The Arezzo’s territory can be divided into different areas, each one has its own peculiar characteristics and events throughout the year. These areas are Casentino, Arezzo, Valtiberina, Valdichiana and Valdarno. In this post we’ve collected all the main events. If you know an important event that you want to share with our readers, please just write down a comment! All year round Arezzo Antiques Fair: It takes place in Piazza Grande and in the small streets nearby, every first Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday. Here you can find any kind of objects: from furniture to ceramics, from jewels to fabrics, as well as paintings and sculptures. Valdarno Antiques Fair: Every second Sunday of the month, except in August, in Terranuova Bracciolini takes place in Piazza della Repubblica and Via Roma the Valdarno Antiques fair. For the whole day the city hosts the stalls of antique shops where you can find collectible items, curiosities and rarities will animate streets. February Foiano Carnival: The Carnival of Foiano della Chiana is the most ancient carnival in Italy. Since 1539 the four cantieri (districts) of the town (“Azzurri”, “Rustici”, “Bombolo” and the “Nottambuli”) involve people to build Carnival floats of papier-mâché with allegorical and political subjects. To know more read this post. Castiglion Fibocchi Carnival: Also known as “Carnevale dei figli di Bocco”, Castiglion Fibocchi, a few kilometres from Arezzo, hosts the Carnival of the Sons of Bocco, an age-old event with participants dressed in costumes and papier-mâché masks. During this Carnival, that last two days, you can find street performers, theatre, food stalls and fireworks: Saturday evening with the talk by “King Bocco“, which opens the carnival, and Sunday, when all the masks scattered throughout the village, plus a parade. April/May Craft Fair of the Valtiberina: This fair takes place in Anghiari between the end of April and the beginning of May. May Maggiolata Lucignanese: The main event that takes place in Lucignano is called “Maggiolata” and being a sort of revival of the ancient celebrations for the new incoming season after the long winter, it’s clearly linked to the traditional rural Tuscany. It takes place on the last two Sundays of May, when floats made of flowers parade through the medieval town. Everyone dances and sings to propitiate an abundant harvest. This festival also includes a competition in which the districts of the city fight for the prize for the most beautiful float creation. Giostra dell’Archidado (last day of the Medieval Week): This is a crossbow competition between the five quarters of Cortona, held in late May or early June, usually on the Sunday of Pentecost (Whitsunday). The origin of this joust recalls the wedding between Francesco Casali, Lord of Cortona, and the noblewoman Antonia Salimbeni of Siena, which took place in 1397. The crossbow competition is held in Piazza. June Joust of the Saracens: The “Giostra del Saracino”, an ancient knights' tournament with its roots in the Middle Ages, is an event held in Piazza Grande in Arezzo that takes place twice a year, once in June and once in September. More on this post. Palio dei Rioni: The Palio dei Rioni of Castiglion Fiorentino is a Roman-style horse race that takes place every year, the third Sunday of the month of June. It focuses on the competitive skills and the ancient rivalry between the districts ("Rioni") of Porta Cassero, Porta Fiorentina and Porta Romana. The event is preceded by a procession in costumes. August International Polyphonic Competition "Guido d'Arezzo": The "Concorso Polifonico Internazionale Guido d'Arezzo" is organized by the "Fondazione Guido d'Arezzo" since 1953. It is the only competition in the world that aims at improving the polyphonic music culture. August – September Stone Carving Exhibition (biennial): The old town centre of Castel San Niccolò turns into an open-air museum hosting the works of artists and stone carvers. Cortonantiquaria: This exhibition of antique furniture is housed in Palazzo Vagnotti located in Cortona old town centre. Its uniquess is due to the location and to the rigorous selection of the the exhibitors, by a special commission that grants the highest quality of furniture, jewellery, tapestry and bronzes. September Palio della Balestra: The Palio della Balestra (crossbow palio) is held every year on the second Sunday of September in Sansepolcro. The historical competition takes place between the crossbowmen of Sansepolcro and their eternal friends/enemies of Gubbio, in the setting of the Piazza Torre di Berta. On this occasion, a large number of citizens dress in medieval costumes. October - November One hundred tastes of the Apennines: The Fair of Rural Tourism and the typical Flavours of our district known as “I cento gusti dell’Appennino” is held in Anghiari. Here you can taste the local products of this area of Tuscany, such as mushrooms, truffles, cheeses, chestnut flour, honeys and jams.
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