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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. Below you’ll find our tips about what to do and to see in Florence and the province throughout the entire month of April.


State Museums in Florence | FREE ENTRANCE | April 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

Tuscany | EASTER WEEKEND | April 14-17

A national holiday for Italy

The weekend of Easter starts Good Friday, with several processions and Passion plays, which might mean in several early closures for stores - so be aware! Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes are open during the weekend however, it would be wise to make reservations on Easter Sunday and Pasquetta, which is Easter Monday.

Read here for details on the Easter celebrations in Florence & and the Scoppio del Carro

Read about activities for Easter Other parts of Tuscany

Festivals, Fairs, Markets & Events in & around Fliorence: April 2017

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.

Official link

Markets in and Around Florence March 2017

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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Read here for more events, festivals and fairs in Tuscany this April

Sant'Apollonia Church | CENACOLO | April 5

The Last Supper in Florence

This fabulous a fresco is just one of many hidden in some of the churches in FLorence. On April 5th it is open to the general public for a visit and at 4 pm there will be a guided tour of the painting.

Official Webpage

Festivals, Fairs, Markets & Events in & around Fliorence: April 2017

Villa Caruso Bellosguardo | BOTANICA 2017 | April 8-9

flowers in the villa

The magnificent villa just outside of Florence, in the town of Lastra a Signa offers a spectacular opportunity to enjoy spring, Tuscan architecture and local culture.  You will find many plants, trees, and yummy goodies made from the wide variety of vegetation you can find in Tuscany.

Official Webpage

Florence City Center | VIVICITTA’ | April 9

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.

Official Webpage

Borgo San Lorenzo | FIORINFIERA | April 22-23

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.

Official Webpage

Bagno Ripoli | ECOMARATHON | April 23

towns & hills of Tuscany

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

Official Webpage

Fortezza del Basso | INTERNAZIONALE DELL’ARTIGIANATO | April 22 - MAY 1

81st 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


Florence/Mugello | GRANDFONDO FIRENZE | April 23

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.

Official Webpage

Le Cascine | FLORENCE BIKE FESTIVAL | April 21-23

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 an 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.

Piazzale Michelangiolo | GELATO FESTIVAL | April 21-25

the sweet flavors of gelato

t first took place in 2010 to celebrate the Florentine origins of ice cream (said to be invented by Buontalenti in 1559 when he was at the Medici court) and then, over the years, it has become one of the most popular itinerant festivals all over Italy and Europe. From Florence, in fact, the manifestation will be moving to various Italian and European cities, spreading the love for ice cream and its innovative creations in a virtual path which retraces its history from Buontalenti to our times. Competitions, workshops and practical demonstrations

Official Webpage

Florence | TANGO FESTIVAL | April 25 - May 1

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.

Official Webpage

Palazzo degli Affari | BACITALY 2017 | April 23 -26

ballons for everyone

BACI, Balloon Arts Convention in Italy especially for those who love balloons, spring and Florence! And how about this not only will you learn everything there is to know about balloons, but you can enjoy the Medium Sculpture competition, where newcomers and veterans are welcome to compete as team captains or to participate as team members in balloons sculptures.

Official Webpage

Barberino del Mugello | Cantà Maggio | April 29 - May 3

Palio dei Rioni e Fiera Promozionale, a manifestation running for 4 days dedicated to entertainment, live performances, food stands and itinerant music concerts winding their way through the streets of the town. Cultural and culinary initiatives will be taking place each evening in one of the 5 contrade (or quarters) of Barberino, which will also compete against each other during the Palio in 5 different games, and in the end a winner will be declared. On the last day of the manifestation, the May Market will crowd the town streets with stands and local products.

Check Calendar on Official Website

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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