Visiting Florence in Spring

Spring is one of the best times of year to visit the Italian city of Florence. Below are some ideas for things to do in Florence this Spring.

If you are in Florence on Easter Sunday, you can watch Scoppio del Carro (explosion of the cart). This origin of this tradition dates from the First Crusade when a resident of Florence was the first person to climb the walls of Jerusalem. in recognition of his fearless act, he was gifted three flints from the Church of Holy Sepulchre. When he returned to Florence, he began to use the flints to light a holy fire at Easter. Now on Easter Sunday, a 500 year old cart filled with fireworks, is drawn by white oxen from Porta al Prato to Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). A long ignition wire is lit at the Cathedral altar, which triggers the twenty minute firework display on the cart

I recommend a walk up to Piazzele Michelangelo, for some wonderful views along the River Arno.

There’s a Gelato (Ice Cream) Festival in Piazzale Michelangelo from 21 – 25 April 2017.

The Iris Garden flanks the eastern side of Piazzale Michelangelo. The Iris Garden is only open for a few weeks in Spring. It’s home to more than 2,500 varieties of iris.

photo by Living in Florence, Italy by Melinda Gall0

The Rose Garden is on western side of Piazzale Michelangelo. it is open all year from 9am to dusk. it was created in 1865 by local architect Guiseppe Poggi.

photo by ilaria

Spring is great time for a stroll around Boboli Gardens, which is adorned with sculptures mainly dating from the 16th to 18th centuries.

Palazzo Pitti is adjacent to the Boboli Gardens, it was originally home of the grand dukes of Tuscany. It is now the largest museum complex in Florence.

The Florence Bike Festival runs from 21 – 23 April 2017, with most events taking place in Parco delle Cascine. The festival is for all age groups and abilities. On Sunday 22 April, there’s the non-competitive Sunrise Bike Ride. It starts at 6am, lasting for one hour along a easy route.

As you’d expect, there is plenty to see on the arts front in Florence this Spring.  The G7 of Art is an exhibition of the work of seven international artists, including British sculptor Louise Giblin and Japanese artist Yasumichi Nakagawa. It’s on until !7 April in the crypt at Bascilica di Santa Croce.

The Gustav Klimt Experience runs until 1 May 2017 at the Church of San Stefano al Ponte.

The poet Dante Aligheri, known simply as Dante, was born in Florence in 1265. If you are interested in literature, and are looking for some respite from the Tuscan sunshine, you could visit Dante’s House, which is now a museum. You could also visit Santa Maria del Cerchi church, where Dante first saw, and fell in love with, his muse Beatrice, when he was only nine years old.

If you are in the mood for dance, the Florence Tango Festival runs from 29 April to 1 May 2017.

A boat trip on River Arno is one of the best ways to see Florence at sunset.

To savour the delights of Spring in Florence, you’ll need a good hotel in Florence as a base.  The Brunelleschi is a beautiful boutique hotel, located in the city centre. The hotel is named after Filippo Brunelleschi, a local designer and architect regarded as one of the fathers of the Renaissance, who designed the dome of Florence Cathedral. The hotel’s Pagliazzi Tower Suite has views of the Cathedral.

The Balcony Suite offer views over the rooftops toward the Palazzo Vecchio.

I’d love to sit in my hotel room and be able to see Florentine landmarks.

The Hotel Brunelleschi even has its own private museum, where exhibits unearthed during renovation work are on display.

I hope that I have inspired you to visit Florence in Spring.