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 highlighted a few of our favorite activities 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.
With so much to choose from, we have divided this month into a few separate calendars so we can list more activities and so you can focus on what interest you the most:
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.
Scarperia | VISITA LA TORRE | Every Sunday at 10:30 AM
Visit the guard tower
Walk through the Palazzo dei Vicari, its saw-tooth merlon, historic archives and the noble rooms. This is a guided tour with a small fee, but an exciting adventure. You need to make reservations.
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.
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 handicrafts, vintage and delicious typical foods and all of it this is just outside in the countryside surrounding Florence.
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.
Fiesole City Center | EstateFiesolana | All Summer
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.
Scandicci | INTINERA | July 1, 14 & 21
The Saturdays in July are filled with country flavors. Just follow the itinerary in Scandicci and the rolling hills that surround this picturesque town which will be the protagonists of Itinera, an initiative dedicated to the discovery of the territory and its culinary specialties. It has a full calendar until November.
San Donato in Poggio | BRUSCELLATA | TBA
10 festive days leading up to the final event, the Palio of the Donkeys. Music, markets, parades and more markets, food, and festivities.
Scandicci | LA NOTTE D'ISABELLA | June 30 - July 1
a 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 Medici Villa, the Pieve di San Leonardo, and the SS Trinità Oratory especially 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.
La Toraia, City Center | DRINK & RUN | July 3
It is all about drinking responsibly — and having fun. Join the crowd as they run through the streets of Florence following their next taste of artisan beer.
Firenzuola | TREKKING MUGELLO | July 7 & 22
Exploring the hills of Tuscany
Once again Trekking Mugello offers a great way to explore the beauty of the hills just north of Florence, like their trekking & yoga adventure or the cool refreshing waters of the Rio Rovigo waterfall.
Florence City Center | DRINK & RUN | July 3
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
- 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.
Carmignano | BOLLICINE 2018 | July 12
Bubbly wines for 2018
Do not miss the most glamorous event of the Artimino Estate: tasting of bubbly wines and champagne, a rich buffet on the Belvedere garden, and live music. An interesting way to visit the beautiful estate of over 700 hectares: Tenuta Artimino
San Piero a Sieve | INGORGO SONORO | July 7
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.
Certaldo Alto | MERCANTIA | July 11 - 15
Thousands of people crowd the tiny streets of the village, like a massive flood of entranced persons staring at all these marvelous and colored 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.
Florence, city center | THE EDWARDIAN RESIDENTS | July 15
Stroll the streets of Florence in the morning visiting some of the hidden corners on an “English Walk” with 11 stops that will highlight the presence of the English in Florence.
Scarperia | CONCERTI IN PIAZZA | July 16, 19, 24,25 & 27
Music to your ears in Mugello
In the fresh cool evening air, the main square in Scarperia sets the stage for music under the stars. The tunes will range from the first two evenings of jazz and then on the 24th a collection of opera pieces. On the 25th you will be listening to the rhythms of Jurassic Bende and then on Friday the 217th a collection of classical music.
Scarperia | FERRI TAGLIENTI della SPAGNA | July 21 - 30
The 45th show of sharp irons offers a selection of amazing and precious 'offensive' and 'paratrooper' weapons belonging to a collection from Spain. The exhibition is organized by Proloco in collaboration with the Center for Research on Cutting Edges in collaboration with a special collection from Spain.
Vinci | FESTA DELL'UNICORNO | July 27 - 29
The Festival of the Unicorn
Only at the Unicorn Party will you 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, a medieval market and themed venues.
Palazzuolo Sul Senio | MEDIOEVO ALLA CORTE DEGLI UBALDINI | July 20 - 22
a 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 especially 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.
Scarperia | SAGRA DEL FUNGO PORCINO | July 21 - 22 & 28 - 29
Another great edition of the ever-popular food festival celebrating the infamous porcini 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 TBA
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.
Author's Note: This article was last updated on June 19, 2018, 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)