Out&About - Raft Race in Valstagna (Veneto)
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Out & About - Medieval Festival (Tuscany)
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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.

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.


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

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.


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.


Jamrock 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.


Jesolo 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 Marconi


Barkè 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.


Festa 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.


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.


Antique 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)



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.


Festival 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.


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

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.


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.


Effetto 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.


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.


Festa 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.


Festival 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.


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

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).


Balestro 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.


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.


Peperoncino 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.


Baviera 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


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.


Antique markets

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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