Cortonantiquaria 2017

 Palazzo Comunale, Cortona

The antique show Cortonantiquaria is back this year from August 19th to September 3rd. At its 55th edition, this antiques showcase is being hosted within the magnificent 18th-century halls of Palazzo Vagnotti.


There will be 32 antique dealers from all over Italy, some of which have been participating now for over twenty years. For these, the fact that this beautiful town of the Valdichiana brings together art, history and past is an extra token, as well as the fact that here visitors never need a car because they have all they need in the historic centre.

Palazzo Casali, Cortona

For this occasion, from August 18th to September 5th, Palazzo Casali will be hosting the exhibition “Historical engravings – abbeys, monasteries, convents and parish churches on the territory of Arezzo”. This promises to be a fascinating journey among the historical images of some of the most beautiful churches and abbeys of all Tuscany.

Palazzo Carovana, Pisa, seat of the Scuola Normale Superiore

At the event, there will also be some very rare and exclusive antique pieces, and some experts will be holding a cycle of thematic conferences and meetings. As a conclusion there will be the prize, Premio Cortonantiquaria, which this year will be awarded to the Scuola Normale in Pisa.

Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona

Cortonantiquaria 2017 is not only an unmissable event for antiques enthusiasts but also for those who want to discover totally original art and crafts.  It’s an exhibition which represents the perfect balance between antiquity and modernity.


Opening hours: on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 3.30 pm to 8 pm, on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3.30 pm to 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm. Full price ticket costs 8 Euros.


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Medievalis, when Pontremoli returns to 1226


“Duels, mysteries, love and fear at the court of Frederick II” is the slogan of this medieval event held every August in Lunigiana. Indeed, the intent is to commemorate Frederick II’s visit to Pontremoli in 1226 when he declared the town was the “clavis et ianua” (key and door) of communications between Lombardy and Tuscany, thus neatly summing up its importance during the Middle Ages.


Frederick also chartered the free municipality, turning Pontremoli into an independent commune, an important milestone for the town. Today Pontremoli celebrates this event transforming itself for four days, during which cars are banished from the old town centre and replaced with horses, carts and knights. Many more are the protagonists of this pageant representing all medieval social classes: wayfarers, merchants, priests, noblemen, soldiers and farmers.


Four days in which also the typical events of the period are re-enacted , with all the medieval vices and virtues: duels, falconry exhibitions, flag waving performances, archery feats, dancing and dinners with recipes and drinks today long forgotten.


The town also hosts a challenge known as the “Disfida della Cortina di Cazzaguerra”, a tournament held by the three historic town factions: Sommoborgo, Immoborgo and Contado. The various challenges give rise to the warlike animosity of participants which only ends with the much coveted Palio ending up in the winning quarter’s hands.


So if you’re travelling in this nook of Tuscany in August, exploring the unbeaten paths of Lunigiana, we highly recommend a visit to Pontremoli, not only for its beautiful town centre built along the river Magra and the Verde stream and for its unique museum, but also to get a bite of history during the Medievalis event.


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Calici di Stelle 2017 in Liguria


This wine and star gazing event is occurring all over Italy on the occasion of the Perseids meteor shower around August 10. Every region organizes evening wine tasting events opening up their wineries or putting up stalls in the mains squares and streets and pairing them with other events other than watching stars.

red wine glass and piano

In Liguria, Ortovero, in the province of Savona towards the French border, will be kicking off on August 8th with “Suonando sotto le stelle” (Playing music under the stars). From 9 pm to midnight there will be wine, a concert and amateur astronomers helping out with the stars.

03 Sestri Levante e la Baia del Silenzio

On the 10th August it will be the turn of Sestri Levante, the beautiful seaside town between Genoa and La Spezia. Here at the Annunziata Convent from 6 pm to midnight, The Academy of Flavour will offer a guided tasting of local wines together with a view of the night sky with the help of the Associazione il Sestante.

04 Santuario di Nostra Signora di Soviore

Finally, on August 17th the magnificent Shrine of Nostra Signora di Soviore above Monterosso in the Cinque Terre will be hosting “La Musica della Terra” (The Earth’s Music). Here also it will be possible from 7 pm onwards to pair wine, music and stars.

05 Cinque Terre - a vineyard with a view

Another good reason to come over and visit Liguria.



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Calici di Stelle 2017 in Tuscany

Calici di Stelle, Castelvecchio

Get your star charts out, the Italian wine and stargazing event is back from August 10th to 15th. This year Tuscany has planned a wine picnic within the vineyards of the great wineries participating.

Antinori, San Casciano Val Di Pesa

From sunset it will be possible to savour excellent Tuscan wines, accompanied by music or other forms of entertainment, under the open sky of wine estates. This year’s edition’s slogan is “You enjoy the stars, we take care of the wine”.

Castello di Ama, Chianti Senese

The idea is to open not only the cellar doors but also the vineyard gates, inviting visitors to enjoy the beautiful countryside together with a good glass of wine while observing the stars.

Il Borro, Loro Ciuffena, Arezzo

So from the vineyards along the seashore of Maremma and the Etruscan Coast, passing through the Val d’Orcia and the great Tuscan designations, Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano, up towards Chianti and under the Apuan Alps of Candia and the Colli di Luni, wineries will be organizing numerous initiatives from August 10th to 15th.

Tenuta di Artimino, Artimino, Prato

For a complete calendar of participating wineries and events take a look here.

Castello Banfi, Montalcino, Siena

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Cortona Mix Festival 2017

Cortona Mix Festival

The multidisciplinary event is back. Music, theatre, books, dancing, cinema, culture, and much, much more are the arts that make this festival quiet unique. The beautiful town of Cortona this year opens its historic buildings, streets and squares from July 19th to 23rd.

Cortona Mix Festival

At its sixth edition, this year the theme of Cortona Mix Festival is “Travel Notes”. Visitors are invited to explore a journey that moves from the past towards the future through a programme packed with concerts, shows, encounters and special events. An itinerary which kicks off on Wednesday morning and concludes on Sunday evening with a party at the Girifalco’s Fortress.

Cortona Mix Festival

On Thursday 20th evening in Piazza Signorelli the return in Italy of The Boomtown Rats, featuring Bob Geldof, Garry Roberts, Pete Briquette and Simon Crowe. On Friday 21st David Lynch’s documentary film “The Art of Life” will be screened in Signorelli Theatre at 3 pm and again at 11.30 pm. On the same day singer-actress Jill Hennessy will be performing in Piazza Signorelli at 9.30 pm with Max Weinberg & Siena Jazz University.

Cortona Mix Festival

For a complete programme in English look here while for ticket offices here.

Cortona Mix Festival

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