Events and Festivals
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Festival and events
in Pistoia and province:
all year around:
Tournament of Saracino.
Date: 3rd weekend of April City: Pescia
Sagra della Pastorizia
(Sheepman Feast), Cutigliano (towards San Marcello-Abettone)
Festa della Farina dolce
(Sweet flour Festival) City: Piteglio Cantamaggio near Prataccio
May and June:
Feast of forty hours' devotion
with sport competitions and festival of the tombola game.
and festival featuring olive-oil with savoury bruschetta
and Toscanello wine. City: Massa and Cozzile
Pistoia Blues Festival
- Certainly one of the best musical events in Italy. Artist
revue to include many superstars that are far from blues!
It's twinned with the Chicago Blues Festival and attracts
some of the world's greatest stars (past performers have
included B.B. King, David Bowie, Steve Winwood, Zucchero,
David Crosby, Santana and Bob Dylan to name a few). There
are special trains from Florence that will transport music
lovers into one of the loveliest of ancient Tuscan cities
that exists. Date: the second weekend of July. City: Pistoia
(Joust of the Bear), cultural, sport and folk demonstrations.
On the last Sunday of the month, they celebrate the Tournament
of the Bear. Pistoia annual "Bear fight" culminates on 25th
July in its main square after a month of concerts and pageantry.
The Joust of the Bear dates back to the 14th Century: 12
knights are pitted against a bear (two wooden dummies) dressed
in a checked cloak, there is normally traditional food served.
It celebrates Pistoia patron Saint, San Jacopo. It's a contest
among rival neighbourhoods: Golden Bear, Dragon, White Stag
and Griffon. In pairs, the riders race twice around the
square of the Piazza del Duomo and then try to strike the
target, a bear (the symbol of the city), with their lances.
The event takes place in the late afternoon, and is preceded
by a parade in costume along the medieval town walls. City:
Corso of flowers
(a parade of floats decorated with flowers). Date: 1st weekend
City: Chiesina Uzzanese
Traditional Feast of the Towers.
Date: 1st Sunday City: Piteglio (towards San Marcello-Abettone)
Feast of Saint Rocco
with the traditional game of the fighting cocks (banned
in the United States and many other countries, but still
legal here.). City: Marliana
Festa di San Lodovico.
Celebrations for Saint Ludovico and parade in costume City:
Palio dei Rioni,
a huge archery contest between the neighbourhoods of the
city into a medieval contest of skill. The residents dress
up in epoch costume and over 400 people participate in the
ancient competitions. Date: the first Sunday of September.
Celebrations for the Patron Saint
which end with a hot-air balloon race. City: S. Marcello
(24 December). City: Treppio
(24 December). City: Tobbiana (Montale)
3 September 2006
/ Pescia (PT)
Sagra del Tortelli
Sagra del Ballotto
Tra Poesia e
Pistoia / Pistoia (PT)
Sagra del Neccio
March/ San Quirico
di Pescia (PT)
Frittella di Riso
March / Lupicciano
Piazza in Fiore
April/ P.zza Giusti
/ Monsummano Terme (PT)