Venezia Jazz Festival
July 19, and July 25, live jazz at various locations in Venice; for schedule in English, visit http://www.venetojazz.com/en/programma/; tickets available on line at www.ticketone.it, www.vivaticket.it, www.iconamusic.it, and www.geticket.it.
Street Food Garden
July 19-22, from 6 p.m., Rossano Veneto, Villa Caffo, Via Bassano 17; more than 15 food trucks with a great variety of street food, drinks, beers, and wines; music and entertainment; free entry.
July 27-28; Aug. 10-11, and Aug. 17-18, from 6:30 p.m., Cortellazzo (Jesolo), Sport Center, Via Amba Alagi 47; a great variety of fish specialties; music and dancing.
Brudstock - Three days of peace, love, and music
July 20-22, in Vigonovo di Fontanafredda (Pordenone); live music, motor show with vintage cars, motorcycles, and trucks from the 70s; vintage items exhibit and sale; food booths; free entrance.
July 20: Happy Jack's (Italy); C.S.N. & Y Hommage; Atomic Rooster (UK); Fabio Stevie Ulliana & Off Limits Band (Italy)
July 21: Screaming Eagles (Italy); The Shaman's Blues (Italy); Hundred Seventy Split (UK); Tres Hombres (Italy)
July 22: Young bands' Contest
Costozza Wine Art
July 21, from 6 p.m., in Costozza, Longare, Piazza da Schio and Via Volto; Local wine and food tasting; stonecutters, photo and art exhibits; wine tasting tours and live music.
Palio delle Zattere
July 22, 2-8 p.m., in Valstagna; this annual competition takes place on a panoramic stretch of the Brenta River in commemoration of the terrible flood of 1966; the parade starts at 3 p.m., the raft race at 5 p.m.; entertainment with flag-throwers, live Venetian folk music and traditional trade exhibit in Piazza San Marco; food booths feature fried trout and other specialties; free entrance.
Killing Cangrande - Mystery guided tour
July 22, 8:30-11 p.m., Castelvecchio, Verona, Corso Castelvecchio 2; Discover the medieval Verona and play the role of a detective solve a murder case of 700 years ago; ticket: €15; free for children under 12 accompanied by two adults.
Through July 22, Vicenza, Parco Farini, Via Farini. Live music, shows, street food and craft beers, street art; entrance fee: €1 until 9 p.m.; €2 after 9 p.m.
Free live jazz in Jesolo, 9 p.m.
July 23, Oglio Olio e Swing, Piazza Milano
Aug. 6, On Cue Jazz Xtet, Piazza Marconi
Barkè in Festa
July 27-29, 7 p.m.-midnight, in San Pietro in Gu, Via Barche 29; food booths feature gnocchi, steak, grilled meat, beer and local wines; live music and dancing start at 9 p.m.
July 28-29, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Bosco Chiesanuova (Verona), Piazza della Chiesa and Piazzale Cimitero; local product and crafts exhibit and sale; street artists; shows, street food; horse-drawn carriage tours.
Estate al Parco
Summer at the Park - Free outdoor fitness classes
Through Aug. 31, in Vicenza, Parco Querini, Viale Rodolfi.
Tai chi, July, 7-8:30 p.m., at Palco del Tempietto; ancient Chinese exercises, described as meditation in motion, which promote serenity through gentle, flowing movements
Do-in, July, 7-8 p.m., at La Radura; exercises for physical and mental well-being
Fit and Motion, July, 7-8 p.m., at Porta Papa; music fitness workouts that include cardiovascular activity, toning and stretching
Jazzercise, July, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Palco del Tempietto
Krav Maga, July, 7-8 p.m., at La Radura; an effective, modern, and dynamic self-defense and fighting system
Open Air Dance, through July 24, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Palco del Tempietto; flamenco; belly dance and modern dances
Super Tone 360 ֯, July, 7:30- 8:30 p.m., at Parlo Porta di Papa. Exercises to invigorate your muscles and shape your body
Taij and Qi gong -July, 6:30-8 p.m. at La Radura; Chinese ancient exercises that integrate physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation
Yoga -July, 6:45-8 p.m., Palco del Tempietto
Taij and Qi gong -July, 9:30-11 a.m. at La Radura
Hatha Yoga, August, 7-8:30 p.m. Palco del Tempietto; exercises that include physical postures, purification procedures, poses, breathing and meditation
Aikido, July, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Palco di Porta Papa; Aikido is a form of self-defense and martial art that uses lock, holds, throws, and the opponent's own movements.
