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Events not to be missed in October 2017 in the City of Florence and the Metropolitan area

sabato 30 Settembre 2017

The programme of events taking place in Florence and the Metropolitan area, in October, is inspired by Autumn’s distinctive colours and flavours. The full listing is available on the city’s official tourist website at

October is the month of chestnuts. The famous brown nut is celebrated across the metropolitan area with festivals dedicated to its numerous, delicious recipes. Almost every Sunday of the month will see a Chestnut Festival taking place in one of the local districts from Firenzuola, Castelfiorentino, Vicchio, Marradi and Incisa to Greve in Chianti, San Piero a Sieve and more.

With autumn comes another typical flavour: the opulent and distinctive truffle. Whether you prefer black or white, you can taste the first truffles of the season as early as 1st October at Tartufiera, in Barberino Val d’Elsa. Tartufesta is held on 28th and 29th October in Montaione, while Barberino del Mugello hosts a trade fair of black and white truffles.

For local handicrafts: On 7th and 8th October, Florence will host “ The International Ceramics Fair” in Piazza SS. Annunziata, showcasing works by 80 artists from all over Europe. Florence Biennale is back in Florence at the Fortezza da Basso, from 6th to 15th October. At the XI edition of the Biennale of International Contemporary Art, visitors will find all the latest trends in Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Photography, and Digital art. Those who are already looking for Christmas gifts could check out Florence Creativity, also held at Fortezza da Basso. Here, a long weekend, from 26th to 29th October, will be entirely dedicated to the world of the handmade.

Art lovers will be glad to know that “Oltre le Mura”, displaying works by contemporary Chinese artists, will be extended until 22th October. The exhibition is held at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, the seat of the Metropolitan City of Florence. Palazzo Strozzi hosts “The Cinquecento in Florence” a major exhibition dedicated to great artists of the sixteenth century. Artist Urs Fischer will be exhibiting his contemporary installations in Piazza Signoria and on the Arengario, the stone platform outside Palazzo Vecchio.