In the height of summer, when the heat of the day has given way to comfortable evening temperatures, opera lovers gather is some of the most fascinating venues the region has to offer. Whether in the roofless abbey at San Galgano, in the lakeside open-air theatre near the home of Giacomo Puccini or on the cathedral … Read more »
A game without rules in stripped down costume, this is football like the referees have never allowed. Four teams of 27 each representing separate quarters of the city battle it out in a game fought in Florentine squares since the 5th century. Piazza Santa Croce is the site of the semi-finals leading up to the … Read more »
Greek bronze sculptures are ranked very highly within the art world, in both quality and rarity, due to the fact that most surviving Greek sculptures are made from marble. However, bronze was a much more highly prized material amongst the wealthier clients, with only the most skilled artists being able to use it effectively.
The next few months are set to be particularly rich for modern art in Tuscany, with a few exhibitions taking place over the coming weeks, with exhibitions only a short distance from some of our villas to rent in Tuscany. Here are the exhibitions and a bit about them:
One of Tuscany’s most famous sons will head home this August, when Andrea Bocelli sings in a small town near Pisa. The famous tenor was born in Lajatico, a town of just 1,500 people which is about 30 miles southwest of Florence and 25 miles southeast of Pisa. And in August he’ll sing in his hometown twice, at … Read more »
When we blog about Florence, the beautiful capital of Tuscany, we normally find ourselves writing about the thousands of incredible artworks in the city, its amazing architecture, the fantastic food and the wonderful atmosphere. But in future we might find ourselves writing about something entirely different – Florence’s up and coming fashion scene. It may … Read more »
It would be difficult to find a more dramatic setting for a summer opera or concert. The roofless gothic Abbey of Saint Galgano, rich in carved capitals and rose windows offers a unique backdrop to all of the musical events taking place within its wall. The Opera Festival and world-renown musicians of the Siena’s Chigiana … Read more »
The 56th annual Puccini Festival will feature La Boheme, Tosca, La Traviata and Madame Butterfly in late July and in August 2012. Performed in an open-air theatre in a park in Torre del Lago near the home of the famous composer. See this website for ticket information.
La Luminaria di San Ranieri On 16 June, one the eve of the celebration of its patron saint, Pisa is illuminated in a festival of lights. With thousands of candles hung on bridges, river banks, the facades of its ancient buildings and fireworks exploding in the night sky, the atmosphere is simply magical.
In the first 2 weeks of September Pievescola organizes a favourite local event, the Sagra del Fungo, or rather a culinary celebration dedicated to the wonderful Porcini mushroom found in the area. Dancing, local and wine and mushrooms in more ways you can imagine. As a joyous and bizarre extra, there is a statue to … Read more »
On the 2nd Sunday of July jockeys mount their horses for Casole d’Elsa Palio bareback horse race up the hillside leading to the village. In each of the six contrade, or town quarters, celebrations spill into the streets, so come along and join the party. Local villages all participate and there is dancing, eating and … Read more »