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    Explosion of the Cart 2019

    Date: 21 April 2019

    The Explosion of the Cart (Scoppio del Carro) is a religious tradition that takes place every year on Easter Sunday, in Florence. The brindellone, a pyrotechnical tower positioned on a cart, is pulled by a pair of oxen on the streets of the historical center of Florence and positioned, in the end, between the Baptistery of Saint John and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. At a certain time, the archbishop lights a dove-shaped rocket from the altar of the cathedral, which, through a cord mechanism, runs through the central nave of the church and reaches the cart outside, causing it to explode.   SHORT HISTORY The ceremony dates back to the distant times of the First Crusade, called to free the city of the Jerusalem in 1099. According to the legend, it was the Florentine Pazzino from the Pazzi family who first climbed the walls of the Holy City where he placed the Christian flag. For this act of valor, Godfrey of Bouillon, one of the leaders of the First Crusade, donated three small pieces from the Holy Sepulcher to him. Returning to Florence, Pazzino was celebrated and welcomed with solemn honors. It seems that, after the liberation Read more [...]

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    Giorgio Moroder – The Celebration of the 80s Tour 2019

    Date: 18 May 2019

    Time: 9:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Giorgio Moroder, the legendary producer, will perform on Saturday, 18 May 2019, at the Nelson Mandela Forum, in Florence, as part of his The Celebration of the 80s Tour. Known by many as the godfather of the disco music, if not even the founder of the electronic dance, Giorgio Moroder, at the age of 78, is ready to start a tour that will touch 15 European cities between April and May 2019. The Celebration of the 80’s will see the Italian singer-songwriter, producer and DJ, exhibit the highlights of his prolific career in a spectacular show. Moroder had an important influence in the music industry for over 55 years, starting in 1963. He was the first to put dance music on a repetitive percussive beat and to abandon the laws of harmony by inserting the synthesizer in his musical projects. The first recognition came in the 70’s with the music and production for Donna Summer (I Feel Love, On the Radio and Love to Love You Baby). This led to other great collaborations with Cher (Bad Love), Blondie (Call Me), David Bowie (Cat People), Debbie Harry (Rush Rush), Freddie Mercury (Love Kills), Bonnie Tyler (Here She Comes) and Pat Benatar (Here’s Read more [...]

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    Firenze Rocks 2019

    Date: 13 June 2019 - 16 June 2019

    Firenze Rocks is a rock music festival that takes place every year in the month of June at the Visarno Arena, in the Parco delle Cascine, in Florence. Placebo, Aerosmith and System of a Down were just a few of the names who attended the first edition of the festival, in 2017. In 2018, in front of over 210,000 spectators, The Kills, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Helloween, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne appeared on stage.   FIRENZE ROCKS 2019, the third edition of the festival, will take place between 13 and 16 June. The first name announced is the English band The Cure, who will play on Sunday, June 16, at the Visarno Arena. To date, the band sold around 27 million records and released thirteen studio albums, ten EPs and over thirty singles. The second name that appears on the festival poster is Ed Sheeran, who will play on Friday, June 14, at the same Visarno Arena. Over time, Ed Sheeran sold more than 38 million albums and 100 million singles worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.   THE VENUE Visarno Arena is located within the Visarno Hippodrome, located in Read more [...]

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    Ed Sheeran – Divide Tour 2019

    Date: 14 June 2019

    Time: 6:00 pm to 12:00 am

    The English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran will perform on Friday, 14 June 2019, at the Visarno Arena, in the Parco delle Cascine, in Florence. Ed Sheeran released his debut album, +, in September 2011, and the album topped the UK, Australian and US charts, being certified seven-times platinum in the UK. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. The single The A Team was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. His second studio album, x, was released in June 2014, and it peaked at number one in the UK and the US. In 2015, x won the Brit Award for Album of the Year. The single Thinking Out Loud earned him two Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremony – Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Sheeran’s third album, ÷, was released in March 2017, and it debuted at number one in the UK and the US. In April 2018, ÷ was named the best-selling album worldwide of 2017. To date, Ed Sheeran sold more than 38 million albums and 100 million singles worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists Read more [...]

