CANTIERE INTERNAZIONALE D’ARTE (Montepulciano, 25 km)
The festival features symphonic concerts, chamber music, theatre, workshops and multi-media events, all original productions which blend the experience of internationally famous artists with the enthusiasm of young talent. The festival ends with a great final concert performed on the Piazza Grande.
Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto
Spoleto’s Festival dei Due Mondi is once again the most important music festival of Umbria, bringing together different cultures and great artists from all over the world. It is a prestigious stage for famous seasoned musicians as well as a chance for new and emerging talents to show off their art.
The productions here are all original.
Festa dei Ceri (Gubbio, Km. 56)
This event is held the 15th of May of every year, the eve of the death in 1160 of its Patron Saint, Ubaldo, and has been continuous for centuries. Three huge wooden “candles” (ceri) each topped with the statue of a saint, are hoisted onto the shoulders of runners from the three different neighborhoods: Saint Ubaldo, Saint Anthony and Saint George. The frantic race begins in the centre of town and terminates at the cathedral at the top of Mount Igino.
Il Palio di Siena (Siena km.70)
The world-famous Siena Palio takes place every year on 2 July and 16 August on the stunning Piazza del Campo in the centre of this magnificent city. The origins of the Palio date back to the Middle Ages and it features the rivalry between 17 city neighborhoods, or contrade. The 2 July version includes costumed parades, exhibitions of banner throwers and drummers, but above all the Palio is when the horses of the various neighborhoods race one another around the piazza in a dramatic, intense and brief competition.
UMBRIA JAZZ (Perugia, 20 km)
Umbria Jazz is Italy’s most popular jazz festival, followed by Umbria Jazz Winter. Umbria Jazz, therefore, has two festivals a year, one which will take place in Perugia and the other over the New Year’s season in Orvieto. There is live music on every piazza, in the theatres, churches and cloisters, concerts featuring everything from great rock stars and cult jazz artists.
A unique opportunity to retrace the steps of the birth of modern Etruscology in the eighteenth century through the 150 works of great prestige that include paintings, drawings, archeology, manuscripts and documents that testify to the great passion for the Etruscans especially in the Anglo-Saxon world.
The MAEC Museum will have the honor to present, for the first time in Italy, Etruscan works of inestimable value provided by the British Museum in London and Holkham Hall in Norfolk next to the original drawings and engraved copper plates of the Thomae Dempsteri De Etruria Regali Libri VII, a manuscript in Latin prepared at the request of Cosimo II de ´Medici between 1616 and 1619.
Thanks to the recent discovery of new documents and artifacts, the intention is to evoke the fascination for all things Etruscan in the UK, the link between Anglo-Saxons and Italians in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through the great Italian masterpieces safeguarded in museums, such as the bronze Haranguer statue of the National Archaeological Museum of Florence and the Graziani Putto of the Vatican collection, and more than 40 works from the British Museum collection: votive statues, urns, bronzes, ceramics and jewels found in Etruria, from central Prato to Bolsena and Vulci .
The exhibition was curated by Paolo Bruschetti, Bruno Gialluca, Paolo Giulierini, Suzanne Reynolds and Judith Swaddeling, and will also feature a catalogue showing the many pieces and documents on show. Many of these have never been exhibited before now and they serve as an important impulse for the promotion of Etruscology in the modern world.