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Local Events

Throughout the year there are a number of exhibitions, festivals, concerts and markets — especially with the arrival of summer, which welcomes music performances, theater and other events among the ancient walls, alleys and squares of historical centers.

Calendar of the most famous and popular events in Umbria and Tuscany:

JANUARY

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antique Fair
Sansepolcro: The third Saturday of the month - Mercatale Valtiberina

FEBRUARY

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antique Fair
Sansepolcro: The third Saturday of the month – Mercatale Valtiberina

MARCH

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antique Fair
Sansepolcro: The third Saturday of the month – Mercatale Valtiberina

APRIL

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antique Fair
Sansepolcro: The third Saturday of the month – Mercatale Valtiberina. Fourth Sunday of Lent – Fiere di Mezza Quaresima
Anghiari: Craft Show

MAY

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antique Fair
Sansepolcro: The third Saturday of the month – Mercatale Valtiberina
Pieve Santo Stefano: Prugnoli Mushroom Festival
Gubbio: Corsa dei Ceri

JUNE

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antiques Fair
Sansepolcro: The third Saturday of the month – Mercatale Valtiberina
Anghiari: Palio della Vittoria

JULY

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antique Fair
Sansepolcro: The third Saturday of the month – Mercatale Valtiberina. Kilowatt Festival (Festival of Theater and Dance)
Pieve Santo Stefano: The first weekend of the month – Mignano 1498, storming the castle (Reenactment)
Perugia: Umbria Jazz
Siena: Palio di Siena (Palio di Provenzano)

AUGUST

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antique Fair
Sansepolcro: The third Saturday of the month – Mercatale Valtiberina
Anghiari: “Tovaglia a Quadri” (The Checked Tablecloth)
Cortona: Tuscan Sun Festival
Badia Tedalda: Palio dei Castelli
Città di Castello: Festival of Nations
Montone: Palio of the Holy Thorn (Reenactment)
Siena: Palio di Siena (Palio dell’Assunta)

SEPTEMBER

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antique Fair. Giostra del Saracino
Sansepolcro: “Settembre Biturgense” and “Palio della Balestra”. Third Saturday of the month – Mercatale Valtiberina, Lace Bienniale, Biennale of Art Jewelry
Città di Castello: Exhibition of furniture and National Horse Show
Pieve Santo Stefano: Second week of the month – “City of the Diary Award

OCTOBER

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antique Fair
Sansepolcro: The third Saturday of the month – Mercatale Valtiberina
Anghiari: “100 flavors of the Appennines”, St. Martin Festival and Bringoli Festival
Caprese Michelangelo: Last two weekends of the month – Chestnut Festival
Perugia: "Eurochocolate"
Lama: Lamarina Marathon
Città di Castello: Fair of Utopia Concrete

NOVEMBER

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antique Fair
Sansepolcro: The third Saturday of the month – Mercatale Valtiberina
Città di Castello: White Truffle Festival

DECEMBER

Arezzo: The first weekend of the month – Antique Fair
Sansepolcro: The third Saturday of the month Mercatale Valtiberina
Città di Castello: Exhibition of Neapolitan Nativity.

- Palio della Balestra - Sansepolcro, second Sunday of September - This historic dispute takes place the second Sunday of the month in the charming scenery of Piazza Torre di Berta, which is enclosed by Renaissance palaces. The crossbow, which in medieval times was a weapon of war and hunting, was gradually supplanted by firearms and was later used as a tournament weapon only.
According to ancient custom, in the morning the herald reads the announcement of challenge to the rivals from the city of Gubbio.
In the afternoon, after the blessing of the weapons and announced by the beating of drums and the sound of trumpets, archers come to the streets, while the flag wavers throw the banners with the colors of the old neighborhoods in the air.
“Che si balestri il palio!” ("Let the contest begin!") – With these words the herald opens the contest. In their Renaissance costumes, marksmen of the two cities will compete on the shooting range. The silence is broken only by sharp sounds of arrows hitting the dogwood target which is shaped like a truncated cone and is placed at 36 meters.
In these moments the square relives the magic of the old rites.

- September Biturgense - Sansepolcro, throughout the month of September is dedicated to the celebrations that precede and follow the Palio: dinners in costume, games, flag wavers, processions of ladies and knights. Just as in the paintings of Piero della Francesca, we reenact the atmosphere of the Renaissance.
A full calendar of cultural, historical and gastronomic events makes a visit to the city of Sansepolcro an absolutely unforgettable experience.

- Premio Pieve - Città del Diario - Pieve Santo Stefano, the second week of September - The Pieve Award opens the week dedicated to reading, through conferences, seminars and the direct testimony of writers and artists. The Diary Archive of Pieve Santo Stefano, established in 1984, collects the writings of ordinary people in the form of diaries, letters and memoires.
Every year, a Commission discusses the submitted works and selects from around one hundred texts eight finalists, who are then passed to the National Jury. After the competition, all the texts are included in the Archive, which is available to everyone who is interested in discovering this "folk memory bank" which now has over 6000 real-life stories.

