VENETOVenezia Jazz Festival July 19, and July 25, live jazz at various locations in Venice; for schedule in English, visit; tickets available on line at,,, and 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.Feste Marinare Fish Festival 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. - 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 www.brudstock.itCostozza 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. delle Zattere Raft Race 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. 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. Festival 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. Jazz'N'Blues Free live jazz in Jesolo, 9 p.m. July 23, Oglio Olio e Swing, Piazza Milano Aug. 6, On Cue Jazz Xtet, Piazza Marconiè in Festa Local Fair 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. D'Estate Summer Party 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. al Parco Summer at the Park - Free outdoor fitness classes Through Aug. 31, in Vicenza, Parco Querini, Viale Rodolfi. MONDAYS 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 TUESDAYS 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 WEDNESDAYS 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 THURSDAYS 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.SATURDAYS Kung Fu, July, 6-7 p.m., La Radura SUNDAYS 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 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. markets 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)TUSCANYSuberetum Medieval Festival 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. del Vino Wine Festival 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. 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. delle Pesche Peach Fair 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. 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. Venezia 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. Medieval Festival 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. 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. dell'Unicorno Unicorn Festival 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. Medievale Medieval Festival 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. 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. 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. A.D. 1398 Medieval Festival 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). del Girifalco Historical Reenactment 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. 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. 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. d'aMare 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. Fest Bavarian Festival 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 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. marketsBientina (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'AzeglioFlorence: July 29, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Piazza dei Ciompi Montemurlo (Prato): July 29, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in Piazza della CostituzioneConcertsKasabian -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, VeronaITALIAN ARTISTSVinicio 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 PadovaACI 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 and www.geticket.itThe information on local host nation events is provided through the auspices of the USAG Italy Public Affairs Office (PAO). 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