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    Luminara di San Ranieri 2019

    Date: 16 June 2019

    Luminara di San Ranieri is a candlelight festival that takes place every year in Pisa, on the night of June 16, and is dedicated to San Ranieri, the patron saint of the city. On this occasion, the city lights up with thousands of candles, creating an evocative and unique effect that seems to bring the visitors back in time. Every year, approximately 100,000 candles placed on wooden frames outline the architectural forms of the palaces, bridges, churches and towers that overlook the River Arno. Later, many of the candles are placed on water, on the same river, between the Fortezza Bridge and the Citadella Bridge, creating an enchanting play of lights and reflections. Along with the Palio di San Ranieri, the Gioco del Ponte and, every four years, the Regatta of the Historical Maritime Republics, the Luminaria is part of a series of events entitled Giugno Pisano (Pisan June).   SHORT HISTORY The first historical document attesting the tradition of illuminating the city of Pisa with oil lamps dates back to 1337. Before 1688, the feast was held on several occasions. Notable are the 1539 edition, in honor of Vittoria della Rovere, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and the wife of Read more [...]

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    The Cure

    Date: 16 June 2019

    Time: 4:00 pm to 12:00 am

    The English band The Cure will play on Sunday, June 16, at the Visarno Arena, in the Parco delle Cascine, in Florence, as part of the Firenze Rocks Festival 2019. The Cure are a rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. Their debut album, Three Imaginary Boys, was released in 1979. Between 1980 and 2008, the band released another 12 studio albums: Seventeen Seconds (1980), Faith (1981), Pornography (1982), The Top (1984), The Head on the Door (1985), Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987), Disintegration (1989), Wish (1992), Wild Mood Swings (1996), Bloodflowers (2000), The Cure (2004) and 4:13 Dream (2008). During the years, songs such as Let’s Go to Bed (1982), Just Like Heaven (1987), Lovesong (1989) and Friday I’m in Love (1992) aided the band in receiving commercial popularity. To date, the band sold around 27 million records and released thirteen studio albums, ten EPs and over thirty singles.   THE FESTIVAL With The Cure, Firenze Rocks 2019 unveils its first headliner and warms the engines for what will be an edition full of surprises and novelties, which will make all lovers of rock music happy. From 13 to 16 June 2019, at the Visarno Read more [...]

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    Palio di San Ranieri 2019

    Date: 17 June 2019

    Time: 12:00 am to 12:00 am

    Palio di San Ranieri (Regatta of Saint Ranieri) is a historical reenactment event held every year in Pisa on the date of June 17, the day when the city celebrates its patron saint, San Ranieri. Along with the Luminaria, the Gioco del Ponte and, every four years, the Regatta of the Historical Maritime Republics, the Palio di San Ranieri is part of a series of events entitled Giugno Pisano (Pisan June). The regatta, preceded by a historical parade on the streets of the historical center of Pisa, is disputed among 4 crews representing the 4 historical districts of the city, two representing Tramontana and two of Mezzogiorno – San Francesco (yellow boat), San Martino (red boat), Santa Maria (blue boat) and Sant’Antonio (green boat). Each crew consists of eight rowers, a helmsman and a montatore. The montatore is responsible for the most spectacular part of the race – he must climb a ten meter high flagpole, placed at the finish, on a floating platform, to capture the palio (the flag). The boats recall the typical frigates of the Medicean Order of the Saint Stephen’s Knights. The race starts from the Railway Bridge and takes place over a distance of 1,500 Read more [...]

