Out & About - Veneto & Tuscany - MAY 2018 (2)


Antica Fiera di Primavera/Spring Festival
May 11-20, Camisano Vicentino, about 11 miles east of Vicenza; carnival rides in Piazza del Vicariato Civile and Piazza della Costituzione; vintage vehicles exhibit in Piazza Pio X and Piazza Umberto I; from 9 p.m. live country music and dancing; food booths in Piazza della Costituzione feature local specialties; May 13, grand opening at 9:30 a.m.; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. local products and crafts exhibit and sale; May 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., workshops for children and float parades; May 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. local products and crafts exhibit and sale; 9 p.m. talent show. http://www.comune.camisanovicentino.vi.it/po/mostra_news.php?id=1122&area=H

Adunata Nazionale Alpini/National Alpini Gathering
May 11-13, in Trento. The Alpini (Italian for "Alpines"), are an elite mountain warfare military corps of the Italian Army. Established in 1872, the Alpini are the oldest active mountain infantry in the world. For detailed info in English, please visit http://www.alpecimbra.it/en/menu/alpini-national-meeting-2018/166-2846.html

Festa della Sensa/Feast of the Ascension
May 12-13, in Venice, about 46 miles east of Vicenza; Sensa is the Venetian dialect word for ascension and it marks the day of Christ's ascension. It commemorates two important events in the life of the Venetian Republic: May 9, in the year 1000 when doge Pietro Orseolo II came to the rescue of the inhabitants of Dalmatia, who were under the Slav menace. The second event took place in 1177, when Pope Alexander III and Emperor Frederick Barbarossa signed the peace treaty in Venice that put an end to the century-long diatribe between the papacy and the empire. The rite of the "Wedding with the Sea" used to take place in occasion of the Ascension Day Festival. Every year on that day the doge on his barge sailed to Sant' Elena, one of the Venetian islands. The Bishop waited to bless him on a boat. To emphasize the Serenissima Republic's dominion over the sea, the festival culminated with a kind of propitiatory rite: the doge sailed to the channel between the lagoon and the sea and threw a gold ring into the water. Venice
began to celebrate Ascension Day again in 1965, with the program that goes far beyond mere re-evocation: the Gemellaggio Adriatico (Adriatic twinning) project now links the Serenissima Republic with a city or a geographic area that has had a special historical relationship with Venice, joined in a bond of culture, love of the sea and the activities connected with the sea; May 12-13, traditional Sensa market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; helicopter flights 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; reserve your 10 minute flight by sending an email to prolocolidopellestrina@gmail.com. May 13, at 9 a.m. boats gather in the basin of San Marco; 9:30 a.m. start of the water parade towards St. Nicoló Lido; 10:30 a.m., Ceremony of the Wedding with the sea, in front of St. Nicoló Church; 11 a.m. concert by the Serenissima Choir; 5 p.m. women's twin-oared pupparini regatta; 5:45 p.m. regatta on four oar-gondolas.

Sagra dei Bisi/Peas Fair
May 12-13 and May 18-21, in Lumignano (Longare); food booths featuring a great variety of peas dishes and other local specialties open at 7 p.m. and, on Sundays, at 12:30 p.m.; May 19, 3-10 p.m., and May 20, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., rock climbing demonstrations; live music start at 9 p.m.

Fiori e Sapori/Flowers and Flavors
May 13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., in Costozza (Longare), Piazza G. da Schio; food booths feature a great variety of local specialties; rare and unusual plants and flowers exhibit and sale; music; 3-4:30 p.m. workshops for children, € 3; guided visits to the local villa, park and wine cellars at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5 p.m.; free local wines tasting; entrance fee: €5; free for children younger than 12.

Villa in Fiore/Flower Festival
May 13, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Villa Bartolomea (Verona), Corso Faccaroli; flowers, crafts, and patio/garden furniture exhibit and sale; food booths feature Italian regional specialties; workshops and entertainment for children; free event.

