To Tuscany, one of the UK’s leading providers of elegantly appointed and authentic retreats and villas in Tuscany, joins the region in welcoming the coming New Year with an exciting line-up of festivities. While Tuscany is exceedingly vibrant throughout the year with its events and celebrations, the folkloric events scheduled throughout January 2014 are guaranteed to be even more memorable than ever. Tourists planning to have a vacation in Tuscany are highly advised to take note of these traditional events so that they can plan around them.
For starters, Tuscany kicks off with a traditional event on the night of January 5th called â€˜Piancastagnaio Befanate Befanotti’, during which groups of â€˜befanotti’, dressed in ragged clothes with faces covered with soot, travel from village to village singing a begging song and requesting offerings. The sense of revelry is upped on January 6th, during the Epiphany Fair (â€˜Sinalunga Fiera dell’Epifania’), when the locals celebrate the arrival of the Three Wise Men. To Tuscany offers accommodations throughout the region to enable visitors to be right in the middle of where the action is.
Moreover, on the days leading to January 17th, attention shifts to the meticulous preparation for the Festival of St. Anthony the Abbot, (Abbadia San Salvadore Festa S. Antonio Abate’). The said festival actually consists of multiple aspects including the blessing of the animals, the blessing of the grain and the hay, the blessed bread, and the distribution of these items. These celebrations are followed by another related celebration on the first Sunday after the 17th.
Finally, on the 31st, townsfolk hold a magnificent and vibrant fair in Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cistern in San Gimignano in celebration of the San Gimignano Festival (â€˜San Gimignano Festa e fiera di San Gimignano’). As these celebrations are consecutively held, To Tuscany recommends that visitors should book ahead for accommodation. They can choose from among the company’s portfolio of more than four hundred properties across the region.
A vacation in Tuscany, Italy is not complete without enjoying a deep sense of authenticity. Since 1998, To Tuscany has provided clients with that authentic experience in every Tuscany villa the company has in its portfolio of up to 400 properties for rent. For more information about To Tuscany, and especially its current special offers, visit its website at http://www.to-tuscany.com
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