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 some spring events not to miss.
Florence, May 17 to 20 May 2018: This four-day showcase features almost 600 craftsmen and women who recreate their workshops and show their skills in the magical garden and conservatory of Palazzo Corsini.
Lucca, April 6 to 8: 200 Italian and foreign exhibitors (plant nursery owners and garden furniture vendors) will display their wares along the walls of Lucca.
Pieve S. Andrea di Compito (Capannori), March 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and April 1 and 2: you can visit the Camellietum Compitese, a botanical garden with over 1000 camellia varieties, and other gardens and villas nearby.
Collodi, March 31, April 2, 7 and 8: as part of the special events scheduled for the Open week of Montecatini and Valdinievole, on April 8 there will be a special free guide service at Villa Garzoni and Pinocchio park.
Florence, May and June: 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 it 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 to 17: after the concert of Radiohead last year, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Guns and Roses, Foo Fighters, Judas Priest and others will perform in Florence at the Visarno Arena in occasion of the main summer festival of the city.
Florence, April 20 to 22: the Gelato festival is back in Florence, showcasing the best gelato made by the most famous ice cream-making masters.
Montespertoli, May 26 to June 3: a full week of wine tastings, exhibitions, conferences shows, music and fun activities in the capital of Chianti.
San Giovanni d’Asso, March 18 and 25: on Sunday 18 and 26 March, San Giovanni d’Asso will host its local Truffle Fair with special menus, cooking shows, truffle hunts, horseback rides and cycling through the truffle-dotted reserve.
Siena area, from March 25: 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, from March 16 to May 27: exhibitions, seminars, meetings about the best international photography and other in-depth events in the beautiful setting of Palazzo Mediceo in Seravezza.
Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, March 16 to July 22: Palazzo Strozzi is hosting an exhibition entitled Dawn of a Nation. From Guttuso to Fontana and Schifano, a truly mesmerising exploration of art, politics and society in Italy from the 1950s to the protest years in the late ’60s, with eighty works of art by such masters as Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Piero Manzoni, Mario Schifano, Mario Merz and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
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 1: 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: 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.