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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PROCESSION OF THE HOLY FRIDAY NIGHT
15 April 2022
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
30 April – 1 May 2022
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.
CORTONA IN FIORE
Sunday 1 May 2022
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.
Nume Academy & Festival
06 – 12 Jun, 2022
“The festival of extraordinary talent”, this is how the NUME ACADEMY & FESTIVAL could be defined, the event that will take place in the wonderful setting of the city of Cortona (AR) from 8 to 12 June 2022.
The Tuscan city will be the protagonist of 5 days of great classical music during which prestigious names from the international world will arrive in Cortona to perform in exceptional locations giving the public a unique experience: an extraordinary art form combined with a place of great Italian culture and tradition. For information and tickets www.numefestival.it.
The Nume Academy & Festival is a new festival idea where you can get to know the great artists and the new generations up close. Nume Academy & Festival, in fact, not only hosts great names already established on the international scene, but brings to Italy the best youth of classical music who during that week will be in Cortona to participate, in the splendid former convent of Sant’Agostino, in masterclasses of the highest level open to the public. An innovative project to promote culture and support the artistic careers of the most deserving young people.
May and June 2022
Celebrations for the medieval week
01 May 09.30 – 40th Copper Fair
15 May, 9.30 pm Blessing of the wax Rione di S. Andrea Chiesa S.M. New
16 May at 9.30 pm Blessing of the wax Ward of S. Marco and Poggio Church of S. Marco
17 May at 9.30 pm Blessing of the wax Ward of Peccioverardi Church of S. Domenico May
18 at 21.30 Blessing of the wax Ward of S.Vincenzo Church of the Holy Spirit
19 May at 9.30 pm Blessing of the wax Wax district of S. Maria Church of Santa Maria Assunta
20May at 9.30 pm Casting of the Ceri
21 May at 4.00 pm Offer of the Candles to S. Margherita
22 May Feast of St. Margaret
27 – 28 (May Series of conferences on Cortona Creation of the Diocese, Statute of 1325 and 29) Lordship of the Casali
02 – 05 June 9.30-24.00
Medieval market scenes of medieval life with jesters
Falconers and Archers. Opening of the Taverna del Balestriere
10 June at 9.30 pm Games of Flags with 3 groups of flag wavers
11 June at 9.30 pm Historical re-enactment of the marriage between Francesco Casali and Antonia Salimbeni
11 – 12 June 2022
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.
A Baroque Ingenuity “Pietro da Cortona”
18 June – 18 September 2022
A retrospective on the entire activity of the artist Pietro da Cortona dedicated to the Baroque.
2 – 9 July 2022
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.
14 July to 02 October 2022
“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.
Founded in 2003, on the initiative of the CapoTrave theater company, the festival is directed by playwrights Lucia Franchi and Luca Ricci, the latter also director.
The festival focuses on the research and innovation of scenic languages, hosting and co-producing contemporary theater, dance, music and circus performances, as well as multidisciplinary formats, favoring the mixing of the arts. From the first edition to today, more than 450 groups and more than 2,400 artists, both Italian and international, have taken part in the event, who have created more than 750 replicas of 600 different shows.
17 Festival Europeo di Musica e Danza popolare
13 August 2022
Folkloristic dances with groups from Russia, Spain, Lithuania, in addition to the organizer “Il Cilindro” Company
Start From 09:00 pm
Where: Piazza Signorelli
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
SAGRA DEL FUNGO PORCINO
20 – 21 August 2022
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 6.00pm 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.
20 August to 04 September 2022
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.
9 – 11 September 2022
For the first time in Cortona, the Buskers & Food Truck Festival arrives, proposing itself as the first and only format in Italy that combines all the street excellences: Gourmet Food, Street Artists and Urban Market.
CortonArt Festival 2021 will take shape throughout the historic center and in the Parterre Gardens. From 10 to 12 September the City of Cortona will come alive with the best Food Trucks in the boot to warm your soul and stomach. As a side dish (in addition to salads), improvised musicians, street artists and urban markets … or everything you would imagine of a big party organized as if it were yours! Admission is free, otherwise … what party would it be ?!
🍔 Kitchens on the street
🎤 Street Artists and Live Music
🛒 Urban Market
🤹🏻♀️ Attractions for children
🍺 Draft beer
Friday 10 September from 18.00 to 00.00
Saturday 11 September from 11.00 to 00.00
Sunday 12 September from 11.00 to 00.00
👉🏻 FREE ENTRY