There are many beautiful views and villages out in the Tuscan countryside, exemplified by the Mugello region northeast of the city – popular with hikers, climbers, canoeists and horsefolk.
If, unbelievably, you need to see more baroque buildings, head out to the Medici’s Villa della Petraia or Lorenzo’s Villa di Castello, both just to the north.
Alternatively, 8km south is the tranquil city of Fiesole, with great sights and cultural relics but without the teeming hordes of Florence. The Estate Fiesolana performing arts festival takes place July, August.
Pisa, Lucca and Siena are around an hour away by train or car.
Easter Sunday, Scoppio del Carro, festively exploding a cart in Piazza del Duomo. What madness is this?
March, Cricket Festival (insects, not bats)
June, Festival of Saint John, parades, dances and more.
June, Calcio Storico, a violent 15thC costumed football match in Piazza Santa Croce.
June, Dance Festival.
Sept, Rificolona Festival, kids & lanterns.
For some precise dates or more information see: European Festivals or Arts Festivals.