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Our slow living villas are located at the crossroads of the most beautiful and historic regions of Umbria and Tuscany.

All year long, there is an almost unbelievably rich offering of cultural, artistic, musical, gastronomical, historical and folkloric events. What else could you expect from the region that gives us the Palio of Sienna, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, the art of Perigino and the site of Hannibal’s defeat of Flaminius at Lake Trasimeno?

The following are among the best known events of the region, but it is important to remember that every city and village has an extensive program of events that help define the special culture of this place.

Arezzo Antique Fair (every first weekend of the month): This is the most important antique fair in Italy with over 500 stands and shops.

Trasimeno Blues (summertime): Take the opportunity to enjoy great Blues all around Lake Trasimeno in a totally casual atmosphere. Most concerts are free!

La Corsa dei Ceri in Gubbio (May): A medieval tradition dating back to the 12th century featuring the crossbow and footrace competitions.

Vini Nel Mondo Wine Festival in Spoleto (end of May): Four days dedicated to all that is wonderful about Italian and international wines.

International Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugina (July): Unquestionably among the major jazz festivals in the world, a two-week feast for the jazz afficianado.

Spoleto Festival/Festival dei Due Mondi (July): Another world-renowned event celebrating the classical and modern arts over a seventeen-day period.

Palio di Siena (July and August): What the Kentucky Derby is to Kentucky the Palio is to the rest of the world. Join everyone who is anyone and adopt one of the different neighbourhoods as each celebrates and roots for its chosen horse in its own unique way.

Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona (first half of August): Listen to opera and classical music, watch ballet, theatre and much more in an fantastic outdoor setting that might not make it into a movie because it’s almost too much to believe that it’s real.

Palio dei Terzieri in Città della Pieve (mid-August): If the Palio at Siena is too busy for your tastes or doesn’t fit your schedule, try the ten days of the Palio at Città della Pieve, full of events, historical pageantry and especially the nightly Taverne dei Terzieri, where the residents of the city serve their food specialties.

Quintana Foligno (June and September): Watch the knights representing the ten neighborhoods of this city, considered by some to be the center of the world, engage in a jousting festival that goes back centuries.

Sagrantino Wine Festival in Montefalco (late September): If you’re interested in a week of wine-tasting enological education, why not choose one of very best wine regions in the world right here in Umbria?

Eurochocolate Festival (late October): In case you’re thinking about chocolate, there is no place in the world like Perugia. Here chocolate is as much a tradition as a valued food. The Eurochocolate Festival and the Museum of Chocolate involve more than merely looking …need we say more? Lucia, our own certified Master of Cioccologia (no kidding) will be happy to show you how it is done!

Orvieto Winter Jazz Festival (late December): the happy child of the summer Jazz Festival, this festival offers great jazz in a more intimate setting within view of one of the great churches of Europe. On January 1st there is an unforgettable gospel concert under the dome of the Orvieto Cathedral.