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Things to do

Get out and about in the city and surroundings! Here’s what’s on in Florence, Italy, with exhibitions, movies, music, travel and more to give ideas on how to fill up your calendars and make the most of the city’s ever-active cultural scene. With parks, picnics and gardens galore, there’s a never-ending line-up.

What's On in Florence


Interi: The Florence Fragment Collection

Distressed ecclesiastical relics are transformed by natural specimens into sculptural works.


Sublime summer events at Castello di Casole

Expect cinema, stargazing and blissful nights at this Belmond hotel in the Tuscan countryside


“Lions, Tigers, and Bears, oh my!” – Cracking Art at Barberino Designer Outlet

Barberino Designer Outlet displays 100 giant colourful animals in an open-air exhibition by Cracking Art, on display from July 12 to September 25.


Outdoor summer venues in Florence

Summer in Florence might be hot, but it makes for lovely long evenings of good food and drinks.


Musical encounters: Incontri in Terra di Siena festival

This year's Incontri in Terra di Siena chamber music festival starts with a concert in Florence at Teatro Verdi on July 21.




San Gimignano: where to eat

San Gimignano is one of the best-loved towns in Tuscany. Here are some top picks for where to spend your calories in the turreted town.


Savour the spring with Destination Florence

Surprise someone special with a memorable outing in the city.


YellowSquare hostel opens in Florence’s viale Redi

Student hostel YellowSquare opens in Florence's viale Redi, with 250 dorm beds, a rooftop pool, bar and restaurant.


Palazzo Portinari Salviati opens in via del Corso

Palazzo Portinari Salviati's blend of high-end residential apartments, vacation suites and fine dining opens on April 15.


DUCO Italy and the thoughts of Florence’s hotel managers

DUCO Italy is a high-end tourism event held annually in Florence, Italy. It promotes the excellence of Italian hospitality to the world’s most important buyers. It’s an invitation-only event featuring ...


Bringing Pinocchio back to Tuscany

Pinocchio’s main message goes far beyond the story of a puppet with a lie-detecting nose. This multilayered text highlights what it means to be Italian, and more specifically, Tuscan.    ...

Florence, Italy, is never short of things to do, with a busy events calendar all year round. We put together what’s on in the city and surroundings with weekly and monthly best events lists that give ideas on what to do in Florence.

Among the many must see things to do in Florence, there are of course the many museums, galleries, and cultural spots, like the Uffizi Galleries, Palazzo Pitti, Accademia Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio, but we’ll also let you in on the newer spots and lesser known secrets too! From the latest installations to brand-new exhibitions, this page is ever-updated with the ongoing and upcoming events in Florence.

For a weekend in the sunshine, have a look at our parks and picnics round-ups, or on a rainy day, check out the must-see museums in Florence and our top picks of the cultural ongoings. Have a look at the latest news from events spaces and cultural venues, and the tips and tricks for life in Florence like children-friendly parks and where are the best hills for hikes.

Whether you come to Florence on a day trip or for longer, we’ll give you some of the must-see things to do in Florence to make the most of your time. A local or here for a longer time? Check out the more off the beaten track locations or join in one of the community events organized by the ever-active international groups.

Looking for where to stay in Florence? We’ve got that covered too! We’ve been to many of the popular (and lesser known) spots in the city and surroundings for spas, short breaks, and top class cocktails, sharing our opinions and what’s going on to help out visitors to the city and those seeking a staycation.

Things to do features:

  • Exhibitions
  • Cinema
  • Music
  • Travel
  • Markets
  • Festivals
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Photography
  • Performing Arts
  • Wellness
  • Outdoor activities
  • Tours
  • Where to stay
  • Sports
  • Concerts
  • Religious centres
  • Talks
  • Fun for kids
  • Family activities