Here at Florence Inferno we list the weekly events happening in Florence and provide an events guide containing information on music, art, cinema, markets, and much more taking place in the city.
This week we make a special mention of the Florentine Easter traditions, among which is the most famous: the Scoppio del Carro (explosion of the cart) happening in front of Basilica di S. Maria del Fiore. On Easter Monday don’t miss the opportunity to have a picnic on the grass of Cascine park.
Friday, April 18, 2014
The Florence Inferno Tour organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. A full-day Florence walking tour inspired by Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno. Enter some of the most amazing, mysterious, and famous places in Florence. The tour runs every day starting at 9.15 a.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/guided-tour/
Easter Passion Play in Grassina, a town located 15 minutes south of Florence by car or bus n. 31 from Florence’s city center. This annual Passion Play consists of four hundred town residents faithfully recreating New Testament episodes, culminating in the Crucifixion. The Passion Play begins in two different locations: while a procession of people dressed as Galileans and Romans from 2,000 years ago winds its way along the streets of Grassina, a succession of scenes from the life of Christ, accompanied by narration and classical music, takes place on a nearby hill. The crowd arrives there just in time to witness Christ condemned to death and thereby becoming part of the drama. This deeply moving ritual has been re-enacted in Grassina on and off for the past 300 years.
Starting at 9 p.m. Tickets: € 15 (bleacher seats), € 12 (standing).
Info and booking: +39055646051; www.rievstoricagrassina.it
Live concert by the Italian rock singer Piero Pelù at Obihall. More than a concert, a party, “fiesta rock”, as coined by Piero. Accompanied on tour by Manuel Magnelli of the Italian alternative rock band Afterhours. Starting at 9:30 p.m. Ticket price: € 32.
Info and booking: www.bitconcerti.it/evento/piero-pelu%27.html?evid=911
Concert by Dario Vergassola and David Rondino at Auditorium al Duomo. They will be accompained on the stage of the Auditorium al Duomo by the music of the Italian composer Verdi, performed live by the Innovative Ensemble, a music group composed of musicians from different traditions and nationalities. Before the concert there will be aperitifs with drinks and finger food (included in the price of the ticket of admission). Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: €18/20/15
Info: www.festivalprimavisione.blogspot.it; T: +393286939845
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Exhibition Giovanni Colacicchi. Figures of rhythm and light in the Florence of 1900s at Villa Bardini until October 19, 2014. This first exhibition of Colacicchi after his death (1992) incorporates his entire teaching as a painter, writer, critic, and humanist, some eighty works belonging to the masterpieces of the twentieth century figurative. Visiting hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Free guided tours on Sunday afternoons. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +3905520066206; www.bardinipeyron.it
Beatles vs Rolling Stones party at Flog. For the occasion of the Record Store Day challenge, the most recent rendition of No One Band/Magical Mystery Trip and Crazy Mama. It’s time to answer the question that many have asked themselves at some time in their lives: Beatles or Rolling Stones? Starting at 9:30 p.m. Ticket price: € 7/5
Rich evening aperitifs and an extensive wine list at Sant’Ambrogio Caffè. Open daily from 10.30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Info: Caffè S. Ambrogio, Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, 7r T. 055 2477277
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Scoppio del Carro (explosion of the cart) in front of Basilica di S. Maria del Fiore.
Florence celebrates Easter Sunday every year in a very special way: the annual explosion of the cart. For over 350 years the Easter celebration in Florence has included this ritual in which an elaborate wagon, a structure built in 1622 and standing two to three stories high, is dragged throughout Florence behind a fleet of white, garlanded oxen. The pageantry ends in front of the Basilica di S. Maria del Fiore, where Mass is held. During the midday service, a holy fire is stoked by ancient stone chips from the Holy Sepulcher, and the Archbishop lights a dove–shaped rocket that travels down a wire and collides with the cart in the square, setting off spectacular fireworks and explosions to the cheers of everyone. A big bang ensures a good harvest, and a parade in medieval costume follows.
Procession starts around 10 a.m., explosion around 11 a.m. Free admission.
Info: +39055290832; firstname.lastname@example.org
Brunch at Zaziè Dans Le Bistrò (Cinema Alfieri) from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. Breakfast corner with buffet and hot dishes, beverage, and film’s screening. Price € 18.
Exhibition Characters – Icons of Japanese comics in world culture by Yoshiyasu Tamura at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, until April 28, 2014. Tamura began his artistic career in 1997 as a comic book artist and is now one of the most famous authors of manga in Japan. He is also a painter: in his paintings traditional Japanese painting and the world of comics come together in images of unique beauty. Visiting hours: from 10 a.m until 6 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays. Ticket price: € 7
Info: www.provincia.fi.it; T: +390552760340
Sunset Trip from Florence to Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills organised by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. A sunset trip from Florence to Fiesole, a small village situated in the hills of Tuscany. It is from this settlement that the City of Florence seems to have originated. Enjoy scenic routes, see breathtaking panoramas, visit Fiesole’s Abbey and Roman Amphitheatre, and taste delicious local wine and food. The tour runs every day. Starting at 4:30 p.m. Tour price: € 45 per person.
