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SITES OF IMPORTANT ARTISTIC VALUE AND UNIQUE LANDSCAPES COMBINED WITH MAJESTIC HOTELS AND FASHIONABLE BED AND BREAKFASTS, SATISFY THE NEEDS OF EVERY TOURIST.

Regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany boasts an important cultural heritage inherited from a long Golden Age. One can choose to visit the many sites of historical art and architecture that decorate the cities of the area, whether it is the Uffizi art gallery of Florence, the Piazza del Duomo cathedral of Siena, or the world famous Leaning tower of Pisa to name but a few.
All of the cities of the region are rich with art exhibits, music and theatre events. Majestic hotels, fashionable bed and breakfasts and prestigious historical residences satisfy every tourist's needs. For those who wish to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, the green Tuscan hills offer the comfort of nature, where the pristine countryside shows the other side of Tuscan culture. In a vast expanse of vineyards and olive groves, visitors are able to stay over in these areas, perhaps in a Tuscan "agriturismo", enjoying an elegant yet traditional country ambience with all its natural resources. The area basks in its own traditions and cultural artistic supremacy with The Mall, in turn, embracing these customs to provide an exciting addition to your tour of Tuscany.
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FLORENCE

HERE HISTORY AND CULTURE HAVE PASSED THE TEST OF TIME WHERE PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES MELD IN HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND BARS AND RESTAURANTS HONOUR THE TRADITION OF ITALIAN CUISINE.

Rich with history and culture that have passed the test of time, Florence is a city of wonderful attractions. Founded in the first century BC, Florence has always been at the apex of culture and is considered as the cradle of the Renaissance. Important artistic works by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Giotto are exhibited at the Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo's David can be admired at the Accademia Gallery, and the marvellous paintings of Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio are jealously guarded in the Pitti Palace. Lovers of architecture will not be disappointed: the city is considered an open air museum. Its squares, its palaces, and the Ponte Vecchio are renowned the world over for their incredible style.
Its churches combine art with architecture: each one with its own unique style, construction and decoration, illustrating architecture's harmonious evolution in time.
Paintings and sculptures meld in historic buildings becoming eternal testimony to the importance of art and religion in this city. Florence doesn't just represent a destination for those who love history: with its bars, restaurants and hotels, Florence also satisfies the needs of those who wish to immerse themselves in the local way of life.
With its historic, artistic and architectural patrimony, Florence offers its visitors holidays rich with endlessly interesting diversions.
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BEYOND FLORENCE, THE TUSCANY REGION HAS MANY MARVELLOUS CITIES TO VISIT LIKE SIENA, LUCCA AND AREZZO, AS WELL AS SPAS, GOLF COURSES AND THE FRESH MEDITERRANEAN SEA AIR.

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There are many marvellous places to visit in the Tuscany region. Whether it is natural beauty or the allure of architecture, even brief excursions outside of Florence offer unique experiences.
Visiting cities like Siena, Lucca, Arezzo or any one of the numerous enchanting towns scattered over the entire region (including nearby Reggello), as rich with natural as well as artistic beauty, will only increase the fascination with the area. With many natural hot springs and spa hotels, combined with a mild climate and incredible scenery, Tuscany is also very well-known for the richness of its wellness centres.
Their vicinity to Italy's major cultural sites make them the ideal base when organising a holiday.
Tuscany also boasts many golf courses throughout the region and is, indeed, considered a golfer's paradise.
With its pristine hills surrounded by woods, it represents the ideal place for exciting golfing challenges.
For those who desire the cool breeze of the Mediterranean, he Tuscan coast has a vast variety of sites and activities, with ports to explore and beaches to enjoy.
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local events

Florence: Pitti Imagine A/W collections

one of the worlds top fashion events, including Pitti Uomo (men), Pitti Donna (women), Pitti Bimbo (children). (January, www.pittimmagine.com).

San Giuliano Terme: Verdi’s Ladies

(Villa Roncioni Settembre 7th 2013 – February 23rd 2014). In the year of Giuseppe Verdi’s Birth Bicentenary, through gowns made by famous couturiers like Zeffirelli, there will be an itinerary following titles of his works dedicated to the heroines of Verdi.

Siena: Steve McCurry - Journey around man-kind

(Santa Maria della Scala until January 2014). Steve McCurry, Photographer of which portraits capture a universe of experiences, stories, emotions, pain, terror, and faith.

