The approach of September means that it’s time to bring in the harvest in Tuscany and, indeed, right across Italy. This is a magical time of year to visit and, if you’ve ever wanted to experience the workings of a vineyard or an olive press, then this is the time to see them when they’re at their most active. Wine and olive oil are not the only things coming to fruition either; this is also a great time to go hunting for mushrooms and truffles and, if you want the very best chestnuts that ever graced the table, then the Tuscan hills are the place to go!
Venice Film Festival (31st August- 10th September):
This year marks the 73rd edition of Venice Film Festival, one of the oldest international film festival’s in the world. The annual event was invented with the intentions to promote and raise awareness of various aspects of the international cinema to the public, and to this day maintains its reputation and values.
Palio di San Rocco:
From the 2nd to the 6th of September, Figline Valdarno’s four districts compete in a series of tournaments in their annual medieval festival. Activities from horse racing to flag throwing are held, and for those interested in local cuisine and rituals, music, dancing and food stalls can be found.
MITO International Music Festival:
From the 2nd to the 22nd of September, Milano and Torino, hold simultaneously a series of musical performances featuring diverse genres and a series of international artists.
Sagra della Polenta:
Join local Pisani in San Giuliano Terme- a small town in the commune of Pisa- on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th of September for the annual Polenta festival. This festival will allow your taste buds the chance to explore the variety of local dishes involving Polenta, along with other regional delicacies such as mushrooms, wild boar and of course red wine.
Sunday 4th marks an important date for the Venetians, as one of the country’s most important regatta’s takes place. Originating in the 13th century, the regatta commences with a beautiful ceremony where 16th century boats in costume carry the Dodge and other higher ranking officials up the grand canal of Venice, with behind a beautiful coloured parade. Following are four races, all vary based on age and boat type however all eager to make it to the finish line.
Festival of Madonna of the sea (September 11th):
On the second Sunday of the month, a Sicilian village called Patti honours their Madonna by holding a procession which leads into the sea. The golden statue of the saint is carried down to the sea where it’s floating carriage awaits, she is placed on an illuminated boat which leads the boat procession. Wine, food and dancing follow into the night.
Burano Regatta (17th and 18th of September):
This regatta is known as the return match for the Regatta Storica, competitors a chance to win back victory. The regatta takes place in-front of Burano and is divided into three categories where all children, women and men can compete.