Camping Holidays in Tuscany, Central Italy & Elba
The Chianti wine festival at Montespertoli is an entertaining occasion with a procession of locals dressed up in 19th century costumes and, of course, lots of wine to taste. This wine festival is unusual in the number of street musicians and costumed bands who, along with Tuscan flag throwers and street actors, turn out to provide plenty of entertainment.
This annual music festival is one of the oldest in Europe and offers a splendid mix of artists and orchestras. It is incredibly popular with holiday goers and locals alike offering something for everyone. The most popular event is the Concerto all'Alba (Dawn Concert) in mid August when the entire town wakes up a 4:30 to watch the sunrise over the bay accompanied by music.
Lake Bolsena has a famous annual flower festival, ‘Infiorata’, which takes place on the second Sunday after Whitsunday as part of the Corpus Domini celebrations. A carpet of flowers (nearly 3km long) is laid down for the procession, which depict holy figures and resemble stained glass using rose petals and other flowers. The celebrations culminate with an extravagant firework display.
The Ferie delle Messi festival brings all kinds of medieval practitioners to town such as jugglers, acrobats and jousting knights. Although a great tourist attraction this festival is also for the benefit of the locals who take great pride in their historic town and its vibrant past.
Pisa's Patron Saint, St Ranieri, is celebrated by putting lights in windows of all the buildings and palaces in the city, as well as thousands of floating candles alight on the waters of the Arno. This is accompanied by a fireworks display.
During late June and early July every year, the ‘Festival dei Due Mondi’ takes place in Spoleto. The town comes alive with a variety of performing arts events: ballet, exhibitions, concerts and theatre.
A tradition since the 14th century, for the people of Siena the Palio horse-race is a matter of life and death. Ten bareback riders clash in a frenzied 90-second dash around the huge Piazza del Campo. Races are held on the 2nd July and the 16th August every year. This is a very popular event so arrive early in the day to ensure that you don't miss out on the action!
‘Roma Incontra il Mondo’ is a wonderful festival where musicians from all over the world play at Villa Ada, via di Ponte Salario on a lakeside stage, accompanied by stalls of food, music and books. The festival takes place on scheduled dates throughout July. 2018 dates to be confirmed.
In Capoliveri, on 14th July there is a historic parade for one of Elba’s most popular legends – Leggenda del’Innamorata. The shore is lined with torchlight and a parade of people in costume, searching for the lost lovers.
Founded by violinist and conductor Michael Guttman, this Tuscan festival hosts an array of impressive classical music concerts at the venue Chiostro Sant'Agostino near Florence. A must for Classical music fans holidaying in this beautiful region.
This amazing fantasy festival brings fairies, elves, witches, princesses and all other kinds of imaginary creatures to Vinci, filling Leonardo's home town with duels, magic shows, archery contests and Gothic music. As well as the Parade of the Elves, Alley of Fear and Enchanted Fortress, there are live role playing games! This enchanting festival is a truly wonderful spectacle for locals and visitors alike.
Set amongst the beauty of the Amalfi coast, this tasty festival is a celebration of the gastronomic history of the small village of Agerola. For generations the people of Agerola have made Fiordilatte; a mozzarella-like cows milk cheese that is popular across the country. This authentic festival offers a genuine slice of Italy. The dates for this festival are to be confirmed.
In August there is the “Convivia” - a celebration of Bibbona’s produce, most notably the DOC wine, which is accompanied by live performances in the historic centre of Bibbona. This is a popular event attracting crowds of visitors who all come to enjoy wine tasting, street entertainment and markets. 2018 dates to be confirmed.
Lamporecchio has a traditional ‘Brigidini Festival’ in early August. During the festival you can try the town’s traditional sweet ‘brigidini’ and watch live musical performances. Please note: dates for 2018 are to be confirmed.
Sarteano host a number of festivals in the summer. The most significant festival is the 'Giostra del Saracino' on 15th August. There are parades, costumes and flags waved from the five local districts and men on horseback gallop through the town before the ‘Joust of the Saracens’.
At the end of August, Elba hosts the ‘Musical Island of Europe Festival’. Classical artists meet in Portoferraio to play and practice their music, often performing original productions for the first time. The music programmes are extremely varied ranging from classical to 20th century music. Some of the events take place in the Catheral Rio nell'Elba and at the Sanctuary of the Madonna de Monte - reached by a trek through the woods above Marciana. 2018 dates to be confirmed.