CORTONA MAIN EVENTS
MOST RELEVANT EVENTS IN TOWN
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”.
Below 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.
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CORTONA JAZZ CLUB
Usually from February to April
Cortona becomes “The Jazz’s town”
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.
PROCESSION OF THE HOLY FRIDAY NIGHT
2 April 2021
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.
FIERA DEL RAME DEL FIORE E DEL COCCIO
Usually in May
Fiera del rame del fiore e del coccio is the traditional copper, flower and earthenware fair in Cortona with numerous exhibitors, both local and from various Italian regions, who will exhibit their goods in worked copper thanks to their creativity, industriousness and professionalism. The fair will animate the historic center of Cortona in particular Piazza Signorelli and via Casali which will turn into a welcoming garden full of flowers and ornamental plants. An excellent opportunity to stroll through the alleys and squares in a suggestive atmosphere.
Celebrations in honor of Santa Margherita
Celebrations in honor of Santa Margherita da Cortona
03 May 8.30 pm Blessing of the Candle by the Quintiere di S. Andrea Via Dardano Church of Santa Maria Nuova.
04 May at 8.30 pm Blessing of the candle of the Quintiere di San Marco and Poggio Chiesa di San Marco.
5 May at 8.30 pm Blessing of the Quintiere di Peccioverardi candle Via Nazionale Church of San Domenico.
May 6, 8.30 pm Blessing of the Quintiere di S. Vincenzo candle Via Guelfa Church of the Holy Spirit.
7 May at 8.30 pm Blessing of the Quintiere candle in S. Maria Via Roma Church of Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral.
08 May 5.30 pm Offer of the Candles and the Flag to S. Margherita.
09 May Feast of St. Margaret
Usually in May, June, October
SUNDAY 14 June 2020 – 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.
May 15 – Colata dei Ceri
May 16 – Offer of the candles to S. Margherita
From 30 of May to 2 June – Medieval markets
June 12 – Flag games
June 13 – Marriage of the Casali
June 14 – Joust of Archidado
From 26 June to 4 July 2021
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.
CORTONA IN FIORE
Sunday 30 May
Cortona in Fiore, the world of flowers in the city center. This is the event with which Cortona greets the return of spring. A special Sunday dedicated to flowers, plants and their well-being, with sector experts and professionals engaged in the care of the city’s greenery.
18 June 2021
The Cortona hosts for the second time one of the 1000 MIGLIA car race where 375 crews will be involved, plus the “1000 Miglia Experience”, a collateral event that includes 30 “Super Cars”.
The gourmet event is the lunch under the loggias of the Signorelli Theater intended for super car crews, will be curated by Terretrusche which launched the “1000 and One Night” tourist package dedicated to all those who want to immerse themselves in the beauty of the 1000 Miglia Etruscan city.
15 July to 03 October 2021
“We Are Humans” is the theme of Cortona On The Move 2021. We are all protagonists: human beings take centerstage once again, in they daily life, relationships, affections and shared experiences and values. A tribute to the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of our human condition between intimate and public dimension.
LA NOTTE BIANCA DI CORTONA
Usually in August
Cortona Jazz Night organizes “La Notte Bianca di Cortona” start from 6.30 pm until late. the city will be invaded by some live music jazz bands, the event will take palce in the streets and squares of the town. The “Notte Biance” (the white night) will be accompanied by street food stands and many other surprises.
Start from 06,30pm – Main historical center streets
EUROPEAN FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND FOLK DANCING
Usually in August
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
SAGRA DEL FUNGO PORCINO
Usually in August
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.
The festival start from 6.30pm to 11.00pm. Book tables is not possible. Usually this festival is not too busy so don’t panic, just make sure to be at least one hour in advance before the closing.
SAGRA DELLA BISTECCA – Steak Festival
Usually in August
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.
from 6pm to 11pm
Telephone: +39 0575 630352
20 August to 05 September 2021
54 ° EDITION OF CORTONA ANTIQUARIA
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.
Cortonantiquaria 2021 collateral events
20 August Cor-Orchestra inaugural concert. The 4 seasons of Vivaldi | Entrance fee
August 21 Jeu d’eau et d’amour. Giuseppe Nova (flute), Elena Piva (harp) | Entrance fee
August 22 Harmonies between instinct and passion. Piano concert by Caterina Arzani | Entrance fee
August 23 What are the clouds. Danilo Rea and Luciano Biondini (Signorelli Theater) | Entrance fee
August 24 Valentina Iosco, IoeDante: young people in front of the Supreme Poet | Free admission
August 26 Piccolo Teatro, Women in Music and Poetry | Free admission
August 27 Andrea Giambetti and Silvia Gennari, Love in the time of Dante | Free admission
August 28 Space-time journey through Franco Battiato’s voice and music “PROG” with Filippo Destrieri (Arena Parterre) | Free admission
29 August CortonAntiquaria Prize, introduced by a musical contribution by Sofia Adinolfi (piano) Admission by invitation
September 1st Ensemble Hyperion, Tribute to Ennio Morricone | Entrance fee
2 September Daniele Iacomoni, The 25th song of Heaven, the song of hope, the song of tenderness | Free admission
September 3 Skies of America. Enrico Di Felice (flute) and Riccardo Leone (piano) | Entrance fee
4 September Nobody is saved here. Presentation of the volume by Marco Petrelli | Free admission
5 September Latest discoveries with the Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and Brando Quilici (Teatro Signorelli) | Free admission
Hours of the shows: until 4 September h 9.15 pm | Meeting on September 5th: 5.30pm
For paid events: admission € 8.00 – the ticket entitles you to enter the exhibition | Reduced € 5.00
Reservations required for all events, including free ones, at n. 0575 630158, from Monday to Friday
The events, where not otherwise indicated, take place at the Sant’Agostino Convention Center. In case of bad weather the concerts take place at the Signorelli Theater and the literary meetings under the theater loggias
Green pass required
Reduced admission for Trenitalia ticket holders
Usually in September
PENDING TO BE CONFIRMED
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.