Cortona offers cultural events throughout the year, the most important and significant are from spring to fall. Several events are very popular because are celebrate from long time, among these are the famous the “SAGRA DELLA BISTECCA” (Steak Festival) with the largest wire rack turned on in Italy, the joust of “Archidado” (historical re-enactment of the medieval games and parade), the “MOSTRA ANTIQUARIA”  (Cortona Antiques). Cortona Mia has selected for you the most relevant events in this page.


8 December 2017 – 7 January 2018


A sparkling atmosphere in the main two squares, Piazza Signorelli and Piazza Garibaldi that will host the Christmas markets, for an exclusive shopping experience where you can discover typical products, crafts and high quality objects.

In December in the beautiful city of Cortona you can breathe party air.

The historical center will be shimmering with light, the windows of shining shops, the perfumes will soar from the little houses of the markets in the winter air, the colors of the decorations will create suggestive corners, the restaurants will keep the Christmas spirit alive with themed proposals, the music around the city will lighten the spirits but also the traditional places of art and culture will be pervaded by the atmosphere of Christmas.

From 11.00 to 20.00

Christmas program Cortona 2017 - Click here

10.00 – opening of Christmas market in Piazza Garibaldi with band
– the band plays on the streets of Cortona to accompany the procession to Piazza Signorelli
11.00 – inauguration of Piazza Signorelli market
12.00 – inauguration of the exhibition at c. Convento sant’Agostino and presentation of the curator of the Biennale (From the 57th Venice Biennale 2017 “Jannis Markopoulos – Amphibian Wonder”)
1.00 pm – “Arte in Bottega” exhibition by Pierluigi Galli
3.00 pm – arrival of Santa Claus in Piazza Signorelli and inauguration of Santa’s House
15 – 18 Santa Claus and the workshop of the elves
05.00  pm- Inauguration of the “Sguardi d’Autore” photographic exhibition by Fotoclub Etruria, Palazzo Ferretti
06.00 pm  – Concert “Open Orchestra Arezzo” participate in the choirs Santa Maria delle Grazie, Sacro Coro, Chorus of the Cuvee Project
07.00 pm – Terrazza Tonino presents: Welcome Christmas – Christmas Aperitif (Piazza Garibaldi, on payment)
– active markets until 24.00
Saturday 9
11.00 am – open markets (until 08.00pm)
11 – 01pm – Elven workshop
11.30am – Visit to the Archaeological Park of Cortona (fee, for info and costs Aion Culture)
3.00 pm – 06.00 pm – Santa Claus and the workshop of the elves
07.00 pm – inauguration of “Visual Poetry” by Alfredo Rapetti Mogol
18.15 – Launch of lanterns and musical entertainment in P. Repubblica by Confcommercio
10.30 am – discovering Cortona: city tour (for a fee, for info and costs [email protected]
11.00 – open markets (until 20.00)
11 – 13 – Elven workshop
15 – 18 – Santa Claus and the Elves’ laboratory
15.30 – 17.30 – ALICE IN THE WONDERLAND & Frozen: traveling show for the city + Cartoons cartoons
11.00 – open markets (until 20.00)
3.30pm – Christmas-themed cooking class (for a fee, for adults and children, max 12 people) by Ristorante Il Cacciatore
21.30 – Teatro Signorelli: dance essays (teacher Stefania Gnani)
10.00 – “Photography and smartphones” by the Fotoclub Etruria (DA DEFINIRE)
11.00 – open markets (until 20.00)
11 – 13 – Elven Workshop
11.00 – interview with Efrem Calamati by Stefano Duranti Poccetti, director of the Corriere dello Spettacolo
12.00 – interview with Lionel Manzo, Katy Agnelli and Davide Gregianin curated by Michele Lupetti director of Valdichianaoggi
2.30 pm – 5.30 pm – Campus Natalizio at the Parterre: sports trials for adults and children with the participation of Arezzo Baseball, Cortona Camucia Calcio, Karate Cortona, Cortona Tennis, TC Camucia, Rugby Clanis, Cortona Basketball.
15 – 18 – Santa Claus and the Elves’ workshop
18.00 – Sports in the books: interview with Riccardo Lorenzetti curated by Stefano Duranti Poccetti del Corriere dello Spettacolo
18.30 – interview with Carlo Maria Cavalli curated by Alessandro Ferri
21.30 – Teatro Signorelli: dance essays (teacher Stefania Gnani)
9.15 – material delivery and registration to the walking c / o Info Point in Piazza Signorelli
9.30 – Christmas Walking: the march of the Santa Claus – departure Piazza Signorelli
10.00 – opening edition 2017 Art Adoption New Generation (various locations)
11.00 – open markets (until 20.00)
11 – 13 – Elven workshop
15 – 18 – Santa Claus and the workshop of the elves
15.30 to 18.30 – afternoon entertainment by the Terzieri



