For those that don’t want to miss out on culture during their vacation Tuscany is definitely the right place.
If you want to experience something and enjoy some culture while you are at it, you are just right in Tuscany.
Even if your timetable often has to match, Tuscany has a lot to offer that you, if you get the chance, should not miss out on.
Our small guide to the cultural highlights of the region.
If you get the chance a visit to the amphitheater Lajatico, located approximately 33 km from Le Vignacce, is highly recommended. This unique amphitheater, near the place of birth of Andrea Bocelli, is located in a natural oasis right in the middle of beautiful Tuscan hills and is home to the theater of silence (‘Teatro del Silencio’). This unique performance only occurs once a year, on a July evening, but lasts until dawn. It is a unique place and experience, which you won’t easily forget. If you plan on going, please book early; tickets are sold out fast.
If you manage to visit Tuscany in July or August you should not miss the Palio di Siena, one of the most impressive horse races in the world. It takes place twice a year and is a competition between the 17 districts of the old town of Siena. For it to take place the main square of Siena is transformed into the home of a 300 meter long circuit on which the participants of the race amaze spectators year after year.
If you want to enjoy a very special festival in the midst of the Tuscan countryside you might want to plan so that you can visit during the time of the Puccini festival in Torre del Lago Puccini in Viareggio. Here, close to the city of Lucca, Puccini’s operas are performed year after year in a most special setting. 3,400 seats, located right next to the Massaciuccoli lake, and the stage set to this backdrop, offer a very special cultural experience that truly enchants.
This special museum is located directly by the oldest geothermal power plant in the world, that to this day produces around half of the energy used in Tuscany. Its interactive and multi-media exhibition brings the process to life and offers a remarkable accounting of the history of this kind of energy production. With this knowledge, you will develop a new perspective on the surrounding landscape, where the earth is steaming wherever you look.
A SECRET TIP…
…is the street festival Mercantia, which is said to be one of the most remarkable street festivals of Italy and takes place for 5 days every July. Located approximately 65 km from Le Vignacce the old town of Certaldo really comes to life during these days, when hundreds of artists attract many thousands of visitors and create a spectacle in a very special environment.
Experience street artists from all over the world juggle, make music, recite poetry, make magic, and spit fire, while they roam the streets in their Ventian-style costumes. Become part of the always electrified crowd! The bustling, colorful, and somewhat mystical experience, and the backdrop of Certaldo Alto, make this street festival an unreal experience that might even you make you think you are at carnival in the time of Boccaccio.