Kung Fu, July, 6-7 p.m., La Radura
Tai chi, July, 9-10:30 a.m., at Palco del Tempietto; Chinese ancient exercises, described as meditation in motion, which promote serenity through gentle, flowing movements
Self-defense workshops, August, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at Palco del Tempietto http://www.comune.vicenza.it/
Festa della Birra e della Bruschetta
Beer and Bruschetta Fest
Aug. 23-28, in Marola, Torri di Quartesolo, Sport Center, Via Cedri, about 5 miles east of Vicenza; food booths featuring the typical bruschetta (i.e. toasted bread seasoned with garlic, olive oil, etc.) and many other local specialties open at 7 p.m.; live music and entertainment start at 9 p.m.; pony rides for children; fireworks on Aug. 28 at 11 p.m.
Brintaal Festival della Cultura e Musica Celtica
Brintaal Celtic Folk Festival
Aug. 23-26, Cismon del Grappa, Bosco delle Fontane, Via Giarre di Sicilia 2; food booths and Celtic items fair; archery exhibit and workshops; sampling of local products and food booths; free live music and dancing; free entrance to all the events.
Camminamento di Ronda
Walk along fortress walls of Cittadella
Through Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays-Sundays, 9-9 p.m., in Cittadella, (Padova), about 16 miles northwest of Vicenza; entrance from the tourist office, Via Porte Bassanesi; last entrance one hour before closure. The walls and fortifications were built in 1220 to protect the town from territorial attacks; from the walls you can experience views of downtown and even the Dolomite Mountains on a clear, sunny day; ticket: €5.
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
David Chipperfield Architects Works
Through Sept. 2, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Vicenza, Palladian Basilica, Piazza dei Signori; contemporary architecture exhibit; entrance fee: €12; reduced €8.
Sculture di Sabbia
Sand Sculptures Festival
Through Sept. 9, 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.
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, they 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.
Van Gogh Multimedia Experience
Through Sept. 30, Mondays-Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Venice, Palazzo Giustinian Faccanon, Dorsoduro; this exhibit examines, through projections on several large monitors, Van Gogh's life and works, with video visions of many of his paintings and drawing, completed with info in Italian and English. Entrance fee: €15; reduced €12 (children younger than 18, senior citizens over 65); free for children younger than 7 years old.
Passeggiate in carrozza
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours
Through Sept. 29, 8 - 11 p.m.; Oct. 6-20, 3-8 p.m., on Saturdays; Vicenza; enjoy this unique way of seeing the most beautiful sites in Vicenza; the 20 minute tours depart and return to Piazza Biade; the cost is €15 for a maximum of five people at a time.
Spresiano (Treviso): July 22, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., in Piazza Luciano Rigo (about 100 vendors)
Valeggio sul Mincio (Verona): July 22, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Piazza Carlo Alberto and downtown streets (about 120 vendors)
Piazzola sul Brenta (Padova): July 29, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., in Via Camerini (700 vendors)
July 21-22, 7 p.m.-midnight, Suvereto (Livorno); medieval market; still-walkers and fire-eaters; jugglers and jester; medieval music and dances; sword fighting demonstrations; food booths feature medieval specialties and drinks; July 22, 9:30 p.m., historical parade.
