Events in March For Florence and the Surrounding areas
Coinciding with the 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. There is a slight warming of the air and the days, which are already boasting longer daylight hours, are announcing the beginning of a “bella” season. 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 seasons 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.
Florence and the surrounding provinces, are never lacking in culinary delights and, a date with the museums and events tied to Easter, which in the year 2016 will be celebrated on the 27th of March are always welcome.
March, and in general the entire period of Spring, are some of the best moments to visit Tuscany: the daylight hours are longer, the temps are mild, the lines at the museums are shorter and the crowds of tourists have yet to arrive...except, of course, for this year and the Easter holidays!
Free Entrance to the Museums: don’t miss out!
The first Sunday of the month, the 6th of March, all the state museums in Italy will be open and the entrance is free for everyone thanks to a government initiative: DomenicaAlMuseo. In Florence, even the civic museums will be open and free for residents of Florence and the surrounding area: Museum of Palazzo Vecchio, ‘900 Museum, Stefano Bardini Museum, Museum of Santa Maria Novella, the Salvatore Romano Foundation, and Cappella Brancacci) The 8th of March, for the Festa della Donna (International Day for Women), all the state and civic museums will be free for the ladies. Learn which museums are taking part in this event at this link.
Art & Culture
On the 19th of March at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence the long awaited FROM KANDINSKY TO POLLOCK, The Art of the Guggenheim Collections, exhibition will be inaugurated and will remain open until the 24th of July. Over 100 masterpieces of European and American artwork from the 20’s to the ‘70’s will be on display, honoring Peggy e Solomon Guggenheim, American collectionist. For me details, here is the official website.
On Easter Sunday and the Monday after Easter, there will be a selected number of museums which will be open (which are normally closed for the holidays and on Mondays). For a complete list of ALL museums open on Easter Sunday and Monday and their opening hours, check out our blog post on Easter 2016 which continues to be updated with more museums as we find out about them.
Read this article about Easter in Florence to see what else there is to do in the city on these two special days.
An Appointment with the Flavours of Florence
At the Stazione Leopolda in Florence on the 12 to the 14 of March those who work in food preparation and those who enjoy savouring delicious new flavors will delight their palates at TASTE Florence a convention dedicated find the best in flavour and in food lifestyles. During this period special events will be organized, for more information you can refer to the official website.
On the 12th and 13th of March at Pontassieve, the perfume of chocolate with grace the Festival of Chocolate with chocolate masters from all over Italy, and only...there will be a chance to taste and buy at a sweet little market with more than just chocolate but, also vintage and antique items.
From the 17 to the 24 of March in Piazza Santissima Annunziata at Florence you can stop and browse . . . and taste . . . a wide range of local products including salumi, cheeses and desserts at the Marzolina event.
In the little town of San Donato in Collina every Saturday and Sunday until the 20th of March there is the sagra of the “Frittelle” (for those of you who didn’t get to taste any during Carnvial time in February). These are also a special gastronomic treat for the St. Joseph and the Italian Father’s Day on the 19th of March. And if you are near Greve in Chianti then you can visit the center of Montefioralle, on the 19th and 20th of March, where the entire square will prefume of these little treats.
Italian and International Street Food will be on the program for the 18 to the 20th of March in Castelfiorentino. For more details click here.
Certaldo will host the traditional truffle food festival on: 4-5-6, 11-12-13 and 18-19-20 March 2016 at 8pm. On the 6, 13 and 20 (Sunday) it will open at 12 noon. The sagra is located in the area of Piscine Nuovo Centro Polivalente Comunale, viale Matteotti a Certaldo.
At Scandicci, just outside the “doors” of Florence from the 18th to al 20th of March there will be the Regional French Market, highlighting cheeses, wines and desserts from the area as well as other traditional artisan products.
Events Tied to Easter
Sunday 27 March 2016 all of Italy will celebrate Holy Easter. There are quite of few events which merit a visit if you are in the area:
Sunday 6,13 and 20 of March, the Cascine Park in Florence will host the traditional “quaresimale” fair with stands selling clothing, food, antiques, hand made objects, fruit flowers and household goods.
In Grassina (Bagno a Ripoli) on the 25 of March (Good Friday) there will be the traditional re-enactment of scenes from the Passion of Christ. A parade of over 500 people in costume will will depict the Via Crucis.
The long awaited appointment for Easter in Florence is without out a doubt the suggestive Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart), which takes place on Easter Sunday at (about) 10am in the historic center of Florence. The cart (called “Brindellone”) is ignited by a Dove, well actually a clay figure in the shape of a dove which is sent flying down from the alter Maggiore of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, giving “life” to a spetacular show which every year delights the locals and tourists alike. Read our article about the traditions for Easter.
If you are still looking for other things to do for the Easter Holidays read our full article.
Other Events to Follow
On the 5 and 6th of March in the city center of Florence, starts the Firenze Urban Trail, an event of city trails in Italy. There are 5 different paths ranging from beginners to trained athletes. It will begin on Saturday the 5th with a night run at 9 pm for 13 km, following a path winding around the monuments that have made Florence the city of Art most recognized throughout the world, and will continue on Sunday the 6th with a 30 km run towards Settignano and another for 45 km which will take you towards Fiesole and Monte Ceceri before heading back to Piazza Santa Croce and the heart of the event. It is possible to register by consulting their official website.
At the Giotto Theater at Vicchio in Mugello from the 17th to the 20th of March to celebrate a series of Jazz concerts, but that’s not all - all week there will be workshops, meetings, musical happy hours, photo exhibitions, activities for the kids and concluding with an open air market on the 20th
You might think that the New Year has come and gone, but not here in Florence when the streets and squares liven up again for Capodanno Fiorentino (Florentine New Year) which actually celebrates Annunciazione dell’Arcangelo Gabriele alla Vergine Maria, (the Annunciation) and has become a part of the Florentine tradition for the last 15 years: the 25th of March there will be a Historic Parade by the Repubblica Fiorentina which will wind around the streets of Florence and end at Basilica della SS Annunziata,where at one time the citiziens would gather to worship the painting of the Annunciation (for more info read this article) and if you miss the parada you can still stroll around the traditional market which is held in Piazza della SS Annunziata.