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A Festive February in Tuscany

A month filled with Color, Flavors & Activities

February has always been synonymous with Carnival, during which, as the old local saying says: anything goes! Festivals, music, colored floats and masked dancing groups of people always draw thousands of children and grown-ups to participate! Many eagerly await these moments to freely express their fantastic and original creativity, while some even plan for it all year round. Choose the event closest to you this in Tuscany, check out our calendar for calendar for Carnevale.

For all of you that decide to come to Tuscany in February, expect festive colored parades and fun everywhere. It is also one of the best months for visiting the region, especially our marvelous cities of art that, which enjoy the "low season" and are not crowded with waves of tourists. If you don’t feel like throwing yourself into those lively masquerade processions, you can also take advantage of the tranquility that reigns over the historical centers and just spend some time visiting Pisa, Siena and Florence. Or enjoying the breathtaking panorama offered by Chianti, a wonderful choice if you are on a romantic vacation during San Valentine’s Day (take a look at this article where you will find a few suggestions about what to do during a romantic holiday in Tuscany).

Below you will find a list of some of our favorite food festivals, as well as exhibitions, events and markets for the month of February.

Traveling to Florence while visiting Tuscany? Remember to check out the calendar for Florence and the many select events that happen in this great city. We also encourage you to check out the exciting list of Exhibits going on all over Tuscany.

February Events:  Romance and Carnevale

We are constantly updating the activities for the each year however (this article was last updated Feb. 2018) if they have not yet been posted by official sites then we write in TBA (to be announced) - so keep checking in with us...or write us on the Forum.

The events are not in any type of order, so scroll all the way down to find out every last drop of fun!

Tuscany | #DomenicalMuseo | first Sunday in February

A standing appointment every month

How about enjoying a bit of art, history and culture on a Sunday? How about enjoying it with free admission? Then mark the first Sunday of the month on your calendar and make note of the following State museums (and archaeological areas) across Tuscany where you can take advantage of free entrance.

See a List of State Museums in Tuscany

Arezzo | FIERA ANTIQUARIA | Feb 3 - 4

The oldest and the biggest antique fair

Many years ago, Ivan Bruschi gave life to one of the oldest and biggest antique fairs in Tuscany...maybe even all of Italy. He transformed his love for the old, unique and precious into an event that fills the streets of Arezzo every first Sunday of the month and the Saturday that precedes it that month.

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Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | every fourth Sunday of February

Organic and Artisan Market

Piazza Matteotti is filled with locals who feature goods from their gardens, their kitchens and their workshops. Often you will find not only great bargains, but music and opportunities to do some taste testing.

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Panzano in Chianti | APRILANTE | 1st Sunday in month

Handcrafts & Vintage

We know they call the fair "April"ante, but it really goes all year round! This monthly market in the streets of this charming town in Chianti is where you will find hand crafts, vintage and delicious typical foods and all of it this is just outside in the countryside surrounding Florence.

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Barga | MERCATINO ANTIQUARIATO | 2nd weekend of the month

head into the Garfagnana

It's not all about the food, in fact just north of Lucca in the area known as the Garfagnana you will find fall colors, flavors and an antique fair that merits a visit.

Ponte A Egola | EGOLANTIQUARIA | Every 3rd Sunday of the Month

antiques, modern objects, collection pieces and hand crafts

This recurring event brings together a wind range of objects ranging from vintage to modern, machine made trinkets to hand crafted pieces all in the shade of the picturesque town of San Miniato between Pisa and Florence.

Casentino | SNOWSHOES & NATURE TRAILS | All month

Hiking, Experiencing and Savoring the Flavors

An entire day dedicated to getting hiking through the park - in the snow. Join the fun and get up close to the winter wonderland in the peaks of one of Tuscany’s most beautiful national parks. Reservation requested.

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Siena | VIA FRANCIGENA PER BAMBINI | Feb 3, 10, 17 and 24

the story of the pilgrims who travelled the road to Rome

A special guided tour with “Balia Gioconda” will introduce youngsters to what it meant to travel the via Francigena in an environment filled with special stories, games and theater. This event starts at Santa Maria della Scala. Call for reservations..

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Porto Santo Stefano | REGATE VELICHE | Feb 4 & 18

Monte Argentario Winter Series and Argentario Coastal Race

The Yacht Club Santo Stefano, founded in 1960, built its first clubhouse from an old brig, called Spluga, moored in the harbor of Porto Santo Stefano, in Italy. Now it boasts of colors, fun and the wind in your face during these exciting events.

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Events in Tuscany February 2017 (Photo Credits: PJ J Taylor)


Immerse yourself in the sounds of February

Instead of fun and games, this event offers the classical sounds of the violin by Nemanja Radulovic and the enchanting sounds of Mozart, Prokof'ev and Dvorak as presented by ORT, the Regional Orchestra of Tuscany. Just one in a series of four winter concerts in Livorno.

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San Gimignano | ANTEPRIMA VERNACCIA | Feb 11 & 14

Looks good? Then it has to taste good!

More than forty producers present, about one hundred the labels of Vernaccia di San Gimignano will present on Sunday 11 and Wednesday 14 February  this years Vernaccia di San Gimignano in the halls of the  De Grada: Modern and Contemporary Art Museum. A one of a kind opportunity to discover the products of the harvest 2017 and the riserva of 2016.

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Pisa | FOOD ART ITALY | Feb 10 - 11

Looks good? Then it has to taste good!

For those who love good food, understand the importance of the art of “presentation”. This fair in Pisa will highlight 4 sections - each connected to the beauty of the presentation: Food, Wine & Beer, Restaurants, Professional Equipment, Cake Design.

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Prato | CAPODANNO CINESE 2018 | Feb 18

It's the year of the Dog.

Dragon parades and magic, Chinese literature and buffets in Prato to celebrate the new year, the Earth sign and the 11th of 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac: the dog. Considered to be man's best friend, the Chinese cherish the dog for its loyalty and protection of its master - warning him of signs of danger. With one of the largest populations of Chinese immigrants in Tuscany - Prato puts on a colorful show you won't want to miss.


Florence | DANZA IN FIERA | Feb 22-25

the international dance gurus

There is no doubt about it, DanzainFiera is the largest manifestation in the world dedicated to dance. Florence and its historic Fortezza da Basso will be the heart of this meeting as it becomes the dancing capital for four beautiful days.

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Calendar of events in Florence

Aulla | SAGRA CHIODO DI MAIALE | last weekend in February

a typical dish served in the Lunigiana

A must to taste: fresh mixture used for the realization of the sausages. This tasty mixture is used in traditional flat breads and is delicacy which, for years, the protagonist it this festival. In conjunction with the Festival each year is also held the Fair Farmer's Market, the first fair of the year in the town of Aulla.

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Siena | ULTRA MARATHON | Feb 25

4^ Edition sponsored by the Terra di Siena

A winning formula, doesn’t need to be changed: for the third time in a row you can follow the paths that wind up and down along the Tuscan hills, a universal symbol for this region. The trails run through the countryside of the Val d'Elsa and Siena along the white dirt roads and the Francigena that links the UNESCO sites of San Gimignano and Siena for three distances (50km - 18km 32km) each route touching the medieval villages of the Val d'Elsa and of the Sienese countryside.

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Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been more than 25 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. It didn't take long to learn that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.


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