“White night in Forcoli”

In July, every year, in my village, we celebrate “White night”, a themed party. The theme of this party changes regularly every time, for example this year, the theme was “Into 80’s”. A lot of people who took part at the event was wearing tipical 80’s clothes. Forcoli has been divided into three parts, a first where vintage vehicles were shown, a second part where there was a band who sang 80’s songs, and a third part where people cuold eat. In occasion of the event shops remain open all the day, and the night in all shops, the owners give at people some gadget,of their shop.

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One of the most beautiful fairs in tuscany, takes place over 2 weekends in August. The city will be animated by fiery warhorse, fearless knights, noblemen, ladies, artisans and merchants, common people and peasants, flag wavers and crossbow men, musicians and jesters… As If by magic they will bring back the mysterious and magic middle ages to Volterra. The fair takes place in “Piazza dei Priori”. To pay the entrance ticket and any game you want to play you need to exchange your money with the currency of the time, the “Grosso”.
It’s fun, above all for families.

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The Truffle Festival

The first Truffle Festival developed on 26th 1969 in San Miniato, this Festival takes place in “Piazza del Duomo” and after two years of stop, that were useful to understand what the “potential” of this product is, the festival has been repeated every year. During the years to the white truffle were added other local products as wines, cheeses and meats. Come to celebrate the 44° anniversary of this Festival, San Miniato has known how to preserve the wealth of the popular traditions that still let the tourist live the excitement of other times: the biggest truffle and the most elderly tartufaio are rewarded, the dealers display their products, the agriturisms offer lodgings in the old agricultural houses and all this leaves the taste of the territory and the desire to the tourist to repeat the experience next year.

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Palio de’ Ciui

Palio de’ Ciui is an event that takes place in the last week of June in S.Maria a Monte, around the soccer field. It is a donkey race, the village is divided into six districts. The night before the Palio every district unthread in a historical procession where each district chooses a different theme. There is a jury that chooses the winner. in the afternoon every district prepare the racetrack. The palio starts at 9 p.m. but this year the race is taking place in the streets of the village, from Carducci’s house (where there is a museum) to the soccer field. This is the 14th edition and is organized by the Horse riding Club in S. Maria a Monte. In addition to this race, at 7 p.m. there is the ”Palio delle Amazzoni” separeted in two categories, men and women, first the women who are called ” Amazzoni”, then the men who are called jockeys like those who run with a horse. In these days in the village there are stands, street market, entertainment for children. I like this event because the people are united and it is fun, it is different to any other.

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Palio in Bientina

Palio in Bientina is an event that takes place in the third week of the month of july, every year, and it is a horse race around the square. The week before the Palio, on saturday all nine districts unthread in a historical procession, and a jury chooses the winner.

On friday of the following week every district organizes a dinner where guests are “contradaioli” (people from the district). On saturday there is a “Cena della Vigilia”, every district organizes a dinner, where guests are all the people that live in the district and their friends. In this night in every district there is a dj, the jockey’s presentation, and people dancing. At the end of the dinner the people reach the square and stick around that all night.

On sunday, in the morning there is a Mass on the square, where the district that won the Palio the year before parade around the square. At 6 p.m. the Palio starts. It is separated into two batteries and the final.

People can watch this race on the square, the people of every district watch the race on the platform, there are three platforms around the square and they are separated in nine parts for every district.

The price on the square is €8,00. On the platform it is €13,00

I love this event, in this month the people who live in Bientina are excited for the same reason and they are all united. And every district works for the whole year for this event, organizing a festival and party.

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Beach party

On the 22th of July in San Vincenzo the municipality organizes a beach party. It takes place from eleven p.m. to eight a.m. It’s a very beautiful party, people from all over Tuscany come here. This summer at the event there are 8000 people. Entrance is free and there are a lot of security staff. There is a stage where djs play commercial music. There were also some stands that sell drinks for 5 €. I really recommend this party to everybody because I really enjoy it . I hope it will be held next year too.

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Rioni of Peccioli

In Peccioli, a small village in Tuscany, every Saturday of September the “Rioni” take place. On Saturdays there is a party in a different neighborhood, where you can try typical foods, that have been prepared in the various roads of the neighborhood from 7 p.m . For the rest of the evening there is entertainment in the various squares and roads of the village, with music and snacks. Fun is insured both for adults, young people and children.

The calendar of the local parties 2014:
Saturday September 6 th: Party of the “Rione Borgherucci” ; Saturday 13 September: Party of the “Rione Fosso” ; Saturday September 20 th: Party of the “Rione Mexico” ; Sabato 27 September: party of the “Rione Carraia”.

You don’t need to book for the dinner . Enjoy 🙂

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The European Market

The European Market in Pontedera is an event that takes place every year in late September.
In this market are displayed various local products from different European countries like Germany, Greece, France, Holland.
Stalls offer different products from the country and there are various categories: food, clothing, flowers, handicraft and jewelry.
It’s easy to get there, people come by car, by train or by bus.
I like this event because I like to try different food from ours and I think it’s great to spend an evening with friends and go shopping!

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La Meridiana

La Meridiana is a restaurant in Ponsacco where you can eat a great pizza, cooked in a wooden fire oven.
When I was there I ate the Pisana pizza and that’s my favorite!
The staff is very helpfull and fast and the place is relaxing.
I like eating there because you can have a relaxing and very good dinner.
I recommend it!

The festival of ‘schiacciata’

This festival is held every year at the time of Easter. It is a tradition of many centuries ago.The schiacciata is made by the local people and you must come here to taste it. It has a special savour and is delicious. The recipe of the schiacciata is not very difficult ,but it takes a long time to prepare and needs a lot of patience. There are various stalls which sell various articles like antiques , hand made articles and other local souvenirs. There is a spirit of gaiety and laughter and there are some comedians for children. Sometimes the local people put up a small play which is about mundane life, people and local customs. The entrance for this festival is free for all adults and children.

This year the festival was on the 13th of April and it started at 10.30 in the morning with a brief inauguration by the Pro loco of Montecastello. Lunch and dinner could be savoured in the local premises at a small cost. The schiacciata could be tasted and bought too as well as local artisan food products. There was an exhibition of photos of Montecastello-past and present. There was a floral exhibition and sale of plants and a view of old cars of the 50’s and 60’s too. There was a lucky dip for beneficience. There was also a trekking trip planned,to explore the rugged paths of Montecastello- San Gervasio. From 3-5 p.m. there was the Veglia of Montecastello, near the church, where the old people of Montecastello relate anecdotes and stories of their youth, making people laugh and cry. This year there was a small musical band and folk music with a well known singers Lisetta and Marta to the music of a guitar and mandolin. At  21.15 one could observe the stars and astronomers could feast their eyes with binoculars on a glittering sky full of stars and planets from the cemetery park with no lights.

Free Transport- navetta bus from the cineplex of Pontedera to Montecastello was organised and also there was ample parking space near the cemetry for cars.

I would highly recommend this festival and suggest you to visit Montecastello for this schiacciata festival next year.

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