Don't Let the Temps Dissuade you
The month of July promises many activities that will have you enjoying the beauty of the landscape and the cultural busy-ness of the city. We have scoured the area and below have highlighted a few of our favorite activities for the month of July in and near Florence - from music festivals to a "mangiata" of porcini mushrooms. This month makes use of the star-studded evenings, spectacular settings and the fresh green and cool towns just beyond 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 July:
State Museums in Florence | FREE ENTRANCE | July 1
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.
Tuscany | NOTTI DELL'ARCHEOLOGIA | July
Guided tours, special evening hours and archeological events surrounding the many large and small museums throughout the region. Among one of the more interesting events in the city center is the special evening hours for the Cripta di Santa Reparata which is accessed through the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore on Wednesday the 11th of July. There will several activities which will explore the history and legends of Tuscany, events are programmed for all ages. Read the program at the below link, looking for the town or city closest to you.
Scarperia | VISITA LA TORRE | Every Sunday at 10:30 AM
Visit the guard tower
Walk through the Palazzo dei Vicari, its saw-tooth 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 July
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 July
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 handicrafts, vintage and delicious typical foods and all of it this is just outside in the countryside surrounding Florence.
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 Summer
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.
Cascine Park | FLORENCE 2018 FESTIVAL | Jul 6 - 8
Pink Paddle Power for Breast Cancer
A hearty welcome is extended to the 129 Dragon Boat teams from 17 different countries who are descending upon the city from July 6 – 7 & 8 for the Florence 2018 Festival. The epicenter of the events is the Arno River as it glides right by the Cascine Park, the largest green expanse on the western corner of Florence. The athletes’ village in the Cascine Park is closed to the general public, but all are encouraged to watch the Dragon Boat races along the Arno. Insider tip: The best way to arrive at the park is by using public transport (tram 17C starting at the Santa Maria Novella station).
Scandicci | INTINERA | July 1, 14 & 21
The weekends in July are filled with country flavors. Just follow the itinerary in Scandicci and the rolling hills that surround this picturesque town which will be the protagonists of Itinera, an initiative dedicated to the discovery of the territory and its culinary specialties. It has a full calendar until November.
San Donato in Poggio | BRUSCELLATA | June 27 -July 8
10 festive days leading of theater, music, markets, parades and more markets, food, and festivities. Even if you don't understand the language, the art of "Bruscello" a type of theater born in the countryside with a poetic rhythm touching the farmers and townspeople with dramatic and tragic plots, is well worth a viewing (dates for the Bruscello productions are June 27 & 30 and then in July on the 3 & 6). But if you just want to join in the festivities then every day (except Monday) you will find food stands and fun and on the 1st and 8th of July a historic parade in the historic center of San Donato in Poggio.
Cerreto Guidi | LA NOTTE D'ISABELLA | June 30 - July 1
a historical reenactment of Isabella di Medici's death, which happened in Cerreto in 1576. People dressed up in costumes, drummers, falconers, and artists will crowd the entire village, completely immersed in a timeless atmosphere where you'll find yourself open-mouthed, gazing everywhere! You'll also have the chance to visit the Medici Villa, the Pieve di San Leonardo, and the SS Trinità Oratory especially open on that night, guided by experts dressed like famous historical characters. Wine cellars and restaurants - like inns and taverns of that time - will welcome visitors and offer their delicious specialties, while music and shows will entertain kids and grown-ups alike.
Firenzuola | TREKKING MUGELLO | July 7 & 22
Exploring the hills of Tuscany
Once again Trekking Mugello offers a great way to explore the beauty of the hills just north of Florence, like their trekking & yoga adventure or the cool refreshing waters of the Rio Rovigo waterfall.
Florence City Center | DRINK & RUN | July 3
Running (a little bit) & Drinking … responsibly
(been there, done that --- and I would do it again!) Language is no barrier when you are with a group of people who are just out to have fun. What does it include:
- Official T-shirt to wear
- Free tastings
- A fun non-competitive run and company
- Free photos and videos from the event
- And after the race: music, relaxation, and wine again
Sign up now, you'll love it.
