Cortona offers several cultural events throughout the year, the most important and significant occour from spring to fall. Some of these events are become popular because celebrated from long time reflecting our tradictions, customs and beliefs. Among these the steak festival “SAGRA DELLA BISTECCA” with the largest wire rack active in Italy, the “Joust of Archidado” (historical re-enactment of the medieval games and parade), the Cortona Antiques “MOSTRA ANTIQUARIA”.
In a row a selection of the most relevant.


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]


2 March to 20 April 2018

Cortona becomes “The Jazz’s town”

Every Friday evening let’s the city live before the tourist season opens. Music, good food and good drinks, just like in the big capitals of the world where Jazz clubs are now a historic tradition.

The concerts will be all free, the musicians are all professionals of the highest level from the territory, from the Siena Jazz and the Musical Academy of Perugia. It will be a way to anticipate the great event, the Cortona Jazz Festival, which will start for its first edition from 26 April and will continue for several evenings right in the Old Town.


30  March 2018

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.

May, June, October 2018

SUNDAY 10 June 2018 – 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.



1 to 8 July 2018



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.


12 July to 20 September 2018


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.



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


18 to 22 July August 2018

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 – 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


14 – 15 August – 2018


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]


18 – 19 August – 2018

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)