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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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