The last weekend in June, July and August.
Castiglione della Pescaia is famous for being a bit of a party city. So while the other towns in the Maremma are roasting sausages and serving pasta, Castiglione della Pescaia is having late night DJ parties, art exhibitions and sailing tournaments. Oh and lots and lots of Latin American dance competitions.
With that in mind, it's no surprise that this seaside city would think up an event as whimsical and spontaneous as Notti Bianche. Notti Bianche is inspired by the White Night movement that's sweeping the world at the moment. It's based around the concept of late start, late finish. So the festival starts late, usually around 9pm and doesn't finish until 3-4am.
With its incredible sea views and calm weather, Castiglione della Pescaia is nothing short of enchanting on a summer's evening, which makes Notti Bianche a truly unforgettable festival to be a part of.
Each year there are three separate Notte Bianca celebrations to mark the last weekend of each of the summer months. Each night has a different theme. For example, pirates, cowboys and Indians or even Carnevale.
For one night, the town is transformed to correspond with the chosen theme. This transformation includes costumes and decorations and usually a parade of some sort. Then the party begins. The first section of the night is always dedicated to family-friendly activities, so games and music. But as the night moves into day, a DJ takes over and you get what can only be describe as a beach dance party Ibiza-style.
Notti Bianche is as whimsical as festivals come in the Maremma. I've been a couple of times and it's a really enjoyable night, utterly unique and equally enchanting.