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Events in Florence

It's not by chance that Florence has got the nickname "Cradle of Renaissance": its historical center is a triumph of art and during its glorious past the city has been the birthplace for many important artists, while many others lived and worked here, leaving their undelible and wonderful marks.

When you come in Florence for the first time, wandering around the center, exploring the narrow streets and enjoying the masterpieces of art hidden behind every corner is the best way to get to know one another, but if you want to really catch the essence, you need to live the city as a local. Florence's annual calendar is rich in events, traditional festivals, art exhibits, expositions and cultural manifestations that represent the core of the city and its inhabitants. Experiencing Florence means taking part to those events.

While many are concentrated from June onwards - when tourists begin to crowd the city - there are many all year rounds throughout the city and its province, so whenever you decide to come to Florence, you'll find something that will make you appreciate it even more.

Early Summer and Fall are the best times of the year for enjoying the many sagre - or food festivals - dedicated to a particular and seasonal local product, like chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, truffle, extra virgin olive oil and wine (from September to November and early December); culinary traditions have always played an important role in Florence's history and culture, that's why we use to say that to get to know someone, you need to sit down at the table with him!

Other events are aimed to celebrate local folklore and old traditions and represent the cultural background of Florence and all those ancient civilizations that have contributed to shape the city throughout centuries. June is the best month to visit Florence if you're interested in such a kind of event: the Patron Saint Feast Day and the Calcio Storico Fiorentino are maybe the most eagerly awaited manifestations of the city calendar and we strongly recommend taking part if are around. They always attract hundreds of people coming from everywhere in Tuscany as well as crowds of foreign visitors that can't wait to take part in the celebrations or assist at the most combative football game ever.

Last but not least, there are those events dedicated to national festivities, like Christmas or Easter: many are annual manifestations organized every year, others instead are simply occasional, but all are aimed to show you the magic the surrounds Florence.

In this section we've included man articles about all the main events you may find in Florence and surroundings all the year round, but for specific events we suggest you contact directly the tourism local office.

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Main Florence Events

The major annual events in Florence, from January to December. Check what major event might be occurring during your visit to Florence.

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Celebrating New Year's Eve in Florence

Welcome the new year in Florence with music and magic shows for the kids, gala dinners and more.

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Current Exhibitions in Florence

A list of exhibits currently going on in Florence, with details on opening hours, ticket costs and general description of the exhibits.

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An Events Calendar for Florence

A Google calendar to show upcoming and current events in Florence. We're constantly updating it so keep checking it for more details.

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Events in March & the Arrival of Spring

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April in Florence: Time to go outside

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Easter in Florence and Surroundings

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5 Things to do on Easter Sunday & Monday in Florence

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Explosion of the Cart Easter in Florence

The Explosion of the Cart, or Scoppio del Carro, takes place every Easter Sunday, a special celebration taking place in Florence for over 350 years. A historical parade accompanies the procession starting at 10am to Piazza del Duomo, where the Cart explodes shortly after 11am.

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Events in May in Florence

Wine, nature & art: the month of May in Florence and its surroundings is full of events that celebrate open-air festivals, wine, art and its deep-rooted traditions.

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Events in June: Fireworks over Florence

This is likely one of the best months to find yourself in Florence, since June stands for Calcio Fiorentino and celebrations for St. John the Baptist, the city's patron saint. Many nearby towns also offer a rich calendar of events and traditional festivals, so where you end up is up to you!

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June 24 - The Feast of St. John the Baptist

A spectacular day of celebrations for Florence's Patron Saint of Florence St. John the Baptist. On June 24th, Florence celebrates with a full day of events from morning to night: parades, sports, music and fireworks along the Arno river. Read and plan your day in Florence to include this annual tradition.

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Calcio Storico Fiorentino in Piazza Santa Croce

June generally means Calcio Storico Fiorentino! Enjoy the experience of seeing this centuries-old game still being played in Florence today, a mix of soccer, rugby and wrestling all-in-one in person, online or on local TV.

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Interview with il Vallero from Bianchi - Calcio Storico

An exclusive interview with one of the top ball "carriers" for the Bianchi team of the Calcio Storico Fiorentino reveals an inside look into what it means to be a "calciante", what Calcio Storico Fiorentino means for him and why it is considered so violent.

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July in Florence and Surroundings

A rich calendar of events is awaiting for all of you who are going to spend this coming July in Florence and surroundings: art exhibitions, special museums openings, street festivals and culinary manifestations will guide you to the discovery of an even more exciting Florence!

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Summer in Florence: Main Estate Fiorentina Events

Summer is buzzing with fun summer activities in the historic center of Florence: save the date for your appointment with dance, music, towers and museums. "Estate Fiorentina" has a full calendar, and we have zeroed in on some of the multilingual fun events for you.

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Events in Florence in August

Let the magic of Florence enthrall you: let yourself be carried away by art expositions and its culinary delights, in the evenings immersed in the surreal atmosphere of the falling stars that often occur in August!

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Events in Florence and Surroundings for September

September brings the first glimmers of the fresh cool air of fall, the "vendemmia" of the grapes and the celebration of a rich artistic and cultural history in Florence.  Between the re-enactments of medieval fairs, food festivals highlighting the fall harvest or the historic theater productions, Florence will delight all of your senses.

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Rificolona in Florence

The Rificolona in Florence, or Paper Lantern Festival, takes place in Piazza SS. Annunziata on September 7 every year.

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Carro Matto in Florence

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October Events in Florence

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Traditional events for harvest and new wine in Florence in September

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November Events & Seasonal specialites in Florence & Surroundings

November is the month dedicated to new olive oil tastings and Florence and its surroundings are maybe the best places to go to for tasting the freshly-pressed oil, one of the most representative products of Tuscany, together with wine, truffle and the other seasonal specialties.

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December and Christmas holidays in Florence

Some useful tips on what to see and do in Florence in December, during Christmas holidays and up until Epiphany: recurring events, activities, open museums and typical markets, even on Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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December in Florence and its province

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The Cavalcade of the Magi or Wise Men

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Florence and Province: Events in January

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February in Florence: Romance & Carnival

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