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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 Jaunary 22, 2019, 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 5 & 6

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 28

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.


Casentino | SNOWSHOES & NATURE TRAILS | Every Sunday in Febrary

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. An experience designed for adults who want to experience the hiking with snowshoes in safety and "without too much effort". Learn how to wear them and how to use them correctly and then set off on a simple but fascinating excursion into the enchanting Casentino forests to discover the nature of the Park with our environmental guides.

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Siena | VIA FRANCIGENA PER BAMBINI | Feb TBA

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 3 & 17

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)


Piombino | CONCERTO DI CARNEVALE | Feb 28

Immerse yourself in the sounds of February

Instead of fun and games, this event offers the classical sounds of the cello by Erica Piccotti and the enchanting sounds of Rigel, Hayden and Beethoven as presented by ORT, the Regional Orchestra of Tuscany. Just one in a series of four winter concerts along the Tuscan coast.


San Gimignano | ANTEPRIMA VERNACCIA | Feb 10 & 13

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 10 and Wednesday 13 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 2018 and the riserva of 2017.

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Pisa | FOOD ART ITALY | Feb 14 - 17

Looks good? Then it has to taste good!

Just in time for St Valentine’s Day! 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 2019 | Events Feb 3, 4, 9-10 & 14 -17

It's the year of the Pig

Dragon parades and magic, Chinese literature and buffets in Prato to celebrate the new year, the Earth sign and the 12th sign in the Chinese zodiac on February 5: the pig. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth, and traditionally their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well. . With one of the largest populations of Chinese immigrants in Tuscany - Prato puts on a colorful show you won't want to miss.

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Florence | DANZA IN FIERA | Feb 21-24

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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⇒Florence | DON’T MISS THESE EVENTS

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 24

5^ 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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