Giostra dell’Archidado celebrated in June 10-12 , every year – historical event dated 1397 , it is an archery contest between the five districts “quintiere” of Cortona in celebration of the wedding of Francesco Casali & Antonia Salembeni in that year. The event of the wedding will start at 21:15 on June 9th in Piazza Signorelli and the Giostra (contest) is at 16:00 on June 10 in Piazzi Signorelli.
Another additional event during the celebrations is on June 6th at 21:15 in Pza. Signorelli where the flag throwers from Cortona and other communities around are having contest of the flag wavers.
Lucca Summer Festival – June 29th – July 29th. This annual festival takes place in Puccini’s native city, Lucca and this year it will celebrate its fifteenth edition. In the suggestive Piazza Napoleone, within the city walls, artists include Norah Jones, Duran Duran, Tony Bennett, Blink-182, Laura Pausini and others. Here is the official site of the festival with a detailed list of events and times:
The Palio of Siena – 2nd July and 16th August. Is held in the historic center of Siena. A tradition that dates back to 1633 and which the city relives bi-annually, the festivities take place in the Piazza del Campo every 2nd of July and 16th of August and consist of an exciting race between the horses representing the singular districts of the metropolitan.
Viareggio’s Carnival was inaugurated by the first sunny parade on Sunday February 3rd. Next appointments are on February 10, 12, 17, 24 and March 2013.
In Pisa and in Florence the New Year is celebrated twice: on January 1st, along with the rest of the world, but also on March 25, this is because between the tenth century and 1749 the New Year’s Day coincided with the Annunciation, exactly nine months before Christmas (December 25).
The Annunciation celebration that brings pilgrimage to the Basilica dell’Annunciazione, in order to pay homage to the image of the Annunciation, the municipality of Florence organizes an historical procession with traditional costumes, flag-wavers and old music instruments. The historical parade called “corteo storico “ of the FlorentineRepublic .
Umbria Jazz festival 5 to 14 July.
Last year artists: Diana Krall, Sonny Rollins , Enrico Rava & Paolo Fresu ,Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack Dejohnette, John Legend , Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock.