Sunshine & Sensations
It is that time of the year again; summertime is when Italy truly starts to shine, offering a seemingly endless calendar or cultural and traditional events everywhere you look. The season of long, warm evenings spent dining in the piazza and cooling down by the pool with a gelato on hot afternoons is upon us, so don’t hesitate to contact us for availability and begin planning your very own Italian summer.
Event calendar in Tuscany and beyond!
From March 10th to July 23rd, Palazzo Strozzi will feature an exhibition on the master of video art, Bill Viola. Viola is a contemporary video artist, whose work explores electronic, sound, and image technology within New Media. The exhibition titled Electronic Renaissance will allow you to explore his early experimental work from the 70’s up to his monumental pieces of the 21st century, celebrating his special relationship with the magical city of Florence.
Mirò! Dream and Colour:
From April 11th to September 17th, Palazzo Albergati will host over 130 works of legendary surrealist artist Joan Mirò. The exhibition will feature a series of oil paintings, drawing and sculptures which root his identity, exploring his transgressive, and wild nature.
From the 21st of April to the 4th of June the annual ice-cream festival will be touring Italy, stopping in Florence, Rome, Turn and Milan. This event intends to raise awareness of the Italian origins of ice-cream and visitors have the opportunity to learn everything there is to know about ice-cream from the history to the secret ingredients, however the real learning starts when your taste buds take over.
Dating back to the 1500’s where rules didn’t exist, emerged the historical and ruthless Calcio Storico. On June 10th, 11th and 24th the square of Santa Croce in Florence becomes a battleground, where supporters can be heard cheering from all ends of the city. Take part in this crowd, whether its to support or simply experience the aura.
Corpus Domini (June 15th):
Sixty days after Easter, Catholics celebrate Corpus Domini- a religious solemnity to honour the Eucharist. Florence holds a spectacular feast which begins with a procession from the Duomo where the Eucharistic bread is carried throughout the streets of Florence. Following are celebrations and festivities all throughout the city streets. Other cities and towns in Italy celebrate, so make sure you ask around the neighbouring towns,villages or cities.
Regatta of Saint Ranieri:
On the 17th of June the Pisani (Pisa locals) honour their patron saint San Ranieri with a regatta which is held in the evening. The four ancient districts of the city compete in a 1500 meter race along the Arno river.
Palio delle Antiche Repubbliche Marinare (June 18th ):
The 61st edition of this eight-oared galleon race will take place in Amalfi, where competing teams; Pisa, Amalfi, Genoa and Venice reenact a historical event that took place in 1955. Before the race begins, a beautiful historical parade takes place where boaters line the streets with flowers, flags, trumpets, drums and horses.
Opera di Verona:
June 23rd commemorates the opening of the 2,000 year old the roman amphitheatre Opera di Verona, in Piazza Bra. As a tradition, on the day a series of performances take place, this year it will feature the classic, Carmen followed by Aida on the 25th. The opera will remain open till August 28th, hosting a variety of different shows.
Procession of St. John the Baptist’s Ashes (June 23rd):
Genoa says to have the real ashes belonging to Saint John, and therefore on the eve of the 24th Genoa commemorates and celebrates with music in the piazzas, local stalls and more. At midnight a bonfire is lit in the main city square, however the real excitement takes place on the 24th. The procession takes place and an arc containing the saint’s relics is carried from San Lorenzo’s Cathedral to Porto Antico.
Saint John the Baptist Day:
On June 24th June, Florence honour their patron saint, Saint John the Baptist. A beautiful procession commences in the morning at Palazzo Vecchio and ends at the Baptistery, and alongside this various festivities and events surround this entire week. Make sure you don’t miss out on ‘Calcio Storico’, ’Notturna di San Giovanni Marathon’ and of course the spectacular firework display over Florence.