The fourth Sunday of the month

The fourth Sunday of the month inside the city walls, in Piazza Signorelli takes place the antique market of Cortona, The markets are scheduled from 9.00 at 20.00 in Piazza Signorelli. Among the various stalls used items, collectibles and modern. The market hosts about 50 exhibitors.

Info line

tel. 0575 62984
[email protected]


17 December 2017 – 10 January 2018

The Art Adoption Cultural Association, under the direction of Massimo Magurano, presents and inaugurates in Cortona on Sunday 17 December 2017 the artistic project New Generation curated by Tiziana Tommei.
The event, sponsored by the Municipality of Cortona, will take place in the historic center of the city and will involve the involvement of 27 exhibition sites, public and private spaces and commercial activities, with which 29 artists, national and international, will relate ad hoc.

On the calendar, a few days in advance of the inauguration date, important artistic interventions are planned that will enrich the schedule of this New Generation edition. The first preview is scheduled for December 8, 2017, coming directly from the Bolivia Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, the 57th International Art Exhibition, the majestic installation by Jannis Markopoulos. The work will be staged in the Auditorium of Sant’Agostino, a 13th century complex located in the historic center of Cortona.
Second international surprise is the participation of the artist Alfredo Rapetti Mogol, poet, composer and multifaceted personality of the art world, which on December 9th 2017 for New Generation will present a visual projection on the facade of the Municipality. The visual work of Mogol sees the artistic contribution of Mirko Pagliacci, another master protagonist of this edition who will exhibit an important body of works of his artistic production in a unique personal. Last but not least, the symbolic work chosen to represent this edition New Generation by Art Adoption is signed by Qwerty. The street artist with his visual and poetic ‘revolution’ will surely leave its mark in Cortona ‘.
A very special edition that aims to enhance the art through a linear, diversified and stimulating exhibition path that can bring the public to new expressive languages ​​in an alternative and non-ordinary way.

Cortona Centro Storico
Direzione Artistica Art Adoption – Massimo Magurano
Curatela Tiziana Tommei
Inaugurazione: 17 dicembre 2017 ore 11:00
Tutti gli eventi in programma sono a INGRESSO LIBERO

Info point:
Art Adoption
Palazzo Magini, via Nazionale 42 – Cortona
[email protected]
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May, June, October 2017

SUNDAY 11 May 2017 – Joust of Archidado

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 splendor 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.



14  April 2017

From 09.00 pm starts the Saint procession followed by his faithful and its ancient Saints. The procession will travel across all the main streets and squares of the town ending around 12.00 pm at the Cathedral (The Duomo) (Please bring candles with you). The Good Friday is the Friday before the Christian Easter. On this day Christians commemorate the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This anniversary is observed with special practices and rituals by the faithful of many Christian denominations.

The next day (on Saturday) at the Duomo (the Cathedral) of Cortona at 11:00 pm the Easter Vigil begins the night of the Resurrection with the blessing of fire, the candle, at 11.00 pm will start the traditional “Flight of the Christ” in Piazza del Duomo. The Holy Mass and the ritual as tradition will be accompanied by the Choir Zefferini ending around 01.00 am.

2 to 9 July 2017


During this festival are various sacred concerts in the city of Cortona with the main purpose is to announce to the city and to all those visiting the gospel of hope, fostering dialogue between the values of faith and culture traits tending to the enhancement of the extraordinary resources available.


