Casole d'Elsa (1 km far from Podere Monti)
Casole d'Elsa is a small medieval village located 420 m above sea level at the top of the hill. Well ventilated, it has a dry climate and pleasantly temperate. The heart of Casole is the "piazza Lucchetti", the small central square with its historic buildings dating from the Middle Ages, with narrow streets and small shops where you can buy typical Tuscan products or taste the delicious specialities in the restaurants on the small streets of the center... A characteristic of this small town is certainly the warmth and kindness of people who still live according to the old traditions and rhythms of life without pollution or stress. Keep on reading to find out all the events in our area during the season 2017.
EVENTS 2017 AT CASOLE D'ELSA
-From Monday to Friday : special opening 2017 of the castle Tower in Casole
-May 14th 2017: The Magnalonga
-May 27th & 28th 2017 : Flower Festival in Casole
- -Every Monday starting from July - from 9 pm till midnight- in the village there will be a special local market,live music and other entertainiments.
- -July 7th & 8th 2017 : Palio in Casole
NEWS!!! EXTRAORDINARY OPENING OF THE CASTLE TOWER.
From the Rocca of Casole / the castle you can admire a truly breathtaking view...
It will be a nice new for all our visitors. The entrance is from the fortress castle , where are located the offices of the local municipal administration. From there you can admire a breathtaking view of the whole area surrounding Casole. The visits are free and are allowed from Monday to Friday from 10.00 H to 13.00 H.
MAGNALONGA DELLA MONTAGNOLA, PIEVESCOLA MAY 14TH 2017
The MAGNALONGA is not a competitive race, but a pleasant walk between nature, wine and good food. During the walk the participants will find refreshments, with tastings of typical Tuscan products and good wine (obviously!).
PROGRAM: 8.00 AM : Meeting and subscriptions at Piazza del Porcino in Pievescola . 9.30 AM : BREAK N°1 for Breakfast . 01.00 PM : BREAK N°2 for Lunch . 03.00 BREAK N° 3 with cakes and vinsanto ( sweet Tuscan wine). 05.00 PM arrival in Pievescola.
The walk will be accompanied by music and good wine!!!
Price : 18 Euros for adults and 10 Euros for children under 12 years old. We suggest to book in advance if possibile.
FLOWERS FESTIVAL IN CASOLE D'ELSA 27TH AND 28TH MAY 2017 - CASOLE FIORITA 27 E 28 MAGGIO 2017
It is in its third year the most anticipated event for spring : Casole Fiorita and " the sense of the flowers for bees ".
After the success of the previous editions, the picturesque medieval town of Casole d'elsa ( 1 km away from Casa Podere Monti ) , trasforms its historic center in a huge colorful garden , invaded by delicious aromas of flowers and honey.The local producers will exhibit flowers, plants , honey and craft products to delight visitors!!!
The event will take place on 27th and 28th May 2017.
PALIO OF CASOLE D'ELSA 7th - 8th JULY 2017
What is exacly the Palio?
The Palio di Casole d'elsa has very ancient origins and are deeply rooted in the territory.
The event commemorates the traditions of the Tuscany of the'800s when to celebrate the patron Saint Isidore ( saint devoted to agriculture ) took place the horse race. The Palio was disputed by major farms ( Scheggi , D'Albertis,Querceto,Monteguidi, La Pergola ), which represented at that time the whole territory. Through the centuries and the social changings , the competition regulations were then modified. So, the farms have been replaced by the districts representing different portions of the municipal area. In that way are born the districts ( contradas ) of Rivellino,Pievalle,Il Merlo,Cavallano, Monteguidi and Casole Campagna.
What happens during the days of the Palio?
The Palio of Casole d'Elsa is a horse race, ridden bareback by jockeys, whitch takes place every summer on the second Sunday of July at 18.30 in honor ot the saint patron of the town.
The competition take place as an horseback race on a proper dirt track at the beginning of the hill and has the peculiar characteristic of developing uphill and therefore, make it particularly difficult the race for both, horses and jockeys.
The first phase of the Palio provides that the Saturday before the race itself, are carried : the extraction of the qualifying heats and qualifying races. Horses that have reported the six best times will be matched to the six districts through extraction. On Saturday of the eve , each Contrada organizes an outdoor dinner to celebrate the event with dancing and music. The contrada dinner is open to everyone who wants to partecipate...Even foreign guests are welcome!!! Dinner is available only through the purchase or pre-sales. Casa Podere monti can procure tickets in advance ( on advanced request ) to all guests.
The second stage starts on Sunday morning with the traditional Mass in honor of the patron Saint Isidore , patron of the farmers. It continues in the afternoon with the blessing of the horses in Pizza della Libertà ( main square ) in front of the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, and then moved on the racetrack.
To the winner of the Palio , as a reward,it will be handed the banner or rag ( the Palio ), wich generally is a real work of art created by artists specially assigned.
The festivities will conclude with the beautiful fireworks display in honor of the winning contrada around 10 pm. You should not miss it! Obviusly for the winners the festivities will extended well beyond Sunday...
Today the districts-contradas are well organized within the population and carry out an activity that goes beyond the days of the feast, even if they find the ultimate expression on this occasion.