Spectacular food and fashionable creations can be found throughout the year in Florence, but a special event held during the harvest month of October highlights the true bounty of Italian cuisine and culture: the Fiera di Firenze, a giant food and shopping fair held at the Fortezza da Basso exhibition area in the heart of the city. Throughout the four-day event, attendees can participate in cooking classes, indulge in wine tastings and browse the latest fashion styles.
In 2015, the Fiera di Firenze will be held from Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, October 18. The event is open from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. The weekend schedule makes for an ideal opportunity to get to know the city and its culture from one of the available long term rentals in Florence. Best of all, admission is absolutely free!
Delicious cuisine figures prominently in Italian life, and visitors to the Fiera di Firenze will have the chance to witness live demonstrations of meal preparation by well-known master chefs. Where better to learn how to prepare authentic Italian food than in Florence? To accommodate modern sensibilities, there will also be “stress-free” recipes designed for busy professionals, and a section dedicated to gluten-free ingredients for those with dietary restrictions. In addition the the presentation of cooking shows, guests can browse and purchase local specialty foods. Restaurants which specialize in global cuisine will also be represented, incorporating the enticing aromas and flavors of South America, Asia and the Middle East.
Music and Shopping
Florence is a city known for its shopping opportunities, from handcrafted papers to richly colored leather goods. As such, the Fiera di Firenze is the perfect place to shop for gifts for the upcoming holiday season, a mere two months after the fair. Whether shopping or dining during the day, do not miss the nighttime events! During the evening hours, the fortress comes alive with the best modern musical beats that can be contained within its ancient walls. Fair attendees can enjoy festive cocktails and tasty appetizers, coming together to discuss the events of the day and plans for the future.
The Fiera di Firenze fairground exhibition venues include the famed 16th-century Fortezza da Basso, Palazzo dei Congressi and Palazzo degli Affari. Together, they comprise almost 100,000 square meters, and are centrally located in the historical heart of Florence, a short walk away from the Santa Maria Novella railway station. Of course, permanent or part-time residents of the city are only a walk or taxi-ride away from the Fortezza and all of the festivities of the fair. Apartments and houses for rental in Florence</a> locate you in the center of all the excitement.