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April, one of the best month for visiting Florence

Throughout the month of April, food, culture, and entertainment will be offering a wide range of opportunities to enjoy the days as they gradually get longer and warmer. Don't miss all the great exhibitions showing in Florence, especially of the new exhibits opening up. Below you’ll find our tips about what to do and to see in Florence and the province throughout the entire month of April.

Author's Note: This article was last updated on March 27, 2019, to make sure we're giving you up-to-date info, if the dates have not yet been announced then we indicate TBA (to be announced). If they have not yet been posted keep checking in with us...or better yet, write us on the Forum

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Tuscany | EASTER WEEKEND | April 18 - April 22

A national holiday for Italy

In the year 2019, the Holy Week promises activities not to be missed not only for their religious significance but also for their rich colors, and traditions. Especially the fun “Scoppio del Carro” in front of the Duomo of Florence.

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Italy | FESTA DELLA LIBERAZIONE | April 25

Liberation Day in Italy. Normally a rather low key holiday, with a few military demonstrations or the laying of wreaths at various monuments. Some places still replay symbolic events, like the Partisans in Casentino who lit bonfires on the mountain tops to give the impression that their numbers were more than they actually were to scare off the advancing enemy forces. Italy celebrates their liberation on the 25th of April and this is considered a national holiday - so though restaurants and cafes will be open - not all supermarkets will open their doors and some museums many change their hours (at the last minute)...be sure to check carefully before going out.

TAKE NOTE: transportation and museums may have different hours. For example, Bargello is open for free!


MONTHLY APPOINTMENTS:

Scarperia | COLLEZIONISTI IN PIAZZA | 1st Sunday of April

Antiques in the Square

Actually, the first Sunday of month heralds this event in Scarperia. Just imagine a stroll through this picturesque town center to find a wide range of goodies including vintage, antiques, clothing, and more, Stands are set up from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm.


Panzano in Chianti | APRILANTE | 1st Sunday in April

Handcrafts & Vintage

We know they call the fair "April"ante, but it really goes all year round! This monthly market in the streets of this charming town in Chianti is where you will find hand crafts, vintage and delicious typical foods and all of it this is just outside in the countryside surrounding Florence.

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Markets in and Around Florence April 2019


Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | every fourth Sunday of April

Organic and Artisan Market

Piazza Matteotti is filled with locals who feature goods from their gardens, their kitchens, and their workshops. Often you will find not only great bargains but music and opportunities to do some taste testing.

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Prato | ANTIQUE MARKET | last weekend of the month

Organic and Artisan Market

Each month in the lovely Piazza San Francesco in Prato, you can find about 40 benches displaying small Antiques, collectibles, modern and vintage from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm


APRIL HAS MUCH TO OFFER:

Pelago | SAGRA DEL DAINO | April 6 - 7

Secrets of Italian ice cream

A little town on the outskirts of Florence will offer tasty dishes based on the delicious venison meat, along with other characteristic recipes from the area. The program of the Sagra del Daino foresees the opening of the food stands on Saturday from 19.00 and Sunday from 12.30. (Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch only). The set menu is 22 euros includes some unmissable dishes such as venison ragu, the peposo with venison, the leg of roast deer and special side dishes. To top it off there will be sweets and vinsanto, water and wine. For those who do not eat the deer, only upon request at the time of booking, grilled steak will be served. To participate, reservations are requires: +39 392.8096170 or +39 320.0142854. In case of bad weather, the event will still be held indoors.

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Florence City Center | GELATO FESTIVAL | April 6 - 7

Secrets of Italian ice cream

As is tradition, the Gelato Festival 2019 starts in Florence, the city from where it is all started. The event is scheduled for Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April, when Piazzale Michelangelo will host the festival with 16 of the best artisanal gelato chefs of the Peninsula, each of them will bring a new flavor: you can taste their creations and vote for your favorite ice cream, and the winner will continue the journey to the final of the Gelato Festival World Masters 2021.

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Florence City Center | VIVICITTA’ | April 7

Running around the city

If you're a runner more than a cyclist, you'll surely want to participate in one of the most traditional Florentine non-competitive race of the annual calendar: the Vivicittà Half Marathon Florence. A wonderful opportunity to mix sport and culture, surrounded by a one-of-a-kind artistic and cultural background, more info about the race story, registration fees on the official website, where you'll also find information about the other non-competitive races that will be organized as part of the same manifestation, like that dedicated to kids and the guided tour.

