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Events in January in Florence

The Holidays Aren’t Over

till the Befana arrives on the 6th

January is commonly referred to as the month of a thousand and one ideas. It starts with a bang, color and celebration for the New Year.  This is followed by the Befana and the three Wise Man who will paradae the streets of Florence on the 6th of january. With this holiday, the season decorations start to come down and the sale signs start to come out.  Among the concerts, folkloristic events and art shows January starts to warm up with lots of activities.

Have you made your base in Tuscany, maybe closer to Siena or Pisa or maybe even in the beautiful Val d'Orcia - then you will want to have a look at our calendar that highlights special events outside of Florence at this link.

If you're here at the start of the month, there are still several events that are tied to Christmas festivals and traditions, but as the month continues we hope to offer a few more ideas of what Florence and surroundings have to offer throughout the month, read below for some of our favorite events.

January events in Florence

Florence | CAVALCATA RE MAGI | Jan 6

we three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts

right thru the streets of Florence, revoking the scene of the three kings in medieval dress. An event that will animate the streets with horses, damsels and knights from all over the world - all heading towards the Duomo to leave gifts for the bambino

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Florence | 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.

Italian National Holiday | BEFANA | Jan 6

an ugly old witch bringing gifts

The holidays aren’t over till the Befana brings her gifts. Greeted in many cities with bonfires and parades, this old hag has been a much awaited guest for centuries, always with something special in her bag for those who have been good all year long.  Be sure to check holiday calendars to see if your destination is effected by the holiday.

Florence | 10° TORNEO DELLA BEFANA | Jan 6 - 8

kids & soccer

For the tenth year in a row, kids of all ages will gather together to test their skills on the soccer field. A weekend filled with sport, fun and activities. Come out and cheer on your favorite team or player.

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January events in Florence

Florence | PITTI IMMAGINE | Jan 10 - 27

Celebrating Fashion for everyone

Alternating weekends, the famous Pitti Palace will be the center of the fashion world featuring Pitti Immagine Uomo 91: January 10-13. Then from the 19th to the 21st the kids will reign supreme with Pitti Immagine Bimbo 84. The last weekend of January will feature Pitti Immagine Filati 80, a wide range of textiles and colors, designs and fashions.

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Fortezza da Basso | MERCATO ANTIQUARIO | 3rd weekend of Jan

something borrowed, something new and something antique

On the third weekend of every month the Medici fortress comes alive with vendors and buyers looking for the special antique treasure. Come and look for something special or let your eyes troll the stands for that hidden treat. From 9am to7:30pm you will have plenty of time to visit all the booths on display.

F-lights in Florence for the holidays illuminating Ponte Vecchio

Florence | F-LIGHT FESTIVAL 2016 | until Jan 8

the city is illuminated for the holidays

Colorful lights will be pointed at some of Florence’s best loved monuments, giving you a totally new and refreshing perspective. The magical soft glow under the the starry holiday skies will offer you a glimpse of a Florence that you can truly only see once a year until the 8 of January. Check out the official site for a calendar of events.

Official link

January Events in Florence

Florence | WINTER PARK | All of Jan

snow and fun in the city center

Even if you don’t have enough time to get out of the city center, you can still find some time to enjoy snow and ice sports at the Winter Park near Obi Hall. Grab your gloves and muffler and stroll down the Arno river to participate in the fun and exhilaration of skating, snow tubing and some hot chestnuts and steaming cup of hot coco.

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Florence | GREEN DAY CONCERT | Jan 11

Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame

Green Day has sold more than 85 million records worldwide! The group has won five Grammy Awards and now it will be on stage at the Mandela Forum. Get your tickets early for this band who was originally part of the punk scene in Berkeley, California. And rock with the locals at this grand concert.

Florence | ART SHOW DEADLINES | Jan 11

are being extended across the board

Be sure to check out the long list of art exhibits in the city center of Florence, many of which are breaking all the rules and extending their dates so everyone can have a chance to visit and admire these incredible masterpieces. Our updated list of shows and exhibitions throughout Florence and the surrounding area will keep you in the know.

Visit Florence Exhibition Calendar

San Piero a Sieve | TRENO DELLA BEFANA | Jan 8

take a steam engine to see the witch

The steam engine will leave from the Santa Maria Novella train station at 9:07 in the morning and take you through the quaint city and small towns stopping at San Piero a Sieve where you can visit and explore before returning back home again. Tickets go fast so make your reservations to join in the excitement today.

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January events in Florence

Cascine Park to Piazza Repubblica | BEFANA DEL VIGILE URBANO | Jan 6

a tradition that is started in 1933

On the Epiphany, the tradition was that those who drove a car in Florence would bring gifts to the police who controlled the traffic stops, and on this special date the Befana would leave her broom behind to climb into an elegant Torpedo Blu and leave gifts for the children who were at Mayer Children's Hospital. Come join the start of the day with a parade of vintage cars ending in Piazza Repubblica.

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Borgo San Lorenzo | RE MAGI | Jan 8

7° Edizione della Cavalcata dei Magi

On the Sunday after the 6th of January this small town in the heart of Mugello just outside of Florence, dresses up to celebrate the arrival of the wiseman. Parading through the city streets, the town comes alive with colors, perfumes and images of yesteryear and the excitement of the holidays.

Teatro Verdi | ORT PRIMO CONCETO | Jan 11

the Orchestra of Toscana's first concert of the year

Roland Böer, direttore & Veronika Eberle on the violin join with the Orchestra della Toscana to open the new year with their first concert celebrating Robert Schumann, the master of romantic music as well as Schubert and Beethoven.

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Borgo San Lorenzo | CAVALCATA RE MAGI | Jan 14

7th Edition in Mugello

The three wise men on their horses parade the streets of this quaint little town in the heart of Mugello just north of Florence. Its all fun and games after the parade with local dishes to taste, stands with typical products of the area and more.

Opera del Duomo | NOTE AL MUSEO | Jan 26

music in the museums

Combine this lovely setting with the magical musical notes of Il Sestetto Stradivari per capolavori di Brahms e Cajkovskij for an evening of magic among the masterpieces of the Duomo

Official Program

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 longe 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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