What are the best things to do in Florence in April 2016?
Of course it all depends on what you're 'into' but rest assured the choice is vast and varied indeed!
Spring is upon us and the sun has started peeking out from behind the clouds...this is also one of the best times of the year to visit Firenze.
And here's an Insider Tip to start you off about things to do in Florence in April: the 25th of the month is 'Liberation Day' in Italy, a national holiday.
The country commemorates the day that the nation was liberated from Nazi Germany.
Know that on this day most all business activities and many museums will be closed.
Moreover, people usually take advantage of this day off to make it a long weekend and take trips around Italy...and Florence is one of the favorite places to come to!
So, book your hotel early as it may be hard to find accommodation on the days around this last weekend in April.
April 25 is Liberation Day and the city celebrates with a marching band procession and an open-air concert.
The carabinieri marching band, war veterans and city officials pay their respects to fallen war heros at a wreath laying ceremony in the morning (see pic right).
Where: piazza Unità (near station) Time: 10 am
See marchers dressed in period costumes representing the Florentine Republic in honor of those who fought for liberation.
This is a great occasion to take part in one of the traditional things to do in Florence in April!
This is a special event for visitors to Florence.
Later in the afternoon the Rossini Orchestra conducted by Giampaolo Lazzeri will be performing a selection of pieces in an open air concert for all.
Concert location: Piazza Signoria Time: 5 pm
Entry: these events are free of charge
Get there early - crowds expected.
The most popular things to do in Florence in April 2016 are (and probably always will be!) the 'classic' ways tourists visiting the Cradle of the Renaissance love spending their time.
You know, visiting the world famous museums, taking Florence sightseeing tours, enjoying Tuscan cuisine at the town's best authentic restaurants, and - last but not least - shopping!
Which of these classic ways of enjoying Firenze suits you? Follow the quick links...
How cool is this?
A festival celebrating all types of traveling food concessions: the Florence Street Food Truck Festival!
The city's biggest and most popular park is host to an event that showcases the best of quality food brought to our tables (mouths!) from itinerant vans and trucks.
Enjoy exquisite authentic Italian (and foreign) cuisine while strolling around the lush green lawns of what used to the hunting grounds of the Medici family.
This is one of the really fun free things to do in Florence in April and is a fantastic day out for kids and families.
when: dates to be announced
where: the Cascine Park (bus 17 to 'cascine' or tram in direction 'Scandicci')
for more info see official site (in Italian)
The Florence events calendar for April brings you one of Europe's most important Arts & Crafts fairs, the 'Mostra dell'Artigianato', aka 'ART'.
Looking for something besides museums? Since 1931 craftworkers have been bringing their talents to the city to show their stuff at this annual trade show.
Master craftsmen and women from Florence, Italy and all over the world show their hand-made clothing, jewellery, furniture, sculptures, wood carving, paintings and much more...
Insider Tip! Go on weekdays to avoid the very large crowds on weekends.
April 23th - May 1 2016
where: Fortezza da Basso (Viale Strozzi, near station)
tel: 055 497 21
10 am - 11 pm everyday
entry: €5 weekends €4 work days
A visit to Italy is not complete without taking in a top-notch Italian opera.
One of the best things to do in Florence in April is to see a live performance in one of the city's historic churches!
Mostly Italian operas like La Bohème, La Traviata, or Madame Butterfly are on the program, as these are the most popular and loved masterpieces that never go out of fashion.
Florence's antique churches are a unique setting, allowing you to really absorb the historic atmosphere while seeing the performers up close - venues are very small so you don't miss any of the action!
If you're into cycling one of the great things to do in Florence in March is to check out the Bike Festival of Firenze!
Stands, shows, events, talks, exhibits all focusing on bikes, bikes, and more bikes...
The festival is even more deeply felt as Tuscany has recently been the host of the World Cycling Championships.
where: at the Cascine Park along the Arno river near Piazza Vittorio Veneto (bus no. 17 or tram)
when: April 15 - 17 2016
see official site (in Italian)
I Giochi di Carnasciale come to Florence's Cascine park!
See what life in the Middle Ages was like at a medieval village authentically re-created in the middle of the city's largest park, one of the truly special things to do in Florence in April 2015.
Medieval life is played out in all its aspects, complete with musicians, flag throwers, knights, merchants, shopkeepers, craftsmen and soccer players, all in period costumes.
Festivities, events, competitions and concerts start at 10 am and go on til late in the evening: sword fights, jousting tournaments, flag throwing demonstrations, and medieval soccer games are just a few examples of events on the schedule.
When: dates to be announced
Get there: bus no. 17C, direction 'Cascine'. Get off at last stop
Saturday April 30 is the Notte Bianca, one of the things to do in Florence in April that we look forward to all year!
