Palio Horse Race
Held in Siena in July and August, this is a frenetic bareback horse race followed by a colourful parade of medieval costume and music.
takes place in Pisa in June, when over 70,000 candles light up the palaces along the along the Arno river and there are spectacular fireworks displays in honour of Saint Ranieri, the patron saint of the city.
Battle of the Bridge
also takes place in Pisa in June. It is a medieval ‘tug of war’ competition which takes place on the central bridge and it is preceded by a huge procession of locals in costume.
Pistoia Blues Festival
is an annual event held in July which attracts renowned international artists who perform in the main square.