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January Events in Tuscany

The Holidays Aren't Over till the Befana arrives on the 6th

Tuscany is still celebrating the holidays, ringing in the New Year with concerts, theater and medieval re-enactments. The young and old look forward to the ugly old witch (the Befana) to bring the last of the gifts and cheer on the 6th of January. This date traditionally signals the end of the Christmas holidays: the Presepe & Nativity scenes close their doors, the lights and trees come down...and the last of the sweets are gobbled down.

If you are going to be based in Florence, have a look at our events calendar which highlights activities, fairs and markets within the borders of this amazing city and a list of the main New Year's events.

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.

Tuscany | LA EPIFANIA | Jan 6

The Befana comes in January bring candy and gifts

The Epiphany, a National Holiday

You will find the Befana descending upon many town squares, with her old hat, broom and and long pointy nose. She will be bringing stockings, candy and small goodies to all those who have behaved in 2017...are you ready?

Throughout Tuscany and Italy, this day is considered a national holiday and government offices, business and many shops are closed. Public transport will be using holiday hours (known as festivi on the schedules).

Not everyone is closed, and you will find many museums, monuments and churches open for a visit. Please note that restaurants may be busy, so you may want to make reservations where possible with our partner: TheFork.


Tuscany | #DOMENICALMUSEO | 1° Sunday in January

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

Even with everything winding down for the holidays, there is so much more that is going on in the area, you won't want to miss any of it!


Arezzo | FIERA ANTIQUARIA | January 6 & 7

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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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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Events in Tuscany for January 2018


Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | Every 4th Sunday of month

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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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.

Schiacciata con Mortadella: January events in Tuscany


or as those from Prato would say “cardaaaa”

An excellent opportunity to join in some street food fun, the unique recipe for Mortadella prized by the inhabitants of Prato and the lovely city center of this town only minutes outside of Florence. Imagine a toasty warm piece of focaccia bread, filled with slices of their special recipe for the Mortadella cold cuts...and a glass of red wine or artisan beer! It doesn't get better than this!

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Livorno | CLASSICA CON GUSTO 2018 | Jan 18

the musical season starts in Livorno

The 9th edition of “Classica con Gusto”, the musical season at Teatro Goldoni in Livorno, starts on January 18th featuring “DIVINA MUSICA”, with Domenico Nordio on the violin, and music by J.S. Bach. Check all dates from January to May and book your tickets now for an exceptional experience in this historic theater.

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Vintage Car Show: January events in Tuscany

Arezzo | CLASSIC MOTORS | Jan 13-14

vintage cars, motorcycles, pullman, tractors and bikes

A one of a kind market centering around everything to do with the automobile and transport sector - include sports cars, collector pieces and name and you will find it in Arezzo this weekend.

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Palio di Buti: January events in Tuscany

Pisa | PALIO DI BUTI | Jan 22

Celebrating Sant'Antonio Abate

This fun event is rooted in the XVII century, and today it celebrates not only its past with a fabulous reenactment of history, but also a series of events highlighting local foods like the “trippate” in the main square. Every year in January, on the sunday that follows the feast day of Sant'Antonio Abate, the different areas of Buti dust off their horses and race for a prize in the city center.

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caught between dreams, magic and wellbeing

Celebrating their 32nd gathering, the theme is magical floating between reality and non. Here you will find information and groups ranging from holistic disciplines, to ethical nutrition, vegans and vegetarians.Come and have a look, there is bound to be something that tickles your fancy.


Pontremoli and events in January

Pontremoli | DISFIDA DEI FALO' | Jan 17 & 31

and the challenge is on!

Two patron saints and two churches. This historic tradition, that pits church against church and saint against saint is all about who make make the most beautiful, long lasting and luminous bonfire. The rivalry started in the medieval times between the Guelfs and Ghibellines, when Castruccio Castracani the city in two. For two different appointments, magic will illuminate the night in Pontremoli when the locals compete to see who can produce the best colorful flames and show.

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Pietrasanta | FESTA DELLA CANZONETTA | Jan 24-27

the main square will be full of celebrants

The Carnival masquerade takes place over three Sunday's ending on Martedi' Grasso, winding its way around the streets of Pietrasanta. A parade of floats and people dressed in all colors - followed by culinary delights. But before all of that can happen there is a celebration of music in January!

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the feast day of Sant'Antonio Abate

In the quaint little town of Arcidosso they celebrate Sant'Antonio Abate with the blessing of the animals. Throughout the day, there will be a parade of horses, dogs, and many other little creatures each receiving a special blessing. Travelling with your favorite four legged companion? This might be the event for you!

San Gimignano: January events in Tuscany

San Gimignano | FESTA del SANTO PATRONO | Jan 31

honoring their patron Saint

In the shade of the famous towers of San Gimignano, there is an appointment you just can't miss if you are in Tuscany this January.From morning to night you will find festive stands with crafts and food which will animate piazza della Cisterna, piazza del Duomo, piazza delle Erbe and via San Matteo.

This is a great opportunity to be curious and lose yourself among the colors, the folklore and the traditions of San Gimignano.

Tuscany | CARNEVALE | Jan 28

and it begins!

Several cities will start their colorful celebrations for the season before lent with parades and street parties.

Read here for dates and towns

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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