For many travellers to Italy, Tuscany rules supreme over all the other regions of the country. Her artistic wealth is so rich that one is left in awe at the endless roll call of the great names of artists who have worked there and of the cities and villages that contain their works. Her bucolic countryside of rolling hills clad with vines and woodlands creates a world of rural harmony from which one half expects figures from the quattrocento paintings to walk out. Her cuisine delights with its variety drawn from the land and the sea (Tuscany has a long coastline), from its hot summers and harsh, cold winters, all washed down with local wines.
These iconic images give Tuscany a timeless familiarity about it, but of course Tuscany is far more complex than just being a countryside of well known rural views and treasure trove towns. For there is another Tuscany to discover, more secretive, more isolated, a verdant idyll, tucked away in small hidden valleys below steep wooded hills, or sheltered from the elements on the sweeping, almost lunar landscape of the Crete Senese plains in the south. The two Tuscany's, known and unknown, live side by side.
For every Florence, Siena or Arezzo, overwhelmed by tourism (and with good reason), there is a small village down a country lane where, the insides of a church have been adorned by a master, or a palazzo opens its doors to the public to reveal its glorious rooms.
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February - Viareggio Carnival
March - TASTE festival, a gastronomic festival celebrating small producers, Florence
Late April - June - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – a celebration of theatre and music throughout Florence with numerous performances
May - A wonderful time to visit gardens throughout Italy as flowers begin to bloom
May (last weekend) - Cantine Aperte (Open Wine Cellars)
June (third Saturday) - Giostra del Saracino - a mediaeval jousting tournament, Arezzo
June (24th ) - San Giovanni – Final game of Calcio Storico in Piazza Santa Croce and fireworks from Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence
July (2nd) - Palio di Siena
July - Monteriggioni Di Torri Si Corona, Tuscany – a fabulous medieval festival
July - Andrea Bocelli at the Teatro di Silenzio, Tuscany
August (16th) - Palio di Siena
August - Ferragosto parties throughout Italy on the country’s biggest holiday
Late August / early September - The New Generation Festival, Palazzo Corsini, Florence
September / October - Cantine Aperte (Open Wine Cellars) during the harvest
September - November - Sagre season, food and wine fairs throughout Italy
October - November - Olive Oil Harvest
November - Truffle Season
December - German Christmas market in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
The world's most popular living tenor and a best-selling versatile artist, Andrea Bocelli is one of the finest artists of our generation. Every summer, a small number of lucky guests admire the Maestro’s legendary event held in his very own open-air amphitheatre, Teatro del Silenzio. After the show, the Bocelli Foundation holds a special fundraising dinner at the Maestro’s house where you will have a chance to spend some time with this extremely talented artist.
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