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 withing 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 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 Father’s
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 or raisins or pine nuts ... or not but it is always fried and it is always best eat 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 where the local women gather to “fry'em up”, but they only are serving on the 19th of March - the real Father's Day.
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.
Pistoia | CAPITALE CULTURALE D’ITALIA | 2017
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.
Cassa di Risparmio | IN EVIDENZA | March 5 & 26
The bank Casa di Risparmio opens its most secret doors to the pubblic from 3:30 pm to 8 pm, an event not to be missed if you want to see a few hidden surprises. Official Website
Il Funaro | IL DONO | March 11
A poetic theater piece that will transcend any language barrier with marionettes and mimes. Other Events
Saloncino della Musica | QUARTETTO LYSKAMM | March 18
Enjoy the musical notes of Haydn, Bartok and Ravel with this group of strings. Other Events
Teatro Manzoni | ORCHESTRA LEONORE | March 31
Gabriela Montero pianoforte playing compositions by Edvard Grieg and Johannes Brahms. Official Website
Tuscan Wine Cellars | DONNE, VINO E MOTORI | March 4
Women & Wine
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.
Viareggio | TERRE DI TOSCANA | March 4-6
Excellence in a Wine Glass
One of the more significant events on the national level for wine producers of this area. Viareggio 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 4-5
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.
Arezzo | OLIOGUSTANDO | March 2, 9 & 16
a menu based on extra virgin olive oil
Select restaurants along the Strada del Vino Arezzo” are prepping special menus which highlight the unmistakable flavor of olive oil. From starters to the dessert, you will find three different restaurants in the month of March with a tantalizing array of dishes that just need to be savored!
Vernio | FESTA DELLA POLENTA | March 5
a delicious dish from the country kitchen
In the valley of Bisenzio, just outside of Prato and Florence, this small little town shows up in a big way! Plan a visit of the many sites and small towns in this area and then be sure to stop in Vernio for a taste of their special recipes using polenta.
San Giovanni d’Asso | FESTA DEL TARTUFO | March 11-12
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.
Prato | S-MART | March 15-19
Hand crafts from Florence, Prato & Pistoia
It’s all in the name, S-Mart or as the Italians would say ”furbo”. A market that shows off the best of the best.
Camaldoli | TREK GASTRONOMICO | March 12
from the forest to the table
Join the crowd and do some of your own truffle hunting in the woods surrounding the Camaldoli Hermitage with an organized hike. Not only will you be searching out these perfumed little balls but also a one of a kind visit of an ancient forest.
Lucca | CAMELIE LUCCHESIA | March 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26
XXVVIII 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
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.
Pitigliano | TORCIATA DI SAN GIUSEPPE | March 14-19
heralding in the 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.
San Giovanni d’Asso | TRENO NATURA | March 19
All aboard one of the historic trains as it chugs its way into the Siena countryside in search of the infamous Marzuolo truffles. An unique experience that revives the old method of transport and takes you deep into the countryside of the Creti Senesi and traditional flavors.
Torrita di Siena | PALIO DEI SOMARI | March 19
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 15 & 20
VIII Edition of Winter & Spring Jazz
Two great concerts this month in Empoli for those who love jazz. On the 15th of March you can see John Scofield Quartet at the Teatro La Perla. The on the 20th of March there is the Roberto Pianca Quintet featuring Glenn Zaleski at the Auditorium of Palazzo Pretorio.
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 25 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. Activities start on the 24 and go until the 28 of March with colorful celebrations for this antique tradition.
Argentario | GRANFONDO | March 26
The 11th Edition of the Granfondo MTB
Get your bike and lets ride !
Sansepolcro | FIERE DI MEZZAQUARESIMA | March 30 - April 2
A Festival to Celebrate the Midpoint
Ever since Carnival ended on with Martedì Grasso, the Catholic Italians have been rigorously observing Lent...this festival is just to lighten the atmosphere a bit with some fun, sweets, tractors, sheep, cattle and games before Easter week is upon us.
Valdinievole | OPEN WEEK | March 26 - April 2
Discovering Leonardo and Pinocchio
The Valley of Nievole is the home to some of most famous iconic figures of Tuscany - for example Leonardo da Vinci and Pinocchio. This week is dedicated to showing off the beauty and surprises in this area with its special little hamlets, museums, castles and art.
Pisa | PALIO DEI COMUNI | March 26
Ippodromo San Rossore
At the newly restored racetrack, the province of Pisa opens its doors to a 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.
Lucca | VERDEMURA | March 31- April 1
The Green Wall of Lucca
Over a Italian and foreign 150 exhibitors: nurseries for plants and extoci horticultre, trees, bulbs, garden tools and furniture will all be available a the Mura di Lucca, one of the more suggestive antique parks in all of Europe.
Siena | CIOCOSI | March 28 - April 2
The Great Handmade Chocolate Festival
Cooking shows, chocolate lessons, tastings and wine pairings, rum, brandy, beer, coffee and chocolate. And even for the kids there will be workshops and lots of fun with balloons and cartoon characters. As you can see the main attractions include many events plus the exhibition-market of handmade chocolate with delicious creations of the best chocolatiers.