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The Chianti Festival returns to animate the Chianti summer and focuses on the territory of Castelnuovo Berardenga.

The 2021 edition – created by the Municipality in collaboration with the Toscana Spettacolo Foundation and with the artistic direction of Matteo Marsan – will propose 17 appointments from Thursday 8 July to Thursday 12 August and will combine music, prose, theater, dance and shows for children.

Two leading names and well-known faces of TV that stand out in the bill: the sports journalist Federico Buffa, and the writer Stefano Massini, protagonists in a double appointment hosted in the Certosa di Pontignano.

All the shows will start at 9.15 pm, with the exception of two appointments for children in the month of August scheduled for the afternoon, and will take place in compliance with the anti Covid-19 security measures, with reservation required.

The Chianti Festival will start on Thursday 8 July in the Chianti Sculpture Park of Pievasciata with the dance performance staged by the MOTUS Danza company.

On Friday 9 July the review will move to San Gusmè, in Piazza Castelli, which will frame the show Coppa del Santo, competitive spirit and miracles at the time of social distancing, conceived and produced by the theater company Gli Omini with Francesco Rotelli and Luca Zacchini and dedicated to a highly topical issue in the Covid emergency.

On Thursday 15 July the Certosa di Pontignano will host “Two fists gloved in black”, the performance starring Federico Buffa together with Alessandro Nidi.

The event, directed by Federico Buffa himself, is dedicated to one of the most famous sports images of the twentieth century, dated October 16, 1968.

That day, at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, the two black American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stepped onto the podium of 200 meters and, at the time of the performance of the American anthem, they lowered their heads and raised a closed fist while wearing black gloves as a gesture of solidarity towards the battles of blacks to assert their civil rights in America.

The Chianti Festival will also give space to music with some evenings that will start on Friday 16 July from Quercegrossa with Andrea Roventini and The News Stompers (DJ sets at the end of the evening), while on Sunday 18 July Piazza Marconi, in the heart of Castelnuovo Berardenga, it will be animated by the Quizzone di Castelnuovo, which will involve the citizens of Castelnuovo in a fun way, leading them to rediscover the territory, its excellence and its traditions.

On Thursday 22 July Castelnuovo Berardenga will host the music of the Italian Jazz Quartet in Piazza Marconi again.

While on Friday 23 July the Chianti Festival will move to Quercegrossa with Prezzemolina, a theatrical performance staged by the Compagnia I Topi Dalmata.

On Saturday 24 July the theater in San Gusmè, in Piazza Castelli, will be the protagonist with Andromaca, a show by Massimiliano Civica and I Sacchi di Sabbia based on the work of the Greek playwright Euripides and made with the support of the Tuscany Region.

The Chianti Festival will return on Thursday 29 July in Castelnuovo Berardenga, again in Piazza Marconi, with the music of Nuès in concert, before closing the month of July with circus shows for children and new theatrical performances.

On Friday 30 July Montaperti will host the Barba Fantasy Show, a fun evening for spectators aged 4 and up that will combine physical theater, circus and illustrations, while on Saturday 31 July San Gusmè will be the setting for the theatrical show Variazione sull’anatra.

The month of August of the Chianti Festival will open on the notes of Franco Fabbrini Jazz, scheduled for Thursday 5 August in Castelnuovo Berardenga, in Piazza Marconi.

While on Friday 6 August Villa a Sesta will welcome young spectators with La valigia delle favole, a show and creative workshop curated by Beatrice Ficalbi and Eleonora Bracciali which will be repeated on Wednesday 11 August in Vagliagli.

The musical events of the Chianti Festival will close on Saturday 7 August in Castelnuovo Berardenga, still in Piazza Marconi, with the Musical Evening organized by Marco Predieri and Laura Cellerini.

The grand finale of the cultural festival under the stars is scheduled for Thursday 12 August at the Certosa di Pontignano in the company of Stefano Massini, director and protagonist of “The alphabet of emotions”.

The author and writer, as well as a well-known face of TV in the “Piazzapulita” broadcast on La7, will accompany the public on a profound and ironic journey, passing through the labyrinth of our feeling and feeling and an imaginary alphabet in which each letter is a ’emotion.


The Chianti Festival will take place in compliance with the anti Covid-19 security measures, with reservation required for all evenings.

The musical events are free, while for the others there is an entrance ticket.

For information on the cost of tickets and reservations, you can write to the e-mail address and consult the websites and

Furthermore, to keep up to date, you can also follow the Chianti Festival Facebook page.