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    Giostra del Saracino – Giostra di San Donato 2019

    Date: 22 June 2019

    Giostra del Saracino (Saracen Joust) is one of the most important medieval festivals in Italy, held twice a year in Piazza Grande, in Arezzo. In the penultimate Saturday in June, during the evening, is held the Giostra di San Donato, dedicated to San Donato, the patron saint of Arezzo, and in the first Sunday of September, during the day, is held the Giostra della Madonna del Conforto, dedicated to Our Lady of Comfort, protector of the city. The Saracen Joust is a competition between the four Quarters of the city: the Porta Crucifera District, the Porta del Foro District, the Porta Sant’Andrea District and the Porta Santo Spirito District. The competition consists of hitting a target held by the Buratto, a revolving armor-plated dummy who personifies the King of the Indies. The participants, two of each team, eight in total, gallop their horses towards the Buratto, trying to hit the target with a lance. The couple of knights with the highest score win the competition. The Joust is preceded by a procession of 350 costumed people and 27 horses parading along the historical center of Arezzo, ending in Piazza Grande, where the tournament take place.   GIOSTRA DI SAN DONATO Read more [...]

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    Take That – Greatest Hits Live Tour 2019

    Date: 28 June 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The English pop group Take That will perform on Friday, June 28, 2019, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, as part of the Lucca Summer Festival 2019.   THE BAND Take That was formed in Manchester in 1990. The original line-up consisted of five members: Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Jason Orange. Barlow acted as the group’s lead singer and main songwriter, with Owen and Williams providing backing vocals and Donald and Orange serving primarily as dancers. The group had 28 top 40 singles and 17 top 5 singles in the United Kingdom, 12 of which have reached number one, as well as having seven number one albums. They have received eight Brit Awards, winning awards for Best British Group and Best British Live Act. Robbie Williams left the band in 1995, while the four remaining members completed their world tour and released a final single before splitting up in 1996. After filming a 2005 documentary about the group and releasing a new greatest hits album, Take That without Williams officially announced a 2006 reunion tour around the UK. Their fourth studio album, Beautiful World, was released in 2006 and was followed up by The Circus, in Read more [...]

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    Gioco del Ponte 2019

    Date: 29 June 2019

    Gioco del Ponte (Battle of the Bridge) is a historical reenactment event held every year in Pisa, on the last Saturday of June. Along with the Luminaria, the Palio di San Ranieri and, every four years, the Regatta of the Historical Maritime Republics, the Gioco del Ponte is part of a series of events entitled Giugno Pisano (Pisan June). The Battle of the Bridge is held on the beautiful bridge Ponte di Mezzo, between two teams dressed in elaborate 16th century costumes – one representing Mezzogiorno, the districts of Pisa south of the River Arno, and the other representing Tramontana, the districts north of the Arno. The event has five stages: the march of the troops along the riverbanks of the Arno River, the formal opening of the battle, the call to arms, the challenges made by ambassadors, and finally, the battle itself. In the contemporary version, the game consists in the pushing of an iron cart along a specially mounted track on the Ponte di Mezzo, aiming to conquer the enemy’s side of the bridge.   SHORT HISTORY Gioco del Ponte has its roots in an ancient violent game called Mazzascudo, held on the day of Sant’Antonio Abate, on Read more [...]

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    Lucca Summer Festival 2019

    Date: 1 July 2019 - 31 July 2019

    Lucca Summer Festival is one of the most important music festivals in Italy, held every year in Lucca, usually during the month of July, since 1998. The concerts are usually held within the historic walls of Lucca, in Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino or Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Sometimes, when the audience is very large, it is preferred to use the Porta Elisa soccer stadium in Lucca or the Pini stadium in Viareggio. Over time, important bands and artists have attended the festival, such as David Bowie, Bob Dylan, James Brown, Mark Knopfler, Jamiroquai, Seal, Zucchero, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Anastacia, Giorgia, Green Day, Ennio Morricone and the Rolling Stones. On 5 July 2009, the Dave Matthews Band held a concert of over three and a half hours, the longest performance of their career. On 23 September 2017, was held the historic Rolling Stones concert, the only Italian date of the No Filter European tour, which established the attendance record for this event, of about 55,000 people. On this occasion, the stage was built alongside the City Walls, precisely in the former Balilla field.   The 2019 edition of the LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL will start on June 28, with a Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio di Provenzano 2019

