March in Florence

March is a fabulous time to visit Florence, as the days grow longer, spring arrives, and the weather turns sunny and pleasant. Summer’s hot muggy days are still far away, and the brisk air of March is ideal for exploring a city of art like Florence.

What’s more, March in Florence is chock full of events! March 8 is International Women’s Day, just one of many events not to be missed.

One of the most anticipated events is the Taste Fair. Now in its 11th year, this top-notch food Festival brings the finest food and wine from all of Italy to be shown at Florence’s Stazione Leopolda. Over 300 companies that make sweets, pasta, cold meats, craft beer, jam, cheese and much more, meet up here for three days from March 12 to March 14, 2016.

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Saturday and Sunday morning is limited to professionals, but Sunday afternoon and all day Monday, it is open to everyone who buys a ticket (€20) which lets you freely taste anything inside the fair.

Beyond the tastings, Taste also has food-themed meetings and discussions in the “Ring” area, where cooking products and kitchen utensils are also for sale.

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And then there is the proliferation of interesting “Fuoriditaste” events taking place all around town, in many shops, restaurants and unusual locations. Examples include the conference in English at Apicius “Teaching Traditions – No Legal Age for Drinking Culture” with a tasting at Riso Acquerello and Pastificio Fabbri; the tasting of Franciacorta Cuvée Royale Marchesi Antinori paired with Royal caviar at Procacci, and a brunch with the Forchettina Giramondo and Glutenfree bloggers to learn new original recipes at the cooking school MaMa.

Another yearly and ever growing event in Florence is “Irlanda in Festa” celebrating the day of Ireland’s patron Saint Patrick, with music, food and beer from the “Emerald Isle” The date this year is Friday, March 18, 2016 from 7:30 PM at Obi Hall. Live music for dancing!

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Another important day closes the month of March: Easter. Famously, on Easter Sunday in Florence there is the “Scoppio del carro” (explosion of the cart) is an age-old folk tradition in our city when a giant cart hauled by oxen goes through the streets the historical center, and stops in front of the Duomo waiting for the “dove” to be lit.

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This touches off an explosion of firecrackers and fireworks to mark the ancient tradition of celebrating the success of the farmers’ harvest. If you happen to be in Florence at this time, it’s a truly a spectacle to be seen.

English translation by Miriam Hurley

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