OUT & ABOUT - Veneto and Tuscany July 31, 2018
Sagra di San Gaetano
St. Gaetano Fair
Aug. 3-7, Rampazzo (Camisano Vicentino); food booths featuring a great variety of local specialties open at 7 p.m.; live music and dancing at 9:30 p.m.; fireworks Aug. 7 at 11:30 p.m.
Antica Sagra dei SS Fermo e Rustico
St. Fermo and Rustico Traditional Fair
Aug. 3-7, Bolzano Vicentino; food booths featuring local specialties open at 7 p.m.; entertainment and live music from 9 p.m.
Aug. 6, 9 p.m., Jesolo, Piazza Marcon; free live jazz with On Cue Jazz Xtet.
Calice di Stelle
Wine Tasting under the Stars
Aug. 9, 7:30-11:30 p.m.-midnight; Torri di Quartesolo, Villa Da Porto Slaviero, Via Roma 97; live music, local products and wines tasting; free entrance.
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.
Aug. 16-21, 6 p.m.-midnight, Camisano Vicentino, Piazza Libertà; food booths, live music and entertainment.
Sagra dei Ossi de Mas'cio
Pig bones festival
Aug. 31-Sept. 3 and Sept. 7-9, Longare; food booths featuring pig bones dishes and other local specialties open at 7 p.m.; live music and dancing from 9:30 p.m.
Festa della Birra e della Bruschetta
Beer and Bruschetta Fest
Aug. 23-28, 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.
Sagra di Caldogno
Aug. 24-26, from 7 p.m., Caldogno (Vicenza); food booths; local products exhibit and sale; live music and dancing from 9 p.m.
Camminamento di Ronda
Walk along fortress walls
Through Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays-Sundays, 9-9 p.m., 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.
Estate al Parco
Summer at the Park - Free outdoor fitness classes
Through Aug. 31, Vicenza, Parco Querini, Viale Rodolfi.
Hatha Yoga, 7-8:30 p.m. Palco del Tempietto; exercises that include physical postures, purification procedures, poses, breathing and meditation
Self-defense workshops, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at Palco del Tempietto http://www.comune.vicenza.it/
Festa del Gnocco
Sept. 1-3 and Sept. 7-9, Selva di Trissino, about 19 miles west of Vicenza; food booths feature a variety of gnocchi dishes and other local specialties and wines; bounce houses and lighted parking available; local products and crafts exhibit and sale; magic shows and games for children.
Sept. 2, Venice. This regatta, famous for its spectacular historical water parade that precedes the race, is the most important event in the annual Venetian rowing calendar. It dates back centuries, probably as far back as the mid 13th century when Venice needed to train the crews of its Navy in the art of rowing. Nowadays there are four different races divided in terms of age and type of craft: the young rowers' twin-oared pupparini; the Women's twin-oared mascarete; the six-oared caorline regatta, and the twin-oared gondolini regatta. You can attend the hstoric parade and the regattas seating on the uncovered floating stalls set up along the Grand Canal near Campo San Vio or details and ticket info, visit http://www.regatastoricavenezia.it/; purchase your tickets online or call the hello Venezia Call Center at 041-2424
Sept. 7, 7 -10 p.m.; Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Nove, Piazza G. Fabris; Portoni Aperti - Open doors: local artists' ceramic techniques demonstrations, from the working with pottery's wheel to the modeling of the ceramic and ceramic painting; for more details, please visit http://www.festadellaceramica.it/
David Chipperfield Architects Works
Through Sept. 2, Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Vicenza, Palladian Basilica, Piazza dei Signori; contemporary architecture exhibit; entrance fee: €12; reduced €8.
La Partita a Scacchi a personaggi viventi
Live Chess Game
Sept. 7-9, Marostica, Piazza degli Scacchi, about 18 miles north of Vicenza. 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
Fiera del Soco
Tree trunk Fair
Sept. 7-13, Grisignano di Zocco, Via Ungaretti, Via Serenissima, Via Garibaldi and Via Cedri, about 12 miles southeast of Vicenza; Soco means "tree trunk" - it derives from a 1250 apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary by a tree trunk. It's a large, annual market with hundreds of booths, exhibitions, and carnival rides; local products exhibit and sale; art exhibitions; workshops; food booths open at 7 p.m.
Jesolo Air Show
Sept. 8-9, from 3:30 p.m., in Jesolo; this is the most exciting event of the year, which attracts more than half a million spectators on Jesolo beach. Acrobatic air shows performed by the Frecce Tricolori (Italian Acrobatic Arrows), and other countries, among them Switzerland and Hungary.
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.