Pisa: Andy Warhol – Image and Myth

(Palazzo Blu 11th October 2013 – 1st February 2014). Over 500 works from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, covering the whole creative life of the influential 20th century artist.

Florence Avant-garde Russia, Siberia and the East

(Strozzi Palace September 27th – January 19th 2014). The complex relationship between Russian and far East art and the Russian artist that influence the development of modern art.

Florence: The amazing shoemaker Fairy tales and myths of shoes and shoemakers

(Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, April 19th 2013 – march 31st 2014). Films for children and adults.

Florence:

(Pitti palace - Gallery of modern art and costumes until January 5th). 12 masterpieces from the Orsay Museum: Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Pissarro, Fantin Latour and a best piece of Paul Guigou.

Florence: “Florence – Paris Return”

(Villa Bardini 6th September – 31st December 2013). An exhibition of Florentine works of art from the Renaissance brought together from collections across the world.

Florence: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,

a series of classical music concerts, ballets and plays, involving many important artists from around the world (www.maggiofiorentino.com).

Christmas:

Numerous religious festivals, from the Immaculate Conception (December 8th) to Epiphany (January 6th), as well as Christmas Markets and New Year celebrations, fill the Christmas/New Year period.

Carnival:

there are versions in most towns and cities during the month of February; one the biggest in Europe with colourful parade of floats and masks is the one taking place in Viareggio (www.viareggio.ilcarnevale.com).

Florence: Ponte Vecchio Golf Challenge,

a golf challenge taking place in the heart of Florence and involving international professional golfers. (December, www.pontevecchiochallenge.it).

Florence: Danza in Fiera,

The world’s largest celebration of dance, from ballet to hip hop, Latin-American to tap-dancing! (February, www.danzainfiera.it).

Florence: ART - Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell’Artigianato nr.79,

Fortezza da Basso of Florence (24 April - 3 May, www.mostraartigianato.it).

Florence: Artour-o,

for a few days contemporary art invades Florence with various exhibitions spread throughout the city (March, www.artour-o.com).

Florence: Equilibrium

(Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, until 12th April 2015). The equilibrium is above all in the female shoe! Salvatore Ferragamo knew this well and from this “obsession” of his was born this exhibition, which unites the history of footwear, with that of art, the artisan and the theatre. Fans of Made in Italy fashion should not miss it!

Florence: Gherardo of the night. Bizarre paintings and joyous dining,

(Uffizi Gallery 10th February - 24th May 2015). An exhibition about the Italian work of the Dutch painter Gerrit van Honthorst, who, influenced by the Great Italian painter Cavaraggio, rose to fame with his candlelit paintings.

Florence: Bronzes from Ancient Greece. Palazzo Strozzi 14th March - 21st June 2015. A display of 50 exceptional examples of large bronze sculpture, showing the development of the art during the time of the Ancient Greeks.
Florence: 150th anniversary of Florence Capital - A capital city and it’s architect.

(State Archive - February - May 2015). Key event celebrating Florence becoming the capital city of Italy, dedicated to the related works by the architect Giuseppe Poggi.

Florence: Contemporary and Modern Art. Antologia scelta 2015

(Tornabuoni Arte - 12 dicembre 2014 - 28 novembre 2015). Works by Kandinsky, Chagall, Paul Klee, Picasso, Mirò and Max Ernst, including the Italians Morandi, de Chirico, De Pisis, Mario Tozzi, Casorati, Rosai, Campigli and Marino Marini.

San Gimignano: 20th Century Art

(Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - 20th December 2014 - 30th August 2015). On display a collection of 13 works of art by major 20th century artists (De Chirico, De Pisis, Guttuso, Sironi).

Prato: Arte vera e gentile (Museo del Tessuto 17th October 2014 - 31st May 2015). A fascinating selection of artifacts, precious embroideries, laces and fabrics from the Renaissance to examples from the 20th Century, conserved in order to keep the traditional techniques alive.
Lucca: Signorini, Fattori, Lega e i Macchiaioli del Caffè Michelangiolo. Ribelli si nasce (Lu.C.C.A. Lucca Centre of Contemporary Art 22nd November 2014 - 6th April 2015). Revisit the Macchiaioli movement in a modern light, from the rebelliousness to the academic rules.
San Giuliano Terme (Pisa): Puccini’s ladies. Costumes and scenery

(Fondazione Cerratelli 6th September 2014 - 3rd May 2015). An exhibition dedicated to the Opera’s by Giacomo Puccini; on display the Foundation’s original costumes from the operas as well as items and models from the stage scenery.

