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Art is Everywhere in July in Florence

Don't Let the Temps Dissuade you

The month of July promises many activities that will have you enjoying the beauty of the landscape and the cultural busy-ness of the city.  We have scoured the area and below have highlithed a few of our favorite activies for the month of July in and near Florence - from music festivals to a "mangiata" of porcini mushrooms. This month makes use of the star studded evenings, spectacular settings and the fresh green and cool towns just beyond the city walls.

The beauty of Florence in July

With so much to choose from, we have divided this month into a few seperate calendars so you we can list more activites and so you can focus on what interest you the most:

Medieval Fairs

Sagras and Food Festivals

Tuscany

Music Festivals

Exhibits

Be sure to take note of the events that whet your appetite for color, local fun and delicious treats for your travels through Tuscany this July:

State Museums in Florence | FREE ENTRANCE | July 2

It is a standing appointment the first Sunday of every month, free entrance into some of our favorite Florentine museums. Check our calendar to see if you can find a new place to discover and explore.

Check our list of State Museums in Florence


Scarperia | VISITA LA TORRE | Every Sunday at 10:30 AM

Visit the guard tower

Walk through the Palazzo dei Vicari, its sawtooth merlon, historic archives and the nobile rooms. This is a guided tour with a small fee, but an exciting adventure. You need to make reservations.

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Events in and near Florence this July


Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | Every 4th Sunday of July

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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Panzano in Chianti | APRILANTE | 1st Sunday in July

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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Florence City Center | EstateFiorentina | All month

Music, Festivals & Under the Stars

Read our article which gives you the highlights of the official summer program for Florence.

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Fiesole City Center | EstateFiesolana | All month

Music, Festivals & Under the Stars

The Estate Fiesolana originated in 1947, the city has hosted important theater, opera, ballet and concerts - in this very unique and exclusive environment - since 1911. Using the fabulous amphitheater as a stage, you will find a wide selection of great events in the evening only minutes outside of Florence and easily reached by bus..

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Scandicci | INTINERA | July

Every Saturday of July, Scandicci and the rolling hills that surround this pictoresque town will be the protagonists of Itinera, an initiative dedicated to the discovery of the territory and its culinary specialties, held till November 5.

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San Donato in Poggio | BRUSCELLATA | June 22 - July 2

10 festive days leading up to the final event, the Palio of the Donkeys. Music, markets, parades and more markets, food and festivities.

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San Donato in Poggio | BRUSCELLATA


Scandicci | LA NOTTE D’ISABELLA | July 1-2

an historical reenactment of Isabella di Medici’s death, which happened in Cerreto in 1576. People dressed up in costumes, drummers, falconers and artists will crowd the entire village, completely immersed in a timeless atmosphere where you’ll find yourself open-mouthed, gazing everywhere! You’ll also have the chance to visit the Medicean Villa, the Pieve di San Leonardo and the SS Trinità Oratory specially open on that night, guided by experts dressed like famous historical characters. Wine cellars and restaurants - like inns and taverns of that time - will welcome visitors and offer their delicious specialties, while music and shows will entertain kids and grown-ups alike.

Check out the program

Events in and near Florence this July


Firenzuola | CAMMINARE PER NON DIMENTICARE | July 2

Exploring the Gothic Line in Tuscany

The Gothic Line was the last important defensive line drawn by the Germans in Italy between the summer of 1944 and the winter of 1945. It cut the Italian peninsula into two, from Versilia to Pesaro, exploiting the morphology of the Apennines and using the Crisscrossed as real points of resistance to the advancement of the allies. This is a 4 hour trek that will take you on a discovery of an important piece of world history.

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Events in and near Florence this July


Florence City Center | DRINK & RUN | July 5

Running (a little bit) & Drinking … responsibly

(been there, done that --- and I would do it again!) Language is no barrier when you are with a group of people who are just out to have fun. What does it include: - Official T-shirt to wear!
- Tasting of at least 4 wines. Not the classic rusties!
- A fun non competitive run and company! - Free photos and videos from the event!
- And after the race: music, relaxation and wine again!
Sign up now, you’ll love it.

