A sojourn at the Relais La Vedetta, located in Tuscany, in Scarlino, near Poggio La Forcola (District of Grosseto), and at the Agritourism La Cianella, located in Tuscany, in Scarlino, near Podere Cianella (District of Grosseto), you will have the pleasure to live and discover again the Maremma traditions.
FIERA DEL MADONNINO
One of the most awaited and classic events in Maremma, in spring, undoubtedly is the Fiera del Madonnino. In Tuscany, it is considered the trade fair par excellence, a noteworthy event for both the enthusiasts and the entrepreneurs.
It is for sure the best way to promote your own activity, and it gives the visitors the chance to be up to date with the news, to buy something, and to spend a day wandering around and observing hundreds of stands and stalls. For all these reasons, the Fiera del Madonnino is undoubtedly the most admired Tuscan exhibition, capable to gather thousands of visitors every year.
You can find anything in it: from innovative tertiary to appliances. TV, videogames, electronics, from bikes to cars, from manufactured items to clothing, as well as furniture, gardening, commerce, and much more.
CASTIGLION DI PRIMAVERA
Spending a vacation at the Relais La Vedetta, located in Tuscany, in Scarlino, near Poggio La Forcola (District of Grosseto), and at the Agritourism La Cianella, located in Tuscany, in Scarlino, near Podere Cianella (District of Grosseto), you will have the opportunity to participate in the Castiglion di Primavera, a long awaited event rich of games, surprises, and activities for both the youngest ones and the grown up.
The Castiglion di Primavera is also a chance to taste the best cookery production of Tuscany, but also to discover some high quality artisanship, always accompanied by traditional exhibitions.
MAREMMA WINE &FOOD SHIRE
Maremma Wine & Food Shire is the famous exhibition of wines and cookery excellences, but also of its artistic artisanship and the Maremma culture. The exhibition offers three days of savours and relax, and it highlights in a particular way the typical lifestyle of the Maremma area and its strong identity, inside a scenario of rare beauty like the mighty Medicean Walls, which preserve the medieval core of Grosseto.
FESTA DEI MAGGERINI
The typical kermesse takes traditionally place on the First of May, and it belongs to ancient farmer origins. The Festa dei Maggerini is an archaic propitiatory ceremony, a greeting sing that invites everybody to be joyful for the arrival of spring, wishing fecundity and a good harvest.
Throughout the whole day, the “maggerini”, which wear, on this occasion, dresses and hats decorated with coloured ribbons and paper flowers, walk through the country and the hamlets over a cart decorated with flours and spikes. They are escorted by vernacular cantors and poets, provided with a thick laurel branch stuck in a big lemon, they knock each door demanding offers in food and beverages; in exchange, they give as a gift, in a jubilation of colours and cheerfulness, rhymed quatrains and octaves, folk songs, and chants.
CICLOTURISTICA BICI D’EPOCA
The events that see as protagonist the vintage bicycles are booming all over the country, and they gather a raising number of enthusiasts. Both enthusiast riders and ex-professionals take part to these events, but mostly aficionados from any level, people curious to discover new territories and landscapes. The Maremmana is the event organised by a cycle group from Castiglione, which has been particularly active, since years ago, in promoting this discipline. The paths lies along low traffic paved roads and dirt roads particularly evocative, crossing environments that are unique for their landscape and vocation.
BALESTRO DEL GIRIFALCO
The Balestro del Girifalco takes place twice a year: usually the fourth Sunday of May, and on the 14th of August. Twenty-four crossbowmen, eight for each of the Thirds, in which Massa Marittima is partitioned since its foundation as Free Municipality, participate in the competition. The challenge is foreran by an austere yet colourful parade, composed by more 150 people wearing authentic copies of medieval costumes. The Parade marches through the alleys until it reaches the twelfth-century piazza del Duomo, wonderful frame in which the challenge takes place. After the wavers’ manoeuvres, who move their flags with elegance and fantasy, the real competition starts. Arrows are threw through the ancient crossbow a la Italian, a reproduction of those used in the ‘400. The crossbowman, after loading his weapon, takes place on the shooting bench and throws his arrow to the target, called “dogwood” or “badger”, placed 36 metres far.
TOSCANA FOTO FESTIVAL
The Tuscany Photo Festival, has been since 1992 among the most important Italian events dedicated to the photography, and even among the most appreciated of the whole continent. The Festival, which offers workshops and high-level exhibitions, has nothing to envy, artistically speaking, to other international events. The event, which celebrates its twenty-second edition, was born as a bet of the initiative of the local Photography Group Massa Marittima, flanked then by institutions, and private sponsors. The schedule is already experienced on three themes: the theme workshops with praised Italian and foreigner experts; photography exhibitions; events with shows and meeting with the author.