Signa | BEERRENAI | July 5th - 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
Carmignano | BOLLICINE 2018 | July 12
Bubbly wines for 2018
Do not miss the most glamorous event of the Artimino Estate: tasting of bubbly wines and champagne, a rich buffet on the Belvedere garden, and live music. An interesting way to visit the beautiful estate of over 700 hectares: Tenuta Artimino
San Piero a Sieve | INGORGO SONORO | July 7
From art to music: a whole night dedicated to music and its various genres, during which many musicians and DJs will entertain visitors all night long.
Certaldo Alto | MERCANTIA | July 11 - 15
Thousands of people crowd the tiny streets of the village, like a massive flood of entranced persons staring at all these marvelous and colored street artists that, while standing out from the visitors for their amazingly creative costumes, usually perform in magnificent shows, either among the public or within hidden courtyards or secret gardens. Hundreds of stands offering every kind of items are on hand, as well as music, dance, and theatre performances: you will find it hard to decide which show to assist and which street to go through, completely immersed in a fantasy world that, like a fairy tale, will make you daydream inside the walls of this special location.
Florence, city center | THE EDWARDIAN RESIDENTS | July 15
Stroll the streets of Florence in the morning visiting some of the hidden corners on an “English Walk” with 11 stops that will highlight the presence of the English in Florence.
Scarperia | CONCERTI IN PIAZZA | July 16, 19, 24, 25 & 27
Music to your ears in Mugello
In the fresh cool evening air, the main square in Scarperia sets the stage for music under the stars. The tunes will range from the first two evenings of jazz and then on the 24th a collection of opera pieces. On the 25th you will be listening to the rhythms of Jurassic Bende and then on Friday the 217th a collection of classical music.
Scarperia | FERRI TAGLIENTI della SPAGNA | July 21 - 30
The 45th show of sharp irons offers a selection of amazing and precious 'offensive' and 'paratrooper' weapons belonging to a collection from Spain. The exhibition is organized by Proloco in collaboration with the Center for Research on Cutting Edges in collaboration with a special collection from Spain.
Palazzuolo Sul Senio | MEDIOEVO ALLA CORTE DEGLI UBALDINI | July 20 - 22
The streets fill with the perfumes, dress, and fun of the medieval times during the Court of the Ubaldini family.
Scarperia | SAGRA DEL FUNGO PORCINO | July 21 - 22 & 28 - 29
Another great edition of the ever-popular food festival celebrating the infamous porcini mushroom. In the cool hills, just outside of Florence you can enjoy a tasty plate of pasta with a mushroom sauce or a Tuscan style BBQ with a side of crispy fried mushrooms - and the beautiful natural setting of Mugello.
Florence| FLORENCE FOLKS FESTIVAL | July 25 - 28
Four days of totally free concerts in the new edition of the Florence Folk Festival. Florence Folks Festival is a popular urban festival where tradition and modernity coexist, local and international dimension through music, food, and conviviality. Make sure to note that the location the past few years has been at the Balera del Varlungo but this year it has moved to the Manifattura Tabacchi on Via delle Cascine, 35.
Florence | ITALIAN BRASS WEEK | July 22 - 29
We don't want to blow our own horn but...
this is the event of the year for those who play a brass instrument. Centered around teachers and experts of high reputation, the basis of this event is a series of masterclasses for all types of brass instruments - and the by-product is a week of concerts. This year on the 22 you can listen to the Russian Horn Orchestra at the Santa Maria Novella Church, it is free entry but subject to availability so booking is recommended. Other concerts are scheduled for the 24, 25 & 27th.
Vinci | FESTA DELL'UNICORNO | July 27 - 29
The Festival of the Unicorn
Only at the Unicorn Party will you find the Challenge of Magical Arts, the Elf Weddings, the Best Fantastic Creature Contest, the Sirens and the Elf Parade! Fantasy Festival with over 100 shows a day, 8 themed areas, concerts, comics, cosplay, international guests, role-playing games, a medieval market and themed venues.
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.
Author's Note: This article was last updated on July 9, 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)