While May was full of all kinds of events (wine, cars, gelato, etc.), June is one the most special "Florentine" months of the year. The infamous Calcio Storico takes place, as well as the Festa di San Giovanni, the patron saint of Florence. Together these are two of Florence's oldest traditions.
We'll update the Festa di San Giovanni information as soon as I can find an official schedule. The day is the 24th (as always), which is a Monday this year - just not sure if that is also the night of the fireworks show (but I think it is). This is the poster from 2011 - "I fochi di San Giovanni"
February 16, 2016, The "Black Rooster" labels in a unique collection The preview tasting of the 2015, 2014 vintages and the 2013 Riserva and Gran Selezione in the presence of more than 150 producers.
Tasting of the 2015 Chianti Classico DOP Olive Oil.
The event is reserved exclusively for trade professionals.
FIRENZE, STAZIONE LEOPOLDA - v.le Fratelli Rosselli, 5 (Porta al Prato)
Running from 27 to 31 January at the Stazione Leopolda, Vintage Selection is the fair for clothing, accessories and design vintage objects, held to coincide with Pitti Filati 78. A fashion lab that looks to fashion from the past and an immense archive that provides creative ideas for designers, this 27th edition of Vintage Selection in increasingly closer linked to the world and themes of Pitti Filati. Exhibitors and visitors will be attracted, as always, by a rich array of new entries, in a true festival of vintage culture that offers opportunities for shopping, culture and entertainment.
To make this relationship even closer and more productive, the Fortezza da Basso will host an exhibition/display of the collections on show at Vintage Selection, inspired by “Pitti Generation(s)”, the theme guiding the winter shows, dedicated to overcoming traditional generational barriers in contemporary fashion.
In the same way, the theme guiding the Vintage Selection 27 is “V Generation”: the “Generazione Vintage” will inspire VVV VERY VINTAGE VISION, an installation-show at the Leopolda, with concept and art direction by Angelo Figus, featuring a selection of icon outfits supplied by exhibitors at the show.
It's May in Florence - and that can only mean one thing - FLORENCE GELATO FESTIVAL! The Florence Gelato Festival has been moved to September 1st through 4th in 2015!
Oops! I spoke too soon - the Gelato Festival started in Florence too - on the Notte Bianca! It will come back to close the festival's road tour in September.
Another personal favorite May event is the Mille Miglia road rally. This is an old event - and was featured in a scene of Fellini's Amarcord. This year's edition takes place from May 14th to 17tth and comes through the heart of Florence on Saturday, May 16th.
If you like flowers, the Iris Garden, up near the Piazzale Michelangelo, is only open in late April and early May each year - this is something really not to be missed if you are in Florence this month (Opening hours: April 25th – 20th of May, Monday to Friday from 10 am – 12:30 pm and from 3 pm – 7 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 7 pm.).
And of course April Ends with the Notte Bianca that runs into the morning of May 1, or May Day, which is widely celebrated as a holiday throughout most of the world.
Overall another amazing, busy month of great events. There are also many other small markets and fairs in May, see our Florence Events Calendar for additional dates.
(*It can actually mean many things)
Some events for March 2015:
Sunday March 8th is the Festa della Donna.
For foodies Taste 10, the fair dedicated to excellence in taste and food lifestyles, is happening from March 7th to 9th.
Check our Florence Events calendar for more specifics.
Twice a year the fashion world comes to Florence for Pitti Uomo - the premiere fashion buying event for men's fashion. You can't get into the trade show without being connected to the industry in some way, but if you are into fashion and/or people watching, you can stand (along with other people - sometimes other famous fashion bloggers) and watch the crowd go by or take photos. One winter I was next to the Sartorialist for a bit and got a couple snaps of him taking photos. I think one of the reasons his photos are so good is the angle he gets - he is a pretty short guy!
Here are a couple of people coming and going:
I have been remiss in not posting about this sooner - but - it is a super worthy cause and coming down to the wire. As I write, the project is only a few thousand dollars away from being funded. If you know anyone who loves Florence, Italy, art, culture, architecture - please share this post and help them to reach their goal. Just two days left to help!
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Florence marks the beginning and end of November with a huge historical date and an international sporting event: the somber remembrance of one of this cities worst tragedies, the epic Flood of 1966 on November 4th, contrasted by the lively Firenze Marathon, traditionally held near the month's end.
In between there is the annual Olive harvest in Tuscany and usually plenty of chances to taste the first fresh pressings of the year. One of the best usually takes place in Pizza Santa Croce, the "La Rassegna dell’Olio di Reggello".
November also brings the nearly month long White Truffle Festival (La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco) in the hill top town of San Miniato, along with dozens of other events and happenings (info here in Italian - runs into December).
Depending on the year the ceremonies that mark the anniversary of the flood can be quite large (like on the 40th in 2006) or so lowkey it is hard to find to find out what is happening unless you can speak and read Italian. What you will probably see all over town are shop owners hanging their photos from that fateful day, especially in the hardest hit areas like Santa Croce - many are probably already up so keep your eyes open!
As to the Marathon - if you plan to enjoy it remember one thing: stay out of the way! And if you are just visiting make sure you draw a circle around the date this year - the town is pretty much shut down. You can forget driving anywhere until well after dark usually, and most of the streets are closed all around the center of town and beyond for several hours starting early in the morning. Use public transport where available, or either plan to just spend the day in the city or out.
And don't forget to bring you umbrella in November and something warm to wear - the weather can change quickly this time of year, and the rain can be torrential!