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Today September 13 is the first day of one of the most promising new festivals in the Maremma Tuscany.

It’s called La Città Visibile – Immagini di Communità and it’s a celebration of this beautiful territory in its purest and most natural form.

From now until December 3, the festival will host sporadic events in six different Maremman cities.

This is not a tourist event, a celebrity attraction or even a way for participating artists and associations to make money. The goal is to get as far away from the stereotype as possible.

To be brief, the festival is a chance for the Maremmani to share their homeland with the world through art, architecture and photograph exhibitions, as well as reading sessions, theatre, walking tours and workshops.

You don’t need to speak Italian. This is an appreciation of the Maremma past, present and future. If you’ve ever admired the scenery, heritage, tradition or cuisine of this territory (and I know I have), you’re going to love this festival.

There are literally hundreds of events planned, but I’ve had a read through the Italian-only programme and picked the best. These are the ones you don’t want to miss:

Top pick: 21 September in Grosseto

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A White Night-style festival with live music, art exhibitions, moving theatre and free entry into the Museo Archeologico e d’Arte della Maremma and Museo di Storia Naturale.

There’ll also be free guided tours of the Convento di San Francesco, which is normally closed to visitors, from 7:30pm.

Keep an eye out for the live painting and DJ set from 7pm outside the archaeology museum.

Also worth a look:

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5 October in Magliano in Toscana: An exhibition about the stories, traditions and lives of Maremma’s farmers.

12 October in Castiglione della Pescaia: The Strada del Contemporaneo outdoor modern art gallery inaugurates a new piece from 5pm with free entry into this great gallery.

18 October-24 November in FollonicaIl Terzo Volto, a mixed medium art exhibition at the Pinoteca Gallery with free entry.

26 October- 10 November in Massa Marittima: The Art Senses exhibition looks at multi-sense art appreciation. Artists from all over the world who are blind or have poor vision have created paintings and sculptures, sound art and spoken art. These pieces will be displayed throughout the city in an artistic expression that can be enjoyed without sight.

Click here to get a full list of the programme (in Italian)

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