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June is maybe one of the most interesting, fun months to visit Florence (and surrondings), as there are many events organized to celebrate the city's patron saint and which draw thousands of visitors, creating a contagious and joyful atmosphere. Summer is in the air, so while the number of visitors in Florence rises (and will keep rising throughout the summer), the days are also longer and warmer so you can enjoy many hours outside, even after sunset enjoying the starlit Tuscan sky.
With so much to choose from, we have divided this month into a few seperate calendars so you we can list more activites and so you can focus on what interest you the most:
Read through our list and be sure to take note of the day for your travels through Tuscany this June:
Italy | FESTA DELLA REPUBBLICA | June 2
Italian Independence Day
The day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of government, following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism. With 12,717,923 votes for a republic and 10,719,284 for the monarchy, the male descendants of the House of Savoy were sent into exile.
Public transport works on a festive schedule. Many stores will be closed. Check hours in advance for museums, monuments and churches.
State Museums in Florence | FREE ENTRANCE | June 4
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 nobile 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 June
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 June
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.
Gambassi Terme | GAMBASSIGENA | June
Gambassigena is a unique event; an emotional journey through the knowledge and culinary culture of the territory. All this is promoted through several initiatives, which involve horseback riding, wine tastings, hiking and special tours. June starts off with a visit to the wine cellars and a discovery of the hidden secrets of Gambassi Terme. Click on the webpage to see full calendar - activities run until September
Montespertoli | MOSTRA DEL CHIANTI | May 27 - June 4
For sixty years, the festival is an important occasion to introduce the wines of this area that boasts the first place among the Chianti producers in the world. That's why Piazza del Popolo will be ready to welcome connoisseurs and neophytes, loving and curious, with tastings, presentations and temptations, all about the WINE!
Palazzolo | SAGRA DEL FUNGO PORCINO | June 1-4
Just south of Florence, in the area of Figline Valdarno you will find the town is busy preparing fragrant dishes with the porcino mushroom. Don’t miss your chance to savor these local specialty.
Chiesanuova | SAGRA DI’ PINOLO | June TBA
Chianti, near San Casciano, offers the possibility to celebrate the pinenut, the tasty crunchy treat found in pesto, on breakfast pastries and sprinkled on cakes and sweets. This will be the 41° Edition, where the food festival exalts not only the flavor of this treasured “fruit” but also the work entailed in growing and harvesting.
Barberino del Mugello | MUGELLO COMICS | June
On Vacation in 2017 - Looking for Collaborators for 2018. A manifestation that will gather all Italian and foreign comics passionates, cosplayers and editors together, giving life to one-of-a-kind manifestation where you'll be able to approach to this wonderful and playful world (or, going deeper into its mysteries if you already are a passionate!) for two days of fun and lightheartedness.
Vinci | DA VINCI BAROQUE FESTIVAL | June 3, 10, 25 & 30
The birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci will ut on four concerts which highlight the music from the Baroque period. Opening their doors to several interesting settings there is the Teatro di Vinci, the Villa medicea of Poggio a Caiano and the Casale di Valle. The last concert on the calendar will be at Basilica di S. Miniato al Monte in Florence
La Toraia, City Center | DRINK & RUN | June 7
It is all about drinking responsibly — and having fun. Join the crowd as they run through the streets of Florence following their next taste of artisan beer.
Dicomano | DICOMANO RUN | June 9
In the Florentine hills to the east, just above the river Sieve, you will find the 5th Edition of a mini marathon with itineraries for runners, walkers and the kids. Break out your sneakers and sweat off a few calories while making new friends in Dicomano
Certaldo Alto | A CENA DA MESSER GIOVANNI | June 10 & 17
A medieval dinner during which a huge, long table will be set all along via Boccaccio to recreate the original atmosphere of that times. Participants will be served typical medieval dishes by waiters dressed up in historical costumes. The dinner is hosted on these two dates to allow everyone the opportunity to step back in time, enjoy some delicious food in good company and the entertainment of the times, from jugglers to acrobats and then beautiful fireworks to end the evening. Check out the official website more info, cost per person and the detailed menu. Reservation in advance required.
Sant’Agata | LA BALLATA DELLE FRAGOLE | June 10 & 11
Scarperia 6th Edition of a food festival that celebrates plump juicy strawberries along with other traditional foods from the Mugello area. Music and games for all ages, this is a great little stop while tour the green, green hills just north of Florence.
Cerbaia | PALIO DEI CIUCHI | June 11
The final race of the mules in delightful little town just outside of Florence. Watch as the jockeys try to control their sometimes ruly beasts and head them off to the finish line.
City Center | PASSEGGIATA IN COSTUME STORICO | June 11
Just imagine yourself strolling the streets of Florence in a custom from the Medici era. Romance, drama and enchantment will follow in your wake. Foto: Andrea Morelli & Dress: Dagmar Elizabeth Mecca
City Center | PITTI UOMO | June 13-16
Just imagine yourself strolling the streets of Florence in a custom from the Medici era. Romance, drama and enchantment will follow in your wake. Foto: Andrea Morelli & Dress: Dagmar Elizabeth Mecca https://www.facebook.com/Dagmar.Elizabeth.Mecca
City Center | 75° NOTTURNA DI SAN GIOVANNI | June 17
The holiday of San Giovanni isn’t until the 24th - but for those looking to race the streets of Florence under the stars then you are looking to be here on the 17th before the start blows his whistle. Register now:
Calenzano Alto | LUNARIA | June 17 & 18
Just 7 days after the full moon, you are invited to the Medieval borgo (hamlet) of Calenzano, where you can participate in a festival of street performers. From music to theater, there will be something to entertain for all ages.
City Center | FESTA DI SAN GIOVANNI | June 24
Patron Saint of Florence
Florence celebrates the feast day for its patron saint, St. John the Baptist, considered the "symbol of moral rectitude and political correctness"* on whom medieval Florence aspired to emulate. A day of fantastic events for example Calcio Storico, a parade in historic dress and firework that will take your breath away!
Public transport could be slow in the city. Many stores will be closed. Check hours in advance for museums, monuments and churches.
San Donato in Poggio | LA BRUSCELLATA | June TBA
The “bruscellata” comes from the famous Tuscan farce "Il Bruscello", which was performed in spring by a company of only men. The performance is on stage with customs that are not necessarily historically accurate, but they are fancy, often enriched by the same actors. .