Friday 14 February 2020

Un’Altra Estate 2020 has been presented in Florence. The event, into its sixth edition, is an initiative from the Tuscan Region and the daily newspaper Il Tirreno, realised with the support of the Tuscany Tourism Promotion and the collaboration of the Fondazione Sistema Toscana, Vetrina Toscana and FEISCT. The event is designed to promote Tuscany as a tourist destination and its local food and wine products. 

See you in the hilltowns, and we’ll discover slow Tuscany…’ This is the tagline of ‘Un’Altra Estate’, which promotes ‘Costa Toscana | Isole Toscane’, a brand created by the Tuscan Region and Tuscany Tourism Promotion, in collaboration with the Regional Council’s Coastal Commission, to valorise Tuscany’s five coastal provinces in an integrated way. 

Porto Azzurro, Elba Island will host the first part of the event, which will then move to the medieval ambience of Massa Marittima, before returning to the sea air at Monte Argentario. It then heads inland, to the haunting environs of Volterra, and subsequently to Barga and the scents of the Garfagnana. The next stop is Suvereto, one of the most beautiful medieval hilltowns in Italy; and then, after a short summer break, the event will pick up again in Gambassi Terme, famous for its hot springs, and San Miniato, the spiritual home of the truffle. The final stage takes place in Livorno, where the scenic Piazza Mascagni will frame the conclusion of this year’s event.

Every section, after the introductions, will see connoisseurs of each territory take to the stage to provide stories, anecdotes, curiosities and reasons to live in Tuscany, all centred around the savours and secrets of today’s and yesterday’s cuisine. The local producers will take participants on a guided tour through recipes and traditional dishes, and the local products will be open to tasting. Each event will be preceded by guided walks and tours, lasting around 30 minutes, around the venue town and its places of special interest: these tours will have a strong connection to the evening’s theme. The events will take place in early evening, from 18:30 to 20:30 (the hours might be subject to variation). Attendants will find a staffed welcome desk, with information and promotional material on Tuscany available, including a list of the places to visit.

The Stages:

2 July Porto Azzurro, Isle of Elba. To follow: Massa Marittima (9 July), Monte Argentario (16 July), Volterra (23 July), Barga (30 July), Suvereto (6 August), Gambassi Terme (27 August), San Miniato (3 September), Livorno (13 September), on the Terrazza Mascagni.

Identifying objects of the participating municipalities

Porto Azzurro, Painting of Our Lady of Monserrato; Massa Marittima, grain; Monte Argentario, Santo Stefano cornstalk; Volterra, Ombra della Sera statue; Barga, chestnut; Suvereto, cork; Gambassi Terme, glass; San Miniato, Statue of the truffle hunter; Livorno, Mascagni.

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