MARKETS & FESTIVALS in SIENA
The most important one is the city market, held every Wednesday morning at La Lizza from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm, filling the streets around the Fortezza with stalls and street vendors. You can find clothes, shoes, bags, household goods, flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables at reasonable prices.
An antiques market takes place in Piazza del Mercato on the third Sunday of every month.
There are also two street festivals, based on religious patrons'days: Santa Lucia, on December 13, in Piano dei Mantellini and S.Giuseppe, March 19 in the Contrada dell'Onda, via Dupré.Markets and local festivals, mainly based on agricultural traditions such as olive harvesting and wine-making, besides religious festivals for Carnival and Easter, take place all over the province around Siena.
The following is a short list of local markets and festivals in the province of Siena:
Mercatino delle Crete: on the second Sunday of each month, is a street market with all kinds of local arts and crafts.
Carnival of Asciano: in February, a procession of traditional carnival chariots, music bands and folklore activities.
Mercatino della Scialenga: on the third weekend of September, a street market for antiques in the center of the city.
Antiques market, on the last Sunday of each month.
Carnival celebrations during the whole Carnival period of time.
La Trebbiatura: in July a festival of old times agricultural traditions.
Collections' Fair: for all types of antiques and collectors' items, in the last week of September in the city streets.
Castiglione d'Orcia (Val d'Orcia)
Maggiolata: a festival of ancient traditional songs and dances, to celebrate the coming of May, on the 30th April-first of May.
Festival of the Newly made Olive Oil: in the first week of December.
Festa della Trebbiatura, a historical celebration of the old times harvesting festival, in July.
Etruscan week: in the Castle of Murlo during the last week of August.
Festival of Wine and Oil: in the Castle of Murlo, in November.
San Quirico d'Orcia
Forme nel Verde: a fascinating international exhibition of sculptures in the magnificent garden of Horti Leonini
Festival of the wild boar: in April, in the city center. Serre Maggio: past and future inside the city walls, in the second week of May, at Serre di Rapolano.