Spring is returning with its mild breeze, the first warmth of the year and its flowering trees. The Tuscan lands are preparing to welcome the this season and the rebirth of nature with fantastic colors and blossoming flowers, smells that fill the streets of medieval hamlets and, above all, events. Torrita di Siena, an ancient castle of medieval origins nestled in the hills of Valdichiana Senese, is ready to welcome its guests: get ready to enjoy a season rich in culture and art, sports and outdoor activities in the setting of this fantastic medieval village, to then welcome the summer with the most awaited folkloristic event of the year.
Discover all the events of Torrita di Siena!
Giulio Neri International Opera Singing Competition, from 7th to 10th April
Torrita di Siena once again shows its artistic lyrical vocation thanks to the Giulio Neri International Opera Singing Competition, a very important event for the Torrita di Siena community, that every year welcomes talents from all over the world. Now in its XIV edition, the event will be held at the Teatro degli Oscuri, the perfect setting to highlight the talents of opera singing. The competition is dedicated to the memory of Giulio Neri, an opera singer born in Torrita di Siena who in his lifetime performed on the world’s greatest classical music stages (Covent Garden in London, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Metropolitan in New York just to name a few).
The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and the Tuscany Region.
Borgo dei Libri and GTV Marathon, 7th and 8th May
Torrita di Siena enliven in May thanks to two events organized to highlight culture and sport in the Tuscan lands.
The streets of the historic center will come alive with books and knowledge thanks to the Borgo dei Libri (the hamlet of books) event, an event designed specifically for book lovers from all over Italy and which welcomes guests of national caliber every year, to create cultural and stimulating debates thanks to the best of Italian contemporary literature. The Borgo dei Libri will be in Torrita di Siena during the second weekend of May, on days 7th and 8th. There will be publishing houses, independent local and non-local bookstores and, above all, you book enthusiasts.
On the same days there will be an important sport event, dedicated to trekking and nature enthusiasts. We are talking about the GTV Marathon (Gran Tour Valdichiana Marathon), which includes different routes based on the difficulty and needs of the participants: starting from Montepulciano, you can reach the jewel village Montefollonico thanks to the Family route, or you can arrive in Torrita di Siena. with a dedicated stop at “Borgo dei Libri refreshment”. The event, as pointed out by the organizers, is designed to enjoy the surrounding Tuscan landscapes, Valdichiana and Val d’Orcia, at a decidedly slow pace, to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.
Palio dei Somari 2022, from 21st to 29th May
The last appointment of Spring is the most awaited and important one for the Torrita di Siena community. The Palio dei Somari, which traditionally takes place in March, moves this year for a few weeks while maintaining its traditions intact. The program will be complete. There will be the wonderful taverns, unique opportunities to taste the best local cuisine in an atmosphere of celebration and joy. The districts will parade with processions made up of flag-wavers and drummers, taking the entire town back in time and reviving the beauties of past centuries in the walls of the historic center. Finally, on Sunday 29th May, the awaited palio reaches its climax and the challenge between the ancient factions of Torrita di Siena begins. An unmissable event for anyone who wants to try, for a day, the colors, the noises and the typical beauties of an ancient Tuscan village in celebration.