Tuscany is the land of costume festivals. These events
frequently feature mediaeval or Renaissance costume, battle re-enactments,
horsemanship, flag tossing and, of course, music and drumming in all its forms.
And a great many Tuscan festivals either feature food or are entirely devoted
to a local culinary speciality. These festivals are genuine folk festivals,
often with virtually the entire populations of towns and villages
participating with costumes, floats, booths etc. that they've been working on
all year. A few of the more difficult activities, such as walking on stilts
and juggling, are carried out by semi-professionals and there are often
individuals who bring tamed and trained owls, honey buzzards and other birds
of prey from elsewhere. The popular aspect really contributes to making these
fairs real fun to attend. Check our
list for events and festivals in Tuscany near where you'll be
In addition to great folkloric events, Tuscany is, of course, home to some of
the greatest art cities in the world and consequently of art exhibitions great
and small. Some of these are highly specialised shows while other, some of
which are reviewed in the posts below, are block-buster art exhibitions that
shouldn't be missed.
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