Tuscany is blossoming this Spring with myriad events showcasing the best wine, food, music and contemporary art. Whether you’re after the latest art exhibitions, operas, rock concerts, food or flower festivals, our spring round-up will help you experience the magical atmosphere of the season at some of the most unexpected locations. From historical gardens and villas to walled towns, from ancient palaces to modern architecture, here are 16 spring events not to miss.
Flowers and gardens
(Florence, May, 18 to 21) This four-day showcase features almost 100 craftsmen and women who recreate their workshops and show their skills in the magical garden and conservatory of Palazzo Corsini.
(Lucca, March 31, April 1st and 2nd) On April 1st and 2nd, more than 150 Italian and foreign exhibitors (plant nursery owners and garden furniture vendors) will display their wares along the walls of Lucca.
(Pieve S. Andrea di Compiti, March 11 to 26) From March 11 to 26 Pieve S. Andrea di Compito in Capannori (Lucca area) becomes the capital of Camellias. You can visit the Camellietum Compitese: a botanical garden with over 1000 camellia varieties.
(Collodi, April 15 to 25) As part of the special events scheduled for the Open week of Montecatini and Valdinievole, from April 15 to 25 there will be a special free guide service at Garzoni garden and Pinocchio park.
(Manciano, April 1st; 15, 24 and May 6) Guided walks in the countryside of Manciano and free workshops to learn the art of recognising, collecting and cooking with wild herbs.
(Florence, April 24 to June 26) Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is a two month-long festival with opera, concerts and ballet featuring international artists. It’s the oldest music festival in Italy, and takes place in the superb Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze. To see this year’s programme check out the Maggio Fiorentino’s official site.
(Florence, June 14) On June 14 Radiohead, one of the most influential bands of the last few decades will be in Florence to launch their new album “A moon shaped pool”, a blend of genres from alternative to electronic, art rock to hip hop, and pop to psychedelia.
Food and Wine
(Florence, April 21 to 25) From April 21 to 25 the Gelato festival is back in Florence, showcasing the best gelato flavours made by the most famous ice cream-making masters.
(Montespertoli, May 27 to June 4) A full week of wine tastings, exhibitions, conferences shows, music and fun activities in the capital of Chianti.
(San Giovanni d’Asso April 18 and 26) On Sunday 18 and 26 March, San Giovanni d’Asso will host its local Truffle Fair: special menus, cooking shows, truffle hunts, horseback rides and cycling through the truffle-dotted reserve. On March 19 you can reach San Giovanni d’Asso traveling aboard the Treno Natura (Nature Train), the steam train which departs from and returns to Siena.
(Siena area, from March 19) From March 19 to May the Nature Train is back in Siena, offering countless chances to travel through unusual landscapes and discover hidden villages and timeless tastes aboard a vintage train.
(Seravezza, until April 17) Three months of exhibitions, seminars, meetings and the best in international photography and other in-depth events in the beautiful setting of Palazzo Mediceo in Seravezza.
(Florence, March 10 to July 23) From 10 March to 23 July 2017 the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi will host “Bill Viola.Electronic Renaissance”: a significant exhibition celebrating this unchallenged master of video art.
(Pisa, June 16) Pisa’s Lungarni are illuminated every year on June 16 in the festival of the Luminara of San Ranieri. Over 70,000 wax candles in glass containers are placed on buildings, bridges, churches, towers and along the Arno to light up the city.
(Florence, April 16) On Easter Sunday, a cart, packed full of fireworks is lit and provides a historic spectacle in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore.
(Massa Marittima, Last Sunday of May) In May, Massa Marittima returns to this golden age for the biannual Balestro del Girifalco, one of the biggest and most impressive reenactments in Southern Tuscany. During this event, 24 archers compete, 8 for each of the Terzieri, the groups into which the city is divided.