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Events in and around Florence in July


Carmignano | BOLLICINE 2017 | July 6

Bubbly wines for 2017

Do not miss the most glamorous event of the Artimino Estate: tasting of bubbly wines and champagne, a rich buffet on the Belvedere garden, music from the Gaudet's Junk band and performing live performances of the Cafelulé Contemporanea Verticale Dance. An interesting way to visit the beautiful estate of of over 700 hectares: Tenuta Artimino

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Sesto Fiorentino | CAMPIONATO DELLA BUGIA | July 7

Up for a few laughs?

You will need to brush up on your Italian - but it will be worth the effort. Florence is about to select their candidate of the Italian Liar championship! The Florentines are excellent at spinning a story - and it is your job to decide whether they are credible or not, if you are mildly fluent in the language this will be a test of your conversation skills...listen and learn!

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San Piero a Sieve | INGORGO SONORO | July 8

From art to music: a whole night dedicated to music and its various genres, during which many musicians and DJs will entertain visitors all night long.

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Certaldo Alto | MERCANTIA | July 12 -16

Thousands of people crowd the tiny streets of the village, like a massive flood of entranced persons staring at all these marvellous and coloured street artists that, while standing out from the visitors for their amazingly creative costumes, usually perform in magnificent shows, either among the public or within hidden courtyards or secret gardens. Hundreds of stands offering every kind of items are on hand, as well as music, dance and theatre performances: you will find it hard to decide which show to assist and which street to go through, completely immersed in a fantasy world that, like a fairy tale, will make you daydream inside the walls of this special location.

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Events in and near Florence this July


Scarperia | SPLENDORE DI LAME | July 21 - 30

The 44th show of sharp irons offers a selection of amazing and precious 'offensive' and 'paratrooper' weapons belonging to the Indian sub-continent. The exhibition is organized by Proloco in collaboration with the Center for Research on Cutting Edges and with the Stibbert Museum in Florence, which for the occasion has donated exclusive white weapons decorated with the use of metals and precious stones.


Vinci | FESTA DELL’UNICORNO | July 21 - 23

The Festival of the Unicorn

Only at the Unicorn Party you will find the Challenge of Magical Arts, the Elf Weddings, the Best Fantastic Creature Contest, the Sirens and the Elf Parade! Fantasy Festival with over 100 shows a day, 8 themed areas, concerts, comics, cosplay, international guests, role playing games, medieval market and themed venues.

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Palazzuolo sul Senio | IL VOLO DELLA FENICE | July 21 - 23

an historical reenactment of Isabella di Medici’s death, which happened in Cerreto in 1576. People dressed up in costumes, drummers, falconers and artists will crowd the entire village, completely immersed in a timeless atmosphere where you’ll find yourself open-mouthed, gazing everywhere! You’ll also have the chance to visit the Medicean Villa, the Pieve di San Leonardo and the SS Trinità Oratory specially open on that night, guided by experts dressed like famous historical characters. Wine cellars and restaurants - like inns and taverns of that time - will welcome visitors and offer their delicious specialties, while music and shows will entertain kids and grown-ups alike.

Check out the program

Events in and near Florence this July


Scarperia | SAGRA DEL FUNGO PORCINO | July 21 - 30

33rd Edition of the ever popular food festival celebrating the infamous porcino mushroom. In the cool hills, just outside of Florence you can enjoy a tasty plate of pasta with a mushroom sauce or a Tuscan style BBQ with a side of crispy fried mushrooms - and the beautiful natural setting of Mugello.


Palazzuolo sul Senio | NOTTI DELL'ARCHEOLOGIA | July 29

Guided tours to the Museo Archeologico dell’Alto Mugello (Piazza Ettore Alpi, 3 Palazzuolo Sul Senio) for an evening dedicated to the archeology of the territory of the high valleys of the Lamone, Senio and Santerno rivers and its most ancient prehistoric inhabitants.

Events in and near Florence this July



Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been over 24 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. And I soon learned that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.



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