On September 15, 16 and 17, Poggio a Caiano will be the scene of a folk festival called “Assedio alla Villa” (Siege of the Medici Villa). The celebration has recent origins but it recalls an episode that occurred in the Renaissance: on the occasion of Princess Giovanna of Austria’s stay in Poggio a Caiano on December, 8, 1565 it was ordered the free distribution of wine to the townspeople in front of the gates of the Villa. The tradition was revived in the 20th century to celebrate special occasions such as the end of the Second World War. Since 1984 as well as the free distribution of wine, the three-day celebrations include a busy programme of cultural and gastronomic events. An antiques market is held in the town’s streets.
Where: Historical Centre of Poggio a Caiano
Period: From September 15 to 17 2017, from 5 pm to 12 pm
Further Info: www.assedioallavilla.it
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