Info and booking: www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Film screening at Spazio Alfieri. Also on that afternoon, Finding Vivian Maier by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. A survey on the life and art of Vivian Maier, a nanny who kept in secret over 100,000 photographs, which earned Maier the status of the most important street photographer of the twentieth century. His strange life and his work are told through previously unseen photographs, as well as a series of films and interviews. Starting at 6 p.m. Ticket price: € 7,50.
Info: +390555320840; email@example.com
Monday, April 21, 2014
The day after Easter in Italy is traditionally called Pasquetta. It is a day of celebration that is usually spent with family or friends at a traditional outing or picnic, a picnic on the grass, outdoor activities, or during a short vacation to the beach or lake.
Here in Florence we suggest that you have a typical Italian Easter lunch (comprised of hard boiled eggs, various salumi and cheeses, baked pasta, pizza piena, chocolate eggs) on the grass of Cascine Park, at Anconella Park, or in the public garden on via Faentina n.145, commonly known as the Pettini-Burresi area.
Info: Cascine Park, via delle Cascine, 50144 Firenze (free admission) – Anconella Park, via di Villamagna, 50126 Firenze (free admission) – Pettini-Burresi area, via Faentina n.145 (free admission).
Open fair: Pasquetta a Fiesole! Wine, food, and handcrafts market in Piazza Mino, the main square of Fiesole, a small village situated in the hills of Tuscany, 15 minutes from Florence by bus. From 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Free admission
“Fortezza Antiquaria” (Ancient Fortress) at Gardens of Fortezza da Basso. More than one hundred workers from all over Italy will exhibit antique furniture, objects from various eras and of various styles, used books, collectibles, and everything related to the world of antiques. Starting at 9 a.m.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Factory workers and freelancers, factories and coworking spaces: old and new forms of work are compared during a panel discussion at Impact Hub Florence, a most interesting and innovative coworking space. The discussion will cover job insecurity, unemployment, and trends in the labor market through a European perspective. Basic understanding of the Italian language is required. Starting at 9.15 p.m. and aperitif from 7 p.m.
Clean up Day at Cascine Park, Florence. The Florentine, the best-known English-language news magazine in Florence, joins forces with Florentine volunteer institution Angeli del Bello for spring cleaning at the Cascine park! Join them at 2 p.m. at the Cascine tram stop to spruce up Florence’s biggest and most beautiful green space. Team up with the TF staff to cut the grass, clean up the stone benches, and give something back to the city.
For the Festival Tuesday at Cinema with Palazzo Strozzi on that evening, screening of the film Fanny & Alexander by Ingmar Bergman, a 1982 Swedish drama: the plot focuses on two siblings and their large family in Uppsala, Sweden in 1910. Free admission. Starting at 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Florence Photography Adventure Tour organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. Discover Florence with your camera and with a professional photography teacher and a great Florentine guide at your side. Photography workshop & tour: 1-hour class + lunch break + 4-hour photography tour. Every Wednesday and Saturday, starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking: www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
Grand Opening of the first floor of the Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo at Piazza del Mercato, Florence. An area greater than 3,000 square meters occupying the first floor of the Central Market comes alive thanks to ten workshops, Eataly, a café, a restaurant and a library, for a full dive into culture and taste. Opening hours: 10 a.m. until midnight. Free admission.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Uffizi & Accademia Tour in One Day organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. A fascinating walking tour in the afternoon to avoid the crowds of the two most famous museums in Florence: the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery. An experienced guide fluent in the English language will ensure that you experience the best that each gallery has to offer by providing an historical and artistic path among each of its astonishing masterpieces. The tour runs every day except on Monday. Starting at 2 p.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: www.florenceinferno.com/uffizi-and-accademia-tour/
XI Edition of Florence Tango Festival at the Teatro del Circolo Affratellamento until April 27, 2014. Four exciting days to enjoy the tango under its every nuance.The opening and closing of the Festival will be held at Teatro Affratellamento, with the three main days in Obihall where you can dance during the day and in the evening with the most famous Italian musicalizadores. During the day, the Grand Hotel Mediterraneo provides lessons. For single events, ticket price, and much more, we suggest that you visit the website below.
Info: www.firenzetangofestival.com; T: +39055340116
Original-language film screening at Cinema Odeon. Viewing of The Amazing Spiderman 2 by Marc Webb. The new adventure of Peter Parker, for whom it is very difficult to extricate himself between protecting Gwen and the planet and the ceremony of delivery of the diploma. Starting at 9:15 p.m. Ticket price: € 8
We hope you enjoy and Happy Easter!
Picture by www.firenzetangofestival.com