You’ll love the events taking place in Italy throughout February. While there’s a generous extra day of miserable Winter tacked on to the end of the month, February is still about clearing away the cobwebs and preparing for the forthcoming Spring season. Some events this month mark the oncoming season with plenty of colour and sound. There are also special days to mark classic patron saints, plus events that will satisfy fans of food, music and fashion. For all of the latest on the various carnival celebrations, check out this blog. And if that’s not enough, it’s also the month of (adopts deep, growling Barry White voice) lurve! Valentine’s Day is celebrated with some style in Italy, whether you’re part of a couple or all alone. So pull up the roses, eat some chocolates, and let’s see what we’ve got in a fun-filled February!
CHOCOLATE HEAVEN in Florence
If you’re seeking the ideal chocolate fair, then this month Florence is the perfect destination. Between the 12th and the 21st February, Fiera del Cioccolato showcases some of the finest chocolates from all over Italy in the Renaissance city of Florence. Chocolate artisans will be displaying their offerings – among the exhibitors are highly regarded producers: Chocolate Cavalsani, Dona Malina and Croccanteria Bergamo. In addition to the many stalls and displays, chocolate fans can enjoy a choice of other initiatives including meetings with experts, culinary experiences, and tastings. Children can attend special workshops and take part in games and classes which include the art of biscuit making (at the end of which the kids can sample some of their creations). Older visitors can look forward to classes that include becoming a Master Chocolatier for the day! A dedicated lab plays host to the class in which you can discover the art of creating delicious chocolates. Other events include a twin tasting for chocolate and the potent grappa. Now in its 12th year, Fiera del Cioccolato offers something for all chocolate fans and is sure to be another tasty proposition! It is held in Piazza Santa Maria Novella.