What to do this August in Florence

Here’s our pick of things to do during the hottest month of the year

Jane Farrell
August 5, 2021 - 9:38

August 1 / You have until September 1 to avail of the summer sales, so now’s the time to stock up on the bits you need before the good stuff gets grabbed.

 

 

August 2 / Belmond Villa San Michele in the Fiesole hills is a fine place to delight sublime bites paired with some fine wine while gazing down at the Renaissance city. 

 

 

August 3 / Le Murate Caffè Letterario offers more than just a spritz, as literary readings, concerts and other events provide a perfect summer’s evening.

 

 

 

 

August 4 / It’s your last chance to catch a movie in the garden of the picturesque Villa Medicea di Lilliano in Bagno a Ripoli. Indulge in a glass of Malenchini wine and enjoy the streaming of A Casa Tutti Bene

 

 

August 5 / Climb to the heights of Forte di Belvedere and enjoy Bobo Rondelli’s Cuore Libero on the terrace at 7pm as part of Firenze dall’Alto.

 

 

August 6 / Starlit cinema at the spectacular setting of Villa Bardini is a must. Tonight, it’s Downton Abbey. You have until August 22 to catch a screening (tickets cost 5 euro), with free entry for families on Thursdays.

 

 

August 7 / Catch the If the wind blows in Florence…? exhibition by Mariko Hori at MAD – Murate Art District to satisfy your cultural cravings with works that explore the relationship between language and history. 

 

 

 

 

August 8 / Take a guided tour of one of the city’s historic sites as the towers, gates and fortresses open to the public until September 30.

 

 

August 9 / Make the most of free entry to the Boboli Gardens for Florence residents.

 

 

August 10 / Stargazing is a must to mark the night of San Lorenzo, when your dreams are said to come true.

 

 

August 11 / LIGHT at the Campo di Marte gardens is another top spot this summer as free admission jazz, film screenings and food stalls set you up for a chilled evening.

 

 

 

 

August 12 / Take a stroll with alpacas and enjoy zero km bites at Fattoria Colli di Marliano. 15 euro buffet on Thursdays! 

 

 

August 13 / Pick among the local piazzas and you’re sure to find locals chatting in the summer sunshine.

 

 

August 14 / Jardin La Ménagère is a hot new spot in the Riva Lofts on via Baccio Bandinelli that promises an unforgettable dining experience in the stylish setting.

 

 

August 15 / It’s Ferragosto! Do nothing. 

 

 

August 16 / Venture up to Ruffino’s scenic Poggio Casciano estate for a Tuscan meal paired with top Tuscan wines. There’ll more than likely be a cultural event underway as part of the Sotto le Stelle summer showcase of live music, outdoor cinema, poetry nights and tastings. 

 

 

 

 

August 17 / Every day there’s something different at Anconella Garden (via Villamagna 39). Theatre, music, cinema, talks and workshops will have you returning night after night.

 

 

August 18 / Serre Bistrot keep things cool during the summer with DJ sets, readings, performances and other enticing events in the enchanting gardens.

 

 

August 19 / Tonight’s the last of the late-night openings at the Accademia Gallery, when you can view masterpieces until 10pm.

 

 

August 20 / Summer soirées at La Limonaia at Villa Strozzi bring together the best of the city, surrounded by history, views and fabulous aperitivi, all crowned by art and culture.

 

 

 

 

August 21 / Grab your mat for some yoga in the park. Try out Villa Vogel and Giardino dell’Orticoltura.

 

 

August 22 / Local libraries always provide light relief from the heat outside.

 

 

August 23 / Il Conventino Caffè Letterario on via Giano della Bella offers literary lovers readings with live performances and aperitivi.

 

 

August 24 / Kids might be moaning about a lack of things to do, but will soon cheer at Fattoria di Maiano in Fiesole. 

 

 

 

 

August 25 / Pack a picnic and find a spot in one of Florence’s parks.

 

 

August 26 / See Florence from a different point of view as Firenze dall’Alto hosts Gabriella Greison’s Monologhi Quantistici at the Rose Garden.

 

 

August 27 / Set off in the cooler morning for a light hike in the hills or discover a villa or castle you’ve been meaning to visit.

 

 

August 28 / A seaside trip is a necessity. Viareggio is the closest, but Castiglioncello, Forte dei Marmi and San Vincenzo are doable in a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 29 / Dive into Le Pavoniere (8-11 euro), Flog (8-10 euro) Bellariva (8-9) or the Hidron (10-12 euro) to soothe your skin from the sun’s rays.

 

August 30 / Shelter at the Mercato Centrale Firenze for a refreshing evening of nibbles and drinks.

 


August 31 / Finish up August in style with a paddleboard on the Arno.

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