During the 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 Renaissance city, 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 the perfect time to explore Florence's churches and museums, a unique chance to delve deeper into its centuries-old culture. And in the evening, everyone is invited to discover the culinary festivals and traditional events nearby or indulge in some relaxation at one of the many outdoor spaces within 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 summer:
Italy | Ferragosto | August 15th
A Summertime National Holiday
Very much celebrated throughout the entire country, the day coincides with the major Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary. But for many Italians, this is simply the celebration of summer which means lots of outdoor picnics, parties, and festivals.
Public transport will run on a festive schedule. Many stores will be closed. Check hours in advance for museums, monuments, and churches.
State Museums in Florence | FREE ENTRANCE | August 6
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.
Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | Every 4th Sunday of August
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 August
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.
Fortezza da Basso | ANTIQUES & FLEA MARKET | 3rd weekend in August
on the lawn of the Medici fortress
In the shadow of the Florence Fortress da Basso, you can visit small stands with vintage and antique treasures. From 9 am till 7:30 pm you can stroll and find unique souvenirs
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 month
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.
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 adapted to one's needs. The kit is available in Italian and English, more info on the official website.
Florence | EASY LIVING BEACH | Until September
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.
Piazza San Lorenzo | COCOMERATA | August 10
A watermelon feast "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 | SAGRA DEL FARRO | August 4 & 5
A healthy local food festival
A festival featuring many tasty recipes based on this healthy grain grown in the area. The origins of spelt (the grain the Italians call farro) dates back to the Golden Age of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Recent findings suggest that it was used 5,000 years before Christ, and suggest that this ancient cereal was widely cultivated in lands around the Nile.
Firenzuola | SAGRA DEL TORTELLO FIRENZUOLINO | August 1
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, you can head to Sagginale (3-15 August) for the Sagra del tortello, while another similar event will take place in Borgo San Lorenzo: the Sagra del tortello e del cinghiale (wild boar), with many traditional local dishes prepared by locals(4-15 August).
Borgo San Lorenzo | SAGRA DEGLI ARCIERI DEL MUGELLO | August 18-20 & 25-27
Food & tradition of the Mugello Valley
This event focuses once again on another Mugello culinary tradition: the Mugello Archer's 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 17-20 & 24-27
One of the most delicious local product as the 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 5th
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 5th. More Info
Marradi | GRATICOLA D'ORO | July 27- August 10
Fun & Games give life to the local district competition
This picturesque 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 18
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.
Author's Note: This article was last updated on July 12, 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)