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What to do in March in Tuscany

a month of celebration

Between the Festa della Donna, the Italian Father's Day and Capodanno in Pisa, this is one happening month. Combine this with the traditional sagras, exhibition, markets and fairs that happen every year - there won't be a free minute on your calendar!

If you find yourself in Tuscany, but only within the walls of Florence, then there are still lots of things to see and do in Florence, including some fantastic exhibitions and art shows.  Otherwise, for you touring the countryside here is a list of some the more colorful events throughout Tuscany. You won't be disappointed. There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.

March 8th to Celebrate Women

Bouquet of Mimosa to celebrate International Women's Day

A day dedicated to women. It was officially created in the States 1909, later adopted by several European countries and eventually by Italy in 1922. The objective is to honor and celebrate women while bringing attention to unfavorable conditions many are still forced to live under across the world.

Italians celebrate with the gift of the small delicate yellow blossoms that are just making their way out for Spring: the Mimosa. Usually Florentines celebrate with free entrance into all State and Civic Museums in Tuscany for the ladies - confirmation for this event is announced in the beginning of March - we will keep you updated.

March 19th Celebrates Dads all over Italy

Besides the classic tie, wallet or hammock for Father's Day, Italians love to celebrate the day honoring San Giuseppe (St. Joseph) with a fried delicacy: with some Frittelle. The recipe varies from fried dough filled with rice, raisins or pine nuts ... or all of it or none of it... but it is always fried and it is always best eaten freshly made and still hot.

Some of the more classic sagras include that of Bagno Ripoli and San Donato in Collina (they have over 30 years of experience doling out this specialty and they now have a gluten free option). These sagras are ongoing for the month of March until the 20th and are open only on Saturday and Sundays. Montefioralle puts on quite the show with an enormous pan of fried goodness, where the local women gather to “fry'em up”, serving them up on the 19th of March, the actual Father's Day.

Pisa | CAPODANNO PISANO 2019 | March 25

It's just crazy! Another new year party.

Tradition has it that the New Year started with the religious event, the Annunciation, which takes place on the 25th of March. This calendar remained active until the Grand Duke in Tuscany ordered that everyone was to follow the beginning of the new year on the 1st of January. But there are some die-hards that still enjoy the fun of a second celebration, including Pisa and Florence. Activities start on the 24 and go until the 28 of March with colorful celebrations for this ancient tradition.


Tuscany | #DomenicalMuseo | first Sunday in March

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 | #Settimana al Museo | March 5-10

New this year: a whole week of free entry to Italian State museums in all of Italy! The news was just announced a few weeks ago, with several changes being made to policy to allow 20 days of free entry entry into State museums every year, up from the 12 before. This means a "Museum Week" every year, the period changing so not necessarily again in March next year but it is something to look forward to. Just note that you cannot prebook tickets for entry this week, you will have to wait in line.

Check the list of State Museums in Tuscany


Arezzo | FIERA ANTIQUARIA | March 2 - 3

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. March has a double feature, which includes the first and last weekends.

Official Site


Panzano in Chianti | APRILANTE | 1st Sunday in March

Handcrafts & Vintage

We know they call the fair "April"ante, but it really goes all year round! Include this in your holiday, a 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.

Official link

Markets in and Around Florence March 2018


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

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.

Facebook Page


Wine Cellars across Tuscany & Italy | DONNE, VINO, DESIGN | March 2-9

Women, wine & the world of design

In an area where man has dominated, this year the women will be the protagonist! Wine cellars, restaurants and vineyards will open their doors for a whole calendar filled with activities. Check the official website for details. Italy-wide event.

Events


Viareggio | TERRE DI TOSCANA | March 3 & 4

Excellence in a Wine Glass

One of the more significant events on the national level for wine producers of this area. Lido di Camaiore, a small town on the coast, will be filled to the brim with over 600 wines to taste from producers ranging from small family run vineyards to those who export internationally.

Official link


San Giovanni d'Asso | FESTA DEL TARTUFO MARZUOLO | March 23-24

Marzuolo, the March truffle

Here's your chance to taste one of the unforgettable flavours of Tuscany, truffles. Though they come in all sizes, colors and areas...this zone outside of Siena is famous for its Marzuolo variety.


San Giovanni d'Asso | TRENO NATURA | March 25 (2019 to be confirmed)

Tartufo Marzuolo

All aboard one of the historic trains as it chugs its way into the Siena countryside in search of the famous Marzuolo truffles. A unique experience that revives the old method of transport and takes you deep into the countryside of the Creti Senesi and traditional flavors.

View the Calendar for more dates


Lucca | CAMELIE LUCCHESIA | March 16-17 / 23-24 / 30-31 and April 6-7

XXX Exhibition of the Antique Camelie from Lucca

Here you will find lots and lots of colors, sweet perfumes, tastings, nature walks, concerts and the largest and best exhibition of this spectacular flower.

Official Webpage


San Gimignano | FESTA DI SANTA FINA | March 12

celebrating the city's patron saint

Every year on the 12th of March, a solemn celebration starting at the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, followed by a fair with stands and food in the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza of the Cisterna takes place in honor of Santa Fina.

Official Webpage


Pitigliano | TORCIATA DI SAN GIUSEPPE | night of March 19

heralding into spring with pagan traditions

Watch, as the town gathers together to build a huge bonfire to welcome the arrival of primavera. The pagan ritual flames purify the land for the growth of the new seeds, it was transformed into a festival to honor San Giuseppe - or what is known as Father's Day in Italy.

Official Webpage


Torrita di Siena | PALIO DEI SOMARI | March 24

racing mules & a little bit of shopping

A few laughs, ok, a lot of laughs, as you watch the local jockeys strut their colors on back of a stubborn mule. The town comes out for a day of cheering their local community and to do a bit of shopping on the side at the Mercato della Nuncia. Events start on the 16th, with some parades, flag throwing contests and neighborhood dinners. If you're in the area, check out the program to see what else you can do!

Official site


Empoli | EMPOLI JAZZ | March 1 & 19

X Edition of Winter & Spring Jazz

Two great concerts this month in Empoli for those who love jazz. On the 1st of March you can see Gegè Telesforo - SoundzForChildren in Castelfiorentino. Then on the 19th of March there is Giancarlo Giannini and Marco Zurzolo 4Tet at the Cinema Teatro Excelsior in Empoli with "Le Parole Note".

Facebook Event


Argentario | GRANFONDO | March 24

The 2019 Edition of the Granfondo MTB

Get your bike and lets ride!

Official Webpage


Pisa | PALIO DEI COMUNI |March 31

Ippodromo San Rossore

At the newly restored horse racetrack, the province of Pisa opens its doors to three days of friendly competition between the local government areas. In addition to horse racing there will be a wide selection of food stands featuring the specialties of the area.

Official Webpage


Editor’s Note: This article was updated on March 1, 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)



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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