Toscana Arcobaleno d’Estate is a bit of a hurrah to summer.
On the weekend of the 23th- the 25th of August 2013, Tuscany will come together to celebrate with literally hundreds of events.
The whole thing is so big, even my hometown of Melbourne, Australia is hosting an event!
Of course, the Maremma is not to be left behind. It’s offered up its own selection ranging from concerts and free museum openings to food festivals and Renaissance events.
Here are my top picks:
All weekend long:
A chili festival in Principina a mare, Grosseto, with free tastings of chilies from all over the world, as well as workshops and some hot salsa dancing.
A 16th century festival that recreates life under the Spanish Emperor in Orbetello followed by a performance of “La vendetta di Rodrigo” from 9pm.
A food festival dedicated to the best of Maremman meat in the Campo Sportivo Comunale Oliviero Francioli, Grosseto from 7pm.
The 5th Festa della Contea in Pitigliano. A Renaissance festival with music, costumes, dancing, games and themed dinners, drinks and snacks.
Free guided tours and museum openings to discover Sovana’s Etruscan history. Museum opening is from 8:30pm. Guided tours of Sovana’s archaeological park is on the 24th from 5pm.
A free mini film festival in Palazzo Bourbon del Monte in Sorano from 9:30pm.
Only on Saturday, the 24th:
Free music at Parco di Pietra, Roselle for the Grey Cat festival’s Sonata di Mare.
Free entry into Grosseto’s Museo di Storia Naturale della Maremma from 6:30pm.
A fantastic art festival in Monterotondo Marittimo from 6pm with clowns, actors, dancers and musicians performing and teaching visitors their craft. Artisan stalls and free tastings too.
Renaissance dancing and music in picturesque Montemerano, followed by a free bridisi or toast with local wines from 8pm.
A collective dip in the waters of 800 of Tuscany’s paid beach resorts with free toasts and watermelon, as well as music, dancing and kids’ games from 5:30pm.
Free classical music concert in the evocative Chiesa di San Biago in Caldano, Gavorrano.
Special opening of the Museo Archeologico di Massa Marittima with free wine from 7pm.
Free entry and guided tour of the open air archaeological museum Albero Manzi in Pitigliano from 6pm.
Only on Sunday, the 25th:
Free jazz concert and workshop by musician Stefano Cocco Cantini in Massa Marittima’s Museo di San Pietro all’Orto.
The Palio delle Botti barrel rolling race in Manciano with a free toast to the winners afterwards.
Free evening performance of the one act opera Cavalleria Rusticana in Santa Fiora.