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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).

There are many special art exhibitions going on this year especially in Tuscany (click here for a list of the best) and quite a few in Florence (click here for an updated list of exhibitions and art shows in Florence).

Continue reading to find out about the main events taking place throughout this month of February in Tuscany

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


the Cultural Capital of Italy for 2017

Celebrate together with Pistoia! Between classical music concerts, art exhibits, cultural activities, blues & jazz in the town squares and so much more, this stunning little Tuscan town is prepared to show the world their true colors when it comes to their cultural prowess. Each month they are planning over 200 events including theater, music, book presentations, learning labs and more. Check in here every month to see select highlights from the Pistoia calendar.

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Teatro Mauro Bolognini | PISTOIA MAGIC | Feb 4

Francesco Micheloni, brings you the best of the world of Magic. Official Website

Saloncino della Musica | SUONATE A DUE VIOLINI | Feb 4

Giuliano Carmignola on the violin and Mario Brunello on the cello. Other Events

Saloncino della Musica | ORCHESTRA LEONORE | Feb 11

Olli Mustonen and the music of Mozart e Beethoven. Other Events

Teatro Manzoni | JOHN MAYALL | Feb 23

The indisputable star of the Blues made in the UK -live! Official Website

Pistoia: Events February 2017

Livorno | JAZZ CLUB D'INVERNO | Feb 18

Quartetto di Livorno

L’Ainulindalë Ensemble, organized in 1993, represents one of the more interesting jazz orchestras in Europe. Featuring: Lucia Neri and Stefano Agostini, flute; Mirco Mariottini, clarinet, Piero Bronzi, sax; Elisabetta Casapieri, cello; Andrea Pellegrini, piano and author of some of the pieces they perform; Nino Pellegrini, bass; Vladimiro Carboni, percussion.

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Casentino | UN GIORNO DA LUPI | Feb 5

Hiking, Experiencing and Savoring the Flavors

An entire day dedicated to getting to know one of the more skilled predators of the park: the wolf. Includes an excursion on one of the antique pathways and the newly opened “path of the wolf” between Lierna and Moggiana in Casentino. Reservation requested.

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Porto Santo Stefano | REGATE VELICHE | Feb 5

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)

Siena | ULTRA MARATHON | Feb 26

3^ 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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the Sweet chestnut flour from the hills of Prato

In the Val di Bisenzio, in the province of Prato just outside the town of Cantagallo, the locals celebrate a season product, typical of the area. In fact in this area (Val di Bisenzio), there once existed numerous water mills which ground the hardened chestnuts into a nutritious and important product. Join them in savouring the recipes and flavors of this distinctive fruit.

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Pisa | FOOD ART ITALY | Feb 18 - 19

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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Febbraio nella Toscana 2017: Eventi da vedere

Florence | DANZA IN FIERA | Feb 23-26

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

Siena | VIA FRANCIGENA PER BAMBINI | Feb 4, 11, 18 and 25

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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Febbraio nella Toscana 2017: Eventi da vedere

Siena | URBAN RUNNING | every Thursday in February

Surprises along the trails

Walking or running? Whichever you choose! It’s all part of the fun and discovery of lesser-known sites and cultural events in Siena, with varying distances: from 6 to 8 Km for Runners and from 4 to 6 km for the Walkers.

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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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Pietrasanta | RALLY DEL CARNEVALE | Feb 25-26

The first race of the season

Follow the curves, the ups & the downs of the 36° rally for Carnevale through the hills of Pietrasanta.

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Febbraio nella Toscana 2017: Eventi da vedere

Arezzo | FIERA ANTIQUARIA | Feb 4 -5

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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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 longe 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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