Weekend of 6 – 8 August: what to do in Arezzo area

In the coming weekend, the city of Arezzo celebrates its patron saint San Donato. Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August will be two days of celebration, with events and religious rites. Do not miss the expected fireworks display. The long weekend also offers food and wine events and music festivals.

San Donato Patron of Arezzo

The event has its roots in tradition and provides Friday, August 6 at 21.30 in the Cathedral, the ceremony of the offering of candles to San Donato. The initiative that every year took place with the participation of the mayors of the territory, for security reasons this year will be held in reduced form with the presence of the mayor of Arezzo, who will light the candle decorated by the artist Rita Rossella Ciani.

Appointment clou then to 22.45 with the fireworks that will illuminate the sky above the city. The show, organized by the Fondazione Arezzo Intour, includes 64 artistic paintings for a total of 18 minutes of fireworks show (LINK).
The evening of August 6 is also an opportunity to visit the exhibition “The Colors of the Joust”, on the ground floor of the town hall, which will remain open until 21.00. Extraordinary opening evening between art, music and toasts on the terraces, also at Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi, which allows you to admire the fireworks from the terrace of the museum.

The Celebrations for San Donato represent a moment to know the history of Arezzo and appreciate important places of faith and art in the sign of San Donato such as the Cathedral, the Medici Fortress and the church of Santa Maria della Pieve. On Saturday August 7th solemn liturgical celebrations are scheduled.
Just to deepen the history of San Donato and the city, during the weekend free guided tours of the city are scheduled. Between morning and afternoon, every Saturday and Sunday there will be six appointments accompanied by tour guides. To book https://www.discoverarezzo.com/eventi/discover-arezzo-tour


Twenty years of Wine Road Terre di Arezzo

It begins Saturday, August 7, the program “A summer between vineyards and wineries” which includes many events throughout the territory of Arezzo to celebrate twenty years of activity of the Association of Wine Road Terre di Arezzo. Food and wine events that allow to know, value and taste the excellence of the table of Arezzo. The program that will continue until September 19, proposes for Saturday, August 7 in Civitella in Val di Chiana “Calici Sotto La Torre a tavola”, with a dinner-tasting (beginning at 20.00) followed at 22.30 by the closing of the Music Festival with a concert by the Arezzo Multiethnic Orchestra. Here is the complete program of “Un’estate tra vigne e cantine”, (A summer among vineyards and cellars), which during the weekend will include tastings and events in cellars also in Arezzo, Monte San Savino, Cortona, Castel Focognano and Bucine.

Between classical music and Jazz

The rich program of the Summer in Music offers exceptional appointments also this weekend. As part of the Terre d’Arezzo Music Festival, at the magnificent Piazza Masaccio in San Giovanni Valdarno, Friday, August 6, 2021, at 21.15, will be held the show “Comedìa, in una selva oscura”, dedicated to Dante’s Inferno in the 700th anniversary of the great poet. The show, curated by the Chagall Quartet, includes music, acting and images (reservation required). Jazz in program Saturday, August 7 with the traveling festival Mammut Fest, which in Arezzo, in the exclusive Villa in Sargiano il Cicaleto hosts Roberto Cecchetto with his new quartet. It will be Jazz with a mix of innovative research between acoustic and electronic, original and innovative compositions, with musicians considered by critics the best of contemporary Jazz.
In the magnificent scenery of the Basilica of San Domenico in Arezzo, a new appointment with theArezzo Organ Festival will take place on Sunday, August 8 at 9.15 pm. The Trio “Organ and Two Violins” with Paola Talamini at the organ, Luisa Bassetto and Francesca Balestri on violins, will perform music by Vivaldi and Mozart.