Coinciding with the arrival of Spring, March has long since been considered the “month of re-birth”. In this period nature awakens from the depths of winter, the air fills with the heady fragrance of the blossoming, colorful flowers and plants and the sweet sound of the chirping birds is a constant serenade. You will find renewal not only in the calendar but also in the museums with new exhibits opening up. There is a slight warming of the air and the month is are already boasting longer daylight hours. All this to announce the beginning of the “bella” season.
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You should be aware of some special holidays which are always celebrated in Italy this month.
Italy | FESTA DELLA DONNA | March 8
celebrating women & their role in society
This holiday started after a tragedy in the USA and has grown into an annual event highlighting the important role of women in today's society. Many have forgotten the origins, and use the day as a good excuse to gift small bouquets of the yellow mimosa flowers which can be found in bloom and an evening out for the ladies or better yet, in couples. The Italian and Florentine cultural scene normally grants free entrance to women to the city and state museums … however the official communication doesn't arrive until the first week of March - we will keep you updated.
Italy | FESTA DEL PAPA' | March 19
or as the Tuscan's say Festa del Babbo
All of Italy refers to the father figure as papà, in fact, it is only in Tuscany that they use the word Babbo (even Pinocchio, born in Collodi Tuscany, used this endearment when talking to his father). Italy celebrates all fathers/papà/Babbo on the holy day dedicated to San Giuseppe (St. Joseph) which is March 19th. So give your Dad a hug (or a call, if he isn't with you in Tuscany now) and head over to the pastry shops which will be filled with “fritelle”, fried dough and rice balls covered in sugar.
One of our favorite sagras featuring “fritelle”, include one at San Donato in Collina served up only on the 19th!
And with this, just as in the world of nature, even the cities and small towns of Tuscany seem to begin to wake up from their winter hibernation. There are more tourists strolling around and the first of the season's folkloristic events and sagras are being advertised - a true symbol of the rich and strong cultural identity of Florence and Tuscany that will always delight and amaze.
State Museums in Florence | FREE ENTRANCE | March 3
It is a standing appointment on the first Sunday of every month (but which has changed this year to ONLY be offered from October through March), 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.
#Settimana al Museo - Museum Week | FREE ENTRANCE | March 5-10
New this year: a whole week of free entry to Italian State museums in all of Italy - and FLORENCE, of course! The news was just announced a few weeks ago, with several changes being made to policy to allow 20 days of free entry entry into State museums every year, up from the 12 before. This means a "Museum Week" every year, the period changing so not necessarily again in March next year but it is something to look forward to. Just note that you cannot pre-book tickets for entry this week, you will have to wait in line.
Scarperia | COLLEZIONISTI IN PIAZZA | 1st Sunday of March
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 March
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.
Santissima Annunziata | CAPODANNO | March 25
Feast of the Annunciation
The calendar may say we fly into the new year on the 1st of January, but history once had us change years on the 25th of March. This is the day in which the Catholic Church dates the Feast of the Annunciation and thus the beginning of a “new” year. And even though the Gregorian calendar went into effect in the year 1582, the Florentines (and even those in Pisa) still held to tradition until the year 1749, when Granduca Francesco III di Lorena forced everyone to recognize ONLY the 1st of January. Our suggestion is to head towards the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata for the celebrations.
Uffizi Gallery | FREE ENTRANCE | March 24
On the Eve of the Capodanno Fiorentino but to mark the occasion, the Uffizi Gallery will be offering FREE ENTRANCE to everyone on Sunday, March 24th. Read more details on other free days during 2019 here.
Fortezza da Basso | ANTIQUES FAIR | 3° weekend of March
Looking for something special?
An unmissable occasion for grabbing unique and even prestigious antique pieces.
Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | Every 4th Sunday of March
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.
Largo Pietro Annigoni | FLEA MARKET | 4° Sunday of March
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.
Stazione Leopolda | FUORI DI TASTE | March 9 - 11
excellence in taste and food lifestyles
Taste is the name of Italian fair dedicated to good eating and good living. It is attended, not only by the top figures in the international gastronomic and catering trade but also public passionate foodies. Are you one of these foodies?
Stadio Franchi | ACF FIORENTINA SOCCER | March 10 & 24
You can’t find another team with more heart than the Fiorentina! For those passionate about soccer, join those passionate about the Florence team: ACF Fiorentina. Two very important home games feature Lazio and Torino.