Sagra di Bertesinella/Bertesinella Fair
May 18-21, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., in Vicenza, Bertesinella Church, Via Montegallo 2; food booths featuring local specialties and wine open daily at 7 p.m.; carnival rides; live country, rock and folk music and dances start at 9 p.m.

Camisano in Fiaba/Fairyland in Camisano
May 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; in Camisano Vicentino; fairy characters, creative workshops for children and games; free entry. In case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed to May 26.

Campionaria/International Fair
Through May 20, open 10 a.m.-midnight on weekends, 4 p.m.-midnight on weekdays, Padova, Via N. Tommaseo 59, about 24 miles southeast of Vicenza; more than 1, 000 vendors featuring items for home, vacations, hobbies, sports, cars, motorbikes, patio furniture, fitness and camping equipment, horse and dogs shows, entertainment and live music; free entrance.

Giorni di Rose/Roses Days
May 19-20, from 10:30 a.m., Cervarese S. Croce (Padova), Via Campanella 3, about 11 miles southeast of Vicenza; 4:30 p.m. visit the botanical rose garden; food booths featuring local specialties; free entrance.

Festa Medievale del Vino Bianco
White Wine Medieval Festival
May 19-20, Soave; May 19 starts at 7 p.m.; food booths feature local products and local white wine; medieval entertainment; live music starts at 9:30 p.m.; May 20, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., antique market and exhibit and free tasting of local food and wines; re-enactment of typical Medieval life with craftsmen, artists, musicians, flag-flyers, stilt walkers, jesters, fire eaters and knights; historical parade; 9 p.m. live music and dancing.

Asiago da Fiaba/Fairy Tale time in Asiago
May 19-20 and May 26-27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Asiago. Live the magic fairy tale atmosphere in the main squares and streets in Asiago; workshops for children; shows and games.
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Food and Wine Walking Tour
May 20, in Ponte di Barbarano, about 13 miles south of Vicenza; registration starts at 8 a.m. from Piazza Breganzato; departure at 9:15 a.m.; this year, regional specialties at each stop; registration fee: €12; €5 for children younger than 14; free for children younger than 4; the Magnacurta prize will be awarded to the participant who eats the most during the event; participants will be weighed at the beginning and at the end of the walk; prizes also to the youngest participant and to the largest group; free bounce houses for children; live music starts at 11:30 a.m.

Festival dei Popoli Indigeni - Lo spirito del Pianeta
International Festival of Indigenous and tribal groups
May 25-June 10, Chiuduno (Bergamo), Fair Center, Via Martiri della Libertà; traditional songs and dances; ethnic items exhibit and sale; workshops and conferences; free entrance. For program and detailed info, visit https://www.lospiritodelpianeta.it/en/

Festa dea Siaresa/Cherry Festival
May 25-27 and May 31-June 3, from 6:30 p.m., in Castegnero, about 9 miles south of Vicenza; local cherries exhibit and sale; food booths; May 27 open at 9 a.m. and June 3, starts at noon; live music start at 9 p.m.

Notte Rossa/Red Night
May 26, from 8 p.m., Marostica, Piazza Castello and nearby streets, about 18 miles north of Vicenza; food booths, exhibit and sale of local cherries; entertainment with music and jugglers; free event. http://www.eventiesagre.it/Eventi_Mostra+Mercato/21037748_Mostra+Mercato+Delle+Ciliegie.html

Mezza maratona al chiaro di luna/Moonlight Half Marathon
May 26, in Jesolo; this 21 km half marathon starts from Via Danimarca; for details and registration fees, visit http://www.moonlighthalfmarathon.it/it/moonlight-half-marathon/

Festa della Ciliegia/Cherry Festival
May 27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., in Marostica, Piazza Castello; exhibit and sale of cherries and other local products; from 4 p.m., entertainment and parade with historical costumes; this festival is connected to the chess game with living characters by an old myth, according to which the local cherries were planted at the request of the mayor Taddeo Parisio, during the long-awaited wedding of Lionora's daughter; bounce houses and entertainment for children.