- Palio della Vittoria - Anghiari, June 29 - This is an historical re-enactment of the famous Battle of Anghiari. It occurs in the streets of the beautiful medieval village, which saw a clash of arms on June 29, 1440 between Florence and Milan. Leonardo da Vinci painted this battle in the Salone dei Cinquecento in Florence, and Machiavelli described it in detail. Since then, the Tuscan village celebrates this famous victory every June 29, and hosts the great feast: the Palio della Vittoria. The event begins at 18:30, when the crossbowmen and the flag-wavers of Sansepolcro arrive in Piazza Baldaccio.
At sunset a procession led by the Mayor of Anghiari goes to the Chapel of the Victory where, at 20:30, the firing of cannons marks the start of a race between the runners representing participating municipalities. The challengers run a breathless 1400 meters uphill, to the Central Square Baldaccio. The winner of the race receives honor and respect.

- Giostra del Saracino - Arezzo, September 5 - This race and historical re-enactment in medieval costumes has been held in the Piazza Grande in Arezzo for centuries, perhaps since 1200.
The point is to hit a target placed on the shield of the Buratto (an automatic swivel impersonating the "King of the Indies"), with a spear at the end of a fast horse race.
One must do this all without being hit by the flail, held by the Buratto and driven by a spring mechanism.
This game was most likely a military practice exercise, which gradually assumed the features of the event in which people challenged each other during special celebrations or simply to demonstrate their skills.

- Antique Fair - Arezzo, every first Saturday and Sunday of the month - In the days of the fair the "Great Square" of the city – surrounded by ancient palaces and crenellated towers, dominated by the bulk of the austere Romanesque church, and bounded by the gallery designed by Vasari – returns to "market".
It becomes filled with stalls, antique dealers and collectors of all kinds, transforming the character of the city.
All parts of the city – including courtyards, the lodges and palaces – teem with visitors, and curious tourists. Exhibitors, now more than 500, come from all over Italy and offer their items with a broad variety of cultural traditions and regional customs.
The Fair was founded in 1968 by the antiquarian and collector Ivan Bruschi (whose house and immense treasure trove of valuable collections, is now a "House-Museum") and was the first event to have regular monthly antique showings and gain long-term success.

- Tovaglia a Quadri (Checked Tablecloth) - Anghiari, second and third week of August - This event, which is thought of as the feast of the Tuscan people, is basically a dinner of traditional dishes brightened by the play in which everyone is involved as an actor.
Evocative and unforgettable, this event has earned a prominent place among the events taking place in the summer in Tuscany.
With ditties and stories of our grandparents that have become legends, the event is held outside the walls of the square of the "Poggiolino", one of the most beautiful squares of the village.

- The Craft Show - Anghiari, late April/early May - During this event held in Anghiari, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, the artisan shops are moved to the old cellars, the squares and the ancient alleyways of the old town center.
The event covers all areas of crafts, from antiques to the manufacture of iron and pottery, from carved stone to precious metals, from fabrics to leather.
The promotion of handicraft in the Tiber valley is one of the most important and qualified in central Italy.
In addition every corner of the town offers panoramic views of rare beauty.

- Memorandia - Anghiari, every second Sunday of the month - A market of antiques – both modern antiques and collectibles – among the ancient streets of the historic city center.

- Fiere di Mezza Quaresima - Sansepolcro, during the fourth week of Lent, from Thursday to Sunday. A big market with a great variety of products.
It is a tradition to walk the busy streets of the historic center between stalls full of crafts and culinary products.

- The Apennines Centogusti - Anghiari, late October/early November - The exhibition, held in the shops of the village of Anghiari, offers visitors the opportunity to meet experts from the diverse world of rural Tuscan flavors and the possibility of tasting and purchasing traditional products.

- Bringoli Festival and St. Martin Day- Anghiari, November - This is a traditional Tuscan festival where the food served includes bruschetta, sausages, chestnuts and most of all bringoli, with mushroom or meat sauce. All this is accompanied by good Tuscan wine and a unique atmosphere offered by the ancient streets of the town of Anghiari.
The bringoli are a kind of thick spaghetti made from wheat flour and water. What was once the dish of the poor has now become a specialty to be seasoned with the sauce of hare, goose, duck or porcini mushrooms. (Porcini found in the forests of the valley are highly recommended.) The homemade pasta of the Upper Tiber Valley is one of the specialties of this area and good examples are spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli, gnocchi, agnellotti, tagliatelle and, above all, bringoli.
Do not forget that the Tiber Valley is where, in 1827, the famous brand of pasta Buitoni was founded.
The annual festival always falls on the weekend near St. Martin's Day (November 11th).

- The Mercatale Valtiberina - Sansepolcro, third Saturday of every month - In Piazza Torre di Berta one can meet the leading producers of Tiber Valley, Val di Chiana, Valdarno, Casentino, and their quality products. Visitors can taste and buy a choice of savoury and delicate cheeses (fresh cheese, cottage cheese, organic raviggiolo, buffalo mozzarella and ricotta), salami seasoned using a natural method, and other traditional cured meats. Do not miss the freshly baked bread, cookies and cakes.
A feast of this fresh seasonal produce is created by the patient work of passionate farmers. Also of note are the flour, extra virgin cold pressed olive oil and wine of our hills, the sweet honey, and jams made of wild berries. And in the fall, not to be missed are joys of chestnuts, mushrooms and truffles, as well as saffron, the cultivation of which has been restored by famer enthusiasts.
Visits and tastings at local companies are organized by the "Road of the Tastes of the Tiber."
For more information: www.stradasaporivaltiberina.it

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