A night at the movies in
Summer in Bologna is all about movies and cinema.
Kicking off in June, the Biografilm Festival is an international film festival which investigates the new trends of international documentary and fiction as well as focusing on the most relevant and emerging talents and topics.
But it doesn’t end here: each year during the festival, Bologna’s Parco del Cavaticcio, not only offers daily open-air concerts, DJ sets, performances and parties, bringing together the best of Italian and international indie acts but is also home to the Biografilm Food District, where it’s possible to enjoy a wide selection of culinary offerings, including local dishes and international cuisine.
If you are a Cinema lover, after Biografilm festival, every night from June to August, in Piazza Maggiore, the heart of the city, you can enjoy many classic silent films with live orchestras and the most surprising latest films all in their original language with Italian and English subtitles in front of Europe’s largest screen.
Murals & Street Art
A not-to-miss street art tour brings you just 20 km away from Bologna in one of Italy’s prettiest villages.
Nestled in rolling hills of white vineyards, Dozza is an authentic secret place which offers a unique feature to discover: the murals. But they are not ‘illegal’, in fact, every two years in September, during a dedicated event, internationally famous artists come to paint murals on the walls of houses in the historic centre giving it an open-air art gallery feel.
In recent years, even the near town of Toscanella was involved in this event, that now consists of two poles: Dozza for the murals and Toscanella for graffiti and street art.
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June in Florence is all about Pitti Immagine Uomo, the world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections and for launching new projects in men’s fashion.
The fair takes place in the beautiful Fortezza da basso, a fort inserted in the walls of Florence, and here you can find an extensive offering of Pop Up Stores of the brands that reinterpret sartorial research in a contemporary key.
The fair is a great opportunity to visit gorgeous Florence, as many events are held in some of the most beautiful corners and palaces of the city.
For example, Firenze Hometown of Fashion, celebrating the huge connection between Florence and the world of fashion, will be staged in the wonderful setting of the Cloister of Santa Maria Novella as inauguration party of the fair.
This year’s calendar also features a Gucci Garden party in the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia, which dates to 1337 and since 2011 has served as the Gucci Museum, a multipurpose, hyper-layered, kaleidoscopic creative space.
To top off the experience, three-Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura is in charge of Gucci Osteria, where one can recover from the sensory overload with an esoterically designed four-course menu.
On the footsteps of the
To take a break from the crowded Florence, why not visit some of The Medici villas: a series of rural building complexes scattered on the hills surrounding the city, which were owned by members of the Medici family.
The first villas were fortified houses built in the 14th century in the Mugello region, the original home of the Medici family. The later ones are outstanding examples of Renaissance and Baroque architecture and were often accompanied by meticulously designed Italian gardens where you can a take a stroll surrounded by lush vegetation and fountains.
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The most amazing horse race in
One of the oldest and most renowned traditions in Italy is the famous Palio of Siena, so whether you are a fan of medieval historical reenactments, curious to explore not only the picturesque city of Siena, but also its most representative event, or just intrigued by this centuries-old custom, summer is the best time for a visit.
The Palio takes place twice a year, in July and in August, when the various Sienese “contrade”, or areas in which the city is divided, challenge each other in a passionate horse race in the heart of the city: Piazza del Campo.
But the race is just the culminating event of many others such as parades in historical costumes and flag weavers shows.
All these manifestations are held all around the historic centre of the city, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site, so you can enjoy its narrow alleys, red bricks houses and towers in all their medieval glory.
Step into a movie set
Another World Heritage Site is the countryside south of Siena: Val d’Orcia.
Its gentle, cultivated hills are occasionally broken by gullies and by picturesque towns and villages such as Pienza, Radicofani and Montalcino, home to the world-famous Brunello di Montalcino, among the most prestigious Italian wines.
With its bright yellow wheat fields and roads lined with high cypress trees, it’s no wonder this countryside served as a filming location for movies such as Gladiator and The English Patient.
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