The list of the Summer Festivals 2016 in Tuscany is long and of high quality. The many stages across the region will host international stars of the music, famous Italian singers, and local emerging bands.

I put together in this post the main Summer Festival 2016 in Tuscany, so if you feel like to listen to good music you can take note of the many shows and choose your favourite.

The main Summer Festivals 2016 in Tuscany

Concerts in Florence

International music stars as the brit trip pop band Massive Attack and the Tuscany lover Sting will perform at the Ippodromo del Visarno in Florence, respectively on 24 and 28 July at 9.00 pm.

The 21 July at 9.00 pm, the central Piazza SS Annunziata instead, hosts the amazing Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi, which only few days ago supported the cause of the arctic protection performing with a grand piano on a floating platform in front of a glacier.

For all the three shows, tickets here.

Ludovico Einaudi - Elegy for the Arctic

Pistoia Blues

One of the main Summer Festivals 2016 in Tuscany is with no doubt the Pistoia Blues. This year the list of international special guests is really interesting. It started with Mika and soon will follow the English jazz and rock keyboardist Brian Auger (10 Jul) the alternative rock band of Bastille (unique Italian date the 11 Jul), the American indie rock band of the National (12 Jul), the british Skunk Anansie (14 Jul), the hard and heavy rock of the evergreen Whitesnake (15 Jul), the Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice (16 Jul).

For more information and the complete line up, visit the official website of the Festival.

Skunk Anansie top hit - Hedonism

Lucca Summer Festival

Another of the most known Summer Festivals 2016 in Tuscany is the 19th edition of Lucca Summer Festival. Thousands of people will reach the stage of Piazza Napoleone in the centre of the walled city of Lucca to listen to the performances of Van Morrison and Tom Jones (9 Jul), Marcus Miller and Beth Hart (11 Jul), Lionel Richie and Earth Wind and Fire (12 Jul), Esperanza Spalding and Vinicio Capossela (13 Jul), Neil Young (16 Jul) and Simply Red ft Anastasia (20 Jul).

Even famous Italian artists as Negramaro, Marco Mangoni and Edoardo Bennato will play here. Moreover the 17 Jul the night is dedicated to the Italiana Rap Music with Fabri Fibra, Guè Pequeno, Marracash and Clementino.

Line up, information and tickets here on the official website.

Neil Young - Heart of Gold

Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico

As last of the Summer Festivals 2016 in Tuscany we could not miss the one-shot show of Andrea Bocelli at the Teatro del Silenzio of Lajatico, his birth place. The 30 July, the tenor will performs a lyric repertoire on a stage full of colours and phantasmagorical scenes that remind to one of the most ancient and fascinating show of all times, the circus.

Sarzana Sound

Sarzana is a really nice small Ligurian town close to northern border of Tuscany that you can easily reach from Pisa, Lucca and Versilia with the A12 motorway. During the Sarzana Sound Festival international artists as the indie folk-pop duo from Norway Kings of Convenience (20 July) and the Italian-English solo acoustic singer Jack Savoretti (23 July) will perform inside the beautiful Fortezza Firmafede.

Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Versilia

The open-air theatre of Torre del Lago, along the bank of the Massaciuccoli lake, hosts the 62nd edition of the Puccini Festival. The program of the event dedicated the great Maestro Giacomo Puccini includes famous operas such as Turandot, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème. For more details read our post the Puccini Festival.

Nessun Dorma performed by Luciano Pavarotti

Pietrasanta in Concerto

From 19 to 31 July 2016, the cloister of Sant’Agostino and the Piazza del Duomo in Pietrasanta, is the suggestive location of the 10th Edition of Pietrasanta in Concerto, the international festival of classical music conducted by the master Michael Guttman.

Barga Jazz

During the month of August, the medieval village of Barga in the province of Lucca, considered as one of the best village of Tuscany and Italy (see our post about the most beautiful villages of Tuscany), hosts Barga Jazz festival. The Italian jazz pianist Franco d’Andrea is the Guest of honour to celebrate the 30th edition.

Festival delle Colline of Prato

Several locations around the city of Prato, as the church of  Bonistallo and the Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano, the Rocca di Carmignano, and the museum of sculptures in Prato, will host interesting live performances of the 37th Edition of the Festival delle Colline. Here is the program that includes the english singer Badly Drawn Boy, the Portuguese Carmen Souza.

In September instead two big international artists will crowd the Piazza Duomo of Prato: the Yugoslav composer Goran Bregovich the 3rd, and the French duo of electronic music AIR the 6th.

International star Concerts in Versilia

Two Summer Festivals 2016 in Tuscany are in Versilia.

The 16th July the historical Villa Bertelli of  Forte dei Marmi hosts the first italian date of the world tour of  Steve Hackett, legendary guitarist of the Genesis. While the 17th August at the Versiliana park in Marina di Pietrasanta there will be the concert unique date in Tuscany of the tour of Alvaro Soler, the young singer of “Sofia”, one of the biggest hit of summer 2016 of 19th August the show of  Tony Hadley, ex Spandau Ballet.

Tony Hadley - Through the barricades (acoustic version)

Cover Photo Credits: Gabriele Acerboni – Pistoia Blues

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