Volterra: Rosso Fiorentino. Rosso Vivo. La Deposizione, la Storia, il ‘900, il Contemporaneo

(23rd May 2014 - 31st December 2015). Works by major 20th century and contemporary artists displayed throughout Volterra, offering interpretations, ideas and reflections on Giovanni Battista di Jacopo known as Rosso Fiorentino.

Tuscany: 2015 Tuscan Year of Archeology.

An entire year dedicated to archaeology in Tuscany, with exhibitions, conferences, exhibits, events and special itineraries for both locals and tourists.

Florence: Fabbrica Europa,

a multicultural festival involving dance, music and theatrical events exploring intercultural dialogue. (May, www.fabbricaeuropa.net).

Florence: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,

a series of classical music concerts, ballets and plays, involving many important artists from around the world. (April - July www.maggiofiorentino.com).

Florence: Notte Bianca 2015,

the White Night is a night of culture: from open theatre performances and art exhibitions to musical events, with the streets, historical buildings and squares coming alive until the early hours of the morning.

Florence: Notte Blu 2015.

The 5th edition of Florence’s Blue Night is an important dedicated to Europe, it’s cultures, traditions, diversities and flavours, forming a part of the Festival of Europe.

Torre del lago: Tuscany celebrates Giacomo Puccini

(Giacomo Puccini Grand Open-Air Theatre 28th November 2014 - 31st August 2015). A rich selection of events commemorating the 90th anniversary of the great opera composer’s death.

Siena: "Giroliando 2015"

(February - March www.sinalunga.it). From the collaboration between the consortiums for the protection of the Terre di Siena DOP olive oil and IGP Toscano, comes the Giroliando 2014, an event based around dining with high quality extra virgin olive oil.

Siena: Girogustando

(March - November 2015 www.girogustando.tv). A series of cooking evenings in the restaurants of Siena and it’s province, each starring a guest Italian chef.

Siena: Ciocosì

(Piazza del Campo 09 March - 20 March www.chocomoments.it). Tasty treats for all! Chocolate tasting together with with wine, grappa, coffee and artisan beers, chocolate making lessons for adults, and workshops for children at the Chocolate Factory and many more delicious options!

Florence: Taste 91,

a highly prestigious event celebrating the best of Italy cuisine and dedicated to the study of the cultural and biological diversity of food, including tours, tastings, debates and presentations (7-9 March, www.pittimmagine.com, www.fuoriditaste.com).

Florence: Festa del Grillo,

The celebration of the cricket originated from the pagan festival that celebrated the arrival of the Spring. A festa deriva dalle antiche festività pagane che celebravano l'arrivo della primavera. It developed into the “Calendimaggio”, celebrated during the month of May, Parco delle Cascine (giorno dell’Ascensione - www.firenzeturismo.it).

Florence: Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the cart),

a festival dating back to the time of the Crusades. A medieval cart is lit, starting an impressive firework display, thus distributing the “Holy Fire” and good luck to the city. (Easter Sunday).

 

Massa Marittima: Balestro del Grifalco,

historical festival including a parade, and a medieval crossbow competition (May, www.comune.massamarittima.gr.it)

Island of Elba: Maggio Napoleonico,

various events celebrating the arrival of Napoleon on Elba in 1814, including a re-enactment of the landing (May, www.aptelba.it)

Florence: Fortezza Antiquaria

search through the unique and the precious, from collectors items to antiques, every third weekend of the month until July. Fortezza da Basso (February - July).

Arezzo: OroArezzo (ArezzoGold) 2015

is an annual trade fair of great importance for the city of Arezzo, an exhibition of jewellery and precious metals of international renown. (9-12 May, www.oroarezzo.it).

Pisa: Antiques Market.

The city centre is brought to life by around 115 exhibitors with antiques of all types, every second Sunday of the month and preceding Saturday. (March - July).

