Each year Florence, Italy hosts the “Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale” (Artisan Chocolate Fair), a 10-day event where chocolate vendors from all over the country entice passersby with edible displays and delectable free samples. Here’s a look at what gets the city to ditch their tailored Italian slacks for some good old stretchy pants:

Fiera del Cioccolato Firenze Chocolate body art
Face and body painting with CHOCOLATE! (Ok, this was for kids, but you’re never to old to play with food.)
chocolate covered lips at the florence chocolate fair
Edible chocolate sprinkle lips!

 

Removing the chocolate paint off
The delicious struggle of licking it all off at the end!

 

hot coco and more chocolate
Mountains of chocolate-covered nuts with peaks of hot chocolate!

 

Italian colorful chocolates
Taste the designer-chocolate rainbow!

 

Italian colorful cookies
Whoops! That’s a lot of macaroons missing! We might be responsible.

 

Chocolate truffles of Italy
Don’t even try to choose between truffles. One of each, please!

 

Chocolates with peanuts
Pizza-sized rounds of chocolate!

 

Italian chocolate covered waffles
Waffles sticks dunked in chocolate?! Chocolate-covered strawberry skewers? A freaking chocolate fountain?! Just give me about five minutes alone here…

 

Chocolate covered waffles Fiera Cioccolato Firenze
Milk- and dark-chocolate-dipped waffle sticks with “everything” on top.

 

Vegetarian sausages chocolate style
The perfect sausage for you vegetarians out there. You won’t find this rare chocolate variety in any butcher shop!

 

Chocolate in the shapes of cheese and bread
The taste does not match the image! It’s really all chocolate!

 

Fruits covered in chocolate
Ah, fruits covered in chocolate. These must be healthy!

 

chocolate liquor
Now it’s time to wash all the chocolate down with some (chocolate) liquor!

 

Fresh Italian Cannoli
HOLY CANNOLI!

 

Intern in Italy's first cannoli
Our Intern, Muzzi’s first cannoli ever! …and definitely not his last.

Get your sweet tooth ready because that’s just the beginning. You’ve also got all these chocolate-themed events to enjoy:

  • Chocolate-dyed clothing exhibition (free!) – February 7th, 15:00-16:00
  • Chocolate and tea tastings (€6) – February 7th, 10th-12th, 14th, 17:00-18:00
  • Flag Throwing performance – February 8th, 15:00-16:00
  • Chocolate cocktails – February 9th & 13th, reserve a spot with: info@fieradelcioccolato.it
  • Chocolate face painting (free!) – February 8th, 9th, and 13th, from 16:00-19:00
  • Aperitivo (€8) – February 7th – 14th, from 19:00-21:00, reserve a spot with: info@fieradelcioccolato.it
  • Grappa (Italian brandy) and chocolate tasting (free!) – February 15th, 17:00-18:00, reserve a spot with: info@fieradelcioccolato.it
  • Chocolate-Themed Valentine’s Dinner at Cavolo Nero Restaurant (€43) – February 14th, from 20:30 on, call 055-496433 for reservations
  • Brunch (€15) February 8th-9th, 15th-16th, 12:00-14:00

What are you most excited to taste at the Fiera del Cioccolato?

And while your showing your love for chocolate, show some love to someone you care about! 

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…and our student apartments are just as “sweet” as the chocolate festival!