La Galopera
Non Competitive 4, 5.5, 7.5, 12, and 20 km walk
May 27, in Vicenza; the walk departs from the Maddalene Sports Center, Strada Maddalene 49/A; registrations 8-9:30 a.m.; the €2.50 includes medical coverage, bib number, and refreshments.

Streeat Food Truck Festival
June 1-3, 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Bassano del Grappa, Parco Santa Caterina; the best Italian food trucks offer a great variety of specialties, beers and wines from all over Italy; free entrance.

Fuori Mercato/Vintage, Crafts and creative recycling exhibit and sale
June 2-3, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., in Vicenza, Piazza delle Erbe.

Frida Kahlo - Oltre il mito/Frida Kahlo - Beyond the myth
Through June 3, Milan, Mudec, Museo delle Culture, Via Tortona 56. A full exhibition dedicated to Frida Kahlo, from the beginning of her career until the latest steps of her artistic production. The works on display do not follow a chronological order, as they are divided into five sections, including politics, women, violence, nature and death. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; closed on Monday morning. Entrance fee; €13; reduced €11.
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Sculture di Sabbia/Sand Sculptures Festival
June 2- Sept. 9, in Jesolo, Piazza Brescia; this year's theme is "Sand Raptors"; international artists take part in this special event; they compete in shaping every kind of artistic figure with fine golden sand; free entrance.

Egitto. Dei, faraoni e Uomini/Egypt. Gods, Pharaohs, and Men
Through Sept. 18, Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Jesolo, Via Aquileia 123. This exhibit offer a great display of Egyptian artifacts coming from the most important collections of Italian and foreign museums. Visitors not only have a chance to see, know, and analyze the Egyptian world, they can also feel it, thanks to many interactive supports. Entrance fee: €16; reduced: €12 (senior citizens older than 65; students and people with disabilities); €8 (children aged 6-12); free for children younger than 6. Tickets include audio guide.

La Partita a Scacchi a personaggi viventi/Live Chess Game
Sept. 7-9, Marostica, Piazza degli Scacchi, about 18 miles north of Vicenza. Grand opening Sept. 7 at 9 p.m., Sept. 8-9, 9 p.m. This chess match commemorates the historic chess match of 1454. The game is a re-enactment of the match that Lord Taddeo Parisio held to determine the marriage of his daughter. Purchase your ticket well in advance online at http://www.marosticascacchi.it/it/partitaascacchi/ticket.html#1.

Venice Secrets -Crime & Justice Exhibit
Through Sept. 30, open daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Venice, Palazzo Zaguri, Campo San Maurizio. In a Venetian palace, through a five-story route divided into 36 rooms, the visitors will be able to know the secret side of the city. On display a wide variety of original finds, instruments of death and torture, and judicial acts, which tell how Venice applied justice. The display is divided in four sections: justice and torture; prisons and prisoners; capital executions; Inquisition and Holy Office. Entrance fee: €16; reduced €12, for senior citizens older than 65 and children ages 6-14.

Lonigo(Vicenza): May 13, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Via Garibaldi, Piazza XX Settembre, Via Ognibene. (about 100 vendors)
Montegrotto (Padova): May 13, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza 1º Maggio. (about 70 vendors)
Portobuffolè (Treviso): May 13, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Beccaro. (about 250 vendors)
Vicenza: May 13, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Piazza dei Signori, Piazza Duomo, Piazza Garibaldi, Piazza Palladio, Piazza Biade and Piazza Castello. (220 vendors)
Villafranca (Verona): May 13, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Castello. (90 vendors)


Sagra della Ficattola/Ficattola Fair
May 11-13, Impruneta (Florence), Piazza Accursio da Bagnola; ficattola is a kind of thin bread dough deep fried with the addition of salt or sugar; it may be served with local cold cuts (salumi); food booths feature many gastronomic local specialties; live entertainment starts at 9 p.m.

