During summer, many cities (and their visitors) suffer from the hot weather and, consequently, are not as pleasant to walk around in, particularly in the daytime. The same applies to Florence but as there is so much to see in the city of the Renaissance, there is always plenty to visit and see indoors during the day to keep you feeling cooler, including many extraordinary museums and enchanting churches rich in masterpieces of art. You can take refuge from the heat while enjoying the magnificent art that Florence is famous for and enjoying the outdoors in the evenings once the sun starts to set.
Let's say that August is thus the perfect time to explore Florence’s sacred and art locations, a unique chance to delve deeper into its centuries old year culture, while the surroundings around the city offer culinary festivals and traditional events to suit everybody’s taste on day trips out of the city.
Here's our roundup of the most interesting events we have selected for you to offer a wide choice of opportunities during your stay in Florence!
Florence| INCREDIBLE FLORENCE | Until October, 2016
A one-of-a-kind multimedia journey through the history of Florence
Set in the incredible backdrop of the Santo Stefano al Ponte Church (close to Ponte Vecchio), this multimedia 3D exhibit is a jump back into Florence's past, through pictures, videos, 3D image reconstructions rich in special effects that will offer visitors of all ages the chance to dive into Florence's history and to learn more about the places, events, great Florentines and their masterpieces that have shaped this incredible city throughout the years. More info, ticket prices and contact details on the official website.
Fiesole| MUSEUM KIT FAMILY TOUR | Fridays through Mondays
A chance for all the families to get closer to the museums and the cultural sights in Fiesole
From May onwards, all families with kids who desire to learn more about the history and culture of the quaint, unique town of Fiesole have the possibility to follow an itinerary to the discovery of the city in a fun and exciting way. Thanks to Fiesole Family Tour, families will have the chance to rent for free - stop by the local tourist office - a small backpack containing all the necessary to follow your own "guided" tour: a map, an explanation book for parents and several proposals for activities to do during the visit which includes 10 stops and which can be adatped to one's needs. The kit is available in Italian and English, more info on the official website.
Florence| EASY LIVING | Until September 30, 2016
Music, food & theater along the Arno River
One of the most incredible and panoramic urban beaches in the world (set behind Ponte Vecchio with a view on Piazza degli Uffizi), the so-called "spiaggetta sull'Arno" (little beach on the Arno, the open-air space between Piazza Poggi and Lungarno Serristori) will be housing several cultural, music and food events all summer long; you'll have also the chance to rent lounge chairs and sun umbrellas to get a bit of Tuscan sun. Live music concerts, theater performances and yoga at sunset (every Wednesday) will entertain all of you who decide to spend your summer in this great city. Read more on the official site.
Florence, Piazza San Lorenzo | COCOMERATA (Watermelon Feast) | August 10
A tradizional event "under the stars" of St. Lawrence
From art to tradition: on August 10, Piazza San Lorenzo in Florence will be hosting the Feast of San Lorenzo, an annual event deeply rooted in the city’s tradition. In the past, in fact, the "San Lorenzo Bakers Company" used to give holy bread - and watermelon in the evening - to everyone for free. Today, this ancient tradition is still celebrated by giving lasagna and watermelon to everyone, both local residents and tourists alike, after a historical parade winds its way through the streets of the historical center. Make sure to head out there and enjoy the company and general festive cheer to celebrate St. Lawrence.
Montespertoli | CALICI DI STELLE | August 10
Wine tasting under the Chianti stars
A whole night dedicated to taste Chianti Montespertoli DOCG wine, together with the best of other local specialties. To celebrate the St. Lawrence Feast, held on August 10 and usually associated with the night of the falling stars, there will be also the San Giuseppe Observatory's digital planetarium: a chance to get closer to the starry vault of Chianti!
Firenzuola | ORGANIC SPELT FESTIVAL| August 6-7
Healthy local food festival
A festival featuring many tasty recipes based on this healthy grain grown in the area.
Firenzuola | SAGRA DEL TORTELLO FIORENZUOLINO| August 20-21
Tradition on the table
The special fresh handmade pasta filled with meat typical of the Mugello area will be the protagonist of this two-day culinary manifestation, served with many other traditional local recipes.
Different locations | SAGRE DEL TORTELLO | Various dates
All the main tortello festivals in the Florence countryside and Mugello Valley
The Florence countryside, especially the Mugello valley, is well known for one of its most typical dish which is.... tortelli! For this reason, the area is rich in tortello festivals. In addition to the one in Firenzuola, from August 4 through the 15th, you can head to Sagginale for the Sagra del tortello, while another similar event will take place in Borgo San Lorenzo from August 5 to 7 and from the 12th to 14th: the Sagra del tortello e del cinghiale (wild boar), with many traditional local dishes prepared by locals.
Borgo san Lorenzo | SAGRA DEGLI ARCIERI DEL MUGELLO| August 19-21 & 26-28
Food & tradition of the Mugello Valley
This event focuses once again on another Mugello culinary tradition: the Mugello Archers Fair, a food festival based on local specialties such as tortelli and grilled meat, held every evening from 9 pm onwards.
Ronta | SAGRA DEL PORCINO | August 18-21 & 25-28
One of the most delicious local product as protagonist of an entire culinary weekend
Where all dishes, from pasta to meat, will be exclusively based on the delicious porcini mushrooms.
Signa| BEERRENAI | Until August 7
Manifestation dedicated to beer, with live concerts & much more
Last chance to enjoy a summer night in the huge Parco dei Renai in Signa: this beer festival also includes many culinary stands and local specialties, live music concerts, fun and games for adults and children alike and will run throughout the month of July ending on August 7th.
Scandicci | ITINERA 2016 | throughout August
Delightful itineraries across the Scandicci hills
A chance to explore local farms and taste their products, learn more about what they do and how and explore the surrounding areas of Tuscany. There will be also open air concerts and dancing under the stars as part of this manifestation aimed to spread Tuscany's rural culture. A brief presentation of the upcoming events:
August 10: Poggio Valicaia - "Degustazione di stelle" (Star Tasting); August 20: Podere del Leone - Tasting & Culture (all presents are welcomed to perform or exhibit their own artistic creations); August 27: Orto x Mille - Watermelon contest. The complete program is availabe on this site, since Itinera will be running throughout the entire Summer until the beginning of November.
Marradi | GRATICOLA D'ORO | July 31, August 2, 5, 7 & 10
Fun & Games give life to the local district competition
This pictoresque town in the upper Mugello area is going to house a competition between the local rioni (districts) to conquer the palio in the Graticola d’Oro, which includes several festivals and manifestations across the historical center, water games and country hikes.
Marradi | LA NOTTE DELLE STREGHE | August 19
One of the most important & magic events of the Mugello Summer
Every year, in occasion of this fantastic event, the historical center of Marradi turns itself into an unusual and mysterious night stage, where people dressed up in costumes (all the manifestation is organized following a specific theme that changes every edition), sceneries and live performances give life to one-of-a-kind mystical magic spectacle. More info on this web site.
For a more detailed description of all the events taking place all over Tuscany throughout the month of August, take a look at our August events in Tuscany article.
Enjoy your splendid August in Florence and Tuscany and... let the enchanting magic of Florence carry you away!