Fiera del Riso
Sept. 12-Oct. 7, Isola della Scala (Verona), about 42 miles southwest of Vicenza; open Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-midnight; Saturdays 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-midnight; this is the largest Italian event dedicated to rice and risotto; it will host chefs from many Italian regions who will cook their specialties during the fair; exhibits, sporting events, shows, live music and gastronomic competitions; free entrance
Festa della Zucca
Sept. 14-17 and Sept. 19-23, Ghizzole (Montegaldella), about nine miles southeast of Vicenza. Pumpkin exhibit and sale; food booths open at 7 p.m.; entertainment for children; pumpkin carving workshops; old trades' reenactments; live music and dancing at 9 p.m.
Festa del Riso
Sept. 14-19, Grumolo delle Abbadesse, about 9 miles east of Vicenza; food booths featuring a local rice dishes and other specialties open at 7:30 p.m.; local products exhibit and sale; free entrance; live music and entertainment every night from 8:30 p.m.; fireworks on Sept. 19 fireworks.
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.
Festa del Baccalà alla Vicentina
Dried Cod Fish Festival
Sept. 21-23, and Sept. 27-Oct. 1, Sandrigo, about nine miles north of Vicenza; local exhibit and sale of local products and sale, food booths featuring gnocchi with cod fish, Vicentine cod fish with polenta and many other local specialties open at 7 p.m.; gnocchi- and bigoli-making demonstrations; live music and dancing nightly at 9 p.m. in Piazza Garibaldi.
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.
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.
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.
Esposizione Giocattoli Storici
Vintage Toys Exhibit
Through June 30, 2019; Tuesdays-Sundays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Vicenza, Chiericati Palace, Piazza Matteotti 37; more than 5000 perfectly kept vintage toys on display; among them, some very rare hand-painted toys; entrance fee: €7.
Noventa Vicentina (Vicenza): Aug. 5, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., in Piazza IV Novembre (120 vendors)
Vittorio Veneto (Treviso): Aug. 5, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., in Serravalle, Piazza Minucci and surrounding streets (75 vendors)
Lonigo(Vicenza): Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Via Garibaldi, Piazza XX Settembre, Via Ognibene (about 100 vendors)
Montegrotto (Padova): Aug. 12, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza 1º Maggio (about 70 vendors)
Sagra del Cacciucco e della Zuppa
Cacciucco and Soup Festival
Jul 31 - Aug. 5, 7-11 p.m., Riotorto - Piombino (Livorno); food booths feature the famous cacciucco, that is a mix of sea food prepared from leftovers of the fishermen's daily catch cooked in tomato sauce and laid on a slice of roasted bread rubbed with garlic, fried and grilled fish, steaks, traditional local soup and Tuscan wines; live music from 9 p.m.
Festa del Mugello
July 31-Sept. 9, from 7 p.m., Florence, Lungarno Aldo Moro, 3; food booths feature a great variety of Tuscan specialties, beers and wines; music and entertainment; free event.
Festa dell'Estate e Festa del Pescatore
Summer Festival and Fisherman Festival
Aug. 2-6, Perignano, Via Risorgimento (Lari, Pisa); a great variety of local fish specialties; carnival rides; live music and dancing every evening.
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.
Sapori fra le Mura
Street Food Festival
Aug. 3-5, 7:30 -11:30 p.m., Suvereto (Livorno); food booths feature many local specialties and wines; local products and crafts exhibit and sale; live music and dancing from 8:30 p.m.
Sagra del Totano Fritto
Fried Squid Festival
Aug. 3-4, 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.
Sagra del Fungo Porcino
Porcino Mushroom Fair
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.
Calici di Stelle
Wine Tasting Under the Stars
Aug. 4-5 and Aug. 9-10, from sunset to sunrise, Artimino, Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 1 (Prato); observe the falling stars while tasting local wine and visiting the Medici Villa "La Ferdinanda", guided by a sommelier and accompanied by live jazz.
Sagra della Fiorentina
Florentine Steak Festival
Aug. 4, 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Firenzuola (Firenze); the Florentine steak is a cut of meat made from the part of the loin near the let of a Scottona (young female bovine); the meat is tender and tasty; its cutting in Tuscany is an ancient art; the minimum thickness for a Florentine Steak worthy of its name is of 1.5 inches, but the perfect cut is not less than 2/2.5 inches; live music and dancing.
Aug. 4-5, Castiglione Garfagnana (Lucca); Aug. 4, food booths open at 7 p.m.; entertainment with falconers, puppeteers, and medieval music; fireworks at midnight; Aug. 5, food booths open at noon; from 4 p.m. entertainment and medieval music. 7 p.m. aerial dance show.
Music Summer Fest
Through Aug. 5, 5 p.m.- midnight, 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.
Sagra del Pesce e Patate
Fish & Chips Festival
Through 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.
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, Volterra (Pisa); the entire town dresses in costumes; 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, 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.
Palio di Siena
Aug. 16: 4:45 p.m., Carabinieri parade; 4:50 p.m. historic pageant; 7 p.m. the race begins. The Palio of Siena is one of the most famous horse races in the world. During the annual spectacle the city is divided into 17 competing districts (Contrade). In the months leading up to the event, 10 districts are se¬lected for each race and each is assigned a horse, which will compete in the Piazza del Campo. The festivities start three days prior with parades, food booths, blessing of the horses, live music and four race trials.
