Tuscan cities compete for Capital of Culture title

Pietrasanta, Prato and Montepulciano in the 2020 running

Editorial Staff
September 8, 2017 - 11:48

As Pistoia’s reign as Capital of Italian Culture comes to an end, several Tuscan cities have begun vying for the title: Pietrasanta has entered the running for 2020, joining previously announced candidates Prato and Montepulciano. A total of 46 cities representing various regions are aiming for the designation.



Ph. Davide Papalini


Mayor of Pietrasanta Massimo Mallegni confirmed the city’s participation at a press conference in late August.

“Pietrasanta has all the cards stacked in its favor to aim at a goal this beautiful and important,” he said, later citing the city’s association with artists from Michelangelo to Henry Moore. “We’re ready to enter the game.”

By September 15, all participants must submit a dossier outlining a vision for the year’s cultural initiatives and their objectives (including how their rates of success will be measured). The application must also specify the entity responsible for overseeing the project and provide an assessment of the program’s financial feasibility.

Ten finalists will be announced by November 15. Representatives from selected cities will then meet with a jury of art and culture experts and give a public presentation of their visions. The Capital of Culture will be selected by January 31, 2018.

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