The Maggiolata Lucignanese
The Maggiolata Lucignanese is surely the most important event in Lucignano. The origins of the festival are linked to the local country life and traditions. Today, like centuries ago, it celebrates the upcoming spring after the long winter season in the hope of a fruitful harvest.
At 4 PM on the last two Sundays of May, the Capitano del Popolo solemnly declares that the celebrations may begin. So the parade starts with folk groups in traditional dresses, ancient folk dancing and popular bands from all over Italy.
But most of all, the four carriages decorated with thousands of flowers make their way in to the town center among hundreds of people saying that the one belonging to his contrada is surely the best.
On the second Sunday the jury will say which one is the best carriage and discussions on whether this was a fare verdict or not will last for weeks...
The Battaglia dei Fiori (Battle of the Flowers) will also take place at the end of the second Sunday: the designers and all the people that contributed to creation of these masterpieces will start a battle with the thousands of flowers forming the carriages, ending up with the carriages completely bare.
This week has been named Settimana Maggiolina; the old Bosco Inglese garden, just outside the city walls in front of the main watchtower is a perfect setting to enjoy the pici pasta and see the daily shows, while enjoying the warm spring evening.
The Maggiolata Lucignanese festival culminates and is concentrated in the two last Sundays of May but celebrations, traditional and modern shows, good food and wine are available during the entire week between these two Sundays.
Where: The town centre of Lucignano and the gardens outside the main gate Porta San Giusto.
When: The last two Sundays of May for the main parades. Celebrations, shows and food (typically dinners) during the entire week between the two Sundays.
Official website: www.maggiolatalucignanese.it