Florence, Italy is a city that is buzzing with excitement and celebrations throughout the year. There are festivals and events suitable for every age, music, food and arts to satisfy every traveller. Check out some of them you won’t want to miss.

February is the perfect time for chocolate lovers. The Piazza della Repubblica is where you will find Florence’s artisan chocolate fair. Learn the history of chocolate and see chocolate making in action. Enjoy samples, games, shows and workshops.

In March, you can attend several different events. Artour-O is a wonderful display of sculpture, painting, photography, and many other art forms. Beginning in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the exhibits wind through the city. Salone del Mobile offers home furnishing solutions from over 200 exhibitors for you to browse through. Head to Fortezza de Basso to learn some great ideas for your home. You can also see the large sculpture competition here. Irlanda in Festa brings you the best of Celtic music and dance. This Irish celebration includes performances, crafts, and of course beer.

April is bursting with excitement in Florence and is perfect for your Easter break. On Easter Sunday in Piazza del Duomo, locals gather for a tradition that is supposed to ensure a good harvest. A rocket is sent flying into a wooden cart and explodes. This Explosion of the Cart is an annual event locals do not miss. The Florence Tango Festival runs through May, and famous international dancers perform for your enjoyment. There are also art exhibitions and much more. Fortezza de Basso is also the site of ART, an awesome arts and crafts fair featuring handicrafts jewellery, clothing, home furnishings and plenty more.

May is a busy time for gardeners at the International Iris Competition. If this isn’t enough fragrance for you, head to Boboli’s Fragrances for a display of herbs, essential oils, and other natural fragrant items. Don’t let your taste buds miss out on all the fun. The Ice Cream Festival in Piazza SS Annunziata, along with other venues, is where you can sample delectable treats from Italy’s best ice cream makers. Activities for children make this a great family event.
June brings one of the oldest music festivals in Italy; the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Enjoy ballet, concerts, opera, and plenty of exhibitions. Single women don’t want to miss out on the Pitti Immagine Uomo where men from all over model the newest styles in men’s clothing. Designer women’s accessories can also be found here.

The photo above shows musicians just before they played Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2008.

The photo above shows musicians just before they played Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2008.

July offers more music with the Opera Festival. Enjoy some world renowned shows at several different venues. Or let In Fortezza being you some rock and roll. Plenty of food is available, and plenty of fun as well. Sesto d’Estate provides still more music for your entertainment. Villa Solaria is the spot for these awesome outdoor concerts. See your favourite artists and enjoy the fireworks at the end.

September is great for wine tasting. Wine Town Florence brings the best of wine tasting to the wine cellars of the city. Florence apartments are a great place to stay after your day of wine tasting.

Children will love the Rificolona festival where they can carry elegant lanterns all around the city streets.

November’s Florence Noel prepares for the holiday season. The Stazione Leopolda is where you will find magically decorated exhibits depicting the North Pole and Father Christmas. Games and activities are abundant.

December brings Japan to Florence with the Japanese festival. Practice silk painting or model a kimono. Watch a Judo demonstration or get a relaxing massage.

The photo above shows an image from the Japanese Festival in Florence.

The photo above shows an image from the Japanese Festival in Florence.


Florence is never boring, no matter what time of year you choose to visit.

Thanks to the team at Another Travel Blog for this article.