When to Come
Updated: Apr 29
Check back for more updates on local events as these change year to year and new local events are added each month.
Palio di Torrita di Siena: The horse race (ehm donkey race) of Torrita di Siena, in the
province of Siena, is held every year on the Sunday following March 19th (or March 19th
if it falls on a Sunday).
Photo from Associazione Sagra San Guiseppe
Maggiolata: The Maggiolata of Lucignano is a big party for the arrival of spring. A flower festival that
lasts several days, the last two weeks of May, involving all the citizens of the Arezzo village. This is a
must see in Lucignano and is one of the things this medieval village is known for. Expect parades of
flowers, parties, and evening celebrations.
Wine and food tour: Sign up for the yearly wine and food tour around Lucignano. Local guides will
take you on a hike outside the walls of Lucignano, through vineyards, farms, and the like with a food
and wine progressive along the way. Be sure to sign up for the early morning time slot because
Tuscany can get very hot mid-day in June.
Palio in Siena: July 2nd (& Aug 16th) every year is the horse race in Siena. It is a MUST see but tickets
must be purchased well in advance as it fills up fast.
Photo by: Photojournalist Roberto Vicario
Sunflowers in Tuscany are in full bloom by mid-July through mid-August. You will be sure to see them in and around Lucignano, Sinalunga and throughout the Val d’Orcia.
Outdoor Movies: Watch a movie outside in a castle in the town of Lago di Trasimeno located about 35 min from Lucignano. Ask for the schedule to see what is playing. Many movies are played in English with Italian subtitles.
August is usually when the Italians go on vacation which means many places are often closed or not on their normal schedule. Given this, we actually recommend visiting during another month but if this is your only time to come, there are still some things happening.
Ferragosto: The biggest holiday of the year for Italians and is mid-month. Expect most things to be
Thursday nights in Lucignano: Every Thursday evening, the town puts on events including music, food,
and wine. It is a great way to see the town come to life in summer.
October is when the olive harvesting season begins. Likely you will find olive oil tasting festivals alongside other food tasting festivals of the season.