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Information - Annual events

Calendar of events

1st JANUARY
New Year's Concert. Teatro dei Leggieri - Organized by the Accademia dei Leggierii.

31st JANUARY
Festival of the City's Patron Saint: San Gimignano, Bishop of Modena, deceased in 387 A.D. Liturgical ceremony in the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta with the participation of the Municipal authorities. Traditional fair in Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna .
Organized by the Basilica Santa Maria Assunta, Commitee for patronal feasts - Tel. 0577940316

JANUARY - FEBRUARY
Carnival of San Gimignano
Parades of giant allegoric Carnival floats created in papier-mâché with music, confetti and masked groups. Organized by the Municipality of San Gimignano and by the Carnival Committee.

12nd MARCH
Festival of Santa Fina (City's Patron Saint, venerated since her death on 12th March 1253): liturgical ceremony in the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta with the participation of the Municipal authorities. Traditional fair in Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna
Organized by the Basilica Santa Maria Assunta, Commitee for patronal feasts - Tel. 0577940316

MARCH
Homecoming's day:emigrants from San Gimignano in many parts of Italy and no more resident in the Town meet again with a party and a celebration.
(BIENNIAL RECURRENCE - EVEN YEARS). Tel. 0577940316.

APRIL - OCTOBER
"Degusta con noi": Guided visits to cellars and wineries with tasting of the best local wines.

GOOD FRIDAY
Traditional procession of the Holy Cross: ed by the Brotherhood of the Misericordia wearing their traditional hooded capes. Through the town's streets and squares.
Organized by the Basilica Santa Maria Assunta, Commitee for patronal feasts - Tel. 0577940316

SECOND SUNDAY OF MAY
Gran Fondo della Vernaccia: Long distance bike race.
Organized by "Gruppo Ciclistico Amatori San Gimignano" Tel. 0577940008 (Tourist Information Centre)..

THIRD WEEK END OF JUNE
Ferie delle Messi: Historic Festival through the town's streets and squares with markets of medieval arts and crafts. Storytellers, actors and musicians. During the Sunday afternoon: knights parade and tournament.
Organized by the Associazione Cavalieri di Santa Fina Tel. 0577940008 (Tourist Information Centre).

JULY - AUGUST:
"San Gimignano Estate":A series of performances and events including opera, poetry, theatre, ballet and classical concerts in Piazza del Duomo. It also includes the projection of movies at the Parco della Rocca during July and August.
Organized by the Municipality of San Gimignano, Council for Cultural Affairs Tel. 0577940008 (Tourist Information Centre).

FIRST SUNDAY OF AUGUST
Festival of thanks from the citizens of San Gimignano to their Patron Saint: Saint Fina, born in 1283 at San Gimignano in a house located in a little lane which is named after the Saint. Liturgical ceremony in the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta with the participation of the Municipal authorities
Organized by the Basilica Santa Maria Assunta, Commitee for patronal feasts - Tel. 0577940316.

FIRST MONDAY OF AUGUST
SANTA FINA'S FAIR
Stalls and stands in Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Cisterna and Piazza delle Erbe .
Organized by the Municipality of San Gimignano, Tel. 0577940008 (Tourist Information Centre).

AUGUST (1st half)
Archeological Summer Excavation Camp at Castelvecchio.
Organized by Castelvecchio Historical Group - Tel. 057794138

10th AUGUST - Saint Lawrence's night
"Calici sotto le stelle": An open-air tasting of local wines. Piazza Sant'Agostino.
Organized by the Municipality of San Gimignano.

29th AUGUST
Fair of Sant'Agostino, in the central town's squares.

AUGUST (last weekend) - SEPTEMBER (first weekend) (to be confirmed)
"Sagra del buongustaio": Gastronomic fair at "IL CAMPINO" Organized by the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, Tel. 0577940316.

8th SEPTEMBER
Festival of the Madonna of Pancole
Liturgical ceremonies at the Sanctuary of Pancole (built in 1670), 6 Km far from San Gimignano. Food stands and fireworks.
Organized by the Santuario di Pancole, Tel. 0577940008 (Tourist Information Centre).

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER
San Gimignano Musica: Classical music concerts. Teatro dei Leggieri.
Organized by the Accademia dei Leggieri, Tel. 0577940742.

SEPTEMBER - (2nd or 3rd SUNDAY)
Volterra - San Gimignano: National foot race km 30 valid for "Il Podista Toscano"
Organized by the Municipalities of San Gimignano and Volterra, Tel. 0577940008 (Tourist Information Centre).

SUNDAY OF THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Annual scholarships award to residents students promoted with full marks.
Organized by: No-profit organization "Santa Chiara".

DECEMBER - APRIL
Leggieri d'Inverno - STheatre and ballet performances.
Teatro dei Leggieri.
Organized by the Associazione Teatro Corsaro - Compagnia Giardino Chiuso

DECEMBER
Concerto degli Auguri (Best Wishes Concert)
Church of Sant'Agostino
Organized by "Il Pentagramma" Music School

DECEMBER
Concerto di Natale (Christmas Concert)
Teatro dei Leggeri
Organized by the Polyphonic Choir of San Gimignano

31st DECEMBER
San Silvestro tra le torri: New Year's Eve party.
Piazza delle Erbe - 10 p.m.
Organized by Associazione Pro Loco, Cavalieri di Santa Fina, Municipality of San Gimignano Tel. 0577940008 (Tourist Information Centre).