Events in Tuscany September 26 to October 2

Events in Tuscany September 26 to October 2

The events in Tuscany for this week include:
Sicilian Food Festival in Pistoia | Oktoberfest in Arezzo | Wine Expogusto in Arezzo | Salvador Dalì Exhibition in Pisa | Folklore Festival in Florence | Antiques Fair in Arezzo

Events in Tuscany September 26 to October 2, 2016

Sicilian Food Festival | September 29 – October 2 | Pistoia

Type: Food Festival
: September 29 – October 2
Where: Piazza Mazzini, Pistoia
Opening hours: Daily 9 am – 10 pm
Entrance: Free

To taste some exquisite Sicilian dishes you don’t have to go all the way to Sicily because Pistoia hosts the Sicilian Food Festival with a large market with typical products. The Sicilian kitchen is especially famous for its dolci, and you can expect a huge selection of desserts like cassata, buccellati made with fig jam, fruit marzipan made from almond flour, cuddureddi, treats filled with honey, ricotta or candied fruit, sweets with almonds, biscuits covered with sesame. And last but not least the King of all Silician sweets il Cannolo Siciliano.

If you prefer savory treats, you should try the arancini (rice flavored with saffron, with peas and a central core with meat sauce) or the bread specialties or fried fish. To complete the scene an exhibition of antique Sicilian carts all decorated and hand-painted with the themes of chivalric tradition. On Sunday, October 2nd at 6 pm more Sicilian tradition with the performance of song and dance by a Sicilian folkloristic group.


Oktoberfest | September 29 – October 9 | Arezzo

Type: Food Festival and Fair
: September 29 – October 9
Where: Unicoop – Viale G. Amendola 13, Arezzo
Opening hours: Thursday and Friday 6.30 pm, Saturday 3 pm, Sunday 9.30 am
Entrance: Free

Besides the traditional Bavarian beers, the Arezzo Oktoberfest also offers a broad variety of artisan local brewed beer. The restaurant area, managed by several restaurants from the area, serves traditional dishes also from the grill and tasty desserts.
Furthermore, you can take a stroll among the many stalls of the International Market and the Hobby Market, enjoy sport and games, listen to music or have fun at the Luna Park.


Wine Expogusto 2016 | September 30 – October 2 | Arezzo

Type: Enogastronomic Fair
: September 30 – October 2
Where: Arezzo Fiere e Congressi – Via Spallanzani 23, Arezzo
Opening hours: Sept. 30: 10.30 am – 8 pm, Oct. 1: 12 pm – 8 pm, Oct. 2: 10.30 am – 8 pm
Entrance: Full 8€, reduced 5€

The wine and food fair covers 7000 square meters of indoor stalls and booths with Italian and European delicacies. Wine and artisan beers, coffee and tea, pastries and chocolate, cheese, legumes and cereals, honey, mustards and jams, olive oil, kinds of vinegar, bread and bakery products, pasta and rice products vegetables, seafood, salt and spices, meat, sausages and much more.

Alongside the exhibition area, workshops in collaboration with experts from the catering sector guided tastings and sensory pathways for those who want to learn more about the peculiarities and characteristics of artisan products.


Salvador Dalì | October 1 – February 5 | Pisa

Type: Exhibition
: October 1 – February 5, 2017
Where: Palazzo Blu – Lungarno Gambacorti 9, Pisa
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday – Sunday and holidays: 10 am – 8 pm
Entrance: Full 12€

Palazzo Blu in Pisa is ready for the opening of the exhibition Dali, the classical dream featuring over 150 works of Salvador Dalì including paintings, watercolors, and woodblocks. The show presents the Spanish master’s rich oeuvre, through a selection of major works that shows the extent to which Dali was inspired by the tradition of the great masters from the time of Raphael and Michelangelo. The works of art are on loan from the Museo Fundación Gala-Salvador Dalí di Figueres, the Dali Museum of St. Petersburg in Florida and the Vatican Museums.

More information and skip the line ticket booking can be found on the website of the Dalì exhibition.


Signoria in Festa | October 1 -2 | Florence

Type: Folklore
: October 1 -2
Where: Giardino del Lippi – Via Pietro Fanfani 16, Florence
Opening hours: Daily 10 am – midnight
Entrance: Free

The Giardino di Lippi will be transformed into a time machine to catapult you back to the era of Lorenzo the Magnificent and his court. The Renaissance festival offers entertainment for all ages with big parties with flag bearers and musicians, ladies and knights, archers and jugglers. Experience 15th-century action with armed battle, archery, and military maneuvers or take a stroll over the Renaissance market with artisan product.

