October is a nice time to visit Florence as the crowds diminish and temperatures cool down. Here are festivals and events that happen each October in Florence.
Early October during odd-numbered years - Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell'Antiquariato. This extremely prestigious biennial antiques fair typically takes place in late September or early October at Palazzo Corsini, giving serious collectors the chance to view and bid on antiques from around the world. Florence hosts a number of other cultural programs during the time of the fair, including musical performances and galas.
Amici della Musica The Amici della Musica classical music concert season starts in October. See Amici della Musica for schedule (in Italian).
October 31 - Halloween. Although Halloween is not really an Italian holiday, it's becoming quite popular, especially amongst young adults. You'll find Halloween costume parties in many of Florence's nightclubs (see Top Florence Nightclubs). Read more about Halloween in Italy.
Winery Tours October is a good time to go into the wine region of Tuscany. A good way to visit wineries and see some of the countryside is on a guided tour. Here's a selection of guided Tuscany Winery Tours, most offering transportation from Florence hotels.
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