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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 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

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 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.

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.

Official link

Pistoia: Events March 2017

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.

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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.

Official Webpage

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!

Brochure with Restaurants & Menus

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.

Program & events

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.

View the Calendar for more dates

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.

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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.

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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.

Official Webpage

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.

Official Webpage

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.

Official Webpage

San Giovanni d’Asso | TRENO NATURA | March 19

Tartufo Marzuolo

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Argentario | GRANFONDO | March 26

The 11th Edition of the Granfondo MTB

Get your bike and lets ride !

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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.

Program & Special Openings

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.

Official Webpage

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.

Official Webpage

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.

Official Webpage

Cioco Siena, your Chocolate moment in Siena

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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