Piazzale Michelangelo | STREET WORKOUT | March 10
Move your body build your mind
in one of the most romantic squares of Florence
You might not feel like jumping up and down - but you have to admit with will kick start your morning with a 2-hour workout!
Fortezza Basso | FIRENZE BIO | March 15 -17
Market to discover organic & biodynamic products
In the kitchen, for your body or simply to learn more. This exciting fair, with free entrance, features all the upcoming trends and more in the world of organic products and productions.
Certaldo | FESTA DEL TARTUFO | March 15-31
XXVI Edition of the Truffle Fest
What could possibly be more enticing than a lovely setting with savory foods? The town of Certaldo offers a delicious menu based on the specialty of the season, the prized Marzuolo Tartufo. Be sure to save room in your itinerary & your appetite for these delights. And be sure to contact them to reserve your spot at the table.
Villa Bardini | EXPLORING THE GARDENS | March 16
Especially for the kids
Take a special walk through the gardens at Villa Bardini. This event is especially for the young ones between 4 and 10 years old as they explore the secret life of flowers, trees, and insects at the park. Adults will love the special views and heady fragrances that are beginning to blossom.
Cascine Park | WALKING DAY | March 17
There is just one rule, NO RUNNING
The first Italian event entirely dedicated to Walking. A path to walk to keep fit in the company rediscovering the city. Everyone is welcome, children, adults and the elderly! Walking Day is based on the principle that walking is an activity for everyone, without age limits or particular sports skills.
Palazzo Pitti & Bardini Gardens | FREE ENTRANCE | March 17
Don’t miss this opportunity
Free entry on March 17, 1861 date of 'Unification of Italy: the free day, in this case, pays tribute, as well as unification, also to the role of Palazzo Pitti, since 1865 Savoy Palace, where Vittorio Emanuele II resided in six years in which Florence was the capital of Italy, until 1871.
Florence | NOTE AL MUSEO | Dec. 13
a concert in the Museum dell’Opera del Duomo
Once again, the Museum of the Duomo is staging concerts in its hallowed halls, internationally acclaimed artists will perform among some of the most beautiful pieces of art. The Neapolitan Mandolin Academy and the mandolin in late nineteenth century Florence. Free entry with compulsory reservation (until all available seats are available) from the Thursday of the week before the concert (9.00 - 12.00) To book: In the Concierge Center of the Art and Culture Center (Piazza S. Giovanni 7)
San Miniato | CELEBRATING 1000 YEARS | March 23, 27, 28 & 29
Haec est Porta Coeli - this is the door to the sky
In honor of its birthday, the church has organized several unique events giving voice to artists, poets, and literary pieces. The celebrations started in April 2018 and will run until April 2019 the Millennial of the Abbey of San Miniato a Monte will be celebrated
Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti & Bardini Gardens | FREE ENTRANCE | March 24
Don’t miss this opportunity
The Sunday on the eve of the Florentine New Year, and the birth of Francesco I de 'Medici (in 1541), the' founder 'of the Uffizi as a museum and research space.
Mugello Circuit | HANKOOK 12h | March 29 & 30
INTERNATIONAL ENDURANCE SERIES
Held for the first time in 2014, the Hankook 12H MUGELLO has become a regular fixture on the calendar of the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook. The challenging circuit of the International Autodromo in Mugello is a popular venue among drivers and teams, and even more exciting when you hear the roar of those motors and the skill of the drivers.
Cascine Park | FINGER FOOD FESTIVAL | March 29 - 31
Finger licking goodness all in one place
After the great success of last year, returns to Florence the most important Italian event to enhance the excellence of street food and craft beers, the Finger Food Festival! From March 29th to 31st a universe of new tastes, perfumes and music will find a home in the wonderful setting of the Visarno Hippodrome, at the Cascine Park!
Russian Orthodox Church | SPECIAL OPENING | March 30
Finger licking goodness all in one place
The Russian Orthodox Church with its fascinating onion domes will open the doors for a limited time only. A special opportunity to get to know an unusual-looking church that takes us directly to savor the taste of Russian churches. We will discover the rites of Russian orthodoxy, admire the colorful tempera walls and the Byzantine style icons and then retrace the events of the Florentine Russian community in the nineteenth century.
City Center | ECOTRAIL | March 30th
A thrill for all levels of skill
Firenze Ecotrail is not just a city trail, it is a cultural event tied to places that are symbols of art and architecture. The paths pass through not only the main city but also in the countryside surrounding Florence, it is a trail event in Italy with three different races to satisfy each participant's level and skill.