Looking for things to do in Florence in March 2016?
FWG is here to tell you what's on and what the best things on the calendar are this year.
There are THREE very special dates this month, the 6th, the 25th and the 27th. The first is Michelangelo's birthday, the second is the Florentine New Year, and the third is Easter Sunday with the historic Scoppio del Carro celebration (read more below).
The Florentine Republic comes out dressed to the hilt in period costumes to pay homage to these three important festivities.
There's also a food fair for gourmet aficionados, a bike festival, live music and opera, soccer, a celebration for Saint Patrick's, and a super glamorous furnishings design show - with lots going on for free!
Read below to find out more...
The birthday of Michelangelo, March 6!
Let the celebrations begin!
A procession starts out in piazza Signoria at 10:30 heading towards piazza Santa Croce where the great artist is buried in the cathedral.
After leaving flowers at his tomb, the procession carries on to the home where the renaissance artist lived in Florence, in via Ghibellina no. 70.
This is one of the traditional things to do in Florence in March, just Join in with the marchers and enjoy a free local event!
March 25 is the Florentine New Year, the Festa dell'Annunciazione.
Up until the year of 1750, this day was the start of the calendar year. Today, traditional festivities commemorate this holy day.
The annunciation is when Mary was told by an angel that she would become the mother of christ (see Leonardo's famous painting depicting this moment at the Uffizi Gallery).
A parade starts out from Piazza della Signoria at 10:15 with processioners dressed in medieval garb. At 11 the procession arrives in Piazza SS Annunziata where the celebrations go on all day with open air markets, special dishes and music.
A wonderful free local festivity on the Florence events calendar March 2016!
A food lovers paradise, one of the really special things to do in Florence in March is 'Taste' - a food festival that celebrates gastronomy from all over the world.
Try dishes and desserts which have won awards, with haute-cuisine coming from far and wide or delectable Italian cakes made by our local pastry chefs.
Taste is home to hundreds of delicacies that will make your mouth water!
details: days of March 12 - 13 at the Stazione Leopolda in viale Fratelli Rosselli, no.5 (right near Porta al Prato), phone: 055 21 26 22
If you like (or love!) opera, or you're not really sure and are interested in finding out if Italian opera is for you, then Florence is the best place to be.
For those who would like a 'lighter' operatic experience there are several venues where you can see shorter versions of very popular operas performed.
These performances might be a collection of arias, or a pared-down version of a full opera with a narrator who fills you in as you go along - this is one of the most fun things to do in Florence in March for culture lovers!
Singing is live of course with musical accompaniment, although not a full orchestra as the venues are one the small side (great for close-up views of all the action!).
This month they'll be singing arias from la Traviata, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Tosca and other greats.
One of the absolute MUST things to do in Florence in March is to witness the Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart) in Cathedral square.
An Easter day tradition, see the majestic white oxen lead the wooden antique cart through downtown to reach the Duomo.
Accompanied by a marching band and the Florentine Republic paraders dressed in period garb, this special celebration is one of the city's most loved and anticipated!
At 11 am the dove takes off from the church altar and ignites the fireworks...let the pyrotechnic display begin!
A not-to-be-missed annual appointment, this singular event is also completely free!
when: Easter morning, Sunday March 27
where: cart leaves from via Il Prato about 9:30 am, arrives Duomo square about 10:30
The Salone del Mobile is a yearly exhibit focusing on the latest furniture designs and interior decorating.
Not just furnishings though, the fair offers live music and aperitif buffets every day!
Italians love their homes and Florentines are no different, they must be beautiful.
An annual appointment that is a must for anyone passionate about chic modern furniture designs and voluptuous accessories.
where: at the Fortezza da Basso in viale Strozzi (near station)
dates: the 2016 edition has not been confirmed yet
entry: this is a free event so a good choice for things to do in Florence in March for people on a budget
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated at the OBI Hall, with this 3 day Irish festival on the Florence events calendar March 2016.
The hall is a big tent-like venue perfect for roaming, drinking, and meeting others!
Do I need to tell you that there'll be plenty of your favorite Irish beers, pub fare, and lots and lots of live Irish music?!
details: OBI Hall, in via F. De Andrè corner of Lungarno A. Moro (south Florence)
date: March 18 open from 7:30 pm onwards
entry: €12 (concerts included)
get there: bus no. 14 from station 'Valfonda' stop (across wide avenue from Burger King), get off at Aretina 03 stop.
Looking for things to do in Florence in April that are off-the-beaten path and also free of charge?
Spend some time in the open air and surrounded by locals at the Easter tennis tournament for under-18 players, 'Torneo Città di Firenze'.
Held each year during Easter week, this tournament has seen the likes of some of tennis' biggest names: Roger Federer, Kim Clijsters, Martina HIngis, Jennifer Capriati, Amelie Mauresmo, and Dinara Safina just to name a few, have all won here!
Men's & women's matches are on all day in the lovely setting of the lush Cascine gardens and woods, a real break from the city crowds and a terrific local event for sports lovers too!
Entry is open to all and free of charge, just come and go as you please.
when: begins one week before Easter Monday (March 21 til Easter Monday)
time: play usually starts around 12 noon with matches on all day long
Semi-finals are on Easter day and finals are played on Easter Monday.
where: via del Visarno 1 (Cascine park on piazza Vittorio Veneto side)
getting there: bus no. 60 to last stop or tram to Carlo Monni stop
more info: 055 35 36 89
Excellent jazz gigs in small characteristic venue - a real local cult following!
entry: must buy 'membership card', then between €10-13
dates: Saturday nights in March at 9:45 pm
where: Pinocchio Jazz club, viale D. Giannotti, 13, tel. 055 68 33 88
get there: bus 23A from station 'valfonda' stop (across street from Burger King), get off at Gavinana stop.
By taxi 10 minutes.
A great insider tip for things to do in Florence in March 2015 for music lovers!
Classical music lovers here's a special insider tip for your Florence events calendar March 2016!
The 'Careggi In Musica' group (A.Gi.Mus. Firenze association) have been cheering up the Careggi hospital for over 15 years with their free Sunday morning concerts open to all, first come first seated!
where: Careggi hospital in the auditorium 'AULA MAGNA DEL NIC' located in 'Largo Brambilla', start time 10:30 am
get there: from SMN station, go to bus stop 'Largo Alinari' (go out pharmacy side of station, cross wide avenue, bus stop is in front of Fabiani jewelers).
Get bus no 14C, get off at Brambilla stop.
Give yourself extra time to get there early and find the auditorium, print out these details and take with you in case you need to ask around!
taxi: 10 minute ride
A fantastic occasion for fun things to do in Florence in March for free!
There is no more authentic Florentine experience that rooting for the local soccer team, A.C. Fiorentina! This is a fantastic thing to do with the kids!
The thrill of attending a live match, supporting the players, and - this is the best part - seeing the frenzy, passion and total dedication of the Fiorentina fans is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Florence in March 2015!
This month there is 1Italian league match being played at the Florence stadium: Fiorentina vs. Verona on Sunday March 13 at 3 pm.
where: Artemio Franchi Stadium, viale Manfredo Fanti, 4
tickets: box offices are open outside stadium before match (start about €20)