February 9– March 3 – Carnivale – Carnival time (Annual event)
One of the biggest carnivals in Europe takes place over the weekends in the seaside town of Viareggio. Witness floats sporting enormous Papier-mâché characters usually themed around political satire. During the daytime this is fun for all the family. However, for those who like to party and dance through to the early hours the trendy bars and clubs will be open to late. On the first and last day of carnival you will be treated with a huge firework display.
Vicopisano and other towns
Vicopisano holds a carnival over the weekends as do many other towns throughout Italy. The small towns tend to hold events mainly with children in mind who dress up in costume and fancy dress. These festivals tend to be a strictly familiar affair with colourful floats and rides for kids. If you would like to know more visit the carnivals website or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to witness carnival as it happens.
March 24– March 26
Capodanno Pisano 2020 – New Year’s Eve 2020– Pisa
Steeped in history and tradition the New Year celebration of Pisa dates back to the 10th Century, when the powerful Maritime Republic of Pisa decided to fix the date of New Year’s Day on March 25th! A full calendar of events will take place over the weekend, including a mysterious occurrence due to a solar clock which can be witnessed in the stunning cathedral.
To know more see our blog countdown to Spring
April 5 – April 6 – April 7
Festa dei camminanti. – Walking festival (Annual event) – Vicopisano
A fantastic event for those who love to walk, ramble and trek. But that’s not all! There will be more than 80 events including live music and street food spread out over the weekend which will take place around Vicopisano and the hills of the Monte Pisano.
The best events and accommodation get booked up pretty quickly so contact us If you would like to know more about the programme and take part
May 11 – May 12 (to be confirmed)
Medioevo in castello – Medieval festival(Annual event) – Buti
A fun festival in the heart of Buti along the cobbled lanes of the area of town known as Castello (Castel). Be transported back in time and witness what life was like in Medieval times with historic parades, re-enactments of battles, falconry and fire eaters are just some of the things which will be on offer. Fun for all the family and adults alike as live music and dancing will go on way past midnight!
May 18 – May 19
Castello in Fiore – The castle in flower(Annual event)- Vicopisano
A colourful event where flowers and plants are the main attraction, although there will also be live music and street food and artisan stalls throughout the main square and cobbled lanes up to the castle.
If you want to see more visit Castello in Fiore – Facebook page
June 21st (to be confirmed, see note below)
photo credit – Azienda Agricola Castelvecchio
Cena tra il Filari – Dinner between the vines
A magical event hosted by the winery Castelvecchio. The evening begins with an aperitivo as the sun starts to set over the rolling hills and vines. Enjoy a 4-course dinner where the tables are set out in the vineyard under the stars to the sound of a distance saxophone. Each course will be served with a different wine produced by the winemakers who will also be your hosts.
Note. The event will take place either on or close to (within a day or two) of the summer solstice which falls on June 21st. This is a very popular event and must be booked in advance. Contact us for information about this and other similar winery events during the summer.
June - July
June 28th – July 29th
Lucca summer festival (annual event) – Lucca
Music lovers will love the summer festival in Lucca which takes place in the middle of the small city. Now in it’s 22nd edition the festival gets bigger and better each year and hosts some of the biggest names in the music industry. June 28th kicks off with the band Take Thatfollowed by such names as Ennio Morriccone, Toto, Elton John, Tears for Fears, New Order, Mark KnopflerandSting just to name a few
For more information and tickets visit the website http://www.summer-festival.com/
July 25th & 27th
Andrea Bocelli live at the Teatro del silenzio– Theatre of silence – (Annual event) – Lajatico
A must-see event for all Bocelli fans to see the famous tenor sing at the enchanting Teatro del Silenzio (Theatre of Silence) located in Andreas’s birthplace Lajatico. Usually the concert takes place just once a year but this year he has added a 2nd date on the 27th of July. July 25th sold out in just a couple of months
For more information and tickets : https://www.vivaticket.it/ita/event/andrea-bocelli-in-concerto/121122
Street dinner with the locals – Date to be confirmed
Last year Vicopisano hosted its first ever street dinner which was attended by over 400 people. It was a memorable event which we enjoyed with some of our guests who happened to be staying with us at the time.
The event works one of two ways. 1. You can either buy your food and wine already prepared from one of our small grocery stores which also offer meals to go/takeaway or you can prepare your own food and bring it with you (one of our guests has already offered to cook for us and he’s a chef! Tables. chairs and entertainment are provided, and we are hoping to have a big table of Authentic- Tuscany guests this year!
July - August
July 12 – August 16
Puccini Opera festival (annual event) – Torre di lago (Lucca)
Another must see event, this time for Puccini lovers and opera fans. Enjoy Puccini’s opera at Torre del Lago in the province of Lucca. The open-air theatre sits on the Massaciuccoli lake close to what was Giacomo Puccini’s home. The beautiful backdrop is the perfect setting to hear such operas as Turandot, Madame butterfly and Aida.
For more information and tickets:https://www.puccinifestival.it/65-festival-puccini/
Traditionally this was always the month when Italians took their holidays and headed for the seaside resorts and shut up shop! However, nowadays, more workplaces offer annual holidays which are scattered between the summer months so gone are the days of everything closing down in August.
Ferragosto is the biggest holiday of the year after Christmas and all the Italians will be either down at the beach up in the hills. As our location is only 30 minutes from the coast, we can provide you with lots of information on places to party on this day.
Many of the beach clubs hold events and festivals throughout the summer whether it be seafood BBQ’s under the stars or concerts on the sand. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates
7th – 8th September
Festa Mediovale di Vicopisano – Medieval festival– Vicopisano
This is Vicopisano’sbiggest event of the year wich in 2018 attracted over 13,000 visitors during this two-day event. Step back in time and enjoy the pageantry and festivities of times gone by with historic parades, Medieval stalls and tavernas. The event takes place throughout the historic centre so you happen to be staying at one of our Vicopisano properties you will be at the heart of the festival.
Antique and collectors’ fairs are usually held on a Sunday (please note that these markets may not take place during August)
Cascina 1st Sunday of the month
Vicopisano 2nd Sunday of the month
Pisa 2nd Saturday and Sunday of the month
Lucca 3rd Saturday and Sunday of the month
Bientina 4th Sunday of every month