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What's happening in Florence in February?

February sparkles like a Carnevale party and the events and activities featured this month in the city of Florence, Italy and the surrounding province are full of color and playfulness.  February in fact, is preparing to welcome parades of allegorical floats across all of in Tuscany, not just Florence.

For events in Tuscany, check out this article

Carnival and St. Valentine's Day

Florence and many of the surrounding towns will draw hundreds of people dressed up in original costumes inspired by everything that stimulates one's fantasy and creativity.  Doesn't everyone want to join in for some dancing to the Carnival's festive rhythm?

February is perhaps even more popular for romance and St. Valentine's Day, the holiday for lovers. It's not by chance that Florence and Tuscany are commonly considered to be some of the most romantic places in the world, whose breathtaking panoramas and suggestive landscapes have inspired romantic love and eternal promises since the beginning of time.

Check out our list of events below to see if you can surprise your partner and capture her (or his) eternal love with an event right here in Florence. Then maybe a walk after dinner, a bottle of wine and two glasses while you stroll along the Lungarni before stopping and taking a seat on Ponte Vecchio and enjoying the unique views on the city - priceless!

Here are additional suggestions for a romantic vacation in Florence.

State Museums in Florence | FREE ENTRANCE | first Sunday in February

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

Florence & Tuscany | ARRIVANO I SALDI | Jan 5 - Mar 5

I don't like sales. Said no one. Ever.

After having had time to hit the museums and monuments, what can be better than coming to Florence during the winter sales? Starting on the 5th of January prices will be slashed not only at the outlets but even the great fashion designer stores and small boutiques. Dust off that credit card and explore.

Scarperia | COLLEZIONISTI IN PIAZZA | 1st Sunday of February

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 February

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.

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Fortezza da Basso | ANTIQUES FAIR | 3° weekend of February

Looking for something special is a recurrent date

An unmissable occasion for grabbing unique and even prestigious antique pieces.

Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | Every 4th Sunday of February

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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Largo Pietro Annigoni | FLEA MARKET | 4° Sunday of February

Traditional vintage festival

Here you can grab a cappuccino at a nearby bar and then search the stands for the best ever surprise in vintage books, art, glassware and more.

Palazzo Vecchio | CAMBIA DELLA GUARDIA | Feb 4

history repeats itself in the city center

Starting with a historic pageant, that will include the blare of trumpets, the roll of drums and the steady procession of Florentines in dress from the mid 1500's,  the Fante del Palazzo (Guards of the Palazzo Vecchio) will reenact events that took place almost 500 years ago during the Battle of the Siege.  

Read our blog post for dates and times for the Changing of the Guards

Calcio Storico in February

Santa Croce | PARTITA DELL'ASSEDIO | Feb 17

Calcio Storico, and the rallying of the troops

Once again you have the opportunity to witness a historic pageant, that will include a steady procession of Florentines in dress from the mid 1500's. This rough and rugged game, traditionally played between the Bianchi and the Verdi, was a valiant attempt to keep spirits high during the siege of 1529 when Charles V surrounded the city walls.  Normally, you can only see the game Calcio Storico in June so if you are here in February, do miss this thrilling opportunity

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City Museums in Florence | ELECTRESS PALATINE | Feb 18

the anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici

Thanks to the untiring efforts of the Electress Palatine, there was the drafting of a legal act which stipulated after the death of the last heir to the State of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the whole complex of assets which made up the Medici collection accumulated over the centuries would be donated to the City of Florence. The government now commemorates the anniversary with free admission to local CITY museums for the full day , as well as guided tours and free entrance to the Medici Chapel. There is a historical parade through the streets, which will bring a tribute of flowers to the grave of Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, located at the Medici Chapels.

Check our list of Civic Museums in Florence

More Information about the events for Electress Palatine

Hard Rock Cafe | SUPERBOWL GAME TIME | Feb 4 (11 pm)

an American night

It's the Big Game Live, the 52nd edition of the Super Bowl, the final game between the winner of the NFL (National Football League). THe game starts on Sunday the 5th of February at the NRG Stadium di Houston, Texas. Bring your cheering voices and a hefty appetite!

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Fortezza da Basso | DANZA IN FIERA | Feb 22-25

the international dance guru

There is no doubt about it, DanzainFiera is the largest manifestation in the world dedicated to dance. Florence and its historic Fortezza da Basso will be the heart of this meeting as it becomes the dancing capital for four beautiful days.

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Opera del Duomo | NOTE AL MUSEO | Feb 16

music in the museums at night

Combine this lovely setting with the magical musical notes of Il Duo Gazzana fra Ottocento e Novecento

Official Program

Teatro Puccini | FOR GRANDE E PUCCINI | Feb 4, 18 & 25

theater for all ages

Enjoy a spectacular presentation for everyone at the wonderful Puccini theater in the heart of Florence, just the perfect activity to warm you up on this (sometimes) blustery winter days.

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February 2017: Events & Activities in Florence

Stadio Franchi | ACF FIORENTINA SOCCER | Feb. 9 & 25

Forza Viola

You can’t find another team with more heart that the Fiorentina! For those passionate about soccer, join those passionate about the Florence team: ACF Fiorentina. Two home games this month and one is against their arch rival; Juventus.

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La Fortezza Basso | ANTEPRIMA 2018 | Feb 11

Over a hundred producers will be setting up in this suggestive context to present - for the first time this year - their new vintages.  Don’t miss the opportunity to spend the afternoon from 4 pm till 9 pm to savor over 500 types of wines.  Chianti Lovers unite with the Consorzio di Tutela del Morellino di Scansano who have also decided to combine their presentation this year with the Anteprima event of Chianti! And make plans to be in line to enter and meet producers, their newest collections and to be wowed by Chianti flavor.There is an entrance fee of 15 Euro


Villa Bardini | FIREWORKS | Feb 24

Light up the Florence sky

The 24th of June is when Florence celebrates their patron saint, San Giovanni and on this particular summer evening you will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display. But this year, there is no need to wait till June! On the 24th of every month. Villa Bardini will give you a taste of what’s coming up with a mini one minute show. This initiative is actually combined with a visit to the museum and a conference each month, which features a theme tied to the final even in June. The conferences are held in Italian only, and are followed by a buffet which you will need to reserve in advance.

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Obihall | FIRENZE WINTER PARK | open until 25 Feb

Large ice skating rink & artificial snow slopes

Located in the heart of Florence, you have the opportunity to ski and skate! Not only sports but there are stands with hot chocolate, delicious recipes from the nearby mountains and games for the kids.

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Teatro Verde | CONCERTO DI CARNEVALE | Feb 13

Eiji Oue, conductor meets Nemanja Radulovic on the violin

Between classics and romantics you can listen as they paint a picture with their musical notes.

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February 2017: Events & Activities in Florence

Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been more than 25 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. It didn't take long to learn that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.


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