If You Were Here Now

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

3-4-5-6 May

Calendimaggio is a public festival held in May. "Calendi" means day and "maggio" means May, the name joined together. It will last three days from Thursday to Saturday of the first week of May. The date changes every year. Assisani (the residents of Assisi) will spend a year preparing for this festival. During this period, the residents are dressed in medieval costumes here and there. People come here from all over Italy and greet each other on the street. In the medieval times, the town of Assisi was divided in two parts called the upper (sopra) and lower (sotto) by the opposing parties. Even though the two parties reached an agreement in the beginning of spring, then the battles unexpectedly started again.

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24th edition May 4 – June 15, 2017
Stazione Leopolda and other venues

A great laboratory with focus on the whole world to find new visions of the future. The programme of the 24th edition of the Fabbrica Europa Festival moves between artistic communities and rituals of tomorrow that come alive in the atmosphere created by some of the top performing artists from all over Europe and beyond – Middle East, India, China, the Mediterranean… – that will transform the Stazione Leopolda in Florence and other spaces involved in the festival into a place to imagine and meet other possible worlds. A map of the contemporary where one navigates with a compass driven by the eye and the curiosity, between famous names and emerging youth of the finest performing scene, between styles and signs of a rich landscape of today that shows new creative and social paths.

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Arezzo Antique Fair
Sunday May 7th

The first Sunday of each month and the preceding Saturday is the Arezzo Antiques Fair, the oldest in Italy. Over 300 stallholders bring goods of every kind and era to the historic centre from the early hours of Saturday morning. An event for those with a passion for antiques but also an occasion for everybody. Strolling around the stalls of furniture, books, ornaments, musical instruments, works of art and jewellery, makes a lovely way to spend the day.


Wine, Dine and Shine
May 11, 18, 25

Enoteca Molesini and DelBrenna Jewellery invite you to share in their Thursday evening tradition. It's food, it's entertainment, and it's fun! Savour Cortona's local gastronomy, paired with an array of fine vintages from famous wine regions throughout Italy. Participate in an exclusive jewellery tasting and receive true red-carpet treatment reserved only for those who join the Wine, Dine and Shine dinner. The evening begins at 4:00 pm with a complimentary wine tasting at Enoteca Molesini in Piazza Repubblica. Take a moment to speak with the guest wine maker or local expert and learn about the region's winemaking tradition. In between your tastings you may visit DelBrenna Jewellery and choose your favorite handcrafted piece to borrow and wear for the evening. One of our designers will be present at the tasting to demonstrate his art and give you directions to our historic showroom just below Via Nazionale or our boutique just across the piazza. At 8:15 p.m. the dinner begins featuring seasonal culinary courses paired with hand-selected wines from the guest winery. The chef and winery will share culinary and wine information during the evening to enhance your enjoyment. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your food and wine passion with like-minded locals and welcome guests of Cortona. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual with a focus on meeting new friends and enjoying La Dolce Vita.

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Archidado Joust
Sunday 7 May 2017

The Archidado Joust traces its origins back to the Middle Ages and was officially created in 1397 to celebrate the wedding of Francesco Casali, the Lord of Cortona, and Antonia Salimbeni, a noble woman from Siena. In the city of Cortona, this historical event is recalled every year on the second Sunday of June, when people are lead back to the ancient medieval splendour of the city. The streets are decorated in medieval style, ladies, knights, flag flyers, crossbow shooters, soldiers, pages, civil and religious authorities, all dressed with fine costumes, liven up the city center, which is rich in history and artistic beauties of every time.

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Bill Viola - Electronic Renaissance
Palazzo Strozzi
10.03.2017 | 23.07.2017

The Palazzo Strozzi Foundation presents to the public Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance, a major exhibition celebrating the undisputed master of contemporary video art. In a unitary exhibition between Piano Nobile and Strozzina the exhibition traces - through extraordinary experiences of immersion between space, image and sound - the career of this artist, the first experiments of the seventies up to large installations subsequent to the millennium.

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Caravaggio in Sansepolcro
Museo Civico
On display until June 4, 2017

The exhibition – curated by Maria Cristina Bandera – presents a new comparison between Caravaggio and Piero della Francesca. At a first glance this comparison might seem risky. But the reasons are easy to understand looking at the two artists, so far and so different from each other, under the spotlight of Roberto Longhi; both were studied and "rediscovered" by the great art historian during his educational years.

Roberto Longhi (1890-1970) was one of the most fascinating characters of the XX century art history. He carried out pivotal studies about Caravaggio, Piero della Francesca and other artists, in an essay he called "Officina Ferrarese".

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