The 2014 Tempo Reale Festival, or Real Time Festival, held annually in October since 2008, is the product of the Tempo Reale Institute, founded by Italian composer Luciano Berio. The weeklong Tempo Reale Festival is dedicated to music ... moreLimonaia di Villa Strozzi
Via Pisana 77
Party Earth Review Perched atop a hill on the south side of the Arno, Piazzale Michelangelo offers a breathtakingly expansive view of Florence, making it a popular spot for residents and tourists alike. The front of the Piazzale looks out over the Palazzo Vecchio, Duomo, and beyond to the hills of Fiesole. Though the place is usually over ... more
Musica dei Popoli 2014 is an ethnic and folk music festival held annually in Florence, Italy. The festival, which is sponsored by the Fondazione Lavoratori Officine Galileo, began in 1979 and was one of the first of its kind in the world ... moreAuditorium Flog
Via Michele Mercati, 24
Party Earth Review A charming square with lots of personality – and refreshingly removed from the main tourist areas – Piazza Santo Spirito is a popular hangout for Italians of all ages. What differentiates this square from others in the city is the more bohemian crowd it attracts and that generally gathers on the steps of the basilica to ... more
Piazza Santo Spirito
Expo / Conference / Convention
Party Earth Review One of Florence’s most famous landmarks, Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is a structural masterpiece that has been home to merchants and traders since at least 1345 – though the medieval butcher shops have since been replaced by jewelers, art dealers, and souvenir sellers. While hordes of tourists pack Ponte Vecchio during the ... more
Shoppers stock up on diverse offerings at the annual Fiera di Firenze. This massive shopping festival offers food, wine, antiques, collectibles, and handcrafted products. Along with the shopping, Fiera di Firenze features live music, cocktails ... moreFortezza da Basso
Viale Filippo Strozzi, 1
Party Earth Review A massive stone piazza that stretches from the steps of the Basilica Santa Croce to the street, Piazza Santa Croce is a refreshing open area featuring beautiful frescoes, an impressive statue of Dante Alighieri, and plenty of renaissance Florentine architecture, all of which can be admired from the scattered stone benches ... more
Piazza Santa Croce
Party Earth Review One of the most famous gardens in the world, Boboli sits on a picturesque hill overlooking the south of Florence and is an incredible place to spend an afternoon. A short uphill trek at the entrance leads to some breathtaking views of the city, while further along visitors will find lush grassy areas and private nooks ... more
Piazza de' Pitti, 1
Party Earth Review The Chianti region, located about twenty miles south of Florence, is a beautiful area famous for its red wines and picturesque panoramas and makes for a wonderful day trip away from the city. The region contains numerous vineyards, both world-renowned and underground, where visitors can take tours and sample different wines ... more
South of Florence
Party Earth Review Overlooking the skyline of Florence is Fiesole, a small hill town that offers some of the most breathtaking views of the city at sunset. A quick bus trip lets passengers out at Piazza Garibaldi, from where they need only follow the signs up Via San Francesco. Although the ten-minute walk is a bit steep, trekkers are rewarded ... more
Party Earth Review One of the most popular gathering spots in the city, Dolce Vita is a chic little bar whose buzz of activity draws a stylish and flirtatious crowd of young professionals and locals that often overflows into the piazza. Although a separate wine bar offers an impressive selection of wines, the centerpiece of the venue is the ... more
Piazza del Carmine
While the fantastic nightlife is always a good time, there are as many things to do in Florence by day as by night.
Lovers of art and architecture will be especially busy as the city is chockfull of incredible museums like the Uffizi and the Galleria dell’Accademia, as well as intimate and pristine parks, and of course all the historical landmarks and breathtaking feats of architecture like the Duomo.
Gorgeous as the surroundings are, however, one of the biggest draws in Florence is the shopping, which is a veritable Olympic event in this city. Side street boutiques and the upscale shops on Via dei Tamburini provide stunning window displays to lure fashionistas inside for the latest in Italian design, while more budget-conscious shoppers will find plenty to drool over at the many street markets, where vendors sell clothing, leather, souvenirs, and fresh foods.
And, of course, the region offers even more events and things to do for those who want to venture outside the city limits, from charming medieval towns to outdoor wine tours in the enchanting Chianti countryside.