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Unmissable events and destinations

Tuscan sun festival a Cortona

Tuscan Sun Festival

The Tuscan Sun Festival is an annual music and art festival that takes place within the intimate setting of the medieval town of Cortona.
Each August the festival offers an exciting program that includes not only world class concerts, but a daily program of events that explore fine art, film, culinary and wine, fitness and wellness, and local culture and history.

Archidado a Cortona


The “Giostra dell’Archidado” is a historical re-enactment event and cross-bow shooting competition commemorating the wedding of Francesco Casali, Lord of Cortona, to noble woman Antonia Salimbeni that took place in year 1397. Crossbowmen from the five town “quintieri” battle it out in a competition of skill and ability to conquer the “verretta d’oro” (golden dart). The competition takes place in the Piazza Signorelli.

Cortona Antiquaria

Cortona Antiquaria

Cortonantiquaria has succeeded in the difficult task of making an antique fair a fashionable event attracting each year a growing number of younger visitors; a wide range of events, food and wine tastings, fashionable evening aperitifs, “cheeky” exhibitions and author meetings have made Cortonantiquaria one of the places to be in late August.


Arezzo (15 miles)

Originally built by the Etruscans Arezzo is well-known for the works of Piero della Francesca, the world-famous Giostra del Saracino, a medieval re-enactment taking place each year in June and in the first week of September as well as for the monthly Fiera dell’Antiquariato (antique fair).


Montalcino (45 miles)

From its high perch overlooking the Val d’Orcia Montalcino has kept its medieval charm throughout the centuries. Its territory, included in the Parco Artistico Naturale e Culturale della Val d’Orcia (natural and cultural heritage park) is covered with extensive vineyards yielding top-draw red wines such as the world-famous Brunello di Montalcino.


Montepulciano (25 miles)

Perched on a narrow limestone ridge Montepulciano is surrounded by city walls and fortifications built in the 1500s under Cosimo I. Montepulciano is well-known for its commanding Renaissance buildings, its elegant churches and its “Nobile di Montepulciano”, one of the most internationally acclaimed Tuscan wines. The town centre has developed along the main street that climbs steeply up the hill to reach at its top the Piazza Grande.


Perugia (35 miles)

Perugia, Umbria’s provincial capital, is home to many remarkable monuments such as the Cathedral of S. Lorenzo, completed in 1430, and the Fontana Maggiore, a work by Fra Bevignate. Right across from the fountain stands the imposing Palazzo dei Priori, today housing municipal offices and the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, one of the most prominent art galleries in central Italy. Excellent shopping facilities.


Siena (50 miles)

One of Tuscany’s most charming towns Siena is rich in monuments, museums, art and architecture bearing testimony to the town’s glorious past. The Palio, held each year on 2nd July and 16th August, is the event which the city is probably most famous for; members of the seventeen contrade (town districts) work hard all year round to organise this event in which the whole of the city is enthusiastically involved. .


Assisi (50 miles)

Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis; St. Francis was born here in 1266. Following the seventh centenary of his death the town has enjoyed growing global renown that made it one of Italy’s favourite tourist destinations.