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!
Since Easter Week falls between March and April in 2018, we suggest that you also have a look at our article which gives a over overview of the many events programmed covering Holy Thursday (March 29th), Good Friday (March 30th), Easter (April 1st) and Pasquetta (April 2).
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 Celebrates Women
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 the unsavoury conditions that many are still forced to live under.
Italians will celebrate with the gift of the small delicate yellow blossoms that are just making their way out for Spring: the Mimosa. Normally, the Florentines will 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 classical tie, wallet or hammock for Father's Day the Italians love to celebrate the day honoring San Giuseppe with a fried delicacy: the Frittelle. The recipe varies from 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 hot.
Some of the more classical 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”, but they only are serving on the 19th of March - the real Father's Day.
Pisa | CAPODANNO PISANO 2018 | 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 diehards that still enjoy the fun of a second celebrations. Activities start on the 24 and go until the 28 of March with colorful celebrations for this antique 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.
Arezzo | FIERA ANTIQUARIA | March 3, 4 & 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. March has a double feature, which includes the first and last weekends - as well as Easter!
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.
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.
Tuscan Wine Cellars | DONNE, VINO E CINEMA | March 3
Women, wine & the world of film
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.
Lucca | TERRE DI TOSCANA | March 4 & 5
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 130 important producers ranging from small family run vineyards to those who export internationally.
Mugello & Valdisieve | RADUNO SENTIERI BLU | March 3 - 4
rafting , kayak, canoe & sup
The “raduno” is open! And it consists of a weekend filled with water sports, which means following the river Sieve from Ponte a Vicchio to Scopeti in Rufina. You will find tubes, rafting, kayaks, canoes, SUP and more cruising down this busy river.
Casette | IL CIORCHIELLO | March 17 - 18
sweets before Easter
A traditional dessert to be tasted in the hills of Massa Carrara
San Giovanni d'Asso | FESTA DEL TARTUFO | March 17-18 & 25 To Be Confirmed
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
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.
Lucca | CAMELIE LUCCHESIA | March 10-11 / 17-18 / 24-25 & 31 and April 1 -2
XXIX 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.
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.
Pitigliano | TORCIATA DI SAN GIUSEPPE | March 14-19
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.
Torrita di Siena | PALIO DEI SOMARI | March 25
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.
Empoli | EMPOLI JAZZ | March 4 & 23
VIII Edition of Winter & Spring Jazz
Two great concerts this month in Empoli for those who love jazz. On the 4th of March you can see URI CAINE & DAVE Douglas present JOYS. The on the 23rd of March there is Danilo Rea-Peppe Servillo: Napoli and Jazz.
Argentario | GRANFONDO | March 25
The 12th Edition of the Granfondo MTB
Get your bike and lets ride !
Monteriggioni | SIGERICO | March 25
A Half Marathon on the Via Francigena
With a totally new trail mapped out, the 7th edition of Running in the footsteps of Sigerico, the man whose diary has helped recreate the via Francigena will be taking place for those interested in running, walking or strolling. Sign - up and be ready to enjoy some of the prettiest Tuscan landscapes ever.
Sansepolcro | FIERE DI MEZZAQUARESIMA | March 15-16-17-18
A Festival to Celebrate the Midpoint
Ever since Carnival ended on with Martedì Grasso, the Catholic Italians have been rigorously observing Lent...this festival, in the province of Arezzo, is just to lighten the atmosphere a bit with some fun, sweets, tractors, sheep, cattle and games before Easter week is upon us.
Pisa | PALIO DEI COMUNI | TBA
Ippodromo San Rossore
At the newly restored 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.
Siena | CIOCOSI | March 6 - 7
And then it moves to
LUCCA | CIOCOSI | March 23 - 25
The Great Handmade Chocolate Festival
Cooking shows, chocolate lessons, tastings and pairings: rum, brandy, beer, coffee and chocolate. Even the kids can participate in workshops and lots of fun with balloons and cartoon characters. As you can see, the main attractions include many events plus the exhibition and market of handmade chocolate with delicious creations of the best chocolatiers.
Editor’s Note: This article was updated on February 26, 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)