What's on in Florence in 2016
Mid-February: Ivrea Carnival - if you want to go 4 hours by train from Florence to the Ivrea Carnival then you can experience people going nuts throwing oranges at each other!
February 24–30: Brian May & Kerry Ellis perform in concert at Teatro Saschall!
February 29–30: Fiorentina v Napoli - both teams are having a great season and this is a top of the table clash!
February 26: Negrita in concert – this popular Italian band will be performing at the Vox Club!
March 4–30: the popular DJ David Morales plays in Florence at Naif - great chance for fans.
March 8–30: Luca Carboni continues his tour through Italy by playing at Teatro Saschall in Florence!
March 10: Negrita in concert – this popular Italian band will once again be performing but this time at Teatro Saschall!
March 27 2016: Easter Sunday Florence celebrates this with a spectacular “Scoppio del Carro” which is an exploding carriage full of fireworks in Florence city centre right next to the Duomo aka Florence Cathedral)
March 28: Easter Monday (some shops closed and museums all closed)
April/May: at the end of April beginning of way there is national week of culture i.e. “settimana della cultura” this is across the whole peninsula Cultural Heritage Week exact dates to be advised)
April 10–13: Vinitaly, Verona (wine festival only a few hours away by train and well worth a visit)
April 25: Italian Liberation Day (national holiday), its also St. Mark’s Day, Venice
Early May: a fairly recent event is the Florence Festival of ice Cream or the Gelato Festival Firenze as its known here in Tuscany
May 1: May Day / Labour Day – this is the worker’s day holiday and is across the whole of Italy most shops are shut especially Florence where the town council is extremely left wing , champagne communists as they are known to the Florentines !
May 5: Feast of the Ascension Day a religious festival nationwide.
May 8 (this is 90% confirmed but the): Festa del Grillo, Florence (Festival of the Cricket, music, entertainment, food, crickets sold in cages)
May 17 or 23 dates to be confirmed: Sagra del Limone Monterosso, le Cinque Terre (pure lemon food festival and only a 90 minute drive from Florence city centre.)
May 26 2016: Feast Day of the Corpus Christi
May 31–30: the band Yes are coming to Florence at Teatro Saschall - "Yes" we hear you all say!
June: Pitti Uomo Summer – when the Winter Fashions are unveiled. Florence Fortezza da Basso.
June – August: Verona Opera season
June 1–30: Annual Flower Display, Florence (a massive carpet of flowers on main square in Florence)
June 2: Anniversary of the Republic
June 16–17: Festival of St. Ranieri, Pisa (illuminated facades, candles all along the Arno with a beautiful fireworks display and a boat regatta)
June 24: St. John the Baptist Day, Rome; Festival of St. John the Baptist who is Florence’s official saint , the celebrations include processions with floats, dancing, boat races, football in costume or costume di calico also known as Calcio Fiorentino, Florence (costumed soccer game played by some pretty tough fellows including some former inmates… the games are played on Santa Croce square.)
Late June–early September: Florence’s once a year outdoor cinema film festival (contemporary films only)
July 2: Palio horse race, Siena – we included this here because it’s a fabulous occasion and not to be missed !
July 4: Wilco in Concert, – the band come to play in Florence at Piazza Castello!
July 9–30: a fairly new even the Florence Dance Festival is for all levels or just take part by watching !
July 9–30: Van Morrison & Tom Jones - legends in their own right, perform at Piazza Napoleone
July 30: Andrea Bocelli, – the famous singer performs at the ironically titled Teatro del Silenzio!
August 15: Ferragosto (Feast of the Assumption; everywhere will be shut)
August 16: the second and final Palio horse race of the year , held in the main square of Siena
September 7: Festa della Rificolona, Florence (children’s procession holding torches and lanterns, street performers including jugglers and musicians)
September 13–14: Volto Santo, Lucca only 30 minutes from Florence