Program highlights

October 1
3 pm | Corteo of the Magnificent and parade with flag bearers and music
3.30 pm | Grace, strength, and dexterity at the Court of the Magnificent: show of flags, music, duels and dances by the Signoria in Florence
6 pm | Armed battle between Florence, Cascina, and Modena: duels between Major Militia, Society of Forest Hawks, the Society of shrouds and Legio Sine Nomine.
9 pm | Flight of Birds of Prey of the Falconieri della Rocca
10.30 pm | Fire Stories: night show of Pyromancers and Fire Keepers

October 2
2.30 pm | Para bellum: preparations and demonstrations of the art of war with the Fellowship of the shrouds, the Society of Forest Hawks, Major Militia and Legio Sine Nomine.
3 pm | Sans Pareille 2016: courteous duel between flag bearers and musicians for the love of the beautiful Simonetta Vespucci
7 pm | Flight of Birds of Prey of the Falconieri della Rocca
10 pm | Fire Stories: night show of Pyromancers and Fire Keepers

The full program (in Italian) is available at the Facebook event.


Antiques Fair | October 1 – 2 | Arezzo

Type: Fair
: October 1 – 2
Where: Piazza Grande, Arezzo
Opening hours: Daily 8 am – 7 pm
Entrance: Free

The Antiques Fair of Arezzo that takes place every first Saturday and Sunday of the month is the largest in Italy, with over 500 exhibitors from throughout Italy. Since the inauguration in 1968, the Arezzo Antiques Fair has grown to be the most well-known and most visited outdoor antiques fair in Italy.

The market that stretches out over Piazza Grande and the surrounding streets of the historical center of Arezzo offers a wide variety of art objects, furniture, jewelry and Bijoux, watches, books and prints, scientific and musical instruments, toys, linen and trinkets for every type of collecting.



Ongoing events in Tuscany


Real Time and the Time of Reality | September 13 – January 8 | Florence

clock-exhibition-palazzo-pittiType: Exhibition
: September 13 – January 8, 2017
Where: Palazzo Pitti – Gallery of Modern Art – Florence
Entrance: Adults 8.50€, children 4.25€

The exhibition consists of a selection of 80 clocks out of the total of 200 pieces in the collection of Palazzo Pitti, from the 18th to the 20th century.
The collection will allow visitors to admire the astonishing technical and artistic quality of these timepieces in the various forms and formats in which they were designed.




Mercatino Francese Belle Epoque | September 17 – October 2 | Florence

belle-epoqueType: Market
: September 17 – October 2
Where: Piazza di Santa Maria Novella – Florence
Openings hours: Open every day from 10 am until midnight.
Entrance: Free

Experience the magical atmosphere of 19th century Paris at the French Market Belle Epoque in Florence. Stroll through the market packed with French products such as wine, cheese, linens, herbs and teas. Enjoy a croissant or a glass of wine while listening to jazz music.



Ai Weiwei – Libero | September 23 – January 11 | Florence

Type: Exhibition
: September 23 – January 11
Where: Palazzo Strozzi – Piazza degli Strozzi, Florence
Opening hours: Daily including holidays  10 am – 8 pm, Thursdays 10 am – 11 pm
Entrance: Full price 13€, children 5€

A dissident artist with a leading voice, Ai Weiwei is known worldwide as much for his challenging contemporary art practice as for his political activism. Ai Weiwei will be the first artist to exhibit across the entirety of the Palazzo Strozzi spaces, presenting a series of new and major works from the façade of the building and the courtyard to the piano nobile and the Strozzina gallery. Mirroring the artist’s relationship between tradition and modernity, key works will be hung in response to the architecture of the Palazzo Strozzi, a 15th-century palace built as a political statement, and is considered to embody the history of the city of Florence.

This major exhibition will include key monumental installations, sculptures, and objects, as well as videos and photography series produced throughout his career. These range from his years living in New York 1980s and ’90s when he discovered his ‘masters’ Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp, to the large iconic assemblages works from the early 2000s consisting of objects such as bicycles and stools, to his recent controversial and engaged works such as portraits of political dissidents built with LEGO bricks, and his projects on migration in the Mediterranean region.

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Amante di viaggi, storia, architettura, arte e fotografia, Magda Legnaioli, è la fondatrice e direttrice di Tuscany Sweet Life, il portale del turismo in Toscana