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Colors of Tuscany - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

Pitigliano The best way to get acquainted with the culture and traditions of Tuscany is to visit the picturesque town of Montepulciano at the end of September. For the last few years it has been a regular venue for one of the most important and interesting cultural events in the region, the Festival of Crafts. The first festival was held recently, in 2007; since then it has become an annual event. It is considered one of the most interesting in the region.
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The festival starts on the last Friday of September and lasts for 7 days; local potters and blacksmiths, lace makers and wood carvers, goldsmiths and other craftsmen take part in the holiday. During the event, there is an interesting trade fair, where you can see the most interesting works of artisans and buy your favorite things.
Everyone interested in learning the art of handicraft can take part in master classes. The main part of celebrations is held at Piazza Grande, the main towns square. It becomes a very busy place, where music and other live entertainment events don’t stop from early morning until late at night. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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In September, an interesting event called Estate Fiorentina takes place in Florence. The festival is complemented with a variety of cultural and recreational activities; it includes open-air film representations and music concerts, exhibitions of contemporary art and contests. Entertainment is provided in a variety of areas of Florence; museums and cultural centers traditionally take part in the festival.
Duomo in Orvieto August is associated with Sagra culinary festivals, which are held in various cities of Tuscany and are well-known to gourmets from around the world. It is noteworthy that every year the festival is dedicated to a particular dish; best Tuscan chefs compete to cook the best of it. During the festival, guests are offered not only to taste delicious national food, but also to learn how to cook popular dishes. Tuscany is rich in interesting cultural traditions that are disclosed in days of local celebrations.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Tuscany and surroundings

Reference information
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Tuscany
♥   Basilica S. Maria Assunta, San Gimignano, 12.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di Ss. Maria Assunta e Genesio, San Miniato, 16.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Francesco d’Assisi (S. Lucchese), Poggibonsi, 18.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Concattedrale di Ss. Marziale e Alberto, Colle di Val d’Elsa, 19.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Volterra, 20.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria all’Impruneta, Impruneta, 25.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria del Carmine, Firenze, 30.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Tuscany
♥   Castle 'Castello di Sidney Sonnino' Montespertoli, 11.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Poppiano' Montespertoli, 14.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Montegufoni' Montespertoli, 14.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Linari' Barberino Val d’Elsa, 15.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Frederick II Castle' San Miniato al Tedesco, 16.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Magliano in Toscana' , 17.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello della Magione' Poggibonsi, 18.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Tuscany and around

Ponte Vecchio

From the series “The Most Unusual and Strange Bridges on Earth”
The houses are just one of the many remarkable peculiarities of the bridge Ponte Vecchi. It is located in the narrowest part of the river and has been used since the opening as the location of the commercial tents. More than 600 years ago the city's best butcheries were on the bridge. Today you can find jewelery and souvenir shops in their place. The length of the stone bridge is 30 meters. Since the foundation, it is allowed to build only the wooden houses on it. … Read further

Fortezza Medicea Restaurant

From the series “The Most Exotic Restaurants in the World”
It is forbidden to bring cell phones and bags to jail. At the entrance, all visitors are searched using a metal search device. The visitors have a chance to attract a real prison form, which will make the impressions even sharper. The restaurant still has an important distinctive feature - all its staff consists exclusively of prisoners who are punished in the old prison. The prisoners cook the food for the visitors and serve them personally, some of them playing different musical instruments. … Read further

Historic Center of Florence

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
Florence is also rich in luxurious palaces. One if the most famous is the Palazzo Vecchio. Since the 14th century, it doesn't change its original view. The palace is a home for a great number of hundreds of unique art items. Visitors can adore with wonderful 17th-century Gobelins, see the outstanding original antique furniture and wall and ceiling paintings that belong to the hand of the best Italian cher maitre. … Read further
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Tuscany

Cityguide on traditions, mentality and lifestyle of people in Tuscany. Learn the best periods to visit Tuscany to discover its soul - authentic festivals, events and celebrations. We will also reveal the interesting habits, attitude towards the world and to tourists in Tuscany.
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