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Photo © Gabriele Acerboni
Photo © Gabriele Acerboni

Musical journey in Pistoia and on the Pistoia Mountains

From historic squares to villages: the festivals not to be missed

Summer in Tuscany has always been synonymous with great musical events that draw fans from all over the world. In Pistoia and on the Pistoia Mountains, towns and villages are transformed every year into open-air stages, with a varied musical offer, ranging from blues to jazz, from experimental guitar to soul.

  • 1.
    Pistoia Blues Festival: the blues heart of Piazza del Duomo
  • 2.
    Serravalle Jazz, Rock and Opera: music in Rocca Nuova
  • 3.
    Toscana Django Festival: tribute to Django Reinhardt
  • 4.
    Porretta Soul Festival: soul between Bologna and Pistoia

Pistoia Blues Festival: the blues heart of Piazza del Duomo

Pistoia Blues Festival
Pistoia Blues Festival - Credit: Gabriele Acerboni

Since 1980, in July, the striking Piazza del Duomo in the historic heart of Pistoia has been transformed into an open-air stage for the Pistoia Blues Festival. Among the many artists and legends of European rock and blues who have performed, we mention Jimmy Page, Rory Gallagher, B.B. King and Pat Metheny.

In addition to the main appointment, a series of side events enriches the experience, making the Pistoia Blues Festival a unique opportunity to experience the magic of music in a fascinating setting.

In 2021, the Pistoia Blues Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary, confirming it as one of the longest-running and most prestigious music events in Italy, counted among the events of international prominence in the country’s artistic scene.

Info: Pistoia Blues

Serravalle Jazz, Rock and Opera: music in Rocca Nuova

Serravalle Rock
Serravalle Rock - Credit: Filippo Caramelli

Serravalle Jazz is the festival dedicated to the Italian and contemporary scene that takes place in late August in Serravalle Pistoiese. It was born in 2001 thanks to the musical and organizational twinning with Barga Jazz and the Big Band. Each edition revolves around a theme and the program includes, in addition to musical events, meetings with artists, book presentations and talks.

The charming Rocca Nuova is the setting for two other festivals held in the summer: Serravalle Opera (in late June) and Serravalle Rock (in late July). The former is dedicated to classical opera, the latter to the Italian independent rock scene.

Info: Serravalle Jazz

Toscana Django Festival: tribute to Django Reinhardt

Toscana Django Festival
Toscana Django Festival - Credit: Carlo Degl'Innocenti

Every year in August, the Toscana Django Festival is held in Bardalone, a small hamlet in the municipality of San Marcello Piteglio on the Pistoia Mountains. Dedicated to the figure of Django Reinhardt, one of the most virtuoso and influential guitarists of all time, it is distinguished by its focus on musical research and experimentation, inviting artists to confront their own origins and traditions.

Info: Toscana Django Festival

Porretta Soul Festival: soul between Bologna and Pistoia

Porretta Soul Festival
Porretta Soul Festival - Credit: Nigel Beckwith

Since 1988, the Porretta Soul Festival, now in its 36th year, has celebrated soul in all its forms. Held annually in Porretta Terme, in the Apennines between Bologna and Pistoia, it hosts numerous artists on stage at Rufus Thomas Park. In more than thirty years, the festival has hosted the biggest names in soul, earning a reputation as a major international music event.

Info: Porretta Soul Festival

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