This is Florence Inferno, the website that provides the names of events happening in Florence, as well as an events guide with information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other exciting things going on in the city. In this post, we provide you with information on events going on over the next month, April 2017.
You won’t want to miss the Artisan Fair: Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato (Art International Handicrafts Trade Fair) at Fortezza da Basso, an event that will be hosted by history’s most important master craftsmen in a place where tradition and innovation merge to create extremely valuable handmade products. The most visited area in every edition of the fair is the Country Guest, which attracts and seduces people with its original crafted products that come from distant lands and cultures. In addition, there is a wide choice of bars, restaurants, kiosks, and entertainment to be found nearby.
We also make special mention of Florentine Easter traditions, the most famous of which being the Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart) taking place in front of Basilica di S. Maria del Fiore, Piazza dal Duomo. In accordance with this traditional folkloric event, residents of Florence launch fireworks and detonators that are carried in an ancient wagon that is more than 500 years old. On Easter Monday, don’t miss your opportunity to have a picnic on the grass of one of Florence’s parks in celebration of Pasquetta.
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Saturday, April 1, 2017
April Fool’s Day on April 1 is traditionally regarded as a day dedicated to practical jokes, pranks, and silliness!
In Italy, the traditional pesce d’Aprile consists of surreptitiously taping small paper fish on the shoulders of a friend to make fun of him/her without their knowing why!
Also, beware of more sophisticated pranks, such as joke announcements and fake news!
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Last day to visit Klimt Experience at Santo Stefano al Ponte. Klimt’s figures and landscapes are the protagonists of the interactive immersive exhibition dedicated to the founding father of the Vienna secession. The didactic introductive area is fitted with multimedia educational touch screen tablets and oculus samsung VR gear for an immersive virtual reality experience inside the most famous of Klimt’s masterpieces. Until April 2, 2017.
Info: Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte; +39.055.217418
Film screening of Loving (UK/USA, 123’) by Jeff Nichols, with Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton. The true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the U.S. Supreme Court. Original language. Starting at 6.30 p.m. / 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Monday, April 3, 2017
Galileo and the Measure of Time at Galileo Museum. Over 1,000 scientific instruments will be on display in the restored halls of Museo Galileo, home to the priceless scientific collections of the Medici and the House of Lorraine, and the only surviving instruments of Galileo.
Info: Piazza dei Giudici, 1
Aperitif at Zoe. Famous for its light lunch and aperitif, Zoe is an historic Florentine cocktail bar, art gallery, and café, and is a true Italian hangout.
Info: Via dei Renai 13r
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Marino Marini Museum. The Marino Marini Museum is one of the few places in town dedicated to twentieth-century art. It houses a permanent exhibition of contemporary art by Marino Marini. The works on display belong to the original nucleus and are made up of works donated to Florence by the artist. Until April 23, 2016. Top Hundred, exhibition by Maurizio Nannucci, a Florentine contemporary artist. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays. Ticket price: € 6
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
The Florence Photography Adventure Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. Discover Florence with your camera and with a professional photography teacher and an excellent Florentine guide at your side. Photography workshop & tour: 1-hour class + lunch break + 4-hour photography tour. The tour runs every day. Starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
Sandwiches and wine at All’Antico Vinaio. Popular with Florentines and foreigners alike, the small sandwich shop is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat and wash it down with some local wine.
Info: Via de’Neri 65r
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance at Palazzo Strozzi. A single, comprehensive exhibition occupying both the Piano Nobile and the Strozzina will immerse you in space, music, and sound as you track the career of this artist from his early experimental work in the 1970s right up to his monumental installations of the 21st century. Hours of operation: daily, including holidays, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Thursdays, from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 13.
Info: Palazzo Strozzi
Friday, April 7, 2017
Last day to visit Across Art and Fashion at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The exhibition’s itinerary focuses on the work of Salvatore Ferragamo, who was fascinated with and inspired by the avant-garde art movements of the 20th century, several ateliers of the Fifties and Sixties that served as venues for studies and encounters, and the advent of the culture of celebrities. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Closed on April 2017. Ticket price: € 6
Info: Piazza Santa Trinita 5/R
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Botanica 2017 at Villa Caruso Bellosguardo in Lastra a Signa. The magnificent villa just outside of Florence offers a spectacular opportunity to enjoy spring with many plants, trees, and a wide variety of vegetation. Until Sunday 9, 2017.
