February: it’s so much more than Valentine’s Day. While Florence is a romantic place to spend a lovers’ holiday, we’ve got a whole month of free events and tours to get to. Tell your sweetheart (if you’ve got one) that you’re on a mission for more museums this month. If you’re single – we’ve got you covered! Where better to attract a few admirers than while looking polished and intelligent at an art event? Your inside scoop follows.
Traces of Florence | Now until February 3
There are still a few days left to visit Palazzo Vecchio and learn about the history of Florentine streets. Hannah has laid out all the reasons why you should go here.
Free Museum Sunday | February 10
One day (almost) every month, city dwellers enjoy free entry to the Palazzo Vecchio, the Stefano Bardini Museum, the Fondazione Salvatore Romano Museum, the Santa Maria Novella Museum, and the Brancacci Chapel at Santa Maria del Carmine. All you need is a card and a reservation – click here for the details.
Valentine’s Day | February 14
Since San Valentino was a Roman saint, there’s no place more appropriate to celebrate Valentine’s Day than in Italy. Here are our dreams of how to spend the day – for free, of course.
In the spirit of love, however, we recommend stopping by Piazza Repubblica at 3 p.m. to participate in 1 Billion Rising, when 1 billion people worldwide are expected to stand up and dance in opposition to violence against women. So shake what your momma gave ya for all the mommas and future may-be-mommas out there! We promise it will make your heart happy.
Free Museum Tours | February 16 & 17
In celebration of International Tourist Guide Day, visitors can receive free guided tours to some of our favorite (but often lesser visited) museums: Sant’ Apollonia, Chiostro dello Scalzo, San Salvi’s Last Supper, Museo Casa Rodolfo Siviero, and the Abbey of San Salvatore (in Settimo). The idea is to encourage sustainable tourism by drawing visitors to smaller museums – sound familiar?
One tour we’re particularly psyched about is of the historic movie theaters in town. The walk starts at the Odeon and then moves to the Gambrinus, an old cinema that’s better known today as the Hard Rock Café.
For tour times and more details click here. If you’re interested in any, be sure to make a reservation by February 12.
Free Concert at La Specola | February 24
Throughout the spring, music lovers and natural history enthusiasts alike might enjoy free concerts at La Specola, Florence’s Natural History Museum. This particular Sunday features tap dancing in the Fireplace Room, but the lineup includes everything from solo violinists in the Observatory to a full band in the Skeleton Room. Attend each show to see all the different rooms; if you can’t contain your curiosity once inside, pay 6 euro for a full ticket and enjoy a tour of the museum after the concert.
For full dates, times, and details, click here.