Camping Holidays in Tuscany, Central Italy & Elba
Easter is a big event in Bibbona and festivities include the ‘Palio delle Botti’ (rolling barrels through the streets), a scared representation of Jesus Christ’s procession and the ‘Cedar festival’ where there are lots of local crafts and foods on display.
Said to have been found by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC, Rome celebrates its birthday by holding special events including concerts, parades, historical re-enactments, gladiators at the Coliseum and huge fireworks displays.
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.
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!
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.
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’.