Top summer 2015 music festivals in Tuscany

In Tuscany, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to summer music festivals.Here is a selection of the best events that you can enjoy while visiting Tuscany (and what can be better than this?).

Lucca Summer Festival

Website When: July 1 - 28 Where: Piazza Napoleone, Lucca Lucca Summer Festival can be considered the most important music event of the Tuscan summer, due to the presence of international artists on stage. This awaited event takes place in July in Piazza Napoleone and here are all the dates:
  • July 1: Bob Dylan
  • July 5: John Legend
  • July 7: Los Lobos
  • July 8: Paolo Nutini
  • July 9: The Script
  • July 10: Billy Idol
  • July 11: Elton John
  • July 22: Mark Knopfler
  • July 23: Robbie Williams
  • July 24: Fedez & JAX
  • July 26: Lenny Kravitz
  • July 28: Snoop Dogg
How to get there You can easily reach Piazza Napoleone in Lucca by walking just a few minutes from the train or bus stations. If you travel by car you can reach Lucca Est exit on the motorway and park outside the city walls.
Piazza Napoleone, Lucca [Lucca Summer Festival Facebook Page]
Piazza Napoleone, Lucca [Lucca Summer Festival Facebook Page]

Pistoia Blues

Website When: July 1 - 24 Where: Piazza Duomo, Pistoia Pistoia Blues is another event in Tuscany that is absolutely packed with good music. Every year some great artists perform live in Piazza del Duomo in Pistoia and here is 2015 program:
  • July 1: Mumford & Sons
  • July 3rd: Counting Crows
  • July 7: Hozier
  • July 15: Passenger
  • July 17: Italian Blues Night
  • July 18: Black Label Society and the Darkness
  • July 19: Dream Theater
  • July 21: Santana
  • July 24: Sting
How to get there The train station is just 1 minutes walking from Piazza Duomo in Pistoia. If you arrive by car take the motorway exit called “Pistoia” and leave the car in a park lot located few minutes from the city centre.
[Photo Credits: Pistoia Blues Festival]
[Photo Credits: Pistoia Blues Festival]

Puccini Festival

Website When: July 24 – August 30 Where: Gran Teatro all’Aperto, Torre del Lago Puccini (Lucca) Puccini Festival is dedicated to the great Tuscan opera composer Giacomo Puccini and takes place in the open-air theatre set on the Massaciuccoli lakefront, a really striking location in Torre del Lago. 2015 billboard includes:
  • July 24 and 31 – August 15, 12 and 30: Tosca
  • July 25 – August 7, 16, 23 and 28: Turandot
  • August 1st, 8, 22 and 29: Madama Butterfly
How to get there The best way to reach Torre del Lago is by car; the alternative is to combine train (Viareggio station) and bus.