Are you going to visit Tuscany? This beautiful region in Italy has so much to offer, the hardest part of planning your itinerary will be deciding what to do with your precious time! There are many interesting events throughout the year but let’s start with three which we think will brighten up your summer holiday.

In July there’s one of the best medieval festivals in Tuscany and the location of this event is truly amazing. Monteriggioni is a small village which is surrounded by one of the most intact defensive walls in Italy. You are sure to be captivated by the medieval costumes, town market, parades, music, street theatre, puppet shows and illusionists.

On the last Sunday in August you should go to Montepulciano for the Bravio delle Botti which is a barrel rolling race. The heavy barrels (80 kilos each) have to be rolled uphill along the main street of the town. The atmosphere is festive and there are costume processions before the race and a street banquet after.

On the first Sunday in September you can visit Arezzo for the Giostra del Saracino (Saracen Tournament). This event is held twice a year; it also takes place on the third Saturday in June. It originated in the early 16th century and commemorates Christian efforts to hold back the tide of Islam in the 14th century. A colourful medieval parade precedes the main event in which eight knights armed with lances charge a wooden representation of the Saracen. The target, which is the Saracen’s shield, can even swivel around and hit back! Each pair of knights represents one of Arezzo’s four rival districts and their supporters each occupy a side of the piazza. The victorious team is awarded a golden lance.

If relaxation and escaping the summer heat is your priority, we suggest a day trip to the beach. Our driver can pick you up and take you directly to one of the many beautiful locations along the coast. We will be happy to provide any information you may require regarding the various seaside towns, restaurants and booking of an umbrella and deckchairs.

We will always be happy to provide assistance when you visit Tuscany and would like to attend a special event, class or location. You won’t have to worry about driving, the traffic or parking. Let us know the dates; we’ll do the research, provide you with our suggestions and give you a free estimate for your transportation.

Happy and safe travels from all of us at Tuscany Travelist!