Film screening of Ghost in the Shell (USA, 120’) by Raper Sunders, with Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche. In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, The Ghost in the Shell. Original language. Starting at 4 p.m. / 6.30 p.m. / 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Vivicittà Half Marathon Florence, one of the most traditional Florentine non-competitive races of the annual calendar. Runners from all over the world, including enthusiasts and families with children, come to participate in this classic sporting event in the streets of Florence. The route will lead you past the main monuments that have made Florence famous all over the world: from Lungarno della Zecca to Piazza della Signoria, from Piazza Duomo to Oltrarno. The race course is completely asphalted and flat. Ticket price: € 27/24/20.
Monday, April 10, 2017
The Florence Inferno Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. A full-day walking tour of Florence inspired by Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno. Enter some of the most amazing, mysterious, and famous places in Florence. The tour starts at 9.15 a.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/guided-tour/
Italian Hours at Dutch Institute for Art History. The contemporary artist Ramón van der Ven will be back in town to showcase 28 of his works carried out while clocking Italian Hours, the title of the show. He captures some of Florence’s most emblematic monuments, spaces, and corners of the city. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
New Opera del Duomo Museum. A magnificent museum comprising the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, the Crypt of Santa Reparata, and the Opera Museum. Here you will find some of the most important works in Florence, such as Michelangelo’s Pietà.
Info: Via della Canonica, 1
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Orsanmichele Church and Museum. Previously a granary, Orsanmichele bears little resemblance to a church. The museum, only open on Mondays, houses damaged stone statuettes of saints and prophets dating from the late 14th century. Hours of operation: Mondays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Via dell’Arte della Lana; +39055284944
Thursday, April 13, 2017
La Specola Zoological Museum, regarded by some as the oldest science museum in Europe. Hours of operation: daily from 9.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m., but closed on Mondays. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Via Romana, 17
Friday, April 14, 2017
Today is Holy or Good Friday, a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ at Calvary. On this day, it is tradition to eat fish instead of meat. Every year, Grassina, a town located 15 minutes south of Florence, holds an Easter Passion Play, a tradition that consists of four hundred town residents faithfully recreating New Testament episodes, culminating in the Crucifixion. There is a procession of people dressed as Romans and a series of representations of the life of Jesus, and everyone can participate in 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: € 15/12
Saturday, April 15, 2017
[Outside Florence] The new Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato. Having re-opened on October 16, 2016, with the new spaceship-shaped building extension by Maurice Nio, the museum hosts a unique collection in Italy with over 1000 works
by artists such as Anish Kapoor,
Jan Fabre, Jannis Kounellis, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Andy Warhol, and Sol LeWitt. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Viale della Repubblica 277
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Today is Easter!
Florence celebrates Easter Sunday yearly in a very special way: Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart) in front of Basilica di S. Maria del Fiore, the annual explosion of the cart. For over 350 years, the Easter celebration in Florence has included this ritual, according to which an elaborate wagon 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 all. A big bang signals a good harvest, and a parade in medieval costume follows.
Procession starts around 10 a.m., with the explosion around 11 a.m.
Info: Piazza del Duomo
Monday, April 17, 2017
The day after Easter is traditionally called in Italy Pasquetta. It is a day of celebration that is usually spent with family and friends by having traditional picnic on the grass, engaging in outdoor activities, or taking a short sojourn to the beach or lake. If you plan to spend it in Florence, we suggest that you prepare a dish best served cold, such as salad, pizza, pasta, salumi, and chocolate eggs, and to go to one of Florence’s parks, like Cascine Park or Anconella Park, to spend the day outdoors and in the company of friends.
Info: Cascine Park, via delle Cascine – Anconella Park, via di Villamagna
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Last days to visit Presenze by Pietro Lista at Aria Art Gallery. While exhibiting widely as a painter, Lista also established a theatrical group, a gallery, a publishing house, as well as becoming a performance artist and filmmaker. This exhibition presents a series of Lista’s paintings and sketches that explore the relationship between the artist and the memory of the past. Until April 19, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Archaeology Museum. Contains one of the most important collections of Etruscan art in Italy, as well as Medici and Lorraine grand ducal collections of precious stones, gems, cameos, and jewelry. Hours of operation: Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday; 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.; closed on Mondays. Ticket price: € 4.
