Offerta dei Ceri a S. Margherita (Day)

Cortona Events - 2013 Preliminary


Alumni Tours

Alumni Tours to Cortona

Cortona offers many activities, including reenactment of historical events, both in the town and nearby.


Offerta dei Ceri
Colata dei Ceri a S. Margherita (Night)


Giostra dell'Archidado

Fratticiola Festa
Antique Farm Cart Festival - Fratticiola


Fiera Antiquaria D'Arezzo

On the first Sunday of each month (and the preceding Saturday) hundreds of dealers of antiques and reproductions, as well as artisans with their original work, line the streets and piazze (e.g. Via Cavour, Pza. Grande) in the historic center of nearby Arezzo. Easy to reach by either car or via the bus (LFI - S/6 line) from Pza. Garibaldi in Cortona.

In addition to the events listed below, there are numerous orchestral & choral concerts, recitals, and operas in July, August, and September. Check the bulletin boards in Piazza Signorelli and along via Nazionale (or with the A.P.T. on via Nazionale) for the current schedules.

Exhibition & market for Val di Chiana beef - Piazza Chateau Chinon, Camucia (April 6, 2013)

Good Friday - evening procession from Spirito Santo at ~21:00 (March 29, 2013)

Easter Tuesday - procession at Duomo at ~17:00 (April 2, 2013)

Antique auto race up the hill from Camucia to Pza. Garibaldi in Cortona. - (April 19-21, 2013)

Tulip Festival - Castiglione del Lago (PG). - (April 10-14, 2013)

Open Exhibition of works by student artists in the University of Georgia's Cortona Program - Palazzo Vagnotti (April 19-20, 2013)

Flower & artistic craftwork (artigianato) festival - in nearby Foiano della Chiana (April 20 & 21, 2013)

Copperwork exhibition - Palazzo Casali & Cloister of S. Agostino
(April 26 - 28, 2013)

Flower and ornamental plant exhibition - Piazza Signorelli & Piazza della Repubblica (April 27, 2013)

Air Show (Planes & Hot Air Balloons) Castiglione Airport - Castiglione del Lago (PG). - (April 19 - 22, 2013)

Kite Meeting Castiglione Airport - Castiglione del Lago (PG). - (April 26 - 30, 2013)

May / June

Colata dei Ceri (May 3 at 21:00 in Piazza della Repubblica) e Offerta dei Ceri (May 4 at 16:00 in Piazza della Repubblica) a S. Margherita - period (medieval) costume processions (based on a Cortona Statue dated 1325) on the weekend evenings preceeding the feast of Santa Margherita (May 5, 2013). Friday & Sat. preceeding Ascension; usually the Saturday & Sunday prior to the Giostra. (June 7 & 8, 2013).

Festival of May - Castiglion Fiorentino May 1 - May 31, 2013)

Calendimaggio Festival - in nearby Assisi [Umbria]. Locals in Medieval costumes with minstrels strolling the streets. (May 3-5, 2013)

Spring Festival - Farneta

Festa Primavera - in Farneta. (May 16-19, 2013)

Giostra dell'Archidado (June 9, 2013) - historical recreation of AD 1397 archery contest between the quintiere of Cortona in celebration of the wedding of Francesco Casali & Antonia Salembeni in that year. The recreation of the wedding will be at 21:15 on June 8 in Piazza Signorelli and the Giostra (typically the Sunday after Ascension) is at 16:00 on June 9 in Piazzi Signorelli. An additional event during this period: On June 6 at 21:00 in Pza. Signorelli an exhibition of Flagthrowers from Cortona & surrounding communities.

Wild Boar Festival - Castiglion Fiorentino (May 10-12 & 17-19, 2013)

Corsa dei Ceri (each May 15 in Gubbio [Umbria]). A race with giant candles to Chiesa Sant'Ubaldo. On the eve of Sant'Ubaldo's Feast Day (St. Ubaldo is Gubbio's patron saint).

Umbria Jazz Festival - Perugia [Umbria] (July 6-14, 2013)

Folklore Festival - Ronzano (July 19-21, 2013)

Tuscan Sun Festival - music, film, & art festival (Impresario Arts of New York). Note: Most of the festival has been moved to Florence due to financial difficulties [click for story]; check the website later for 2012 update. (prob. ca. June 8 - 15, 2013) Sidenote: The Mayes' have placed one of their Cortona properties "Fonte delle Foglie" on the market.

Beefsteak festival for Val di Chiana beef - in the public park [Giardino pubblico] (Aug. 10-11, 2013)

Festival for Porcini mushrooms - Giardini del Parterre (August 17 & 18, 2013)

Antique furniture exhibition & market - Pal. Casali & Pal. Vagnotti (August 23-25, 2013)

Festival of Autumn - Fraz. Fratta S. Caterina (September 14-15, 2013)

October / November
Antique Farm Cart Exhibition - Fraz. Fratticiola di Cortona (September 27-29, 2013)

Chestnut Festival - Fraz. Teverina di Cortona (October 5-6, 2013)

Also Oct. 11-20, 2013 is the EuroChocolate Festival in nearby Perugia (Umbria)

Olive Oil Festival - Castiglion Fiorentino (October 18 - 21, 2013)

Frantoi Aperti (Olive Oil Mills Open) - Trasimeno Area (October 26 & 27, 2013)

Chestnut Festival - S. Martino a Bocena (November 4, 2013)


December 2013 / January 2014

"Ciaccia Fritta" Festival (& Poetry Prize Award at 15.30) - Località S. Pietro a Cegliolo. (December 8, 2013- 09.00-19.00)

Nativity scenes at various churches - Le Celle, S. Margherita, S. Filippo, S.Pietro a Cegliolo, Fratta.
(December 24 , 2013 - January 6, 2014)

Living Nativity at Località Pietraia (holidays only)

New Year's Eve Celebrations

 Osteria del Teatro - TBD
For more information about the event or reservations, call (0575) 630556 or send email to: with "Cortona Online" in the Subject field

Antique car race
Antique car race - Cortona

Antique car race
Tulip Festival - Castiglione del Lago

Kite Meet
Kites - Castiglione del Lago

Air Show
Air Show - Castiglione del Lago