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To-Tuscany Newsletter- July 2010
 
In This Issue
Fish and Chips in Tuscany?!
Tuscan Sun Festival
Volterra AD
Dear Newsletter Reader,
 
Welcome to the July issue of our newletter.

July and August are some of the best months to be in Tuscany to experience the many festivals that take place over the summer holidays.  This month we are showing you some of the lesser known festivals that are taking place that are definitely worth a visit.

As always, please let us know your views on our newsletters or contact me for any other information or help.

Regards

Dympna
dympna@to-tuscany.com
 
Fish and Chips in Tuscany!
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Barga Fish and Chip Festival






















 
The Tuscan Sun Festival
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Tuscan Sun FestivalThe Tuscan Sun Festival was established in 2003 in the medieval setting of Cortona (which is in Arezzo province in the East of Tuscany).  Cortonas resident novelist, Frances Mayes ("Bella Tuscany" and "Under the Tuscan Sun", to name just two) was instrumental in introducing a number of international artists to this beautiful setting.  Daytime sees the town showcasing local produce and wine, artists, musicians and wine.  There are also a number of open-air yoga, pilates and wellness programmes in the day led by Trudi Styler whilst the evenings are given over to first class performances.
This year sees the world-renowned artist Sting performing alongside his wife Trudi Styler and the actor Charles Dance in "Twin Spirits".
Other performers during the festival include Renee Fleming, Ekaterina Scherbachenko and Marcello Giordani.
The Festival runs from Friday 30th July through to Friday August 6th.  Please click here for more information.
 
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Barga Fish and Chip Festival
Barga, in the north of Tuscany, is a pretty town of just 10,000 residents that just happens to be twinned with the town of East Lothian in Scotland.  It has its own nickname of the "Most Scottish Place in Italy" and local residents do often speak English with a Scottish accent!
The connection between the two places dates back to a visit by the Duke of Argyll in the 1890's when he employed a number of locals to work on his estate back in Scotland.  The descendents of these first emigrants established a number of ice-cream parlours and cafes and restaurants in Scotland serving the local favourite dish of fish and chips!  There are an estimated 100,000 Scottish/Italian descendents of these original workers in Scotland today.
Bargas most famous Scottish/Italian descendent is the singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini whose family still owns a fish and chip shop in Scotland today.
The Sagra del Pesce e Patate (Fish and Chip festival) complete with bagpipes and gentlemen in kilts takes place from 23rd July to 19th August.
Barga is 30km to the north of Lucca
 
Volterra AD Festival
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Volterra ADThe Volterra AD Festival dates for 2010 are from Sunday 15th - Sunday 22nd August.
The Festival sees the stunning hilltop fortified town transformed back to the days of 1398 AD with everyone wearing period costumes.  Visitors are charged a small fee to enter the city and for that, you are given access to duelling knights, beautiful dames, jugglers, flag throwers, crossbow tournaments, music, pagentry, history and food and drink 'merchants' - it is well worth the small entry fee.  Visitors are also able to hire medieval dress costumes if they really wish to get into the mood of the festival. 






 
 
FERRAGOSTA
 
Ferragosta is one of the most important National Holidays in Italy.  There has been a holiday on 15th August since Roman times and although today it is celebrated in the Roman Catholic tradition as the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, it was originally a holiday to celebrate the end of the harvest.  The name Ferragosta still refers back to the original Feriae Augusti or Festival of the Emperor Augustus.

The Romans celebrated the Ferragosta with horse races - a tradition still continued in Siena with the Palio race (on 16th August), but just about every village, town and city across Italy celebrate this feast day in some way.

Today, the Italians tend to head to the coast or the mountains but almost all shops close for the day.  Restaurants that do open are extremely busy and booking in advance where possible would be advised.

You will also find that some supermarkets, restaurants, petrol stations and other services are closed or have limited opening hours over the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th August.

 
PHOTOCOMPETITION

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Pisa BaptistryDont forget about the To Tuscany 2010 photocompetition.  Entries (maximum of 5) must be sent in JPEG format and the prize is a hamper of Tuscan delicacies.  Send your entry to dympna@to-tuscany.com with your name, reservation code and a title for each of the photos. 

This photo was by Natalie Ridgeway and shows the Baptistry building in Pisa after a rainshower. Natalie was a runner-up in the 2009 competition.
 

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Dympna Docherty
To-Tuscany
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