Florence: Artigianato e Palazzo,

Giardino Corsini, artisans from across Italy display their skills and wares, including goldsmiths, silversmiths, clockmakers, glassworkers, etc. (14-17 May, www.artigianatoepalazzo.it).

Arezzo: Fiera Antiquaria,

one of Italy’s largest and oldest antiques fair (held the first Sunday of every month, and the preceding Saturday, www.fieraantiquaria.org).

Pisa: Tuscany bike Challenge

(Piazza Belvedere 15th February - 7th June 2015). Tasting Tuscany in stages: cycling, food and wine. A sporting event with enogastronomical events that promote local restaurants and producers of traditional products of the area.


For further information visit www.turismo.intoscana.it, www.firenzeturismo.it

Florence: Pitti Imagine S/S collections,

one of the worlds top fashion events, including Pitti Uomo (men), Pitti Bimbo (children). (June - July, www.pittimmagine.com).

Florence: Bronzes from Ancient Greece.

Palazzo Strozzi 14th March - 21st June 2015. A display of 50 exceptional examples of large bronze sculpture, showing the development of the art during the time of the Ancient Greeks.

Florence: Contemporary and Modern Art. Antologia scelta 2015

(Tornabuoni Arte - 12 dicembre 2014 - 28 novembre 2015). Works by Kandinsky, Chagall, Paul Klee, Picasso, Mirò and Max Ernst, including the Italians Morandi, de Chirico, De Pisis, Mario Tozzi, Casorati, Rosai, Campigli and Marino Marini.

San Gimignano: 20th Century Art

(Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - 20th December 2014 - 30th August 2015). On display a collection of 13 works of art by major 20th century artists (De Chirico, De Pisis, Guttuso, Sironi).

Volterra: Rosso Fiorentino. Rosso Vivo. La Deposizione, la Storia, il ‘900, il Contemporaneo

(23rd May 2014 - 31st December 2015). Works by major 20th century and contemporary artists displayed throughout Volterra, offering interpretations, ideas and reflections on Giovanni Battista di Jacopo known as Rosso Fiorentino.

Tuscany: 2015 Tuscan Year of Archeology.

An entire year dedicated to archaeology in Tuscany, with exhibitions, conferences, exhibits, events and special itineraries for both locals and tourists.

Florence: Nel segno dei Medici. A display of Grand Duchy treasures

(Medici Chapels 21st April - 3rd November). The exhibition focuses on the precious and sacred gifts that the Medici family donated to the sanctuaries of Tuscany and beyond.

Florence: Precious Florence - Florence Jewellery Week (28th May - 3rd June). The project promotes contemporary Florentine jewellery with a week of exhibitions, workshops, conferences and presentations in various locations and institutions of the city.
Florence: Anche le sculture muoiono. Exhibition of post-2000 sculpture

(Strozzina Centre of Contemporary Culture - Palazzo Strozzi 17th April - 26th July). A reflection on contemporary sculpture, which presents works of art and new creations by 13 Italian and international artists.

Montepulciano (Siena).

Dalla Macchia al Decadentismo - private paintings from the land of the poet Poliziano (Museo Civico e Pinanoteca Crociani 4th April - 1st November). A project displaying some of the private collections of the territory with paintings, drawings and water colours.

Volterra: Icons in Volterra. Pasolini and O'Neill with Rosso Fiorentino

(Pinanoteca civica Palazzo Minucci Solaini 3rd April - 31st December). 2 photographic exhibitions which are part of the "Rosso Fiorentino. Rosso Vivo" event.

Pisa: The signs of war. Pisa 1915-1918: the city during the First World War

(Palazzo Blu 28th March - 5th July). A exhibition commemorating the 100 year anniversary of Italy’s entry in the First World War, dedicated to the conflict that inaugurated and deeply affected the 20th Century.

Lucca: Elliott Erwitt. Retrospective

(Lu.C.C.A. Lucca Center of Contemporary Art 14th April - 30th August)The exhibition explores the work of the American photographer, renowned for his black and white pictures that portray the irony and absurd of everyday situations.

Florence: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino,

a series of classical music concerts, ballets and plays, involving many important artists from around the world. (April, www.maggiofiorentino.com).

Lucca, Torre del Lago: Puccini Festival,

an open-air festival celebrating the operas by Giacomo Puccini, held in Torre del Lago, near Lucca, where he spent much of his life (July - August, www.puccinifestival.it).