Medioevo in Castello/Medieval Festival
May 12-13, in Buti (Pisa), Via Marianini and Via San Rocco; May 12, 4 p.m.-midnight; May 13, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; medieval crafts exhibit and sale; musicians, historical parades, falconers, flag-throwers, magic shows, and fire eaters; food booths feature typical medieval specialties. Entrance fee: €5; reduced for children ages 6-10 years; free for children under six and for visitors wearing medieval costumes.

Sagra della Fragola/Strawberry Fair
May 12-13, in Terricciola (Pisa); food booths featuring strawberry specialties and other local product open at 6 p.m.; folk music and dances; local products and craft exhibit and sale; live music and dancing starts at 9 p.m.

Prato a Tutta Birra/Beer and Music Festival
May 16-20, 7-11:55 p.m., in Prato (Tuscany), Piazza del Mercato Nuovo; food booths, craft beers, local products exhibit and sale, and live music every night; free entrance.

Artigiano e Colori di Primavera/Craft fair & Spring Colors
May 18-20, Pisa, Arsenali Repubblicani, Via Bonanno Pisano 2; May 18, 4-10 p.m.; May 19, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; May 20, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Crafts exhibit and sale; garden furniture and tools; local specialties and wines tasting and sale; free entrance.

Firenze Food Truck/ STREEAT® Food Festival
May 18-20, 11 a.m.-midnight, Florence, Via Aretina; street food from all over Italy; entertainment for children with games and face-painting; free event.

I vini del Castello/Castle's wines
May 19, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and May 20, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Montefioralle (Greve in Chianti, Florence); taste the best local wines downtown the beautiful medieval town of Montefioralle; visitors can also taste a great variety of local products; free entrance.

Un Mare di Gusto - Palamita in Fiore/A sea of flavors and Flower Festival
May 19-20, 7-11 p.m., San Vincenzo (Livorno); fish and other products tasting; flowers exhibit and sale; free entrance.

Sagra della Fragola/Strawberry Festival
May 19-20 and May 26-27, 6-10 p.m., San Giuliano Terme (Pisa); food booths feature local specialties and tasting of strawberries. Entertainment for children, bounce-houses; music and dancing starts at 8 p.m.

Sagra della Bistecca/Steak Festival
May 25-27, June 1-3, and June 7-10, from 7 p.m., in Casalguidi, Serravalle Pistoiese (Pistoia), Piazza Vittorio Veneto; food booths feature grilled steaks and many other local specialties and wine; entertainment for children; live music and dancing.

BiancoAzzurra - Festa Medievale/WhiteBlue - Medieval Festival
May 25-27 and June 1-3, from 4:30 p.m., in Castiglion Fiorentino (Arezzo), at the Fortezza del Cassero; medieval market; flag-throwers, magic shows; medieval war music; horse shows; food booths feature typical medieval dishes; musical fireworks June 3; free entrance.

Street Food 4 Wheels
May 25-27, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., in Livorno, Piazza XX Settembre; a great variety of street food, entertainment and music.

Festa Medioevale/Medieval Festival
May 26-27 and June 2-3, Malmantile, Lastra a Signa (Florence), Piazza Piave, from 4 -11 p.m., except May 26, when it starts at 7 p.m. Medieval market; live music,
jesters and street artists; food booths feature typical medieval products; free entrance.

Sagra del Ranocchio/Frog Fair
May 26-27 and June 2-3, in Brozzi (Florence), Via San Martino 6; food booths featuring fried frogs and other local specialties open at 6:30 p.m.; entertainment.

Street Food Fiesta Loca
May 25-27, 10 a.m.-midnight, San Vicenzo (Livorno); food booths featuring the best street food with Spanish flavors, rhythm and music; flamenco show; free entrance.

