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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, 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 this enchanting holiday in Tuscany).

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

Author's Note: This article was last updated on January 29, 2020, 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). If they have not yet been posted keep checking in with us...or better yet, write us on the Forum

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 1 & 2, 2020

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 great bargains, as well as 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 handcrafted pieces all in the shade of the picturesque town of San Miniato between Pisa and Florence.

Italy | GIOVEDI GRASSO | Feb 20

The last Thursday before Lent

Be prepared for an explosion of color, parties and celebrations for Fat Thursday and be on the lookout for crispy fried pastries that are abundant during the Carnival holidays.

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Forget about #WineWednesday - this is #wineFebruary in Tuscany

Siena | WINE & SIENA | Feb 1 - 3, 2020

a masterpiece of flavors & sites

Wine&Siena is an event created to usher in the new year and is organized by Gourmet’s International together with Confcommercio Siena, Camera di Commercio Siena – Arezzo and Comune di Siena that celebrate and embrace the excellence of Italian wine and cuisine. Check out their website to see where in Siena and how to participate!

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Grosseto | MUSIC & WINE | Feb 2 - 9, 2020

XXX Festival International Chamber Music

The perfect combination of soothing music and delicious local wines. Join Grosseto as it welcomes groups to perform in the unique setting of the Museo di Storia Naturale della Maremma, a very suggestive and inviting atmosphere.

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Florence, Fortezza da Basso | CHIANTI LOVERS | Feb 16, 2020

masterpiece of flavors & sites

For the occasion, the exhibition space becomes the "temple" of wine, with the presentation and tasting of the new Chianti D.O.C.G. and Riserva to be released in 2020. Starting from 4 pm, Chianti Lovers will be open to the public of wine enthusiasts.

San Gimignano | ANTEPRIMA VERNACCIA | Feb 16 & 19, 2020

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 16 and Wednesday 19 February this year's Vernaccia di San Gimignano in the halls of “La Rocca”. A one of a kind opportunity to discover the products of the harvest 2020 and the riserva of 2019.

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Florence, Fortezza da Basso | ViNoi Wine | Feb 23 & 24, 2020

Creative, by nature!

5th Edition of the ViNoi Independent Salon. Craft, Biological, Biodynamic, Natural. This will be a mouthful in more ways than one. Keep an eye on their FB page for more delicious details.

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Lots of great events to add to your calendar

Arezzo | TOSCANA WINNERS | Feb 3 - 9, 2020

the international dog show

This is where you want to be to see the “la creme de la creme” of the canine species. Arezzo will be hosting the Toscana Winners International Dog Show - where owners and their faithful companions can strut their stuff and compete worldwide.

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Discover Tuscany Calendar of Events for February 2020

CONCERTO by the ORCHESTRA della TOSCANA | Feb, 2020

Immerse yourself in the sounds of February

Instead of fun and games, the Orchestra of Tuscany will be moving between Florence and other famous cities of Tuscany with a magical calendar of concerts, solos and more. Check out the schedule and reserve a spot for one of these wonderful evenings listing to the best Tuscany has to offer.

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Florence | DANZA IN FIERA | Feb 20-23, 2020

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 23, 2020

7^ Edition sponsored by the Terra di Siena

A winning formula doesn’t need to be changed: 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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