April is the harbinger of Spring
As well as warm temps, outdoor activities and yes, let's admit it, the promise of summer is right around the corner. The Italians are coming out of hibernation, and marking their calendars with lots of activities celebrating the sun, the colors, the food and the wine. No matter what corner of Tuscany you are planning on visiting this April, you will find that not only will the historical sites and museums will be opening with new hours but the locals will be active with sports, sagras and festivals. For many places the 1 of April initiates the new summer time schedules taking advantage of the longer daylight hours, so be sure to check the site for updates on museum openings. Join in the fun, take a hike, ride a bike, run a marathon or taste the flavours...it is all great fun.
April Fool's day shouldn't catch you unaware in Tuscany - where the Tuscan's love a good tease and joke. “Pesce d'Aprile,” a game that is played by sticking a paper fish to some's back (unawares of course) and watching them go about their day...none the wiser. Sooo, watch your back….. However, there probably won’t be many practical jokes on the 1st of April because the date coincides with the Catholic Easter celebration.
Italy | NATIONAL HOLIDAY | April 25
Liberation Day in Italy. Normally a rather low key holiday, with a few military demonstrations or the laying of wreaths at various monuments. Some places still replay symbolic events, like the Partisans in Casentino who lit bonfires on the mountain tops to give the impression that their numbers were more than they actually were to scare off the advancing enemy forces. Italy celebrates their liberation on the 25th of April and this is considered a national holiday - so though restaurants and cafes will be open - not all supermarkets will open their doors and some museums many change their hours (at the last minute)...be sure to check carefully before going out.
TAKE NOTE: transportation and museums may have different hours.
Tuscany | #DomenicalMuseo | first Sunday in April
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.
Tuscany | EASTER WEEKEND | March 29 - April 1
A national holiday for Italy
The weekend of Easter starts Good Friday, with several processions and Passion plays, which might mean in several cities and towns that there will be early closures for stores - so be aware! Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes are open during the weekend however, it would be wise to make reservations on Easter Sunday and Pasquetta, which is Easter Monday.
Arezzo | FIERA ANTIQUARIA | March 31 & April 1
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.
Gallicano | SELVAGGIA | April 14
Festival of Spontaneous Herbs
You can search out the wild herbs that traditionally played a fundamental role in the diet of the poor in the area of Castelnuovo Garfagnana. There will be workshops and excursions to go hunting for these tasty morsels and the possibility to savor some of these special recipes. Gallicano near Lucca will share some of their coveted recipes on April 23, the end result is special soup with secret ingredients that include up to 30 different wild herbs, plants and flavours that spring into being in this period.
Florence | SCOPPIO DEL CARRO | April 1
We have a whole separate article with Events in Florence and surrounding area for the month of April, check it out here.
If you're in Florence for Easter Sunday (or weekend), make sure to read this page on the Scoppio del Carro and other Easter celebrations.
Montepulciano | ArtEArti – 62° edizione | March 30 - April 2
Handcrafts in exhibition
Food, ceramics, design...everything and anything you make with your hands will be on display for these 10 days in the land that gave us Vino Nobile, some of the most delicious wine in Tuscany.
Empoli | LUDICOMIX | April 21 - 22
15th Edition of Bricks & Kids
This event, since its very beginning, was proposed to give everyone a chance to delve into the world of make-believe; comics, traditional board games, role-playing games, video...games...and more….can you see how everything revolves around playing? Join in the activities placed throughout the city and explore a bit of fun in Empoli.
San Quirico d'Orcia | ORCIA WINE FESTIVAL | April 21-25
the flavours of Orcia DOC
For 4 lovely days in April you can be a part of the wine excitement. Check out the program and reserve your spot on one of the many organized tours exploring the vineyards in the area (bike, walking and bus).
Anghiari | MOSTRA MERCATO DELL'ARTIGIANATO | April 21 - MAY 1
43 Years in Valtiberina
Being in its 43rd year, exhibition in the Tuscan Valtiberina - will be held in Anghiari until May 1. A fair that brings together the old and the new, old skills and trades with new methods, artists and designs.
Magliano | SAGRA DEL LUNGHINO | April 25
A tradition not to miss in the area of Grosseto, the annual Sagra Lunghino, a special type of hand rolled pasta made from flour and water
Siena | TRENO NATURA | April
A vintage trip into Tuscany
Explore southern Tuscany with a bit of vintage...a steam engine train ride to Buonconvento, Castiglione d'Orcia and San Quirico. Three fun events starting in Siena and taking you into the Tuscan countryside for wine festivals, antique fairs and sagras. Check out these three links for events on the
Montelaterone | FESTA DELLA PINA | April 8
On the first Sunday after Easter, hike to the top of the hill near Castello di Montelaterone and join in one of the oldest festivals to be held in the Mount Amiata area, some say it dates all the way back to the Romans! The locals know it as a holiday for lovers, where couples stroll to Pieve di Lamùla, romanesque church with Lombard origins.
Santa Fiora | CANTO DEL MAGGIO | April 30
Maggaioli, singing romance in May
Throughout Tuscany there is a tradition sing in May 1st with love songs. This event deeply rooted in the culture that dates back centuries: the musical band “Maggiaioli” will be visiting all the houses while singing traditional songs for the entertainment of all locals.
Bagnone | SAGRA DELLA CIPOLLA | April 28-30 & May 1, 5 - 7
In the shadow of the Castello
Enjoy a delicious food festival based on local recipes for the Treschietto onion; a culinary festival dedicated to a particular variety of onions which have been cultivated in this territory for many years. The Treschetto onion, distinguished for its flattened shape, ruby red color on the outside and white with red streaks on the inside, it is the main Ingredient both cooked and raw in many dishes,. Come out and try a few. (The fair opens on Saturdays open from 5 pm and on Sundays from 12 noon).
Author's Note: This article was last updated on April 4, 2018 to make sure we’re giving you up-to-date info, if the dates have not yet been announced then we indicate TBA (to be announced)