What to do in Florence this August

What to do in Florence this August

As chiuso per ferie (closed for holidays) signs pop up all over, we take you through ideas for an estate in style.

Mon 01 Aug 2022 10:27 AM

August 1/ Haven’t made the most of the summer saldi (sales) yet? Pick up bits over the next few weeks as the seasonal sales roll out across most stores.

August 2/ Walt Disney is the focus of a performance by the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina at 9pm at Fondazione Zeffirelli for a listen to much-loved classics.

Open-air cinema at piazzale degli Uffizi

August 3/ Last few days to catch a free entry film screening in front of the Uffizi! The Apriti Cinema calendar is on until August 7. 

August 4/ Balagàn Café is the summer cultural festival organized by the Jewish Community of Florence every Thursday until September 1, with delicious dishes, aperitivi, tours, and more.

August 5/ Towers, fortresses and gates are open for the summer, with guided visits of spectacular sites not to be missed.

August 6/ The grand finale of Orchestra della Toscana’s Ville e Giardini Incantati takes place at Pratolino Medici Park, with Brahms and Mendelssohn serenading audiences. 

Forte Belvedere reigning over the city.

August 7/ Free entry to many museums as part of the Domenica Metropolitana initiative is the perfect chance to make the most of the air con while embracing the city’s rich cultural heritage.

August 8/ Soothe your sizzling skin by plunging into one of the city’s pools. Have a look at our list.

August 9/ Head up to Forte Belvedere and Villa Bardini to enjoy their summer exhibits, and catch a film screening at Villa Bardini with the city laid out below.

August 10/ Celebrate the night of San Lorenzo, or the night of falling stars, with piazza San Lorenzo the obvious choice for festivities.

August 11/ Outdoor cinema screenings are a must in the summer, with Manifattura Tabacchi, Anconella, Museo Novecento, Villa Bardini, SdraivIn and Cinema Chiardiluna all worth checking out.

August 12/ Scandicci hosts a summer fest until September 25, with the programme of Scandicci Open City available at www.scandicciopencity.it.

Estate Fiesolana Ph. Marco Borelli

August 13/ Head to the (hopefully) fresher hills of Fiesole to embrace Estate Fiesolana’s programme of music in the ancient amphitheatre. 

August 14/ Set off on a day trip to immerse yourself in nature, whether it’s Lake Bilancino in the Mugello or a day at the seaside in Viareggio. 

August 15/ It’s Ferragosto! Time for water balloon fights and plenty of food to herald the peak holiday period. Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano estate celebrates with aperitivi from 6.30pm, with a delicious dinner to follow featuring bistecca alla Fiorentina, made even more merry by a one man band.

August 16/ A cool caffè shakerato takes the edge off the stifling heat (at least temporarily).

August 17/ Piazza dell’Isolotto and Villa Vogel are the settings for Pupi di Stac’s free-entry puppet shows for children, organized every Wednesday until August 31.

Ugolino swimming pool on the outskirts of Florence

August 18/ Discover the lesser-known pool at Firenzesport Ugolino at via dell’Oliveta 12, just 20 minutes from Florence, surrounded by greenery and shaded tennis courts.

August 19/ There are plenty of farms for family fun if you’re looking to keep young ones entertained over the long summer break: check out our list.

August 20/ Seek shade in a park, packing a picnic of Tuscan treats. Renai Park is a superb green space a short distance from the city, with 118 hectares to explore.

August 21/ Fancy some forest bathing? Bask in the sweet relief of nature at somewhere like the Amiata beech forest. 

August 22/ A summer soirée at La Limonaia at Villa Strozzi is always a hit, with fabulous aperitivi made better by art and culture.

Summer vibes at Manifattura Tabacchi

August 23/ The Estate Fiorentina programme keeps us going all summer long. Check out the latest happenings as part of the seasonal fest.

August 24/ Try your hand at the Vino & Vinci painting experiences in central Florence for a masterclass accompanied by local wine, or Lodato Creative Studio’s classes and workshops. 

August 25/ Find refuge in a library for a quiet read in the sanctuary of the (free) space, and have a look at their events programme.

August 26/ Taste some Tuscan specialties as part of the Sagra della Pappardella held at the Parco di Sonnino in Montespertoli, until September 4. 

When in doubt, gelato is always a good shout!

August 27/ The 500th anniversary of Eleonora di Toledo is celebrated with a guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio.

August 28/ Stroll along the Arno and pick up some street food to enjoy while watching the sunset, with a long line of summer venues to pick from.

August 29/ Get an adrenaline hit with some water sports: take your pick from rafting, paddleboarding, kayaking and river trekking.

August 30/ What would summer be without gelato? Hit up your favourite spot or check out somewhere new.

August 31/ Say cin cin from one of the city’s rooftop bars as you salute the imminent end of the summer and get set for September.

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