Since I was child July was a very happy month for me : first of all because of my birthday on the 5th 🎉🎊🎁🎁🎁🎂🎂🎉than , on the 25th the patron’s celebration – Sant’ Jacopo -with Giostra dell Orso ( a kind of Palio in Siena : an horse race in the main square of Pistoia with historical clothes)and a parade in the central streets representing the four ‘rioni ‘ – quarters – of the town .
This was the so called : Luglio ( July ) Pistoiese !
When I became a girl ( many years ago 😁) exactly in 1980 a new event started in my quiet city : www.pistoiablues.com
A lot of strange people ( hippies) came here just to hear blues music & our provincial town wasn’t ready to accept & to understand the chance of a making a great business with concerts .
Our narrow streets were full of these long hair prople so that many shops preferred to shut down their doors instead of selling because a bit scared about this amazing kind of people …
Year after year Pistoia blues became very well know event even outside Tuscany for this annual summer festival and many visitors come here every July to attend to the concerts.
The kind of public also changed with years : no more teints in public gardens as beds but all our hotels , b&b & farmhouses inside & outside the city center are completely booked now & all the shops are open …😉
Today , 36 years later after its first concert , Pistoia opens its doors to the Pistoia Blues Festival with no more just a week-end of music as at the beginning , but from July 1st until 24th Pistoia will host many famous singers & players such as Sting,
Passengers & many more!
So…let’s visit Pistoia in July & you will find art , food , wine and ….music !!!🎼🎺🎸🎷🎹🎻🎤🎧🎵