Summer activities in Florence

Summer activities in Florence

Discover the best events in Florence this summer

Florence is home to some of the most world-renowned galleries and historic landmarks, making it the perfect place for exploration. Between the Piazzale Michelangelo and the Boboli Gardens, every corner of the city is its own work of art. This summer is packed with cultural festivals, Florentine concerts, and plenty of events to plan for the perfect summer vacation.

Keep in mind that July and August are generally the warmest and busiest months of the year in Florence. Florence is smaller than Rome and a very walkable city, however it is important to plan for the heat during the summer months. So, as you take it all in, be sure to stay hydrated, pack for warm weather, and grab plenty of gelato!

The Best Things to Do in Florence this summer

  • View the beautiful artwork displayed in Pitti Palace, formerly owned by the Medici family, one of the most influential families of Florence;
  • Sip on delectable wines at this spectacular Wine Tasting while strolling through the beautiful city;
Summer activities in Florence
  • Walk through the Uffizi Gallery and gaze upon Florence’s most beloved art;
Summer activities in Florence
  • Sight-see the beautiful city by Bike Tour in just under three hours;
  • Join in on the unique Vintage Fashion Tour of Florence, where a fashion specialist will educate you on how to find vintage Italian clothing, shoes and much more;
  • Enjoy a walk through the Giardino Torrigiani followed by dining and cocktails in nearby open-air restaurant, Serre Torrigiani;
Summer activities in Florence
  • Explore the beautiful Tuscan hills of Chianti with a half-day Wine Tour, paired with exquisite Tuscan wine and food for an elevated experience

What events are in Florence in the summer?

Festa di San Lorenzo

The Festa di San Lorenzo is one of the most popular festivals in Florence, with traditional Tuscan fair and live music. The event takes place on August 10th at Piazza San Lorenzo.

Summer Concerts

Don’t miss out on Florence’s special concerts including the amazing Decibel Open Air Music Festival in September. With a broad range of music styles, you are sure to find a concert worth seeing!

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Make sure to check out the world renowned, historical Maggio Musicale Florentino Festival throughout the duration of summer.

Summer activities in Florence

Apriti Cinema

Don’t miss the open-air theater in the Piazzale degli Uffizi hosted by Apriti Cinema from June 26th to August 7th with free admission. Each night there will be a different feature film, ranging from popular Florentine movies to internationally acclaimed films. Make sure to stop by the Uffizi for an unforgettable movie night in one of Florence’s most famous cultural spots.

Cinema Under the Stars

In addition to Apiriti Cinema, there are several other open-air cinema experiences offered in Florence this summer. Enjoy a moonlight movie at one of the many outdoor theaters showing films throughout the coming months.

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Firenze dall’Alto Festival

Firenze Dall‘alto Festival is back this summer and more popular than ever. This exceptional and unique Florentine experience showcases 10 different events: from concerts, talks, tours, and more in all different locations. This one-of-a-kind experience allows you to get a different perspective on Florence culture from all angles.

Musart Firenze Festival

Every summer, the spectacular Musart Firenze Festival brings the city to life. Located on the stage in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, this unique experience will show case exciting concerts and popular international music, as well as free events and photographic displays. Check out the calendar and plan for a night full of festival fun.

Florence Folks Festival

Florence Folks Festival is a lively and dynamic festival that showcases authentic Florentine culture. This event pairs traditional regional eats with live music and activities for people of all ages. Get involved with local artists and vendors and enjoy this lively summer party in Florence.

Festa della Rificolona

On September 7 of every year, Festa della Rificolona – or Florence’s Festival of Paper Lanterns – is celebrated with a procession beginning at 8pm from Piazza Santa Felicita to Piazza SS. Annunziata.  The festival — a longstanding Florentine tradition originating in the 17th century — is intended to celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary. It recalls the tradition of farmers who made pilgrimages to Santissima Annunziata to honor the Virgin Mary and used colorful lanterns at night to light their journeys. In the present day, this tradition is carried on as residents of Florence carry unique lanterns in a procession each year, lighting the streets of Florence.

Carro Matto

Each year, at the end of September, Florence celebrates the Carro Matto – or “Crazy Cart” – a tradition that has been carried out for centuries, honoring the transportation of wine from Chianti Rufina to Florence that began during the Renaissance to honor the Bishop and Signoria. On the last Saturday of September at 3:30pm, the parade starts at Piazza del Duomo – you don’t want to miss this exciting Florentine tradition!

Estate Fiorentina

From June 2 to September 21, Estate Fiorentina has an impressive lineup of events to enjoy in the city. From art, music, cinema, and theater to festivals and retrospectives on musician Giorgio Gaber and priest Don Milani – there is something offered for everyone to celebrate the rich cultural activity of Florence. Check out the events lineup here.

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