Although August is the month that most Italians leave the cities to spend some time al mare, there is still plenty left to do for those left behind from food festivals, medieval re-enactments, and Jazz! Enjoy the Ferragosto week and check out this list for more activities on August 15th.
Events in Tuscany August 15 to August 21, 2016
Festival of Lardo di Colonnata | August 17 to August 21 – Carrara
The town of Carrara is famous for its delicious lardo made by curing strips of fatback with rosemary and other herbs and spices. Colonnata is a frazione of Carrara (of only 350 inhabitants) and famous for its marble. The lardo is cured for months in basins made of local marble.
The festive menu includes primi like tordelli with meat sauce and taglierini on beans with lardo. Secondi are lardo with tomatoes, sausage with beans and pork with fries. The food stands will be open every day for lunch and dinner.
Medievalis | August 18 – 21 – Pontremoli
When: August 18 – 21
Where: Pontremoli (MS)
With the medieval festival and re-enactments, that takes place every year in Pontremoli, the village remembers the granting of the degree of Free Community to Pontremoli by the Emperor Frederick II in 1226. To celebrate this historic event, Pontremoli is transformed into a medieval town again. Cars will be banned from the historic center to make room for wayfarers, merchants, carriages and riders. With numerous extras in costume representing the medieval social classes: the clergy, the nobility, soldiers, courtiers, and farmers.
4 pm | Medieval market in the historical center of the town
8.30 pm | Costume historical parade
9 am | Demonstrations of daily life in the Medieval camp
3 pm | Opening of the Medieval Games.
8.30 pm | Historical armed combat demonstration
9.30 pm | Reception of the Emperor Frederick II with a show in his honor and historical parade through the center.
5 pm | Flag throwing tournament
7 pm | Medieval dancing
8.30 pm | Historical parade
9.30 pm | Challenge of the Cortina Cacciaguerra between the districts of Sommoborgo, Imoborgo et Comtat.
Barga IN Jazz – Jazz Festival | August 21 – Barga
When: August 21
Where: Barga (LU)
The city of Barga is the place to be for Jazz lovers next Sunday, August 21 when the 30th edition of Barga IN Jazz will take place in the streets and squares of the town.
The festival kicks off at 6 pm with a large street band roaming the streets of the historical center.
6 pm | Large Street Band
6.30 pm – Duomo di S. Cristoforo | NICOLAO VALIENSI
Euphonium and saxhorn
6.30 pm – Chiostro di S. Elisabetta | Guy-Frank Pellerin, – sax soprano, Bruno Romani – sax alto/flute
9.30 pm – Piazza del Teatro | BARGA inJAZZ OPEN SESSION. Jam session with Simone Venturi – piano, Leonardo Gnesi – contrabbass, Federico JJ Cardelli – drums and the protagonists of Barga IN Jazz 2016
Volterra AD 1398 – Medieval Festival | August 21 and 28 – Volterra
When: August 21 and 28 | 11 am to 11.30 pm
Entrance: 10€, 6€ (under 18, over 65), children under 12 and disabled free entrance
The annual medieval festival in the historical center of Volterra will transport you back in time. Fiery steeds, brave knights, noblemen, ladies, monks and friars, artisans and merchants, peasants and farmers, flag throwers, archers and soldiers, jugglers, musicians and jesters will revive magically different aspects of the mysterious Middle Ages of Volterra.
The 19th edition of Volterra A.D. 1398 has two unforgettable settings: the town center, with its imposing palazzi and squares, and the Archaeological Park, over which the Medici Fortress reigns. The high point of the program is the “Festival Day of A.D 1398”, on Sunday 21st and 28th of August, from morning to nightfall. On this exceptional day, a medieval town comes back to life with its performances, events, tradesmen, artisans, musicians, jugglers, peasants and nobles. A unique occasion to experience, as if by magic, medieval times in one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany.
Festival’s must-see: the Taverns and the Market where you can taste medieval recipes, the Hangman’s Scaffold, the reconstruction of a medieval Convent and Hospital, Arts and Crafts, shooting with bow and short bow in the military camps, games, and painting for children, medieval costumes for rent and hawk shows.