Florence is always in movement: continuously proposing something new, exciting and totally different! October is a month of, surprisingly enough, new beginnings. The grape harvest, for the most part, is done and finished and summer can truly be considered put to rest - so now the fun can begin of ushering in those cooler more colorful months. Here is a list of new concerts, exhibitions, food festivals and best of all opportunities for exploring different ways to best enjoy the city and its surroundings.
We are constantly updating the activities for each year, however, if they have not yet been posted by official sites then we write in TBA (to be announced) - and remember to double-check all dates on the official websites listed below.
Want to explore all of Tuscany? Remember to check out the calendar for Tuscany events during the month of October and the many select festivals that happen in this great region.
Getting back to what's going on in Florence and surroundings in October, here are our selections of what we consider some of the most important or interesting events you could go to.
Author's Note: This article was last updated on September 22, 2019, 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). If they have not yet been posted keep checking in with us...or better yet, write us on the Forum
State Museums in Florence | FREE ENTRANCE | 1° Sunday of the Month
What a wonderful occasion!
It is a standing appointment on the first Sunday of every month (October 7), 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 | COLLEZIONISTI IN PIAZZA | 1st Sunday of Oct
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 Oct
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 handcrafts, vintage and delicious typical foods and all of it this is just outside in the countryside surrounding Florence.
Fortezza da Basso | ANTIQUES FAIR | 3° weekend of Oct
Looking for something special is a recurrent date
An unmissable occasion for grabbing unique and even prestigious antique pieces.
Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | Every 4th Sunday of Oct
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 Oct
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.
Barberino | TARTUFO BIANCO E NERO | last weekend of October
Another festival dedicated to truffle this time, in Mugello
A manifestation that has become part of the local and Tuscan tradition: a market exhibition dedicated to the white and black truffle, with truffle hunting demonstrations for children and grown-ups and typical stands spread out all over the city center.
City center | SANTA REPARATA | Oct 8
Florence co-patron saint feast
A celebration of the co-patron saints Santa Reparata with a procession in medieval dress in the afternoon at 3:45 pm from Piazza di Parte Guelfa to the crypt of the Roman saint at the Cathedral. Legend tells us that this Roman saint interceded in a battle which was one of the defining events in establishing Christianity in Florence. The present-day Cathedral has long since been built on the ruins of a building with paleo-Christian origins and which is partially visitable under the floor of Santa Maria del Fiore today.
SS Annunziata Square | CERAMIC FAIR | Oct 5 & 7
An international exposition of the best of the ceramic productions
Surrounded by the spectacular backdrop of this Florentine square, this exhibition will give you the opportunity to wander around stands of ceramic artisans coming from all over the world and admire some of the best quality productions ever. There are also many workshops dedicated to children under the Loggiati degli Innocenti, who will have the chance to practice with this ceramic artifacts realization!
Certaldo | BOCCACCESCA | Oct 4 - 5 - 6
Traditional festival named after the famous Tuscan poet
This is one of the most interesting festivals focused on local products and flavors I personally have ever take part in! All the most representative food specialties of the area will be available for taste testing, together with stands of local handicrafts products and - obviously - wine. Cultural, culinary initiatives for children and adults as well, workshops and special guests for three days dedicated to Tuscany and the fall flavors.
Impruneta | FESTA DI SAN LUCA | Oct 12 - 20
the oldest livestock fairs in all of Europe
The fair of San Luca was first documented in the 1600s. Even in today's modern and hectic lifestyle, it remains an important moment, as seen by this quote:
The lives of the people of Impruneta revolved around ‘La Fiera' or ‘The Fair.' They lived their lives waiting for The Fair so that they could enjoy some honest and healthy fun; they would wait until The Fair to ask their Madonna for an indulgence; to take a spin on the Merry-Go-Round; to profess their love to their beloved or to buy a new umbrella. […]' Leo Codacci, from The Most Beautiful Town in the World or Il Paese più Bello del Mondo (Officine Grafiche, Firenze, 1968
Official Website: www.fierasanluca.it appears to be under construction at the moment
Piazza Santo Spirito | FIERUCOLINA D'AUTUNNO | Oct 21
Fall is knocking at Florence doors
Bargain hunter or not, a stroll around the Florentine markets is always a fun way to lose yourself for a bit. Besides the regular markets which run every month, there are a few in October with a distinct fall flavor. The city markets offer secret surprises in the way of local suppliers who set up shop, treasures pulled out for the flea markets and artisans who display their wares. This is one of our favorites and the perfect opportunity to explore the handicrafts and artisans of the area.
Fortezza da Basso | FLORENCE BIENNALE: MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE | 18 - 27 Oct 2019
Marradi | CHESTNUT FESTIVAL | October 6, 13, 20 & 28
An event not to miss out on!
The celebrated Marradi Chestnut Festival is a truly unique way to explore the fall colors in Mugello and the fall flavors. Even more exciting is reserving your spot on the steam engine that runs from Pistoia with stops in Prato, Florence, and Pontassieve.
It travels to Borgo San Lorenzo where you will change to another vintage train up to the chestnut sagra. You will have time to run through the varied and special countryside of Mugello, explore the sagra, eat some (lots) of chestnuts and head back home again all in one memorable afternoon. The train ride requires reservations.
Vicchio | CHESTNUT FESTIVAL | Oct. 13 & 20
Marroni from Mugello, typical autumn fruit
Another festival dedicated to this delicious fall fruit and the other local product, surrounded by faithful reenactments of the ancient crafts.
Montaione | TARTUFESTA | Last Weekend of October
Surrounded by the picturesque backdrop of the Villa Serena courtyard and spread out all along the historical center of Montaione, this festival houses many stands showing off truffles and other typical products of this location, like chestnut, honey, olive oil, cheese and more. An event that was originally organized like a local festival and has gradually grown in importance, becoming an important market exhibition.