“Vivamus mentre stiamo vivendo”

At the moment, we in Manciano are getting ready for the summer festival Vivamus.

Vivamus is a festival for anyone who has ever dreamt of living the Tuscan lifestyle. It’s a taste of the traditions, a chance to experience the emotions and, of course, an excuse to indulge in the food (and wine!) that make this corner of Italy so unforgettable.

It’s a jam-packed four days, but there’s a lot to love about the Maremma and organisers didn’t want to miss anything out!As well as an excuse to gorge yourself and dance the night away, Vivamus promises to showcase the little things that are unique to the Maremma.

Over the four days, locals and tourists alike will be treated to the ‘Maremmano’ style of living in the three centres of the comune di Manciano: Manciano, Montemerano and Saturnia.

There will be sports activities, pampering and spa treatments, delicious delicacies made from only the freshest local ingredients… and history, recaptured and celebrated with a finesse that comes naturally to the Italians.

That’s more than enough to celebrate!

The program:

Thursday, July 15 in MANCIANO – Il Giardino Probito (The Forbidden Garden)

MORNING

  • free activities

AFTERNOON from 5.30

  • Opening ceremony in Piazza della Pace, with a performance by the Alberto Bregoli blues duo
  • Opening of the photo contest and the Grande Gioco of Vivamus game.
  • Tasting of traditional and local products
  • Inauguration of the installation “The Secret Garden” by Natalie Rossi
  • Opening of the Forbidden Garden: The entire city centre will be transformed into a garden of Mediterranean plants and flowers.
  • Opening of the Market-Exhibition “La Via Dell’Arte” in Via Marsala: contemporary artists from all over Italy and beyond will exhibit their works and create impromptu pieces, inspired by the products, materials and local traditions of the Maremma
  • Opening of the Maremma Market in Piazza Garibaldi

EVENING from 9.30

  • Olive oil competition.
  • Olive oil workshop in cellars and other locations around the centre of Manciano.
  • An exhibition of oils from around the world in the main piazza
  • Art Monastery Project with their show “Vivamus atque Amemus” – actors, musicians, dancers, acrobats from New York and San Francisco take to the streets of Manciano.

Friday, July 16 in MONTEMERANO – Spasso nel Tempo (A Walk in Time)

MORNING:

  • free activities

AFTERNOON from 5.30

  • -Opening of the medieval village with crafts market

EVENING from 9.30

  • Historical re-enactment in the town with processions, medieval games, traditional music and entertainers.

IN MANCIANO: from 6pm-11pm Market-Exhibition “La Via Dell’Arte” in Via Marsala

Saturday, July 17 in SATURNIA – Il Risveglio dei Sensi (Reawakening the Senses)

MORNING

  • free activities

AFTERNOON from 5.30

  • An eco-fashion parade
  • A sensory and aromatic herbs trail
  • essential oil demonstrations and massages
  • herb cocktails and an all-organic dinner.

EVENING from 9.30

  • Fire dance by the Compagnia di Cinzia Cona in Via Marsala.

IN MANCIANO: from 6pm-11pm Market-Exhibition “La Via Dell’Arte in Via Marsala

Sunday, July 18 in MANCIANO – Notte da Briganti (Night of the Brigands)

MORNING

  • free activities

AFTERNOON

  • Ciaffagnone in piazza: a demonstration by the ‘nonne’ of Manciano, with some help from the audience, to prepare a traditional local dish, followed by tasting.
  • Market- Exhibition “La Via dell’Arte” at Via Marsala.

EVENING

  • Tasting of Maremma’s white wines and a competition, judged by expert sommeliers from ASPI, for some impressive prizes
  • Jazz in three piazze:
  1. Nicoletta Manzini Trio: Nicoletta Manzini- alto sax, Marco Loddo- bass, and Adam Pache- drums
  2. Francesco Poeti Trio: Francesco Poeti- guitar, Giulio Scarpati- bass, and Andrea Nunzi- drums
  3. Domenico Sanna Trio: Domenico Sanna: Rhodes fender, Vincenzo Florio- bass, and Marco Valeri- drums
  • Brigands for a night: a themed treasure hunt … the town centre will be overrun by brigands in search of lost treasure
  • Awards and the premiere of the Vivamus film

Events held throughout the 4 days:

  • Art Exhibition: “La Via dell’Arte”
  • Maremman Market

So if you’re anywhere in Tuscany from the 15th to the 18th of July- join us for Vivamus!!

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