Festival del Vino
July 20-21, 7-11:30 p.m., in Rosignano Marittimo (Livorno); food booths feature local specialties and sweets; local products exhibit and sale; wine tasting; live music and dancing.
Music Summer Fest
Through Aug. 5, 5 p.m.- midnight, in Signa (Florence), Parco dei Renai, Via dei Renai; food booths feature local specialties and 12 local beers; shows and entertainment for children; nightly live music; free entrance.
Festa della Birra
July 20-22, from 7:30 p.m., Latignano (Cascina, Pisa); food booths feature local specialties and draft beers; entertainment, live music and dancing.
Sagra delle Pesche
July 20-22, Usigliano di Lari (Pisa); 7:30-11 p.m., local products and crafts exhibit and sale; entertainment for children; live music and dancing.
Sagra del Totano Fritto
Fried Squid Festival
July 21-22, July 28-29, and Aug. 3-4, in Bientina (Pisa), Sports Field, Via Leonardo da Vinci; food booths feature a wide variety of fried fish and local specialties; bounce houses and entertainment for children; free event.
Venice Effect summer festival
July 25-29, Livorno; Effetto Venezia (literally "Venice Effect") is the most important event organized in Livorno during the summer. Its name derives from the district where it takes place, La Venezia. The area is crossed by canals built by the Medici family to facilitate transport of goods into the city. During this event, there will be entertainment, performances, live music and cultural initiatives; food booths featuring many local specialties including the cacciucco (a typical fish soup from Livorno), and fried fish; exhibit and sale of crafts and antiques.
July 27-29, 6 p.m.-midnight, in Momigno (Marliana, Pistoia). Street artists, jesters, fire-eaters, medieval music and dances. Food booths open at 6 p.m.
Sagra del Fungo Porcino
Porcino Mushroom Fair
July 27-29 and Aug. 3-5, Cascine di Buti (Pisa); food booths featuring many different mushroom dishes and other local specialties open at 7 p.m.; live music and dancing.
July 27-29, in Vinci (Florence); comic books lovers and performers gather in this little town, which comes alive with fire shows, live music, banquets, markets and lots of people dressed up in fairies, knights, kings, goblins and many other characters; entrance fee: €12, reduced €8 (children aged 11-16 and visitors wearing a medieval costume); free for children under 10.
July 27-28, 6:30 p.m.-midnight in Laterina (Arezzo). Actors and musicians recreate a medieval atmosphere; fire and falconers shows; jesters and fire-eaters; historical parades and medieval battles re-enactments; medieval market and food; free entrance.
Sagra del Pesce e Patate
Fish & Chips Festival
July 27-Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m., in Barga (Lucca); food booths feature fish & chips and many local specialties and wines; on Aug. 5-6, Aug. 11-13, and Aug. 15-17 gluten free meals available; 9 p.m. music and dancing; free event.
Lucca Summer Festival
Lucca, Piazza Napoleone; July 20, James Taylor; July 22 Gianni Morandi; July 25, King Crimson; July 26, Norah Jones and Marcus Miller.
Sagra della SVS - Ballando Sotto Le Stelle
SVS Fair - Dancing Under the Stars
Aug. 6-15, Livorno, Via delle Corollaie; food booths feature a great variety of local specialties and sweets; carnival rides; live music and dancing; this fair is organized by the local Public Assistance Organization; all proceed go to the local Emergency Association.
Volterra A.D. 1398
Aug. 12 and Aug. 19, in Volterra (Pisa); the entire town dresses in costume and medieval trades, professions, music and food are on display everywhere; visitors can rent a costume for the day and exchange their Euros for the Medieval coins (Grossi).
Balestro del Girifalco
Aug. 14, in Massa Marittima (Grosseto), Piazza del Duomo. This festival was first held in the early years of the 14th century: 24 competitors, armed with replicas of 14th century Italian crossbows, used by their ancestors, com¬pete trying to center a target placed 30 meters away. On the back of the target is a painting of the festival's name¬sake, the girifalco (gyrfalcon), its wings spread wide in flight. The competitor whose arrow hits the center of the target wins.