Fiesole: Estate Fiesolana,

jazz, cinema and classical music events in the open air Roman theatre (June – July, www.estatefiesolana.it).

Pistoia: Pistoia Blues,

Italy’s premier blues event attracting a host of great international artists (July, www.pistoiablues.com).

Siena: Accademia delle Crete Senesi,

a week of classical music concerts set in several of the towns in the picturesque area of the Crete Senesi (July, www.accademiadellecrete.com).

Siena, Montepulciano: International Art Workshop,

a variety of classical music events (July, www.fondazionecantiere.it).

Lucca, Pietrasanta: La Versiliana Festival,

art and music events (July - August, www.laversilianafestival.com).

Capalbio: International Short Film Festival,

short film festival reserved for young and upcoming directors, (June -July, www.capalbiocinema.com).

Massa Marrittima: Lirica in Piazza,

opera festival (August, www.liricainpiazza.it).

Torre del lago: Tuscany celebrates Giacomo Puccini

(Giacomo Puccini Grand Open-Air Theatre 28th November 2014 - 31st August 2015). A rich selection of events commemorating the 90th anniversary of the great opera composer’s death.

Florence: Fabbrica Europa,

a multicultural festival involving dance, music and theatrical events exploring intercultural dialogue. (www.fabbricaeuropa.net).

Tuscany: Food Festivals.

During the Summer there are a vast number of food festivals in every corner Tuscany, where an array of delicacies, some rare and unusual, can be tasted and purchased.

Radda in Chianti: Black Rooster Expo in Radda in Chianti

A project presented by the Chianti Classico wine consortium with tastings, sensory itineraries, beginners and advanced wine courses, plus opera and jazz at sunset.

Massa Marittima: Balestro del Grifalco,

historical festival including a parade, and a medieval crossbow competition (May, www.comune.massamarittima.gr.it).

Florence: Calcio Storico – Medieval Football,

the four most important “quartieri” (areas) of Florence compete every year at a medieval version of football in Piazza Santa Croce. The final is preceded by a parade through the centre of Florence, with the participants dressed according to 16th century etiquette. (June, www.calciostoricofiorentino.it).

Siena: Palio,

the world famous horse race is held in Siena’s main square, the Piazza del Campo (twice a year 2nd July, 16th August, www.ilpalio.siena.it).

Arezzo: Giostra del Saracino,

a medieval festival culminating in a joust, in full traditional dress (June, www.giostradelsaracino.arezzo.it).

Marradi: Night of the Witches 2015.

An historical reenactment takes place on a midsummer night with food stands and artistic performances in period costumes with witches, fairies, and knights celebrating the victory of good over evil.

Pisa: Gioco del Ponte/Luminara di San Ranieri.

Pisa celebrates it’s patron saint, San Ranieri, with a procession in medieval dress followed by a competition in which teams from the various zones of Pisa have to push the opposition back off a bridge and culminating in the Luminara in which thousands of lights and candles illuminate the buildings along the Arno and the river itself (16th June, www.comune.pisa.it).

Cortona: Cortona Antiquaria,

one of Italy’s oldest antiques markets (August–September, www.cortonantiquaria.it).

Arezzo: Fiera Antiquaria,

one of Italy’s largest and oldest antiques fair (held the first Sunday of every month, and the preceding Saturday www.fieraantiquaria.org).

Florence: Autodromo del Mugello,

the world famous circuit at present hosts the Italian round of the motorbike World Championships (June) as well as being the testing circuit for the Ferrari F1 team (www.mugellocircuit.it).

Tuscany: Walking Festival.

The Walking Festival covers 6 nature reserves and hundreds of events, enabling the discovery on foot of some extraordinary places: the Tuscan Archipelago Natioanl Park, which consists of 7 beautiful isles surrounded by crystal clear waters, the Maremma Regional Park, with sandy beaches, rocky reefs, swamps, pine forests and rugged hills, the Migliarino-San Rossore-Massaciuccoli Regional Park where one can stroll though the pine forest running all along the coast from Versilia to Pisa, and finally the Cornia Valley parks along the Etruscan Coast, offering not just the seaside but ancient mines and Etruscan archaeology. For information: www.tuscanywalkingfestival.it

Florence: Pitti Immagine Fragrances, at the ex-station Leopolda, is the International fair par excellence in the world of perfumes, bringing to Florence the peak of artistic profumery with perfumes, candles and objects for the home. (12th - 14th September).
Florence: Picasso and Spanish modernity.