To get your ticket online, visit https://www.paliotours.com/palio-tickets-2018/
Bravio delle Botti
Barrels Competition and Festival
Aug. 17-24, Montepulciano (Siena). This event dates back to the 14th century when races were run on horse¬back. 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 Montepul¬ciano, 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 ceremo¬ny 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 Sun¬day'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 en¬courage 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, Venturina Terme (Campiglia Marittima, Livorno); food booths featuring typical German food and beers open at 7:30 p.m.; 9 p.m. live music and dancing; free entrance
Medieval Festival at the Castle
Sept. 1-2, Vicopisano (Pisa); medieval village re-enactment; antique market and food booths featuring local and typical Medieval food and beverages; street artists, musicians, acrobats and jugglers; medieval party for children with games, falconers, knights and dances.
Giostra del Saracino
Sept. 3, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Arezzo, Piazza Grande; this is one of the most important Tuscan festivals; it is held twice every year, in June and September; the whole city turns up in medieval costumes to recreate the atmosphere of medieval Arezzo as the city's districts compete against each other in a joust to win the Golden Lance; the event has its origins in the Middle Ages, when knights used to simulate a battle by using their lance on a puppet of the bad guy; at the time of the Crusades, the bad guy was a Saracen; in medieval society, jousts and tournaments were the means to celebrate special events; the tradition as appeared and disappeared throughout the centuries, but it has been occurring twice annually since 1931 (except for the years of WWII); 3 p.m. historical parade; flag-throwers show; competition of the four city districts, each one represented by two knights; each one gallops on horseback with a wooden lance and aims at the Buratto, which is an armor-plated dummy holding a shield that is divided into sectors corresponding to points; each knight has two runs along the lizza (jousting track); the competition is won by the district whose knights obtain the most points.
Assedio alla Villa - Rievocazione storica
Siege at the Villa - Historical reenactment
Sept. 14-16, 5-11 p.m., Poggio Caiano (Prato); Piazza dei Medici, Via Cancellieri, and Via Caiani. This event commemorates the visit of Princess Joan of Austria on her way to marry Grand Duke Francesco de' Medici in 1565; Renaissance-style market, musicians, Renaissance shows with falconers, flag-throwers, magicians, fire-eaters and jugglers; free wine tasting; food booths feature typical Renaissance dishes and other local specialties.
Sept. 15-16, Montopoli Val D'Arno (Pisa), Piazza Catruccio Castracani; ancient medieval market, flag-throwers, storytellers, swords duels; food stands feature local and Medieval specialties; archers coming from all over Italy perform spectacular precision shots.
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.
Arezzo: Aug. 4-5, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., in Piazza Grande (about 1000 vendors)
Orbetello (Grosseto): Aug. 4-5, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Corso Italia, Piazza Eroe dei Due Mondi, Piazza del Plebiscito
Pietrasanta (Lucca): Aug. 5, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., in Piazza Duomo
San Giuliano Terme (Pisa): Aug. 5, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Shelley and Piazza Italia
Scarperia (Firenze): Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; in July and August it closes at 11 p.m.; downtown squares and streets
Bolgheri (Livorno): Aug. 11-12, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., downtown squares and streets
Forte dei Marmi (Lucca): Aug. 11-12, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Dante
Montepulciano (Siena): Aug. 11-12, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Grande
Piombino (Livorno): Aug. 11-12,, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Piazza Cappelletti, Corso Italia, via Fucini, Piazza Gramsci
Joan Baez - Aug. 5 Verona; Aug. 6 Rome; Aug. 8 Udine
White Orcs - Aug. 9 Grosseto
Ian Paice from Deep Purple - Aug. 11 Rimini
Nick Murphy - FKA Chet Faker - Aug. 22 Segrate (Milan)
Eminem - Sept. 7 Milan
David Cosby & Friends - Sept. 11 Milan; Sept. 13 Rome
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
Brit Floyd - Nov. 6 Florence; Nov. 7 Milan; Nov. 10 Padova
Maneskin - Nov. 14
Liam Gallagher - Nov. 15 Conegliano; Nov. 16 Rome
Dire Straits Legacy - Nov. 20 Assago (Milan); Nov. 21 Padova; Nov. 23 Brescia; Nov. 24 Florence
Bunbury - Dec. 2 Milan
Elton John - May 29-30, 2019, Verona
Gianna Nannini -Aug. 13 Follonica (Grosseto); Aug. 14 Forte dei Marmi (Lucca)
Francesco De Gregori -Aug. 14 Asiago
Francesca Michielin -Sept. 2 Treviso
Angelo Branduardi - Sept. 3 Venice; Nov. 10 Florence
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 - 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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