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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Florence City Center | NOTTE BIANCA | April 30
music until midnight
The last event taking place in Florence this month is the traditional Notte Bianca (literally, white night). An entire night dedicated to music, concerts and live performances that will liven up many of the city’s squares, in a tribute to the universal language of music represented by different genres, from rock to pop, from reggae to soul. Shops, bars and local museums will be open until late at night, usually until 1am or 5am (April 30, the complete program is still to be published and the official website to be up-dated)
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.