If You Were Here Now

If you were at Borgo di Vagli in your Tuscan residence in the coming month, below are a few attractions to consider visiting.

Festival dei 2 Mondi (Festival of the 2 Worlds)
27th June – 13 July

This year as well, the Festival of 2 Worlds meets the school world, attracting young people to the discovery of a cultural identity related to the creation and development of the Festival of Spoleto.

The festival offers children and young people a series of initiatives: the contest WE ARE THE FESTIVAL includes drama courses, education, internships and promotions on shows dedicated to young people.

WE ARE THE FESTIVAL, in its fourth edition, is a contest open to all pupils in primary schools and middle schools in the town of Spoleto.

The venues of the Festival, the theme of this year’s contest, is an invitation to seek and reconstruct the history of the Festival of Two Worlds across the venues of the town where the event has taken place for over half a century. Spoleto, Theater City par excellence, has in fact spectacular spaces that seem made to host the festival: the Cathedral and its large stage square, the luxurious Teatro Nuovo, the elegant seventeenth-century Teatro Caio Melisso, the suggestive open-air Teatro Romano, the church of San Nicolò and its magnificent cloister, the dominant Rocca Albornoziana, the Gothic church of San Simone, the Lombard basilica of San Salvatore, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Auditorium of the Stella, the noble palaces and the streets themselves permeated by timeless allure.

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Umbria Jazz
11 - 13th April 2014

Held since 1973 and one of Europe's leading jazz events, the Umbria Jazz Festival takes over the Renaissance hill city of Perugia. It has always attracted big names, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, together with an audience of more than 200,000 from around the world. Artists this year include Jan Garbarek, John Legend, Simona Molinari, Pino Daniele, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ramsey Lewis, Cecile Mclorin. Many performances take place outdoors, including those at the main venue, the 4,500-seat Giardini del Frontone, and Perugia's picturesque streets and squares host free shows by marching bands and blues, rock and gospel groups.

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Monteriggioni Mediaeval Festival
Monteriggioni Siena
18th - 20th July and 25th - 27th July

The "Festa Medievale" of Monteriggioni, takes place every year and is highly recommended. The Middle Ages have left their mark in Tuscany more than in any other regions of Italy, with the medieval living on in the ancient routes of the pilgrims, the stone of the Romanesque churches, in the intricate architecture of the old towns or in the walls and battlements of a castle like Monteriggioni, which earned a mention by no less than Dante in his Divine Comedy. Children can enjoy jugglers, acrobats, fire-eater and jesters' show.

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Trasimeno Blues
Lake Trasimeno
24th July – 3rd August

A special Festival Preview on July 15th and then, from July 24th to August 3rd, the Best interpreters of the Blues music and its contaminations will be part of the prestigious 2014 Trasimeno Blues line up. A festival in direct contact with nature, in which sounds, sights, smells and tastes will be the ingredients of a unique multi-sensory experience. In the green heart of Italy, medieval villages and fascinating glimpses of nature will be inundated by the sweeping notes of the various facets of the Black Music: from Desert Blues to Soul, Funk, and Blues-Rock from Afro through Afrobeat, Reggae and to the avant-garde Blues. Different localities around the lake, Castiglione del Lago, Città della Pieve, Magione, Paciano, Passignano sul Trasimeno and Tuoro, will host 13 different stages for 23 different concerts from sunset to sunrise.

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Cortona on the Move
July 17th – September 28th

In 2014, the international photography festival Cortona On The Move - photography in travel, reaches the fourth edition with its own identity, recognized at European and international level. From July 17th to September 28th 2014, the town of Cortona will open the annual event dedicated to photography in travel, involving places and an audience of professionals and enthusiasts.

For the third year in a row, the artistic direction has been commissioned to the expert eye of Arianna Rinaldo, whose proposals in the field of photography, apart from being an absolute guarantee, will once again amaze and thrill all the lucky visitors of the festival.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." Saint Augustine

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Palio delle Barche
Passignano sul Trasimeno
20th - 27th July

The Palio delle Barche, or boat competition, is an historical re-enactment of the power struggle between two important Perugian families: the Baglioni and the Oddi. The spectacular race takes place on land and on the lake on the last Sunday of July. The burning of the castle is particularly thrilling, as are the fireworks over the lake, and both attract thousands of visitors from all over. During the event the local tavernas open their doors to offer the finest of local culinary tradition.

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