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Jun. 12

Pitti Immagine Uomo is Back

An esteemed launchpad for forthcoming trends in men's fashion, this fair presents many an accessory collection in the City of Lilies' 16th-century Fortezza da Basso. Until 15 June.

Jun. 14

Art Basel Makes An Impression

The original Art Basel showcases more than 4,000 artists from 291 world-class galleries. Check out the best modern drawings, installations, prints and much more. Until 17 June.

Jun. 16

24 Hours of Le Mans on the Grid

Try to last the distance as the committed drivers will (or try to) in this true test of motor-sports endurance. Ends 17 June.

Jun. 20

Return of Paris Fashion Week Men's

The hallowed runways of the world's style capital usher in the latest creations. Ends 24 June.

Jul. 02

Il Palio di Siena

One of two summer instalments of an event held in this Italian city’s Piazza del Campo, where bareback horse riders representing local wards battle it out for victory. Plan the rest of the day too, though, the race lasts no longer than 90 seconds.

Jul. 03

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Blooms

The world’s largest exhibition of horticultural prowess returns, this year with a number of firsts, such as a celebration of iconic garden designers (starting with Piet Oudolf) and the purple-hued Verbena bonariensis extravaganza. Ends 8 July.

Jul. 05

Summer Series at Somerset House: Mics On

Across 11 nights, the romantic, Thames-hugging Somerset House hosts a strand of gigs including ebullient hip-hop-soul veterans The Roots and UK reggae flagbearer David Rodigan. Until 15 July.

Jul. 06

Festival Puccini Begins

This magnificent celebration of Giacomo Puccini – composer of Madame Butterfly – sees open-air operatic concerts against a backdrop of Massaciuccoli Lake. Until 25 August.

Jul. 06

Le Mans Classic

Two years ago, 123,000 vintage car enthusiasts descended on the circuit used for the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans for this Classic. Only pre-1979 models can be entered, and this time around there’s an appearance by former Formula One champion Jenson Button.

Jul. 14

Panerai British Classic Week Sets Sail

A sense of camaraderie imbues this mixed-class week of racing around the picturesque Solent accompanied by a vibrant social programme. Ends 21 July.

Jul. 19

Verbier Festival

Nestled in the Swiss Alps, this coalescence of classical music talent, young and old, also boasts a range of activities including the boundary-transcending fest’off, in which guests can enjoy unscripted concerts and a merging of the electronic and symphonic genres.

Jul. 20

Festival Napa Valley

Pairing the performing arts with the California region’s exemplary cuisine and vintages, the event formerly known as Festival Del Sole has previously welcomed huge talents including actor Robert Redford and cellist Nina Kotova – expect more of the same this time around. Until 29 July.