The Carnival of Santa Croce sull’Arno


Floats, masks and streamers : Carnival started ! In every part of the province of Pisa gives rise to spectacular parades and festivals , and every country has its own traditions . The oldest is the Carnival of Santa Croce : a genuine popular festival in which the creativity and imagination of of Santa Croce create unique masks for beauty and originality. The four masked groups ( Il Nuovo Astro, La Lupa, La Nuova Luna and Gli Spensierati ) are committed to the utmost with their sumptuous costumes covered in sequins , parading in the main square in a profusion of colors and choreography.

The parade of Santa Croce dates back to 1928 , when some villagers decided to masquerade to liven up the gray winter days . In those days there was no television and radio sets were few and a dozen or so friends led by Caesar Pacchiani did take to the streets floats and one thousand masks. At seventy years later the spirit has not changed. The tradition has been handed down from father to son , or rather, from mother to daughter in ’28 , the wagons were the great-grandmothers of the pretty girls who will dance and dance today . It is not a trivial party masks and floats but a real “show” : a swirl of glittering costumes and colors placed in sets accurate.

In 2014 the Carnival of Santa Croce will be staged on Sunday, February 16 , Sunday, February 23 and Sunday, March 2nd


New Year’s Eve in Peccioli

End of year party in Peccioli dancing and laughter !

Comic musical evening in the streets of the historic center

The Proloco Peccioli in collaboration with the Municipality is preparing to toast the arrival of 2014 with the usual festival that will take place in the streets of the historic center starting at 22:30 and midnight fireworks will light up with a fireworks display auspicious .

At the center of Piazza del Popolo, where the party will be the protagonists of the evening will be comedian and impersonator Amedeo Ceppini the orchestra show Sonia Borghesi , with a repertoire that spans all genres of music . For fans of ballroom dancing , the festival pecciolese store for an evening of dancing with the duo ” Ornella and Saints ” at the Multipurpose Center preceded by a delicious dinner in the same premises .

To reach the city center in addition to the multi-storey car park in Via Mazzini will set up a free bus shuttle from 22.30 at 4:00 am with departure from the hotel parking Portavaldera .

For more information contact the tourist office at no. 0587 / 672 088 Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 15.00 to 19.00.

Theatre of Silence 2014 : Andrea Bocelli will wait for you!

After the great success achieved in the past eight years, with over 150,000 spectators , Andrea Bocelli presents the ninth edition of the Teatro del Silenzio that , for 2014 , doubles events . The beautiful scenery of Lajatico -the singer’s birthplace- will host for the first time not a single event but two dates with Andrea Bocelli will perform on July 20th, while Ennio Morricone will be featured in the concert of 22 July .
Honorary President of the Teatro del Silenzio , Andrea Bocelli has designed a unique place to bring his world of music and emotions.
The spectacular natural basin of Upper Era Valley since 2006 has welcomed artists such as Laura Pausini the first magnitude , Noa , Lang Lang, Nicola Piovani , Placido Domingo , Toquinho , Zucchero, Elisa , Jose’ Carreras and Katherine Jenkins. Not only music, but also the stage to dance and the visual arts : on the stage of the Teatro del Silenzio performed , in fact, as the dancers etoile Roberto Bolle and Eleanora Abbagnato , and every year they have dedicated their work to the shows artists which Igor Mitoraj , Arnaldo Pomodoro, Marco Ceroli , Hans Peter Ditzler , Kurt Laurenz Metzler , Venio Santoni and Joseph Card .The whole structure of the theater is set up specifically for the event and disallestita immediately after the last show ,so as to return the hill to its natural path and then to a new season dedicated to the cultivation of wheat. The stage is completely without coverage, challenge each year the weather conditions , thus allowing perfect integration into the landscape circostante.Il Teatro del Silenzio comes to life in the peace of the picturesque hills of Lajatico , a small jewel in the hinterland of Volterra , which for the 364 days ‘ year remains intact in its harmony and for a day – this year for two – is animated by a different life where the protagonists are music , dance and art.

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9-10 ; 16-17 ; 23-24 November 2013 : 43rd Exhibition of White Truffle of San Miniato

foto_principale_1361277785_tartufo1The first Festival of the White Truffle of San Miniato was held on the 26th of October 1969 in Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) and after a break of two years (surely meant to understand the potential of this valuable product) it has been held every year since then.
Over the years the festival has grown tremendously and has become today an internationally recognized exhibition: together with the White Truffle, always the star of the festivities, other local products such as wine, cheese and cold cuts are displayed and this makes these three November weekends an important showcase for our area.
Today we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of this enchanting festival. San Miniato has managed to preserve the richness of popular traditions which allows tourists to experience old Tuscan emotions and memories. During the festival a prize is given to the biggest truffle and to the oldest truffle hunter. Also traders display their products, various associations are involved in “feeding the wayfarers” with old-time recipes; the farms offer comfortable accommodations in old farmhouses and all this gives visitors the true taste of the area and a longing to relive the experience next year again.

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Lari, 29th September 2013 : the Reenactment 2013


The Castle and the village of Lari come back again for 500 years, until the sixteenth century. This time, following the theme of a society divided between those who chose the contemplative life, the life of the soldier and that of manual labor. Company now at sunset, but whose influence was still heavy.

We will find that the monks preachers, intent in their work of conversion and moralization, blacksmiths intent on building weapons and armor, processing of wax and tissue along with many other craftsmen. The Castle will host the course bellatores, warriors, intent on practice duels with the sword and to explain their weaponry to the participants. On the terraces will make their appearance early models of cannons and arquebuses,

The village will be animated by numerous artisans and crafts stalls that will illustrate now disappeared, such as the processing of the wax, and others are still alive, like the blacksmith or the butcher.

Falconry show at 17:30

See you Sunday, September 29 from 15 to 19 in Lari : don’t miss this special and beautiful event !




For more Information:

Cultural Association ” Il Castello”
piazza del Castello, 1 – 56035 Lari (PI)

cell. 334.3963782 – fax 0587.687049/0587.684138