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.


From 6 December 2019 to 6 January 2020

Christmas in Cortona 2019

A month of events await us in Cortona to celebrate Christmas; flea markets, shows, art, culture, music and the home of Santa Claus will brighten young and old alike with the rediscovery, not only symbolic, of the Christmas holidays. The program is promoted by the Cortona municipality, Cortona development, together with Confcommercio, Cortona wines, Strada dei vini, Nicodemo Settembrini Foundation, Banca Popolare di Cortona and Mb elettronica. Public and private together, therefore, to guarantee residents and tourists the opportunity to experience a series of events suitable for all ages.



Friday 6

Inauguration of Christmas in Cortona, opening of markets and
House of Santa Claus, artisans and figures. Tree lighting at 17.00
Canti Primary School Cortona P.zza della Repubblica, Cortona – 5.30 pm Show “Emotions on the road” Teatro Signorelli, Cortona – 9.00 pm

Saturday 7

Review of the Canora Church of San Domenico, Cortona – 5.30pm Christmas inauguration in Camucia, itinerant events (in collaboration with Pro Loco Teverina), lighting the tree in Piazza Sergardi, Camucia – afternoon Poems and Songs of the Schools of Camucia

Sunday 8

Tasting under the lodges “Consorzio dei Vini” and “Strada dei Vini”,
tasting of Cortona DOC wines and local products. Lodges of Teatro Signorelli, Cortona. Tasting € 10 – 12.00-19.00ChristmasBalloons “ilvolodimillepalloncini” PzzadellaRepubblica Cortona-ore1700

Poems and songs of the children of the P zza della Repubblica schools Cortona – 17 30-18 00

Santa’s house

Via Nazionale, Old Town – from 3.30pm to 8.00pm
OPEN on days 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 December and 1, 4, 5, 6 January

Nativity hut

Vicolo Buio (Via Nazionale) – from 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm OPEN all weekends and holidays

Christmas markets


Piazza Signorelli and Piazza Garibaldi

from 6/12 to 20/12 on Friday from 16.00 to 21.00 – Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 23.00 – from 21/12 to 6/01 EVERY DAY with open hours from 10.00 to 23.00

Craftsmen in the Piazza

Piazza Signorelli and Piazza Garibaldi – from 15.00 to 19.00 in the HOLIDAYS from 6/12 to 6/01

Pietraia “Living Nativity”

Pietraia – “Living crib” OPEN on days 25, 26, 29 Dec and 1, 6 Jan. Transfer shuttles from Cortona

The Taste of Christmas in the square in Terontola (in collaboration with Pro Loco Teverina) – 3.00pm-7.00pm Bagpipers in Terontola – 4.30pm-5.30pm

Saturday 14

Review of Canora Church of San Domenico, Cortona – 5.30pm-7.00pm
Traveling events and bagpipers in Camucia (in collaboration with Pro Loco Teverina) Donkey with Santa Claus in the Coop area, Camucia

Sunday 15

Performance of the Historical Group of Cortona P.zza della Repubblica, Cortona – 4.00 pm Street Artists Via Dardano, Cortona – 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Poems and songs of the school children P.zza della Repubblica, Cortona – 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm Craftsmen in Piazza Cortona – 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Snow in Piazza Cortona, Piazza della Repubblica – 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Bagpipers in Cortona Piazza della Repubblica, Cortona – 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm Concert of Santa Cecilia of the Cortonese Philharmonic Society, Church of S. Domenico, Cortona – 6.00 pm

Monday 16
Tuesday 17

Musical comedy “Viktor und Viktoria” with Veronica Pivetti
Teatro Signorelli, Cortona – 9.15 pm

Friday 20

Meeting with the writer Nicola Viceconti narrations and music Fortezza Girifalco, Cortona – 9.30pm

Saturday 21st

Vocal concert Chiesa San Filippo, Cortona – 6.00 pm
Asinelli, Santa Claus and bagpipers in Camucia
Coop area 16.00-17.00 / downtown area 17.00-18.00 (in collaboration with Pro Loco Teverina) Milonga Christmas show with the music teacher Massimo Santostefano, Fortezza Girifalco, Cortona – 8.30 pm

Domeni 22

Santa’s cinema movies and snacks for everyone, Basilica of Santa Margherita – Sala Santa Margherita, Cortona – 3.30pm-5.30pm
Snow in Piazza Cortona, Piazza della Repubblica – 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Bagpipers Piazza della Repubblica, Cortona – 17.00-19.30

Monday 23

Christmas concert of the Cortonese Philharmonic Society, Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza Signorelli, Cortona – 6.00 pm
“Amici della musica” concert Teatro Signorelli, Cortona – 6.00 pm


Tuesday 24

Vocal concert Piazza delle Repubblica, Cortona – 5.00 pm

Wednesday 25

Christmas itinerary through the streets of Cortona – all day
Bagpipers and Craftsmen Piazza della Repubblica, Cortona – 17.00-19.30

Thursday 26

Craftsmen in the square all day – Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza Garibaldi, Cortona

Friday 27

Concert under the tree of the Mini Band “The first notes” of the Cortonese Philharmonic Society, Piazza Repubblica, Cortona – 5.30 pm
Gospel Concert Teatro Signorelli, Cortona – 9.00 pm

Saturday 28

Children at the MAEC Piazza Signorelli, Cortona – 10.00-17.00
Cortona from the High Guided Tour of the Fortress of Girifalco with tasting of new oil and wine, on reservation Omnia Guide 0575637223 – 11.00-12.30
Show “Special Boys” CAM Church of San Domenico, Cortona – 5.00 pm Review Canora – FINAL Church of San Domenico, Cortona – 5.00 pm

Sunday 29th

Street artists and artisans Piazza della Repubblica and P.zza Garibaldi, Cortona – afternoon Cinema of Santa Claus film and snack for everyone, Basilica of Santa Margherita – Sala Santa Margherita, Cortona – 3.30pm-5.30pm

Tuesday 31

Gala evening at Teatro Signorelli Cortona
End of year party with music in the square waiting for midnight Piazza della Repubblica, Cortona

Wednesday 1

Breakfast at the MAE Museum



Antique market

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


19 April 2019

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 2019

SUNDAY 9 June 2019 – 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 24 – Colata dei Ceri
May 25 – Offer of the candles to S. Margherita
1 – 2 June – Medieval markets
June 7th – Flag games
June 8 – Marriage of the Casali
June 9th – Giostra dell’Archidado


29 June to 7 July 2019



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.


11 July to 29 September 2019


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.


17 to 21 July August 2019

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.



10 August 2019 

Cortona Jazz Night organizes “La Notte Bianca di Cortona” from 6.30 pm until late at night in Cortona the white night will take place with music, gastronomy and entertainment and many surprises.

Start from 06,30pm –  All the historical center


11 August 2019


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


11 – 12 – 13 – 14 – 15 August – 2019


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


17 – 18 August – 2019

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.


24 August to 8 September- 2019


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.

14 – 15 September 2019 

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.