Works from the Sofia Reina Centre of Art National Museum (Piano nobile (noble floor), Palazzo Strozzi, 20th September - 25th January 2015). A new look at modern art with an important event dedicated to one of the greatest masters of painting of the 20th Century: Pablo Picasso.

Florence: Radical femininity

(Gucci Museum, until the 10th October). A display of the works of 3 artists, Lee Lozano (USA, 1930-1999), Alina Szapocznikow (Poland, 1926-1973) and Evelyne Axell (1935-1972), never previously exhibited in Italy, which demonstrates how, between the late 60s and early 70s, female artists created an instrument of subversion and critique utilising the female figure.

Florence: Equilibrium

(Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, until 12th April 2015). The equilibrium is above all in the female shoe! Salvatore Ferragamo knew this well and from this “obsession” of his was born this exhibition, which unites the history of footwear, with that of art, the artisan and the theatre. Fans of Made in Italy fashion should not miss it!

Florence: Pure, simple and natural in Florentine art between the 16th and 17th centuries.

(17th June - 2nd November 2014, Uffizi Gallery). Around 80 works of art illustrating the identity of Florentine art.

Arezzo: Icastica – Arezzo, capital of contemporary art.

The 2014 edition is centred on the rebirth, from the 15th June until the 31st October 2014 the historical centre of Arezzo is all ICASTICA (from the Greek “art that represents reality”), festival dedicated to the arts and the contemporary.

Arezzo: Gold across the centuries from the Castellani Collection

(San Francesco Basilica until 2nd November 2014). The story of the goldsmith’s art in the 19th Century, told via a selection of important jewellery and historical documents, and brought to life by several famous paintings.

Pisa: Amedeo Modigliani – Autumn of Palazzo Blu.

An exhibition celebrating the “cursed” artist with a selection of works from the Pompidou Centre in Paris (Palazzo Blu 3rd October 2014 - 15 February 2015).

Viareggio: The cry of the image.

The design of Italian Expressionism (GAMC - Gallery of Contemporary Art 26th July - 8th December 2014).

Lucca: Lucca Comics & Game.

(30th October - 2nd November), Lucca’s International comic, game and illustration festival.

Arezzo: Guido d’Arezzo International Polyphonic Competition,

an international event dating back over 50 years, with choir and vocal ensemble competitons (September, www.polifonico.org).

Lucca, Viareggio: European Film Festival

(September).

Siena,Chianciano Terme: Corto Fiction,

international film festival (September, www.cortofiction.it).

Pisa: Anima Mundi,

international event celebrating the best of “sacred” classical music (September – October, www.opapisa.it).

Scansano (Siena):

Morellino Classica Festival 2014 - 21 concerts amidst the natural and historic scenery of the Maremma. (until the 4th October).

Tuscany: Sagre (Town Festivals).

In autumn, after the grape and olive harvest, a variety of festivals take place in every corner of Tuscany, including the smallest villages, where the new wines and olive oils (as well as other local products such as cheese, honey, zolfini beans, chestnuts etc.) can be tasted and purchased. Tuscan extra virgin olive oil and it’s wines, including Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano, are highly regarded for their excellent quality and exported around the world.

Pisa, San Miniato: Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco,

a market with stands from all over Italy focusing on the famous white truffle (November, www.cittadisanminiato.it).

Arezzo: Giostra del Saracino,

a medieval festival culminating in a joust, in full traditional dress (September, www.giostradelsaracino.arezzo.it)

Elba: “Imperial Island of Elba”.

In occasion of the 200th anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte’s 10 month stay while in exile, the Island of Elba hosts 10 months of events celebrating the French Emperor. (until the 26th March 2015).

Cortona: Cortona Antiquaria,

one of Italy’s oldest antiques markets (August–September, www.cortonantiquaria.it).

Arezzo: Fiera Antiquaria,

one of Italy’s largest and oldest antiques fair, held the first Sunday of every month, and the preceding Saturday (www.arezzofieraantiquaria.org).

Florence: Florence’s marathon,

with the course passing most of the main sights! (November, www.firenzemarathon.it).