Visiting Florence in September means to explore a city and its surroundings in an explosion of flavors and local events. The grapes are ready to be harvested, there is a slight chill in the temps which will ripen the last of the fresh fruit and there is an excitement in the air for the long-established events which celebrate the fertility of the land and the beauty of the season including many fairs, re-enactments … And of course sagras which exalt the many traditional dishes that start to become available with the change of the season.
If you have the time between visiting museums, churches and exhibitions, the city of Florence and the nearby towns will amaze you with their color, their pageantry and their serendipity.
We are constantly updating the dates for the new year, 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. Traveling around Tuscany, and not just in Florence? Remember to check out the the many select events that happen all over the region.
This is also the month when you can find lots of exciting things happening in vineyards throughout the region, read here to find out some of the more popular events in wine this month. September has the city of Prato hopping with lots of activities, check out the calendar.
Be sure to take note of the events that whet your appetite for color, local fun and delicious treats for your travels through Tuscany this September:
State Museums in Florence | FREE ENTRANCE | September 3
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 September
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 September
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.
Fortezza da Basso | ANTIQUES & FLEA MARKET | 3rd weekend in September
on the lawn of the Medici fortress
In the shadow of the Florence Fortress da Basso, you can visit small stands with vintage and antique treasures. From 9 am til 7:30 pm you can stroll and find unique souvenirs
Florence, city center | RIFICOLONA | Sept 7
a classical Florentine tradition
The Festa della Rificolona is one of the more classic folkloric events in the city center of Florence and as a visitor, it is very easy for you to participate. The parade wanders through the streets of Florence with colorful glowing lanterns; it is a game and a show at the same time. Read our article to learn more about Festa della Rificolona
Florence, city center | CARRO MATTO | 4th Sunday of September
a picturesque event in the streets of Florence
At the end of the month (24th of September, 2017), you can follow the Florentines through the streets as they salute the arrival of the first bottles of wine for the new season. Watch as the traditional white oxen pull a wine laden "carro" (wagon) through the streets and present it in front of the Piazza della Signoria, with parade in historical costume and performance by the flag-throwers of the city. Read our article for more details about the Carro Matto
Scarperia | DIOTTO | Sept 8
In Mugello, the area that gave us the Medici family, in the little town called Scarperia, tradition has them dedicating almost an entire week to celebrating with food, music, and lots of activities the founding of the city in 1308 by Florentine government. Read here and find out what to expect at the Diotto celebration
Fucecchio | SALAMARZANA | Sept 2 - 3
A Medieval Festival
Set in the city center of Fucecchio this fair revisits the historic games, entertainment and foods found along the via Francigena. The streets, courtyards, gardens and town squares lend themselves to recreate a special ambiance in costume including visits to the towers and palazzos. You will find stands with artisans, military camps, music, magicians and dancers and more which will drag you back into yesteryear. Official Website
Florence | CAPRICCIO ITALIANO | Sept TBA
a full immersion in the great music of Italy
A select series of concerts dedicated to great Italian composers (Vivaldi, Corelli, Pergolesi, Caccini, Albinoni, Rossini, Verdi...)
Poggio Caiano | ASSEDIO | Sept 15 -17
the villa in siege
Organized between the town and the villa, Poggio Caiano opens its doors to yesteryear and fireworks, markets with antique traditions and lots of shows featuring falcons, fire eaters and poets. Relive the past at this spectacular villa just outside of Florence. Official Website
Pontassieve | COOKSTOCK | Sept 8 - 10
cooking creatively in Tuscany
In a country where food is a part of the national heritage, you can’t help but love a city where international and Italian chefs are brought together in the many historic palazzos throughout the town to teach their special tricks of the trade.
Certaldo | SAGRA DEI CIPOLLA DI CERTALDO | Aug 24 - Sept 3
dedicated to the majestic Onion of Certaldo
And let's not forget the activities which highlight the fantastic flavor of the Cipolla di Certaldo (the Certaldo Onion). The locals declare "La vita è troppo corta per mangiare e bere male," which means that "Life is too short to eat and drink poorly" and they have a wide selection of secret recipes which will tantalize your tastebuds...all using their famous onion. Check out the Facebook page for an official program of events:
Londa | SAGRA DELLA PESCA BIANCA | second Sunday of September
the Queen of Fruit, the White Peach
But if your tastes go more to the sweeter products of the land then just a bit southeast of Florence is Londa and its celebration of the late ripening peach (the White Queen). It takes place on the second Sunday of September with activities and fireworks on the lake, awards for the best product, concerts and even a food festival highlighting (peaches of course) and polenta.
