By Nicole Hoey
Florence is an epicenter for a rich, Italian culture. Experiencing the city after the peak summer months is a real treat, as there are many great events still left to celebrate as the warm weather winds down. Read on to discover 7 incredible events in Florence this September!
1. Galleria dell’Accademia Extended Hours
If you’re visiting Florence any time before September 26, consider yourself very lucky: the Galleria dell'Accademia will stay open until 10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. The museum is home of the Michaelangelo’s iconic David statue and other treasures, which will definitely keep you occupied til closing time.
Address: Galleria dell’Accademia, Via Ricasoli, 58, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
2. Rificolona Festival
Beginning at 8pm on September 7, the streets of Florence are engulfed with the light of thousands of colorful paper lanterns in the Rificolona Festival. Marking the date of the Virgin Mary’s birthday, this event is a celebration parade that blends both the religious and cultural history of the city.
Address: The parade starts at Piazza Santa Felicita,50125 Firenze FI, Italy
3. La Fierucola del Pane
La Fierucola del Pane is an annual bread festival that centers on celebrating Florence’s rural communities. Vendors sell variations of bread in the plaza throughout the weekend, as well as other handmade crafts and gifts. The bread-loving affair starts runs from September 7-8.
Address: Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Firenze
An international event dedicated to perfume, Fragranze invites all people to come and enjoy the craft of perfume-making. From September 13-15, you can learn each and every detail of the industry. Who knows, you might even find your new signature scent!
Address: STAZIONE LEOPOLDA, Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5, Florence, Italy
5. La Traviata
The Italian musical scene would not be complete without the opera, a dazzling experience that truly encompasses the journey of human emotion. Giuseppe Verd’s famous show is no different, as it shares the story of Violetta, a sickly woman who searches for love. Experience one of the most performed operas in the world from September 14-26.
Address: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Piazza Vittorio Gui, 1, 50144 Firenze FI, Italy
6. Lorence International Biennial Antiques Fair
From September 21-29, you can experience one of the greatest antique shows in the world at the Lorence International Biennial Antiques Fair. The event celebrates ancient Italian art in the modern day, bringing you into past eras of artistic grandeur. This event happens every two years, so this September is the time to go!
Address: Palazzo Corsini, Q6CX+7P Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
7. Carro Matto
The Tuscan wine season begins in late September and Florence does not let this moment go uncelebrated. In a centuries-old tradition, the carro motto is brought into town, carrying bottles and bottles of the first wine from the season’s harvest. Literally meaning “crazy cart” in Italian, the carro motto is followed by a traditional Italian parade as it heads toward the Florence Cathedral to be blessed. If you’re looking to become a part of a historic Florence tradition, this is the time to do it!