weekend warriors: oktoberfest and winetown

We’re on an events kick! Here are a few can’t-miss festivals to fill your weekend.

piazzale del gusto

Italians enjoying drinks at a Piazzale del Gusto event

When I heard that my favorite city was celebrating my favorite season with a (free!) Oktoberfest at Piazzale Michelangelo, I nearly tried to resurrect the Mayflower from nearby Plymouth, MA to ship me back to Italy. The Bavarian brew-ha-ha kicked off just yesterday at Piazzale del Gusto, on Viale Michelangelo and will saunter on for three weeks every Wednesday through Sunday until October 7th. In between, you’ll be able to get your fill of German beer and food in one killer Tuscan setting. While you’ll have to cough up a few coins per pour, the festival itself is free to enjoy. We suggest lederhosen for proper attire (send pictures please!).


One setup of many at WineTown

If you’re more of a wine sipper than a beer guzzler (you are in Italy, after all), you might want to check out WineTown this Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22. In a number of piazzas throughout Florence, various wineries and vendors will be sharing the fruits of their labor, with over 100 different wines to try. Those interested in tastings can get a discounted card at any Centro for 13 euro for five tastings, with each card charge getting progressively cheaper – here’s the full rundown. But not everything at this swanky festival will cost you; there are close to 50 musical and theatrical shows happening throughout town that are free to the public, as well as a number of specialty food markets to browse. You can find the full program of events here.

Now, how to decide – beer or wine? Either way, you’re sure to reap the rewards of the Florentine fall harvest. If you’re in need of more information to help you make a decision, visit here for Oktoberfest or here for WineTown. If you take a page from our book, we’d opt for back-to-back, budget-friendly carousing all weekend long.


  1. Meg… nice post to your blog. not only information for planning the future visit, but great stuff for those very lucky enough to be in Firenze at the moment. if you are able to commandeer that old ship, make room for the rest of us!!

    1. thanks arlett! we’re so happy to have you following along. thanks for all your nice comments.

  2. Awesome! Didn’t realize this was going on – I’m so there! Lederhosen pics to follow.

    1. can always count on you for your indestructible wisconsin-bavarian connection!

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