Sagra del Cunigliolo Fritto
Fried Rabbit Fair
Aug. 2-26, Thursdays-Sundays, 7-11 p.m., Località La Serra, San Miniato (Pisa); food booths feature fried rabbits and a great variety of local specialties and wines; free event.
Bravio delle Botti
Barrels Competition and Festival
Aug. 17-24, in Montepulciano (Siena). This event dates back to the 14th century when races were run on horseback. Only in more recent times has it been transformed in a competition with barrels (botti). Since Montepulciano is famous worldwide for its red wine Nobile di Montepulciano, the idea came about of using wine barrels for the eight districts to compete against each other to win the bravio, a painted banner depicting the city's patron saint, Saint John.
Aug. 17, 8 p.m.-midnight, Piazza Grande, sampling of local products and wines, food booths, live music.
Aug. 18, 9:20-11:45 p.m., historical parade of the city districts; official grand opening of the barrels competition
Aug. 19, 3:30-7 p.m., historical parade of the flag-wavers and drummers; presentation of the cloth; award ceremony of the food and wine competition entitled "At the Table with the Nobles" in Piazza Grande.
Aug. 19-24, 9-11 p.m. barrel-pushing practice for Sunday's competition
Aug. 23, 9 -11:45 p.m., historical costume parade with knights and noblemen along the streets lit only by flashlights and torches, accompanied by flag-wavers and drummers
Aug. 24: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., the race takes place with contestants pushing heavy wooden wine barrels for about a kilometer uphill along the narrow streets of the town's historical center. Each barrel is pushed by two strong spingitori (pushers) up to the finish line in Piazza Grande. Along the way, many other residents and fans run alongside each team to encourage them to keep going. Winners receive the bravio at the end of the race in Piazza Grande.
Hot Pepper Fair
Aug. 24-26, 7p.m.- midnight, Marina di Massa; food booths feature local specialties and beers; cooking workshops; live music, dancing, and entertainment for children; free event.
Aug. 24-Sept. 9, in Venturina Terme (Campiglia Marittima, Livorno); food booth featuring typical German food and beers open at 7:30 p.m.; 9 p.m. live music and dancing; free entrance
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.
Bientina (Pisa): July 21-22, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Vittorio Emanuele (about 140 vendors)
Castiglion Fiorentino (Arezzo): July 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Piazza Del Municipio
San Gimignano (Siena): July 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Piazza delle Erbe
Viareggio (Lucca): July 21-22, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Piazza D'Azeglio
Florence: July 29, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Piazza dei Ciompi
Montemurlo (Prato): July 29, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in Piazza della Costituzione
Kasabian -July 19 Genoa
Pat Metheny -July 20 Rome
James Taylor - July 20 Lucca; July 22 (Pompei, Naples); July 23 Terme di Caracalla (Rome)
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
Vinicio Capossela - July 21 Gardone Riviera (Brescia); July 28 Forte dei Marmi (Lucca); July 31 San Gimignano (Siena)
Francesco De Gregori - July 25 Florence; Aug. 14 Asiago
Ermal Meta - July 28 Villafranca (Verona)
Gianna Nannini -Aug. 13 Follonica (Grosseto); Aug. 14 Forte dei Marmi (Lucca)
Francesca Michielin -Sept. 2 Treviso
Laura Pausini - Oct. 7 Florence; Oct. 9-10 Padova
Claudio Baglioni - Oct. 16 Florence; Nov. 16-17 Padova; Nov. 20-21 Montichiari (Brescia)
Luca Carboni - Oct. 18 Padova
Mario Biondi - Dec. 13 Florence; Dec. 19 Padova
ACI CSAI Racing Weekend - July 14-15 and Oct. 27-28 Scarperia (Florence)
Tickets are available in Vicenza at Media World, Palladio Shopping Center, or online at www.ticketone.it and www.geticket.it
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