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Events & Festivals on Giglio

Giglio Events & Festivals

From traditional celebrations to Summer Festivals

Giglio island has plenty events taking place every year, from the summer events as festivals, sports, tours, plays, concerts and autumn walking weeks to the traditional celebrations of the feasts in honor of  the patron saint of the village and the grape festival:

The most important events at Giglio are the celebrations of the patron Saints of the three villages with palio (nautical / donkeys), concerts and fireworks: at Giglio Porto San Lorenzo (August 10th), at Campese San Rocco (August 16th) and at Giglio Castello San Mamiliano (September 15th).

During the last weekend of September the very popular Festival of Grapes and Open Taverns takes place in Giglio Castello and became a sort of small tradition over the past years.

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Recurring Cultural and Culinary Events

Every year Giglio, the Festival Island, hosts major music festivals, theatrical performances, photographic exhibitions, folkloric events and the Grape and Cellar festival which usually takes place in September on the occasion of the grape harvest.

The Theater of Giglio

The association "Il Teatro del Giglio" was created in 1995 by Pietro Buttarelli and since then every summer a new theatrical performance has been presented. Currently the direction is curated by Andrea Giannoni who creates small masterpieces with great public success. Some of the works staged are: The wedding, The bear, A marriage question, The anniversary, Bertoldo, Miles Gloriosus, Doctor by force, Pinocchio, Lysistrata, The Decameron, La Mandragola, L'elisir d'amore, Sleeping Beauty, Pluto, The Turk in the cellar, Parenti serpenti and Lo scaldaletto.

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Other Traditional Appointments

Commemoration of S.Mamiliano dei Turchi

Giglio Castello, Novembre 18th
Procession with the  marching band

Underwater Nativity

Giglio Campese, December 25th
Underwater nativity scene in Giglio Campese, Traditional Christmas carols, concerts in the church of Giglio Castello, procession accompanied by the local band

New Year's Dirge

Among the popular traditions, the most lively for its originality is the New Year’s Lullaby whose text has been handed down orally from ancient times.

As soon as the new year has entered, a group of young people play and sing the dirge at the homes of some families, formulating wishes, invoking the blessing of heaven and praising the beauty of the hosts and concluding with the execution of a waltz, consisting of local “miscisti”.

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