Balestro del Girifalco
Historical Reenactment
May 27, 5:30 p.m. in Massa Marittima (Grosseto), Piazza del Duomo; this festival was first held in the early years of the 14th century: 24 competitors, armed with authentic replicas of 15th century Italian crossbows, used by their ancestors, compete trying to center a target placed 30 meters away, on the other side of Piazza del Duomo. On the back of the target is a painting of the festival's namesake, the girifalco (gyrfalcon), its wings spread wide in flight. The competitor whose arrow hits the center of the target wins.

Sagra del Fiore di Zucca Fritto/Fried Pumpkin Flower Festival
June 1-3 and June 9-10, La Serra, San Miniato (Pisa); food booths featuring many dishes prepared with pumpkin flowers and other local specialties open at 8 p.m.; live music every night.

La Festa Medicea/Medicean Feast
June 1-17, Pista Rossa Seano (Prato), Via Carlo Levi, 7 p.m.-midnight; live music starts nightly at 9:30 p.m.; medieval market; food booths, live music and shows start at 9:30 p.m.; free entrance.

Corri sui Lungarni /Running along the Arno River
June 3; this 7.2 km walk departs at 9:30 a.m., Pisa, from Piazza XX Settembre and goes through the most famous and beautiful landmarks of Pisa; participation fee: €5. For more details, check http://www.podisticaospedalieripisa.it/

Man Ray - Wonderful Visions
Through Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., San Gimignano, Modern Art Gallery, Via Folgore da San Gimignano; 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. through Sept. 30; 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Oct. 1-7. On display More than 100 photos by Man Ray, one of the most important photographers of the XX century. His photographic works encompass fashion, portraits, and technical experimentation. Entrance fee: €9, reduced €7 for children ages 6-17 and for senior citizens older than 65; free access for children younger than six.

Bolgheri (Livorno): May 12-13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., downtown squares and streets.
Florence: May 13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Santo Spirito and Borgo Tegolaio. (about 100 vendors)
Forte dei Marmi (Lucca): May 12-13, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Dante.
Montepulciano (Siena): May 12-13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Grande.
Piombino (Livorno): May 12-13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Cappelletti, Corso Italia, via Fucini, Piazza Gramsci.
Pisa: May 12-13, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Piazza dei Cavalieri.
Pistoia: May 12-13, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Via Cavour and Via Bozzi.
Vicopisano (Pisa): May 13, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Piazza Domenico Cavalca.


