The main historical ages for Tuscany were Middle Age and Renaissance, so is useful to know which were the most important events, the habits and the lost rituals, the artisanal crafts and the origins of the typical dishes of this region.
The historical reenactments let allow you to know more, so we suggest two events in July that are taking place in province of Siena, Radda 1527 and Monteriggioni is Crowned by Towers. The first is a festival in Radda in Chianti and recalls Francesco Ferrucci, aka Ferruccio, who arrived in this town to become the magistrate.
Ferrucci, at the service of Florence Republic, was a captain also cited by Mameli in the Italian national anthem; to celebrate that period the reenactment will offer shows by flag throwers, craftsmen markets and gastronomical tours. For two days, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th you will live in a Renaissance town: at the main square of Radda will be set up a military camp, as happened in 1527, then Ferrucci will arrive riding a horse, a detailed historical reconstruction!
All the alleys of Radda will be crowded by costumed people; there will be jugglers and falconry shows, local craftsmen who will sell their products and many more.
If you wish to taste the best Renaissance dishes, book the dinner on Saturday at 8:30 pm, the menu will be dedicated to Francesco Ferrucci, while on Sunday will take place the historical parade from 4:00 pm and, to follow, a gastronomical tour through the town. For more information check this website: www.percorsitoscani.net
In Monteriggioni the time travel will lead you into Middle Age, even the money will be the same used in the past, the “Grosso” coins, that will replace Euros for the entire duration of festival. The program includes concerts, historical parades and shows from 12th to 14th July. This event is unmissable: imagine the fireworks at midnight on Sunday, all the castle will be well-lighted at night!
Enogastronomy, of course, will be a protagonist at osteria and taverns in Monteriggioni, with delicious dishes prepared according to Medieval recipes. www.monteriggionimedievale.com
The province of Siena continues offer nice alternatives for a funny holiday focused on traditions, inspired to the historical events and the old trades.