Festival / Food & Drink Event
May 24–26, 2013 Gelato lovers indulge themselves at the annual Firenze Gelato Festival. Held for nine days in May, the 2013 Firenze Gelato Festival takes place at a wide range of venues in Florence. Gelato was invented in Florence way back in the 17th ... moreThroughout the city
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
May 24–Jun 25, 2013 Teatro Del Maggio Music lovers enjoy two months of classical works at the annual Maggio Musicale Florentino Festival. Held from May through June, the 2013 Maggio Musicale Florentino Festival takes place at popular venues like the Teatro Comunale and Piccolo ... more
Via del Corse
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
May 24–Aug 18, 2013 Palazzo Strozzi The exhibition proposes to illustrate, in theme-based Sections, the origin of what is still known today as the "miracle" of the Renaissance in Florence, doing so principally through masterpieces of sculpture, the branch of figurative art in ... more
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
May 24–Jul 28, 2013 Palazzo Strozzi
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
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
Party Earth Review Le Pavoniere (The Peacock’s House) is the city’s summer oasis where there’s always a relaxing atmosphere under the sun and a tropical party under the stars. The extraordinary resort setup features a large swimming pool and clubhouse that swarm with activity during the day when families, kids, and ... more
Via della Catena, 4
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
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.