13 July to 01 October 2017


For the 6th edition of our international photography festival, Cortona On The Move will show off the work of some of the world’s top photographers in the beautiful and welcoming surroundings of the little Tuscan hilltown of Cortona. Dozens of exhibitions and events await you with workshops and portfolio readings by masters of the profession, plus the prestigious HAPPINESS ON THE MOVE award and much, much more. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep abreast of important dates and deadlines both before and during the course of the festival. Cortona On The Move 2016: the international showcase for photography on the move – a journey of self-discovery, growth and evolution.


19 to 23 July August 2017

Launched in 2012, the Festival – promoted by the City of Cortona, Gruppo Feltrinelli and the Tuscany Region in collaboration with Orchestra della Toscana, Accademia degli Arditi and Officine della Cultura – takes place in the heart of Italy and of summer: from late July to the beginning of August, in the streets, theatres and numerous venues offered by Cortona, a fascinating city with a millenary history, whose origins date back to Etruscan civilization and whose fame shined through the Middle Ages and Renaissance.



28 Luglio 2017

“Morsi and Sorsi” and a moment dedicated to Pizza Gourmet

After the success of past editions, Street Chef returns to the national culinary event which, on Friday 28 July, will see the streets and squares of Cortona, protagonists of a wine and food tour aimed at enhancing the excellence of the area and the tradition of Italian cuisine. Designed and organized by Terretrusche Events with the contribution of the Chamber of Commerce of Arezzo, of the Tuscany Region, in collaboration with the City of Cortona and the network of restaurants of the City of Cortona, the section of Coldiretti and the Cuochi Association of Arezzo



28 – 29 July 2017


The Festival (which debuted for the first time in 2004) has established itself as a moment of encounter and dialogue between different peoples, with different cultures, in some cases, distant from each other. Music and dance these companies and the institutions that support them and entrust express a world that waiver of the conflict and chooses the mutual understanding and dialogue.

The folk dance start 9.30pm Piazza Signorelli


12 – 13 – 14 – 15 August – 2017


La Sagra della Bistecca (Steak Festival) is one of the most important gastronomic in the area, and is held every year at the gardens of the Parterre (public gardens of Cortona). In a wire rack giant 14 meters (the largest in Italy) are cooked T-bone steaks, strictly Chianina meat, cooked in blood, according to an old Tuscan tradition. In addition to side dishes, bread and fruit menu includes excellent Chianti wines Cortona or the Doc, great to accompany our meat. At the “Sagra della Bistecca” will find not only steaks but also gastronomic stands with typical Tuscan products and Cortonesi.

Opening time

from 6pm to 11pm

Telephone: +39 0575 630352
Email: [email protected]


19 – 20 August – 2017

The festival of “porcini mushroom” is held in Cortona every year in August at the Parterre Gardens, where the fresh mushrooms from Trentino are protagonists of every dish, from appetizers to side dishes. All accompanied by the excellent local wine.

19 August to 3 September- 2017


An event of great importance for the Italian antiquities market, and an extraordinary longevity which makes it one of the most prestigious events in Italy. It is, in fact, since that day in 1963 that Cortona continuously between the end of August and beginning of September, lives immersed in antiques, serving as a point of reference for many lovers of art collecting.

15 – 16 – 17 September 2017

The long-awaited event that takes you by the throat, three places symbol of the city “Piazza Garibaldi”, “Piazza della Repubblica” and “Piazza Signorelli” will turn into squares of handmade chocolate to celebrate the art of the finest craftsmen of chocolate d ‘Italy.


Saturday 16 September 2017

Glenn Ferris quintet FREE concert 

Piazza Signorelli start 09.30 pm

Glenn Ferris (born on June 27, 1950 in Los Angeles, California) is a jazz trombonist who has also worked in other fields. Outside of jazz he has played for Frank Zappa, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Duran Duran, and others. He studied classical music from 1958 to 1967, but from 1964 onward he also studied jazz with Don Ellis. He went on to perform with a variety of American musicians in varied genres before moving to France in 1980. In France he worked with Tony Scott, Brotherhood of Breath, Henri Texier and others. He currently leads a trio and a quintet[1] and teaches at the Conservatoire de Paris.

The quintet

Glen Ferris (trombone)
Giulio Stracciati (chitarra)
Mirco Mariottini (clarinetto)
Franco Fabbioni (Basso)
Paolo Corsi (Batteria)