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 the each year however, if they have not yet been posted by official sites then we write in TBA (to be announced) - so keep checking in with us...or write us on the Forum.
Want to explore all of Tuscany? Remember to check out the calendar for Tuscany events during the month of October and the many select festival that happen in this great region.
City center | SANTA REPARATA | Oct 8
Florence co-patron saint feast
Celebration of the co-patron saint 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.
City Center | STATE MUSEUM FREE ENTRANCE | 1° Sunday of Oct
What a wonderful occasion!
Every first Sunday of the month is free entrance into all of the Italian state museums; the MiBACT always proposes new and different initiatives, like that in September when, in occasion of the Venice Film Festival, has dedicated the Sunday free entrance day to all those state museums and archaeological sites involved with a cinema production. Check their website for more info.
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.
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.
Piazza Santo Spirito | FIERUCOLINA D'AUTUNNO | Oct 16
Fall is knocking at Florence doors
Bargin 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 flavour. 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 the perfect opportunity to explore the handicrafts and artisans of the area.
S.Stefano al Ponte Church | INCREDIBLE FLORENCE | Till Nov 2
A jump back in Florence history
A multimedia exposition rich in special effects and 3D reconstructions with videos and sound effects that will guide you throught the discovery of the Florentine history: last chances to take part in this unique, wonderful and captivating jump back in time.
S.Stefano al Ponte Church | LEONARDO DA VINCI'S WAR MACHINE EXPO | Till Oct 31
In occasion of the "Incredible Florence" exposition, you'll have the chance to visit another incredible show: full sized reproductions of the Leonardo da Vinci's war machines, perfectly working and realized by the Martelli's family - whose blacksmith and armorer tradition dates back to the XVIth century - following the original projects of the genial Tuscan inventor.
Tornabuoni Gallery | MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART | Till Nov 29
Antologia scelta 2016: Free entrance modern & contemporary art exposition
Another appointment with a selected collection of modern and contemporary works of art offered by the Tornabuoni Gallery with free entrance for everyone; on show, there are many masterpieces by some of the most international renowned artist of this time, like Picasso and De Chirico, just to mention a few.
City Center | MERCATI IN MUSICA | Till Oct 15
Unusual locations for one-of-a-kind concerts
Normally reserved for a daily market where you can explore the culinary delights of Tuscany, the memorable and most famous markets of Florence - like San Ambrogio, San Lorenzo and the Loggia del Porcellino - will host the manifestation “Mercati in Musica”, that has become a tradition for the months of September and October in Florence, aimed to give life to the historical markets of the city during the night with concerts and other interesting cultural initiatives, all with free entrance. For the grand final, an amazing gospel concert is on schedule, by the One Voice Gospel Choir and All For One Choir (Saturday, October 15 at 7.30pm at the San Lorenzo Church). More info on the official website, which has to be still updated with the October dates.
Horticulture Garden | PLANTS & FLOWERS | Oct 1 & 2
A fall exhibition of a multifarious collection of flowers and plants
In the spectacular setting of the The Horticulture Gardens in Florence (Via Bolognese, 17), built in the mid 1800’s you can wander around the gardens and admire a colorful autumn display of colors, flowers and more. This 650-square-meter “crystal palace” that was original meant to be a greenhouse but it also served as a magnificent setting for shows and exhibitions.
SS Annunziata Square | CERAMIC FAIR | Oct 1 & 2
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 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!
Impruneta | ST. LUKE FEAST | Oct 15-23
Florentine countryside traditional event
This is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the pageantry of the Florence countryside. The highlights include a parade with colorful floats, an animal fair (18th October) where you can watch as horses and other animals are traded and of course, there is a wide selection of local terracotta artisans, seasonal foods and music during the course of the day. There is even a display with the Italian cowboys “butteri”. Since this fair is mentioned as one of the oldest European fairs - it definitely merits a visit. Check the calendar for the complete list of the events in program. Impruneta is easily reachable so even if you are in the city without a car, this is still very do-able.
Le Sieci | SAGRA DEL FRITTO | Oct 8-9 & 14-16
One of the most tasty food festival ever
We Italians have a saying: Fritta è buona anche una ciabatta (translates “Everything is good when it is deep fried, even your slippers”) And let’s face it, it might be a cholesterol bomb …. but fried fish, chicken and rabbit...are delicious when served up Tuscan style. The quaint location of Le Sieci, a suburb outside of Pontassieve just south of Florence, is easily accessible by bus/train from the city center.
Marradi | CHESTNUT FESTIVAL | October 9
An event not to miss out on!
The celebrated Marradi Chestnut festival is truly unique way to explore the fall colors in Mugello and the fall flavours. Even more exciting is reserving your spot on the steam engine that runs on the 9th 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. Reservations required.
Palazzuolo sul Senio | CHESTNUT FESTIVAL | Oct 2-30
Not only chestnuts!
The renowned Marrone del Mugello (the prestigious chestnut variety found on the Mugello valley that has been awarded with the IGP qualification) won't be the exclusive protagonist of this festival running throughout all the month of October (held on Sundays only): mushrooms, truffles, underwood fruits & other typical local products will be availabe for tasting and buying as well.
Vicchio | CHESTNUT FESTIVAL | October 9 & 16
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 | Oct 23, 29 & 30
Surrounded by the pictoresque backdrop of the Villa Serena courtyard and spread out all long 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.
Barberino | TARTUFO BIANCO E NERO | Oct 29 & 30
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.
Scandicci | ITINERA 2016 | Oct 30
One of the most delicious stop along the Itinera trip
If you want to venture out to the discovery of the hills that surround the quaint location of Scandicci, you should know by now that Itinera is one of the most interesting event for tasting local products while discovering the beauties of the territory. On October 30, Itinera will stop at the olive mill in Cerbaia for touring the facilities, learning more about olive making and getting a taste of this year’s production.
Certaldo | STEAK & PORCINI FESTIVAL | Oct 3-Nov 6
Tuscan specialties at the table
Starting from October 3, you'll have the chance to taste testing one of the most delicious culinary combination of Tuscany: steak with porcini mushrooms! The festival will take place every week-end till November 6, Certaldo is not too far from Florence and easily reachable...a chance not to be missed out on!
Certaldo | BOCCACCESCA | Oct 7-9
Traditional festival named after the famous Tuscan poet
This is one of the most interesting festival focused on local products and flavours I personally have ever take part in! All the most representative food specialites 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 flavours. Free entrance, Friday - Saturday 11am - 9pm, Sunday 10am - 9pm. More info and the complete program on the official website.