Impruneta | FESTA DELL’UVA | last Sunday of September
91st Edition of the Festival of the Grapes
It wouldn’t be Tuscany if they didn’t celebrate the harvest of the grapes, like they do in Impruneta who has a whole month of planned activities and then sums it all up with a huge market in the town square on September 24th with local foods and parades. Official Website
Greve in Chianti | CHIANTI EXPO | Sept 7 - 10
wine, wine and more wine
However, if you would much rather celebrate the finished product, then you need to head to Chianti and the wine EXPO. Local producers will have bottles to sample with the purchase of a souvenir glass, you can then stroll through the small town with the stands showcasing their finished products and inhaling the atmosphere of Greve in Chianti and the vendemmia (grape harvest).
Figline Val d’Arno | PALIO DI SAN ROCCO | Sept 1 - 5
44th Edition of the Race of Saint Rocco
Fun filled days celebrating the bounty of the harvest and the long held tradition of the Palio of San Rocco. There are farmer’s markets, events for all ages and music centering around the trails and final race for the Palio. Check out the Facebook page for an official program of events: Palio di San Rocco
Villa Cerreto Guidi | FESTINA LENTE | TBA
If you prefer a more controlled environment, where exacting detail has been given to the menu in a fortified hunting lodge built in 1556, then reserve your spot at the dinner “Festina Lente” at the villa Cerreto Guidi. The name of this event literally means "make haste slowly" (one of those sayings that requires a glass or two of wine before it begins to make any sense!) In this case, you are tasting a selection of special dishes in honor of Cosimo I.
Piazza dei Ciompi, Florence | MERCATINO | last weekend of September
looking for a bargain at the flea market?
It’s always fun to explore the treasures of a town like Florence and the monthly antique fairs are just the place to do that. It's all about the fun of "maybe" finding something special to take home as a reminder of your holidays. The Flea Market in Piazza dei Ciompi is on the last weekend of every month; they set up early around the permanent antique stands. Get there early and start snooping to get the best deals, there is a wide assortment of old and new.
Fortezza da Basso, Florence | MERCATINO | the third weekend of September
something special and something old...
In the shadow of the Fortezza da Basso, you can stroll through a collection of regulars who set up shop with small antiques and handicrafts, just another great opportunity to find a special reminder of your time in Tuscany.
Piazzale Michelangelo | GELATO FESTIVAL | Sept. 14 - 17
come out and cast your vote
More than 100 unique flavours of Italian-style ice cream, specifically created to celebrate the 2016 Gelato Festival. In every stage-city participate a maximum of 16 of the best ice cream makers in the country that create a never tested before flavor just to challenge for the title of the best Italian-style ice cream. Every Festival venue will also include another 10 totally unique and original flavours, offered by the sponsors, that will not be competing. Official Website
Florence, city center | TORRE SAN NICCOLO’ | September
a view from above
This is the last month that Torre San Niccolò will be open in the evening for tours of the upper levels and a wonderful panoramic view of the city, it’s only open in the evenings and makes a great stop to on your way to Piazzale Michelangelo.
Florence | MEDICI DYNASTY | the entire month of September
the fascinating story of Firenze
Looking to learn a bit more about the artistic and cultural wonders of this Renaissance city? This English theater production will introduce you to the Medici family and the important role they played in the history of Florence contributing to the arts and culture. Read our article for more information about the The Medici Dynasty Theater Production
Florence | CORRI LA VITA | Sept. 24
contribute to the future
For those who want to contribute in a different way to the future, you can sign up for the Corri la Vita run, to raise awareness of breast cancer. There is a long run and a short run which follows through the streets of Florence, a great way to meet with the locals and bond over a meaningful cause. Participation in the short run also gives you free entrance into some of the museums in the city center after 2pm. It is possible to register on the day before or you can register online.