A spring holiday in Florence means rejuvenating, mild days ambling through Renaissance gardens, fresh produce at farmers’ markets and high-octane Easter festivities. Book a spring hotel in Florence and see the city at its freshest.
During the Easter holidays, dodge the queues on your spring holiday in Florence at the busier Accademia and Uffizi galleries and discover some of the city’s lesser-known museums. Treasures from Egyptian expeditions are on view for free at the Museo Archeologico in the 17th century Palazzo della Crocetta on Via della Colonna. Marvel at Galileo’s original telescope at the Arno riverfront Museo di Storia della Scienza in Palazzo Castellani. Treasures like Michelangelo’s statues from Florence’s centrepiece, the Duomo, are easier to see in the comparatively uncrowded Museo dell’ Opera del Duomo behind the cathedral.
Artisans’ stalls fill the exhibition centre behind Fortezza da Basso’s battlement walls for Mostra Internazionale dell' Artigianato. Find one-off ceramic pieces and handmade dress jewellery at this arts and crafts show during April’s last week. Off-season market shopping on a laidback San Lorenzo street market can mean discounts on leather prices, which can go up in summer. Time your spring holiday in Florence with the Antique Fiorentino fair in Piazza Santo Spirito on the second Sunday of every month where over 100 dealers gather. Or pick up honey and herbs when the Tuscan countryside comes to Florence for the Fierucola farmers’ market on the third Sunday of the month.
Roman centurions parade for the re- enactment of The Passion of Christ in Grassina village on Good Friday, just 10 minutes from Florence’s centre. Festive crowds converge on Easter Sunday in central Piazza del Duomo for the pagan Explosion of the Cart, or Scoppio del Carro spectacle. A dove-shaped rocket of flames from a holy fire ignites firecrackers around an ornate cart after Easter Mass. The Duomo’s bells peal at 11a.m. to kick- start the ancient ritual.