    Date: 2 July 2019

    Palio di Siena is a horce race held twice a year in Siena, on July 2, known as Palio di Provenzano, dedicated to the Madonna of Provenzano, and on August 16, under the title Palio dell’Assunta, in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Palio di Siena is an equestrian competition between the 17 contrade (districts) of the city, held in the beautiful Piazza del Campo. The race is preceded by the Corteo Storico, a parade of about 700 people dressed in medieval costumes.   SHORT HISTORY Horse races in Siena were held since the 13th century, when the Palio was the closing event of the annual festival dedicated to the patron saint of the town, the Virgin Mary of the Assumption. Initially, there were many contrade, but after the plague of 1347, their number was reduced to 42. A contrada was named after a street, a church or after an illustrious family residing on its territory. In 1605, the Captain Sigismondo Santi and the Cavalier Fortunio Martini made a proposal to the Municipality of Siena, to held the competition in Piazza del Campo. As a result, at the beginning of the 17th century, the Palio was relocated in the Read more [...]

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    Toto – 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour 2019

    Date: 5 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The American rock band Toto will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, on Friday, July 5, 2019, as part of their 40 Trips Around The Sun tour.   THE BAND Toto was formed in 1976, in Los Angeles, and the band is known for a combination of musical styles, with elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B, blues and jazz. The band enjoyed commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the band’s debut album released in 1978, Toto. With the release of their fourth album, Toto IV, in 1982, the band became one of the best-selling music groups of their era. Toto is widely known for hits like Hold the Line, Rosanna and Africa. To date, the band released 17 studio albums and sold over 40 million records worldwide. The group received several Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009. Toto released their Greatest Hits album, titled 40 Trips Around the Sun, on February 9, 2018. The same year, they embarked on a world tour promoting the album and celebrating 40 years of playing music. Their 40 Trips Around The Sun tour Read more [...]

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    Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour 2019

    Date: 7 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    Elton John will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, in the main square of the city, Piazza Napoleone, on Sunday, July 7, 2019, as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. In 2019, it will be the sixth time Elton John will sing within the famous City Walls of Lucca. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour started on September 8th in the USA, and it will consist of more than 300 shows across the 5 continents (North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia), before reaching its conclusion in 2021. This is the last tour of the superstar, the end of half a century on the road for one of the most enduring pop performers in the world. The setting of Elton’s new stage will take his fans on a visual musical journey through a 50-year career of hits.   THE ARTIST The results achieved by Elton John in his career are unprecedented. Elton is one of the most successful solo artists of all time, with 38 gold records and 31 platinum and multi-platinum albums, more than 50 tracks in the Top 40 and with more than 300 million records sold worldwide. He holds the record for the Read more [...]

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    Macklemore – Gemini Tour 2019

    Date: 9 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The American rapper Macklemore will perform on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in the Napoleone Square, in Lucca, as part of the Lucca Summer Festival 2019.   THE ARTIST Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, known by the stage name Macklemore, is an American rapper from Seattle, who since 2000 has independently released two mixtapes and two studio albums. In 2000, Haggerty recorded a mixtape titled Open Your Eyes under the name Professor Macklemore. Later, Haggerty dropped Professor from his name and began working on his first official album, called The Language of My World, which was released on January 1, 2005. Macklemore’s second mixtape, The Unplanned Mixtape, was released on September 7, 2009. In the same year, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis formalized their collaboration as a duo. They released the EP The VS. EP. Their album The Heist was released in October 2012, selling over 78,000 copies. On February 26, 2016, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released their second album entitled This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. On June 15, 2017, Macklemore announced via Instagram that the duo were on hiatus. Macklemore released his solo studio album Gemini on September 22, 2017.   THE FESTIVAL In 2019, Lucca Summer Festival, one of the most important Read more [...]

