Cortona’s comune has now released official dates for its major events for 2023. (We are making progress!) There wasn't a great deal of info to go with them, but where possible we have researched the event, to give a bit of added info. More events may be added, but the following are all confirmed.
We will up-date the calendar as and when we hear of upcoming happenings.
13° HISTORIC CAR RALLY DELLE VALLATE ARETINE
First round of the Italian Historic Car Rally Championship, scheduled for Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th March in Arezzo passing through Castiglione Fiorentino – Cortona – Palazzo del Pero - Arezzo
3rd & 4th MARCH
BACIALLA MOUNTAIN BIKE COMPETITION
SUNDAY 12TH MARCH - STARTING AT 10:00 AM IN TERONTOLA
CHIANINA & SYRAH
The annual event that links two great Tuscan excellences, Chianina and Syrah.
17th-19th MARZO AT SANT’AGOSTINO
MOSTRA DEL VITELLONE (Bovine fair)
Two days of events at the Museum of Rural Life in Fratticciola - celebrating the history of bovine life in the area, a display of Chianina bovines, refreshments and various other fun initiatives for a family day out.
25TH-26TH MARCH AT FRATTICCIOLA
COLLI CORTONESI (Cortona hills)
Mountain bike competition with various fun and healthy initiatives for spectators.
31st MARCH – 2ND APRIL IN CORTONA AND THE MOUNTAINS ABOVE
CORTONA IN FIORE (Cortona in bloom)
Annual flower and copper fair in Cortona’s town centre.
1ST MAY IN CORTONA
TROFEO VAL DI PIERLE
1st May IN MERCATALE
CICLOTURISTICA VAL DI LORETO
SCENIC BICYCLE COMPETITION
7TH MAY - TAVARNELLE
1ST EDITION OF CORTONA COMICS
Exhibitions, talks, courses, refreshments & Gala dinner. Everything to do with the world of comics and various initiatives also taking place around town in the evenings.
27TH MAY TO 4th JUNE AT SANT’AGOSTINO
ARCHIDADO (Annual crossbow competition)
Medieval week2ND TO 11TH JUNE IN CORTONA
GIOSTRA DEL SARACINO – AREZZO – 143RD EDITION *
From Sunday 11th June to Wednesday 14th June: rehearsal of the jousters at night
Thursday 15th June: general rehearsal
Friday 16th June: propitiatory dinners in the four districts
Saturday 17th June: 143rd Giostra del Saracino
11th JUNE – 17TH JUNE
SPORT SOTTO LE STELLE (Sport under the stars)
Fun and informative evening in Camucia’s market square celebrating sport. Various guest appearances by local and national sports people. Festive evening with all shops open until late, market stalls, refreshments, DJ etc…
16TH JUNE IN CAMUCIA
NUME ACADEMY & FESTIVAL
An international classical music festival. NUME Festival hosts acclaimed artists from across the world and promotes emerging artists.
19TH TO 25TH JUNE - TEATRO SIGNORELLI & SANT’AGOSTINO
TORRITA BLUES FESTIVAL*
Programme - work in progress
22ND, 23RD, 24TH JUNE
Exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of Luca Signorelli’s death.
Around thirty works by the artist from prestigious Italian and foreign museums, including important loans from private collections and from overseas, will be an occasion to definitively celebrate and consecrate Luca da Cortona among the great artists of the time, also in light of the studies of the last years.
From the Uffizi Galleries in Florence to the Capodimonte National Museum in Naples, from the Fondation Jacquemart-André in Paris to the National Gallery in London, from the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Orvieto to the Pinacoteca Comunale in Sansepolcro, from the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin to At the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the paintings on display have been selected on the basis of their very high quality and appear representative of each decade of Signorelli's activity, starting with one of the very first works, still under the influence and mastery of Piero della Francesca, from a private collection in New York.
23RD JUNE to 8TH OCTOBER - MAEC MUSEUM
TROFEO VILLA ROMANA
Mountain bike race
25TH JUNE – STARTING FROM OSSAIA
TRASIMENO MUSIC FESTIVAL *
With opening concert by pianist Angela Hewitt.
29TH JUNE – 5TH JULY
FESTIVAL MUSICA SACRA (Sacred music festival)
Last year concerts were held in various suggestive ambiences around the town.
2ND TO 9th JULY IN CORTONA
La Cortonese 2023 is part of the Coppa Toscana Vintage circuit. Back to basics, bikes must be without mod-cons and participants cannot be kitted out in special high-tech clothing.
7TH TO 8TH JULY - CORTONA AND SURROUNDING AREAS
CORTONA ON THE MOVE
Photographic exhibitions topical and always interesting, spread out in various locations across the town. Guest artists, workshops and events.
14TH JULY TO 3RD OCTOBER
UMBRIA JAZZ *
50th Anniversary year
7TH – 16TH JULY
Contemporary performing arts (theatre, dance, circus, music, visual arts and multimedia).
19TH TO 23RD JULY AT SANT’AGOSTINO AND IN CORTONA TOWN CENTRE
SAGRA DELLA BISTECCA (Steak festival)
61st edition of Cortona’s famous steak festival.
11TH – 15TH AUGUST IN THE PUBLIC GARDENS
SAGRA DEL FUNGO PORCINO
33rd edition of Cortona’s famous porcini mushroom festival
19TH TO 20TH AUGUST IN THE PUBLIC GARDENS
61st edition of Cortona’s annual antique fair
19TH AUGUST TO 3RD SEPTEMBER AT SANT’AGOSTINO
GIOSTRA DEL SAROCINO – IN AREZZO – 144TH EDITION *
From Monday 28 to Thursday 31 August: trials of the jousters
Friday 1st September: general rehearsal
Saturday 2 September: stamping of the horses and investiture of the jousters
Saturday 2 September: propitiatory dinners in the four districts
Sunday 3 September at 17.00: 144th Giostra del Saracino
28TH AUGUST – 3RD SEPTEMBER
Street food, market stalls and buskers
7TH TO 10TH SEPTEMBER IN THE PUBLIC GARDENS
FIERONE – annual BIG fair
Camucia’s town centre is taken over by this annual giant fair where practically anything can be found! All day event.
18th SEPTEMBER IN CAMUCIA
Last year - Climate change seen from space, physics in the kitchen…
6TH TO 8TH OCTOBER AT SANT’AGOSTINO
ELEIVA CORTONENSIS – Cortona extra virgin olive oil competition
Cortona olive oil competition – Last year more than 70 extra virgin olive oil producers, located between Farneta and Terontola, participated in this event. The categories were best 'typical oil', best 'fruity' oil and oil with the best 'equilibrium'.
IN DECEMBER – DATE AS YET UNKNOWN
NATALE A CORTONA – Christmas in Cortona
No details yet available.
25th November to 7th January