The Vamps - May 22 Milan
Noa - May 31 Verona
Patti Smith - June 9 Venice; June 10 Rome
The Script - June 10 Assago; June 11 Padova
Gun 'N' Roses - June 15 Florence
Iron Maiden - June 16 Florence; July 9 Milan; July 17 Trieste
The Chemical Brothers - June 16 Bologna; June 19 Rome; June 20 Milan
Ozzy Osbourne - June 17 Florence
Marilyn Manson - June 19 Milan
Shakira - June 21 Assago (Milan)
Liam Gallagher - June 21 Milan
Shakira - June 21 Assago (Milan)
Pearl Jam - June 22 Milan; June 24 Padova; June 26 Rome
Sons of Apollo - June 24 Milan
Steven Wilson - June 25 Verona
Queen + Adam Lambert - June 25 Assago (Milan)
LP - June 26 Rome; July 17 Padova
Alice in Chains - June 28 Padova; July 10 Milan
The Dream Syndicate - June 27 Gardone Riviera (Brescia)
Billy Idol - June 28 Padova
Santana - June 28 Milan; June 29 Padova
Ziggy Marley - June 29 Legnano (Milan)
Ben Howard - July 4 Gardone Riviera (Brescia)
Steve Hackett - July 4 Rome; July 8 Gardone Riviera (Brescia); July 14 Pistoia
Simple Minds - July 5 Marostica
Anastacia -July 5 Pordenone; July 14 Genoa
Jay-Z & Beyoncè - July 6 Milan; July 8 Rome
Cigarettes After Sex - July 7 Gardone Riviera (Brescia); July 10 Rome
Ringo Starr- July 8 Lucca; July 9 Marostica; July 11 Rome
Deep Purple - July 9 Verona
James Blunt - July 10 Genoa; July 11 Padova; July 13 Pistoia; July 17 Rome
Roger Waters - July 11 Lucca; July 17-18 Assago
Joss Stone - July 15 Verona
Lenny Kravitz - July 16 Verona; July 17-18 Lucca
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - July 17 Lucca
Kasabian - July 17 Ferrara; July 18 Lignano Sabbiadoro (Udine); July 19 Genoa
Pat Metheny - July 18 Gardone Riviera (Brescia); July 20 Rome
James Taylor - July 20 Lucca; July 22 (Pompei, Naples); July 23 Terme di Caracalla (Rome)
Vinicio Capossela - July 21 Gardone Riviera (Brescia); July 28 Forte dei Marmi (Lucca); July 31 San Gimignano (Siena)
King Crimson - July 22-23 Rome; July 25 Lucca; July 27-28 Venice
Scorpions - July 23 Verona
Norah Jones -July 24 Gardone Riviera (Brescia); July 26 Lucca (with Marcus Miller)
Marcus Miller -July 25 Gardone Riviera (Brescia)
King Crimson - July 25 Lucca; July 27-28 Venice
Sting - July 28 Rome; July 29 Verona; July 30 Naples
Eminem - Sept. 7 Milan
Europe - Oct. 2 Bologna
U2 - Oct. 11-12; Oct. 15-16 Assago (Milan)
David Garrett and his band - Oct. 17 Rome; Oct. 19 Florence; Oct. 20 Assago (Milan)
The Musical Box - Oct. 28 Rome; Oct. 30 Florence; Oct. 31 Milan; Nov. 1 Padova
Maneskin - Nov. 14 Florence; Nov. 15 Padova; Nov. 17-18 Bologna; Nov. 24 Milan
Liam Gallagher - Nov. 15 Conegliano; Nov. 16 Rome
Dire Straits Legacy - Nov. 20 Assago (Milan); Nov. 21 Padova; Nov. 23 Brescia; Nov. 24 Florence
Elton John - May 29-30, 2019, Verona

Italian artists

Lorenzo Live - May 18-19, May 21-22 Verona; June 9 and June 12 Padova
Emma-May 21 Padova
Gino Paoli - May 28 Verona; May 29 Treviso
Vasco Rossi - June 6-7 Padova
Ennio Morricone - June 16-17 Rome
Massimo Ranieri - June 23 Verona; Nov. 20 Milan; Nov. 27 Bergamo
Gianni Morandi - July 12 Marostica; July 22 Lucca; Oct. 20 Florence
Francesca Michielin - July 12 Pistoia; July 14 Forte di Marmi; Sept. 2 Treviso
Francesco De Gregori - July 13 Gardone Riviera (Brescia); July 25 Florence; Aug. 14 Asiago
Fabrizio Moro - July 16 Marostica; July 19 Villafranca (Verona)
Ermal Meta - July 26 Florence; July 28 Villafranca (Verona)
Laura Pausini - Oct. 7 Florence; Oct. 9 Padova
Claudio Baglioni - Oct. 16-17 Florence; Oct. 26-28 Assago (Milan); Nov. 16-17 Padova; Nov. 20-21 Brescia
Luca Carboni - Oct. 16 Bologna; Oct. 29 Milan
Mario Biondi - Dec. 5 Milan; Dec. 13 Florence; Dec. 19 Padova; Dec. 22 Bologna

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship - May 11-13 Imola (Bologna)
FIM Superbike World Championship - July 6-8 Misano Adriatico (Rimini)

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