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June is maybe one of the most interesting, fun months to visit Florence (and surroundings), as there are many events organized to celebrate the city's patron saint and which draw thousands of visitors, creating a contagious and joyful atmosphere. Summer is in the air, so while the number of visitors in Florence rises (and will keep rising throughout the summer), the days are also longer and warmer so you can enjoy many hours outside, even after sunset enjoying the starlit Tuscan sky.
With so much to choose from, we have divided this month into a few separate calendars so you can list more activities and so you can focus on what interest you the most:
Read through our list and be sure to take note of the day for your travels through Tuscany this June:
Italy | FESTA DELLA REPUBBLICA | June 2
Italian Independence Day
The day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on a new form of government following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism. With 12,717,923 votes for a republic and 10,719,284 for the monarchy, the male descendants of the House of Savoy were sent into exile.
Public transport works on a festive schedule. Many stores will be closed. Check hours in advance for museums, monuments, and churches.
State Museums in Florence | FREE ENTRANCE | 1st Sunday of the month
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 sawtooth 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. The fee of tower tour is € 6,00 for adults and € 3,00 for children. The visit starts with minimum 4 members and maximum of 12 members. The tour includes also the visit to the historical Archive and the walk on the merlons. The visit takes place only with good meteorological conditions.
Panzano in Chianti | APRILANTE | 1st Sunday in June
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 arts & crafts, vintage and delicious typical foods and all of it this is just outside in the countryside surrounding Florence.
Gambassi Terme | GAMBASSIGENA | June
Gambassigena is a unique event; an emotional journey through the knowledge and culinary culture of the territory. All this is promoted through several initiatives, which involve horseback riding, wine tastings, hiking and special tours. June starts off with a visit to the wine cellars and a discovery of the hidden secrets of Gambassi Terme. They have yet to update their website, but we are looking forward to some great activities. Click on the web page to see full calendar - activities run until September
Montespertoli | MOSTRA DEL CHIANTI | May 26 - June 3
For over sixty years this festival has been an important occasion to introduce the wines of the area, Chianti producers, in the world. That's why Piazza del Popolo will be ready to welcome connoisseurs and neophytes, wine-lovers and curious, with tastings, presentations and culinary temptations. The theme: it is all about the WINE!
Palazzolo | SAGRA DEL FUNGO PORCINO |1-3, 8-10 June
Just south of Florence, in the area of Figline Valdarno you will find the town is busy preparing fragrant dishes with the porcini mushrooms: for the pasta, on the grill, fried, sauteed - every way is delicious. Don’t miss your chance to savor these local specialties.
Chiesanuova | SAGRA DI’ PINOLO | June 8 -17
Chianti, near San Casciano, offers the possibility to celebrate the pinenut, the tasty crunchy treat found in pesto, on breakfast pastries and sprinkled on cakes and sweets. This will be the 41° Edition, where the food festival exalts not only the flavor of this treasured “fruit” but also the work entailed in growing and harvesting.
Cerreto Guidi | LA NOTTE D’ISABELLA | June 30 & July 1
The historic center will be back in time in July 1576, in a festive atmosphere for the arrival of the beloved Isabella, the beloved daughter of Cosimo, to reach her husband in the Medici Villa. Within the walls of the sixteenth-century village, you will meet nobles and commoners, ancient knights and scenes of everyday life, historical games, ancient crafts, music and renaissance dances, jesters and storytellers, falconers, feats of swords and crossbows, games of fire and flags.
Vinci | DA VINCI BAROQUE FESTIVAL | June 2, 16, 25 & 22
The birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci will put on four concerts which highlight the music from the Baroque period. Opening their doors to several interesting settings there is the Teatro di Vinci, the Villa Medici of Poggio a Caiano and the Casale di Valle. The last concert on the calendar will be at Basilica di S. Miniato al Monte in Florence
Dicomano | DICOMANO RUN | June 4
In the Florentine hills to the east, just above the river Sieve, you will find the 5th Edition of a mini-marathon with itineraries for runners, walkers and the kids. Break out your sneakers and sweat off a few calories while making new friends in Dicomano
Sant’Agata | LA BALLATA DELLE FRAGOLE | 2nd Weekend in June
A food festival that celebrates plump juicy strawberries along with other traditional foods from the Mugello area. Music and games for all ages, this is a great little stop while touring the green, green hills just north of Florence.
Certaldo Alto | A CENA DA MESSER GIOVANNI | June 9 & 16
A medieval dinner during which a huge, long table will be set all along via Boccaccio to recreate the original atmosphere of that times. Participants will be served typical medieval dishes by waiters dressed up in historical costumes. The dinner is hosted on these two dates to allow everyone the opportunity to step back in time, enjoy some delicious food in good company and the entertainment of the times, from jugglers to acrobats and then beautiful fireworks to end the evening. Check out the official website for more info, cost per person and the detailed menu. Reservation in advance required.
City Center | PITTI UOMO | June 12 - 15
The most important international platform for men's clothing and accessories collections and for the launch of new projects on men's fashion. Born in 1972, it takes place in Florence, two editions a year.
City Center | NOTTURNA DI SAN GIOVANNI | June 16
The holiday of San Giovanni isn’t until the 24th - but for those looking to race the streets of Florence under the stars then you are looking to be here on the 17th before the start blows his whistle. Register now:
Calenzano Alto | LUNARIA | June 16 & 17
Just 7 days after the full moon, you are invited to the Medieval Borgo (hamlet) of Calenzano, where you can participate in a festival of street performers. From music to theater, there will be something to entertain for all ages.
City Center | FESTA DI SAN GIOVANNI | June 24
Patron Saint of Florence
Florence celebrates the feast day for its patron saint, St. John the Baptist, considered the "symbol of moral rectitude and political correctness"* on whom medieval Florence aspired to emulate. A day of fantastic events, for example, Calcio Storico, a parade in historic dress and firework that will take your breath away!
Public transport could be slow in the city. Many stores will be closed. Check hours in advance for museums, monuments, and churches.
Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | 4th Sunday of June
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.
San Donato in Poggio | BRUSCELLATA | June 27 - July 8
10 festive days leading of theater, music, markets, parades and more markets, food, and festivities. Even if you don't understand the language, the art of "Bruscello" a type of theater born in the countryside with a poetic rythm touching the farmers and towns people with dramatic and tragic plots, is well worth a viewing (dates for the Bruscello productions are June 27 & 30 and then in July on the 3 & 6). But if you just want to join in the festivities then everyday (except Monday) you will find food stands and fun and on the 1st and 8th of July a historic parade in the historic center of San Donato in Poggio.
Panzano in Chianti | CHIANTI'N ROCK | June 30
Rockin' the hills of Chianti
CHIANTI'N ROCK is back !!! Starting at 7pm you will find an aperitif and dinner will be served leading up to an evening of live musical entertainment including acoustical sounds and guitar. Later you can dance to the great De Andrè with Via del Campo Tribute Band to be followed by The Skiffles Rock Band, who will take you back to the rock'n'roll of the '50s and' 60s.
Author's Note: This article was last updated on June 26, 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)