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    Tears for Fears – Rule the World Tour 2019

    Date: 10 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The English pop rock band Tears for Fears will perform on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, starting with 9.30 pm, at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, as part of their Rule the World tour.   THE BAND Tears for Fears was formed in Bath, England, in 1981, by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. To date, Tears for Fears sold over 30 million albums worldwide. The band released its first album, The Hurting, in 1983, and the second album, Song from the Big Chair, in 1985. After the release of their third album, The Seeds of Love, in 1991, the band broke up. In 2000, the band reunited and, in 2004, it released a new album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending. Since 2013, the band is working on a new album. On 10 November 2017, the band released a new 16-track compilation album entitled Rule The World – The Greatest Hits. The compilation includes 14 Top 40 hits from all six previous Tears For Fears albums, along with two new tracks.   THE FESTIVAL Lucca Summer Festival is a music festival held every year in Lucca since 1998, during the month of July. The concerts are usually Read more [...]

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    Palio di San Paolino 2019

    Date: 12 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    Palio di San Paolino is a historical reenactment event dedicated to San Paolino, the patron saint of Lucca, held every year on the 12th of July, in the main square of the town, Piazza San Martino.   SHORT HISTORY In 1169, during the war with Pisa, the government of Lucca, concerned about the constant assaults from the neighboring town, asked the old ally Genoa for help. To strengthen the defence of Lucca, Genoa sent a certain number of crossbowmen. In a relatively short time, the Lucca soldiers became experts in handling the crossbow. In the 14th century, Castruccio Castracani delli Antelminelli, Lord of Lucca, introduced a prize to reward the strongest crossbowmen of the city. From that moment, the Palio of San Paolino will be held regularly on the occasion of the main festivities of the city. The rules of the Palio were established by a document named ordo pro balistari, dated June 26, 1443, preserved today in the State Archive of Lucca. The document is the oldest regulation for an archery competition in Europe. On October 10th, 1970, a group of people wishing to rediscover the ancient tradition of crossbowing, formed the Compagnia Balestrieri Lucca. Today, the Palio of Read more [...]

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    Mark Knopfler – Down The Road Wherever Tour 2019

    Date: 13 July 2019

    Time: 9:00 pm to 12:00 am

    The British guitarist Mark Knopfler will perform at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, on Saturday, July 13, in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, as part of his Down The Road Wherever tour.   THE ARTIST Mark Knopfler was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and lived there until he was 8 years old, after which his family moved to Newcastle upon Tyne, in England. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer and songwriter of the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his younger brother, David Knopfler, in 1977. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Mark Knopfler recorded and produced eight solo albums and many hit songs. As a solo artist, Knopfler recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, such as B.B. King, Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, John Anderson, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Bryan Ferry, George Jones, Phil Lynott, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, Emmylou Harris and James Taylor. He also produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman. Knopfler was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He, along with Dire Straits, sold over 120 million records to date. Knopfler won four Grammy Awards, an Edison Award, Read more [...]

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    Scorpions – Crazy World Tour 2019

    Date: 27 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The German rock band Scorpions will perform in Piazza Napoleone, the main square of Lucca, on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, as part of their Crazy World tour.   THE BAND Scorpions was formed in 1965, in Hanover, by Rudolf Schenker. The lineup of the band from 1978 to 1992 was the most successful, and included Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker, Matthias Jabs, Francis Buchholz and Herman Rarebell. During the 1970s, the music of the Scorpions was defined as hard rock, and after 1978, the band changed its sound towards heavy metal. Their 11th studio album, Crazy World, released in 1990, included the song Wind of Change, a symbolic anthem of the political changes in Eastern Europe, becoming one of the best-selling singles in the world, with over 14 million copies sold. To date, Scorpions sold over 110 million records in total. They have released 18 studio albums, 27 compilation albums and 74 singles. In 2015, the band celebrated its 50th anniversary.   THE FESTIVAL Lucca Summer Festival is a music festival held in Lucca, during the month of July, since 1998. The concerts are held usually within the historic walls of Lucca, in Piazza Napoleone, Read more [...]

