April is usually a nice time to visit Florence. Here are the festivals and events that happen each April in Florence.
Early April - Holy Week, Easter, and the Scoppio del Carro. As in the rest of Italy, Holy Week and Easter in Florence are commemorated with grand masses and other celebrations steeped in tradition. One of Florence's biggest festivals is the Scoppio del Carro, literally "Explosion of the Cart," an event that dates back to medieval times. The Scoppio del Carro takes place following mass on Easter Sunday in front of the Duomo. Read more about the Scoppio del Carro and other Easter Traditions in Italy.
Mid-April - Culture Week. The Settimana delle Beni Culturali is a week celebrated all over Italy, in which state-run museums and monuments are open for free and, sometimes, for longer hours. Some museums in Florence that participate include the Accademia and the Bargello, among many others. The week almost always happens in April, but check the Beniculturali website for definitive dates. Note: cancelled in 2013
April 25 - Liberation Day. April 25 marks the anniversary that Florence and the rest of Italy was liberated at the end of World War II.
End of April - Crafts Exhibition. Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell'Artigianato, a week-long international arts and crafts exhibition, is usually held at Fortezza da Basso starting in late April. Dates and Information
April 30 - Notte Bianca. Florence's museums are open at night with free admission. There are concerts and special events all around the city for the Notte Bianca, or white night. Special events for children are usually held from 7:00 - 10:00 PM.
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