Summer Festivals in Tuscany

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P Three festivals will make the Tuscan summer more exciting. They are the Lucca Summer Festival, the Festival delle Colline in and near Prato, and the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona.

Lucca Summer Festival
This is the 13th edition of this happening. It lasts the entire month of July and this year starts on July 4th ending on the 27th, with a large number of Italian and International artists. On July 10th the singer and guitarist of Dire Straits Mark Knopfler will be in concert at 9,30 pm in Piazza Napoleone. Tickets are 35 to 50 euros. On the 16th Seal is in Piazza Napoleone at 8,45 pm. Tickets are 30 to 40 euros. Crosby Stills and Nash are in Piazza Napoleone on the 18th at 9,30 pm. Tickets are 32 to 50 euros. Two free concerts on the 22nd and the 24th for young Italian artists, Summer Giovani and Karima. The first is a collection of young artists at 9,30 in Piazza Napoleone, while Karima is a solo concert at 9,30 pm. On the same location will be Paco de Lucia on the 9th of July at 9,30 pm. Tickets at 40 euros. ZZ Top and Jeff Beck are on stage on the 13th at 9,00 pm in Piazza napoleone. Tickets are 40 euros. Same location and price for Eros Ramazzotti on the 17th at 9,30 pm, while Paoplo Nutini is on stage on the 20th at 9 pm in Piazza Napoleone at 30 euros per person. Simply Red are on July 23rd during their farewell final tour at 9,30 in Piazza Napoleone at 40 euros per ticket. Placebo are on stage on July 27th at 9,30 pm at 30 euros per ticket in Piazza Napoleone.
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Festival delle Colline
An all-women show in and near the city of Prato All concerts start at 9,30 pm. On July 8th in Carmignano at the amphitheater of Villa Medicea di Artiminio Rosalia de Souza will entertain at 9,30 pm. Tickets are 8 euros. On July 13th Monica Demuru is in concert with Cristiano Calcagnile at Villa San Gaudenzio in Vaiano at 5 euros per person. Susy Bellucci on July 15th is at Villa Novellucci in Cantagallo at 5 euros per person. Esperanza Spalding will be in Pogio a Caiano at The Villa Medicea on July 22 at 10 euros. In case of rain the concert will be at the Ambra Theater, indoors.

Cortona Tuscan Sun Festival
Every year the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona is the twin happening of the Napa Valley Festival Del Sole in California. This year’s festival will be from July 30th to August 6. The entire week is dedicated not only to evening art events, but also to learning and getting involved into what is the artistic heritage of Tuscany, from cooking to fresco making. The eclectic program includes a wide variety of disciplines to be discovered at the official website of the Tuscan Sun Festival Website. From the 31st of July onwards each evening features a main concert or dance exhibitions with artists of the caliber of Joshua Bell, Sting and others.