic in the wood with food, music and dance.

5 May
Castiglione d'Orcia Fiera

Fair

Sunday nearest to 5 May
Chiusi Festa del Terziere S.Angelo

Festival of the Tertiary of Saint Angelo. Competition among throwers of the "ruzzola", a wooden disk which is thrown and made to roll.

June 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

First Sunday of June
Asciano Castelnuovo Scalo Frog Festival


June
Castelnuovo Berardenga June Festival


June
Pieve Asciata Month of June in Pieve Asciata

24 June
Chianciano Terme Feast of Saint John


Third Sunday of June
Staggia Senese Festival of the town


Third Weekend of June
Armaiolo Festival of the "Panella"


Third Sunday of June
San Casciano dei Bagni Festival of the "Ciaffagnone"


Last Week of June
Rigomagno Festival of the Olive's Hill


Last Sunday of June
Trequanda Petroio Corrida of the pig

July 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

First Sunday of July
Piancastanaio Saragiolo Strawberry Festival


2 July
Sienna Palio horse race

Second Sunday of July
Casole d'Elsa Palio

Horse race

Second, third and last Sunday of July
Sarteano Festival of the three districts

August 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

First Weekend of August
Chiusdino Festival of the "Ciaccino"

First Sunday of August
Castiglione d'Orcia Festival of the Starters

Every Sunday during August
Castelnuovo Berardenga Picnic in the wood

Every Sunday during August
Castelnuovo Berardenga Geggiano Picnic in the wood

Second to last Sunday of August and the preceding ten days
Città della Pieve
(Actually in Umbria but very near the boundary with Tuscany) Palio dei Terzieri.

Last Sunday of August
Pianella Festival of the end of August

Second Sunday of August
Chiusdino Handicraft and Antiques Fair

September 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

Second Sunday of September
Asciano Palio dei Ciuchi


8 September
Asciano Monte Oliveto Maggiore Festival in honour of the baby Mary

First Week of September
Casole d'Elsa Pievescola Mushroom Festival


30 September
Castelnuovo Berardenga Vagliagli Grape Festival


First Sunday of September
Chiusdino
Montalcinello Dessert Festival

Third Saturday of September
Chiusi Autumn Festival


Last Sunday of September
Chiusi Grape and Wine Festival


Every Weekend in the second half of September
Colle di Val d'Elsa Crystal Exhibition


Second Sunday
Gaiole in Chianti Monti in Chianti Festival of the Bruschetta


First Week of September
Montalcino Honey Week


First Sunday of September
Pienza Cheese Festival


8 September
Sienna "Tabernacoli" Festival 

October 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

First Sunday of October
Montalcino Camigliano Festival of the Rooster


Last Sunday of October
Castiglione d'Orcia Campiglia d'Orcia Chestnut Festival "Marrone"

Last Sunday of October
Castiglione d'Orcia Vivo d'Orcia Mushroom Festival


Last Sunday of October
Montalcino Thrush Festival "Tordo"


Last Sunday of October
Piancastagnaio Chestnut festival "Castagna"

November 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

Second and third weekend of November
San Giovanni d'Asso white truffle festival.

Other white truffle festivals are held in San Miniato and nearby villages in October and November.

From the first to the second Sunday of November
Sinalunga oeno-gastronomic week

December 2014 Tuscany Events and Festivals

10 December
Anghiari Procession of the Madonna of Loreto


24 December
Abbadia San Salvadore La Fiaccole della Notte di Natale

A very ancient festival of bonfires and torch-light parade through the town. Taverns remain open throughout the night. Similar Natalecci are held in the villages of the Garfagnana in northern Tuscany.

24 December
Chianciano Terme Presepe Vivente
Live Nativity Scenes (tableaux vivants)

25 and 26 December
Prato Display of the Virgin's Girdle


26 December
Castiglione d'Orcia S. Stefano's Day


The nearest Sunday to the 31 December
Rapolano Terme Festival of Capodanno
(new year's eve)

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