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 attending.


Arezzo Raro Festival
18-28 July

From the 18 to 28 of July, Arezzo will be hosting the first edition of Arezzo rARo Festival, which, born from an idea by Donato Renzetti, produced by the Guido d'Arezzo Foundation and the Arezzo Municipality and together with the Gioachino Rossini Philharmonic Orchestra, is exclusively dedicated to classical music. The festival moves between musical research, which include lesser known repertoires, and the proposal of great works of the traditional repertoire.

The program includes 10 shows that in the last ten days of July will bring some of the most acclaimed performers to the Tuscan city, for a journey of culture and beauty.

Solomeo Renaissance Festival
Solomeo, Perugia
19-28 July

Hundreds of torches light up the castle walls, which become the setting of one of Umbria’s most characteristic events. Minstrels, jugglers, and jesters will be waiting for you, as will innkeepers and tavern owners, who will make you taste typical umbrian dishes.

A town festival that takes place every year since 1979 with games, dances, songs, and all the typical local forms of art for a wonderful journey through time.

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International Festival of Young Performers
Castel Rigone, near the Trasimeno Lake.
from the 22nd July to the 25th August

Now in its 21st edition, the International Festival of Young performers will take place this year from the 22nd July to the 25th August.

The festival, holding in the inspiring village of Castel Rigone, promotes the young talents of the musical scene, alongside the performances and concerts of already renowned artists.

National and international orchestras, famous soloists, established groups and ensembles will take turns on the stage.

The event offers a schedule focusing on two aspects: the promotion of classical music and the precious link with the territory.

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The Palio delle Barche (boat race)
Passignano sul Trasimeno
(21-28 July)

The Palio delle Barche, or boat competition, is an historical reenactment 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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Cortona on the Move
International Photography Festival
Cortona 12 July - 29 September

Founded in 2011 by the Associazione Culturale ONTHEMOVE, the principal objective of Cortona On The Move is to spread and promote contemporary photography by bringing new creative talents and novel forms of visual communication to the forefront.

Under the artistic direction of Arianna Rinaldo, the festival provides a continuing exchange between field experts and a ceaseless search for work which represents the ongoing evolution of the photographic language, all showcased within the enchanting Etruscan hill town of Cortona.

Cortona On The Move is a dynamic center of contemporary photography, where experimentation and a watchful eye on the future development of visual communications are at home. Our key words are: originality of vision and authenticity in approach to the reality that surrounds us in order to narrate stories through images that reach a vast public.

It is exactly this approach which has enabled us to grow rapidly to become a reference point, not only for accomplished photographers and amateurs alike, but also for a national and international audience that is attentive to contemporary cultural trends. An approach which has spawned continual growth in the number of visitors, volunteers and professionals who come to the festival

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Effetto Araki
21 June - 30 September

An exhibition devoted to the Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.

Siena celebrates the great Japanese photographer with a selection of 2200 pictures spanning a career of more than 50 years. The exhibition, organized by the Santa Maria della Scala with the support of Opera-Civita, is curated by Filippo Maggia, showcases photographs from over twenty series taken by Araki from the early 1960s to the present day. Araki was eager to celebrate his work over the past 50 years (he held his first show in 1965) with a selection of 2200 works reviewing his long artistic career and offering a virtually complete overview of his endless, highly complex and multi-faceted output, which stretches well beyond the bondage pictures that have made him a household name worldwide. Many of the series – Satchin and his brother Mabo, Sentimental night in Kyoto, August, Tokyo Autumn and others – are being shown in Italy for the very first time, and for some of them – for example Anniversary of Hokusai’s Death and Gloves – it is also their European debut, while the Araki’s Paradise collection, consisting of photographs that Araki took using his own home as his set, has been specially produced for the Siena exhibition: thus an original, meditative and exciting Araki who appears to wish to condense his entire experience both as an artist and as a man in this show.

