As I've already mentioned, this part of Italy is very connected to its traditions and festivities .
This is not only my take on the area, also fellow Italophile writers Frances Mayes and Ferenc Mate have noticed and written about central Italy's deep connection to its past. Perhaps it has something to do with the problems of modern day Italy?
The Mates (who also produce a fantastic wine on their historic Montalcino estate) have just sent me Ferenc's latest book "The Wisdom of Tuscany" that I will be be reviewing in a few days (give me time to enjoy the book!)
In the meantime, check out this post I wrote several years ago for Italian Notebook that explains what happens next on the calendar of local festivals http://www.italiannotebook.com/events/700-year-lenten-lunch/