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Florence City | SPECIAL STREET FOOD | April 11 - 14

Running around the city

The Florence Shopping Center San Donato di Novoli will host this event for four days including an area dedicated to street food, a market of typical local products, music and live concerts, cabaret, and children's area between 10 am to 11 pm with free admission. The event was created to revive the colors, sounds and smells of an artisan market rich in Italian culture and history, with typical local products. And then, shows with street artists and folkloristic dances. There will also be a food truck space for quality "made in Italy" street food with.


Borgo San Lorenzo | FIORINFIERA | April 12 - 14

The perfume of Spring is in the air

The town of Borgo San Lorenzo, only a short distance outside of Florence and easily reached by train, transforms itself into one huge nursery where you can see the colors, smell the perfume and experience the beauty of spring.

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Bagno Ripoli | ECOMARATHON | April 14

towns & hills of Tuscany

Run past the past of Tuscany. Three itineraries with varying length and altitude changes make for an interesting and healthy way to see the landscape and the secrets of a hidden past near Florence.

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Florence/Mugello | GRANDFONDO FIRENZE | April 12 - 14

riding the bike trails out of Florence

In coordination with the Florence bike festival, the event Florence Veloce was launched in 2012 by six enthusiasts with the aim of assisting the “BiciFi –Bicycle Festival”. It is now into its fourth year covering more than 100 km of roads and trails to the north of Florence.

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Le Cascine | FLORENCE BIKE FESTIVAL | April 12 - 14

A bike will set you free!

A festival for everyone, for all ages, all the "cycling" tendencies, all the formal requirements, aimed at athletes, amateurs, families, urban cyclists, cyclists, enthusiasts, and bikers.

Official Webpage


Panzano in Chianti | Festa della Buona Stagione | April 25

the beginning of Spring

Together with celebrating the Anniversary of the Italian Liberation from Nazi-Fascist occupation on April 25 there will be the Festa della Stagione Bona (Good Season Fair): it’s a historical reenactment of a working-class insurrection that will take place all over the village center, while at the same time celebrates the arrival of Spring.


Monteloro | SAGRA DEL CINGHIALE | April TBA

The Delicious Flavor of Wild Boar

For the last 16 years, this small town in the Mugello countryside has been preparing a food festival based on the savory flavors of wild boar. Be sure to put this on your calendar if you want to try some authentic Tuscan cuisine.


Fortezza del Basso | INTERNAZIONALE DELL'ARTIGIANATO | April 24 - MAY 1

83rd Edition of the International Handicrafts Trade Fair

An event which hosted the most important master craftsmen of history inside a privileged space, where tradition and innovation merge to create extremely valuable handmade products.Admire the work from famous Florence workshops, as well as remote arts which are being rediscovered both in the regions of Italy and worldwide.

Official Webpage


Iris Garden in Florence | GIARDINO DELL'IRIS | April 25 - May 20

Limited Time Only

The garden is open from April 25 - May 20 but the Irises don't usually start blooming until the second week of May (but of course it depends on the weather - the sunnier it is, the faster the buds will open up). 6 - 11 May is the annual International Iris Competition, which participants have been preparing for years!

Official link to the Competition


Certaldo | SAGRA DEL CINGHIALE | April 27-30 - May 1 & 3 - 5, & 10 - 12

The Delicious Flavor of Wild Boar

The opening of the spring season signals the opening of great new food festivals all over Tuscany - starting with the Wild Boar sagra in the beautiful scenery of Certaldo. Choose from a full menu which includes lots of wild game - the options are all delicious!

Official Menu


Florence | TANGO FESTIVAL | April 25 - 28

dancing, lessons, and shows

Join the rhythm, the dancing, and the fun during the annual Tango festival in the city. The festival will take place mainly in the theater Affratellamento salon, Florence Salòn CALDIN and the Social Hall of Grassina, all three of which boast genuine wooden floors.

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Author: Chiara Ricci

Always interested in experiencing everything that attracts my curiosity (or almost everything!!), I’ve traveled around Europe looking for some place that could offer something different from my home... The result? Failed attempt, there’s no better place than home, especially if it’s Tuscany! My passion? To swim, as it helps people stay in touch with the side of nature that humans have not yet been able to conquer!



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