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Majolica: Gold and Ruby
until October 13

There is no important museum in the world that does not preserve examples of the precious Italian "luster" majolica. These include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Louvre Museum in Paris. ‘Lusture – the gold and ruby of ceramics from the Renaissance to today’ is scheduled at Palazzo Bonacquisti di Assisi from 4 May 2019 to 13 October 2019.

The exhibition traces the development of majolica from its origins to the last creations in the seventeenth century and then, to its revival in the nineteenth century when it returned to being object of vast interest with its still difficult and alchemic methods of today combining design and creativity.



Music Fest Perugia
between 24 July - 20 August

Music Fest Perugia is an international, annual event which accepts students from all over the world and provides them with musical training and public performances in the city of Perugia. Private lessons, master classes and career guidance are offered by the internationally renowned faculty members. The purpose of the festival is to develop and encourage young talent, and to provide lasting relationships with other professionals in the music industry.

Music Fest Perugia is the only festival in the world that provides almost all of its participants the experience and thrill of playing as a soloist with orchestra!

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Trasimeno Blues Festival
Lake Trasimeno
25 July - 3 August

From July 25 to August 3 this year’s edition of the Trasimeno Blues Festival will be staged with its itinerant formula in the locations of Castiglione del Lago, Panicale, Passignano and Tuoro.

An exciting musical journey in the green heart of Italy that will involve 4 municipalities around the lake in the province of Perugia: 10 different stages will host 22 concerts to explore all the nuances of Black Music, from the roots of the Blues to the most innovative musical avant-gardes; from acoustic Blues to electric Blues, from Desert Blues to Rock, Soul and Funk, from Swing to Jazz, Country and Folk, from Afro-Beat to Reggae and Nu-Soul.



Festival of the Barbarians
Castel Rigone
31 July - August 4

From the 2nd to the 5th of August the small village among the Trasimeno Lake's hills is going to welcome the Riggo's armed warriors who are going to confront each other in duels and fights, fire-eaters who are going to parade along the road accompanied by the music of pipes and drums, whilst in the alleys the "Mastro d'Arme", the "Cordaiolo" and the "Battitore de Soldi" are going to bring back to life the past crafts.

Every evening in the torch-lit piazza, you can try a typically Barbarian dinner, accompanied by a complimentary glass of good wine, offered by the itinerant inn keepers.



Palio dei Terzieri
Città della Pieve
12 to 25 August

The challenge, the history, culture and tradition is the alchemy of a unique and spectacular event in which each year the Terzieri contend for the Pallium tapestry through the enactment of the ‘Caccia al Toro’ (Bull Hunt).



Palio di Siena
16 August

The Palio is the most important event in Siena, taking place on July 2 and August 16 every year.

In the Palio, the various Sienese "contrade", or quaters in which the city is divided, challenge each other in a passionate horse race in the heart of the city in the Piazza del Campo.

Originally, there were about fifty-nine "Contrade"; now only seventeen remain, ten of which take part in the historical pageant and in the race at each Palio (seven by right and three drawn by lots).

The 17 Contrade which still exist today are: the Eagle, Snail, Wave, Panther, Forest, Tortoise, Owl, Unicorn, Shell, Tower, Ram, Caterpillar, Dragon, Giraffe, Porcupine, She-Wolf and the Goose.

The Palio horse race has its origins in the distant past, with historical records indicating horse races in Siena already taking place in the 6th century.

The Palio is much more than a simple event for the Sienese, it actually is a large part of their lives since the time of their birth. Each person belongs to a Contrada, participates in the life of the Contrada and the organization of the Palio throughout the entire year. The Sienese live the Palio with great passion and you'll certainly be able to see this if you have the chance to attend one of the races.

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Assisi Food Truck
30 August - 1 September

The Assisi Food Truck and Village festival is now into its 5th edition, following the huge success it has had in the past years. A selection of 20 of the best street food trucks will present at the event, while live music and entertainment will abound.




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