Info: Piazza SS. Annunziata 9/b
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Uffizi & Accademia Tour in One Day organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. Set in the afternoon to avoid the crowds, it is a fascinating walking tour 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. Starting at 2 p.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/uffizi-and-accademia-tour/
Friday, April 21, 2017
Gelato Festival at Piazzale Michelangelo until April 25, 2017. The Gelato Festival is an event celebrating the origins of high-quality Italian ice cream, famous around the world. At the end of the four days in Florence, the Best Italian Ice Cream of 2017 will be decided. It’s a European road show telling you all about ice cream: the best ingredients, how it’s produced, and the history of this dairy product.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
[Outside Florence] Enolia in Versilia. Seventeenth edition of Enolia, an important food and wine event in Versilia dedicated to quality oil and local products. From Saturday, April 22, to Sunday, April 23. Hours of operation: Saturday, from 4 p.m. until 7.30 p.m.; Sunday, from 9.30 a.m. until 7.30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Artisan Fair: Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato (International Art and Handicraft Trade Fair) at Fortezza da Basso from Saturday, April 22, to Monday, May 1, 2017. This is a place where you can discover the ways of tradition and handicraft, or be surprised by the itineraries of innovation, while enjoying a non-stop program of events and shows. There is so much to see (and eat), and it feels like you are visiting the world one stand at a time. Includes Tuscan handicraft museums, garden art, and so much more! Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 10.30 p.m.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Tiepolo’s Drawings from the Horne Album at Horne Museum. Among the greatest painters of the Italian and European eighteenth century, Giambattista Tiepolo (Venice 1696 – Madrid 1770) was particularly distinguished for his monumental and spectacular decorative cycles in noble palaces and villas of Venice (and of the whole of Veneto), as well as Milan, Würzburg, and Madrid. His light figures are unforgettable, often cleverly foreshortened “di sottinsù – from below to above,” silhouetted against infinite airy spaces. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Ticket price: € 7.
Info: Via De’ Benci 6
Speakeasy English Aperitifs at Circolo Aurora. Multilingual happy hour with wine and snacks, conversation, and a chance to find language exchange partners. Starting at 7 p.m. Price: € 10.
Info: Viale Vasco Pratolini / Piazza Tasso
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Today is Liberation Day, Festa della Liberazione, a public holiday in Italy commemorating the 1945 liberation of the country at the end of World War II.
In Florence, it is tradition to make collective lunches outdoors in towns or villages to celebrate Liberation Day. The most famous lunch in Florence is The Antifascist Lunch. Lunch, music, and socializing in Piazza Poggi, Florence. From 12 p.m until 6:30 p.m.
Opening of the Iris Garden at Piazzale Michelangelo, until May 20, 2017. The Giardino dell’Iris is a botanical garden specializing in the cultivation of iris flowers, the symbol of Florence since 1251. This is a sight to see and is one of the most beautiful gardens in full bloom in the city. Hours of operation: daily from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The Innocenti Museum, which opened to the public on June 24, 2016, is poised to become another of the city’s major museums. While it’s a place every parent should definitely visit, anyone interested in Florentine history will find a missing part of the story. The Innocenti first opened its doors in 1445 as an orphanage for abandoned babies. Hours of operation: daily, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 7/5.
Info: Piazza SS. Annunziata 13, Florence
Rich evening aperitifs at Volume – Sant’Ambrogio. A mix of museum, library, bar, café, and music venue, Volume is an interesting mélange of Italian hipsters, laid-back locals, and artsy expats. Starting at 7 p.m.
Info: Piazza Santo Spirito; +390552381460
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Lunch, aperitif or dinner at Odeon Bistrò. Inside the beautiful structure of the Odeon Cinema, the Odeon Bistrò is an elegant restaurant recently renovated in an historic setting of great artistic importance.
Info: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Friday, April 28, 2017
Museo del Novecento at Ex Leopoldine. The museum hosts the works of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, namely, De Chirico, Sironi, Carrà, Morandi, Martini, Sassu, Guttridge, Barni, Rinaldi, Nannucci, Salvadori, Loffredo, Berti, Farulli Magnelli, and De Pisis.Ticket price: € 0/10.
Info: Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10; +390552768224
Lunch at San Lorenzo’s Central Market. Restored after being closed for many years, the market offers typical Tuscan cuisine; a real theater of taste based on interior design and food culture. Hours of operation: Market: 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.; First floor: food and beverages, 10 a.m until 12 p.m.
Info: Piazza San Lorenzo
Saturday, April 29, 2017
[Outside Florence] Viviani at Palazzo Blu in Pisa. The Review of the incisions, all of Pisa Foundation properties, is enriched with a collection of unreleased paintings. Free admission. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Monday.
Info: Lungarno Gambacorti, 9
Sunday, April 30, 2017
La Notte Bianca (The White Night) everywhere in the historic center of Florence. Shops and museums stay open in the evening, and the squares and alleys of the city are alive with street performances, music, DJ sessions, food stands, cultural talks, video and film showings, and a great buzz of people and activities until sunrise.
Picture: Scoppio del carro by Monica Kelly