2016 marks the sixth edition of the 'White Night' evenings and it looks like this is sure to be a fixed appointment on the Florence events calendar for April for a long time to come...
So what happens during a 'White Night'?
Shops and museums stay open in the evening, the squares and alleys of the city are alive with street performances, music, dj sessions, food stands, cultural talks, video and film showings and a grand buzz of people and activity which carries on til sunrise the next day.
Get ready to stay up all night to enjoy all the festivities - the next day is May Day, a national holiday, so Florentines will have plenty of time to sleep in the following morning!
where: Piazza Signoria and other surrounding squares and area
time: the evening kicks off just as the sun goes down - enjoy this free event!
Want something off the beaten path? What better way to enjoy the pleasures of Spring than a yearly flower exhibit?
Florence is host to the 'Spring Plant and Flower Show' (Mostra Primaverile di Piante e Fiori) which takes place every year from April 25 - May 1.
Indoor and outdoor plants and flowers are on display with exhibitors coming from all Italy.
The exhibit is held in one of the city's lovely gardens - il Giardino dell'Orticoltura - home to a recently restored antique 'tepidarium' in white cast iron, Italy's largest greenhouse.
Great for the kids as the garden also has a small playground.
where: via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4 (near far end of piazza Libertà)
hours: 9 am - 7 pm
Filippo Brunelleschi was the mind behind the Cupola, the dome over the cathedral.
The church, Santa Maria del Fiore, had been dome-less for over 100 years before Brunelleschi managed to figure out how to construct and keep standing such a large cupola.
Brunelleschi died on 16 April 1446.
The city remembers the great architect on the anniversary of his death with a wreath laying ceremony and procession of representatives of the Florentine Republic in traditional renaissance dress.
One of the things to do in Florence in April is to join in on the procession that starts off from Palagio di Parte Guelfa and carries on to the Basilica.
Brunelleschi is buried in the crypt of Santa Reparata in the Duomo and 2 wreaths will be lain at his resting place.
when: April 16 at 3 pm
where: from via Pellicceria towards Piazza Repubblica and then the Duomo
Classical music lovers here's a special Insider Tip and one of the most interesting things to do in Florence in April for free!
The 'Careggi In Musica' group have been cheering up the Careggi hospital for over 15 years with their free Sunday morning concerts open to all, first come first seated.
Program: see official site (in Italian)
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'
Get bus no 14C, get off at Brambilla stop.
Give yourself extra time to get there early and find the auditorium!
taxi: 10 minute ride
A fantastic occasion on the Florence events calendar for April 2016!
This is one of my favorite things to do in Florence in April, or any month for that matter!
See LIVE performances from the world's premier venues spending as little as €15 and with close-up front row type seats...
Watching on the big screen at local cinemas that bring the live performance to Florence from Paris, London or New York!
One cinema in the downtown area offers this exceptional occasion: Fulgor, in via M. Finiguerra 24r (near station), tel 055 23 81 881
April schedule at the Fulgor: to be announced
Whether you call it 'soccer' like the Americans, 'calcio' like the Italians, or 'football' like the British, we're talking about the most popular sport in the universe!
AND, the national sport of Italia!
NOTHING is more authentic or 'real' than going to the Sunday match to root for the local team, AC Fiorentina.
The atmosphere of the stadium, the passion and dedication of the fans, the flag and banner waving, the volcanic uproar when the team scores....this is one of the best things to do in Florence in April if you want a genuine Florentine adventure!
tickets can be bought at box offices outside stadium (from €20), viale M. Fanti 85A
get there: bus no. 17, direction 'Verga', get off at San Gervasio stop (don't worry, you will see the hoards of people getting off when you get there!)
Looking for sporty things to do in Florence in April 2016?
Well, runners unite! Sunday April 3 is the day of the half marathon of Firenze!
The race will start at 9:30 in Lungarno della Zecca (near National Library).
And if you're not the sporty type, just sip a coffee at a street side café and watch the runners as they weave through the city streets...
Anyone can join in on this Florence events calendar April event...there's a competitive race for 'real' runners, a non-competitive run, and also a kids' race!
Discover the world of tango dancing at the Florence Tango Festival!
Firenze becomes home to live Argentinian music, tango performances, dance marathons, DJ sessions, tango lessons, and dance exhibitions.
Dates: from 21 - 25 April 2016
Program: the festival will take place in several locations throughout the city of Florence. See the full schedule for single events and locations
where: the OBI Hall in Via F. De Andrè, corner of Lungarno A. Moro (south Florence, 10 mins taxi from downtown) is the most convenient and central location.
The Tango Festival will be in OBI Hall on Saturday 23 April.