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    Sting – My Songs Tour 2019

    Date: 29 July 2019

    Time: 9:30 pm to 12:00 am

    The English singer Sting will perform in Piazza Napoleone, in Lucca, on Monday, July 29, 2019, starting with 9.30 pm, at the Lucca Summer Festival 2019, as part of his My Songs tour.   THE ARTIST Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting, was the lead singer of the band The Police between 1977 and 1984, and a solo performer since 1985. Over time, he received 16 Grammy Awards, both for his activity in The Police and as a solo artist, 3 Brit Awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. With and without The Police, Sting sold over 100 million records to date.   THE FESTIVAL Lucca Summer Festival is a music festival held during the month of July, since 1998, in Lucca. The concerts are held within the historic walls of Lucca, in Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino, Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, or outside the historical center of the city, at the Porta Elisa soccer stadium, in Lucca, or at the Pini stadium, in Viareggio. The 2019 edition of the festival will start on June 28, with the concert of the British group Take That, followed by the performances of Read more [...]

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    Palio di Siena – Palio dell’Assunta 2019

    Date: 16 August 2019

    Palio di Siena is a horse race between the 17 contrade (districts) of Siena, held twice a year in Piazza del Campo, the main square of the city. The Palio from July 2 is called Palio di Provenzano and it’s held in honor of the Madonna of Provenzano, and the one held on August 16 is called Palio dell’Assunta, and is dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary. The race is preceded by Corteo Storico, a historical parade which includes about 700 participants representing the 17 contrade and the institutions of the ancient Republic of Siena. In the afternoon, the procession starts from Piazza del Duomo and, after parading on the streets of the historical center of the town, arrives on the beautiful shell-shaped square Piazza del Campo. The actual race consists in circling three times the Piazza del Campo. A contrada bears the name of a street, a church or of an illustrious family residing on its territory. The 17 contrade of Siena still competing today in the Palio are Aquila (Eagle), Bruco (Caterpillar), Chiocciola (Snail), Civetta (Little Owl), Drago (Dragon), Giraffa (Giraffe), Istrice (Crested Porcupine), Leocorno (Unicorn), Lupa (She-Wolf), Nicchio (Seashell), Oca (Goose), Onda (Wave), Pantera (Panther), Selva Read more [...]

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    Giostra del Saracino – Giostra della Madonna del Conforto 2019

    Date: 1 September 2019

    Giostra del Saracino (Saracen Joust) is one of the most important historical reenactment festivals in Italy, held twice a year in Arezzo. The festival takes place on the penultimate Saturday in June, during the evening, dedicated to San Donato, patron saint of Arezzo, under the name of Giostra di San Donato, and on the first Sunday of September, during the day, dedicated to Our Lady of Comfort, protector of Arezzo, under the name of Giostra della Madonna del Conforto. The four Quarters of the city, which compete in the tournament, are the Porta Crucifera District, known also as Colcitrone, the Porta del Foro District, also known as the Porta San Lorentino, the District of Porta Sant’Andrea and the District of Porta Santo Spirito, also known as Quartiere della Colombina.   SHORT HISTORY The oldest information about a knightly tournament held in Arezzo dates back to 1260, when, in Piazza Grande, it was celebrated the investiture of a knight of the order of the Golden Spur. Later, in 1331, two letters sent by the Tarlati, Lords of Arezzo, mention tournaments with spears held in the city, to celebrate the success of a diplomatic mission in France. At the end of the Read more [...]

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    Luminara di Santa Croce 2019

    Date: 13 September 2019

    Time: 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

    Luminara di Santa Croce is a religious festival held every year in Lucca on the evening of September 13, in the form of a candlelit procession unfolded on the beautiful streets of the city. The procession takes place on the eve of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated each year on September 14. In the Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates the cross itself, as an instrument of salvation. On this occasion, the buildings are decorated with thousands of candles and the traditional mottettone, a polyphonic choral and instrumental composition, is performed. This tradition is now common only in Lucca and Pisa, for the Luminara di San Ranieri. On this day, the city celebrates the Holy Face (Volto Santo), a wooden crucifix measuring 2.24 x 2.65 meters, kept in a chapel built in 1482 by Matteo Civitali, in the Cathedral of San Martino. According to the legend, the crucifix was sculpted by Nicodemus, who assisted Joseph of Arimathea in depositing Christ in his tomb, and it was found and brought to Lucca in the year 742. At first, the crucifix was deposited in the Church of San Read more [...]