Here we highlight for your convenience the weekly events happening in Florence. Check out our events guide for what’s going on in the city in terms of music, art, cinema, markets, and much more.
This week you won’t want to miss the Middle East Now Festival, from April 9 until April 14, a week of screenings, exhibitions, and events throughout the city of Florence dedicated to Middle East culture, and the market Mercatale di Firenze in Piazza della Repubblica.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Conference Rosso and Pontormo at The British Institute of Florence. This full-day conference accompanies the Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino exhibition hosted by Palazzo Strozzi and promises to delve deep into the reasons and motivations behind the painters’ unique style. Starts at 9 a.m. Registration is required. Free admission.
Original-language movies at Cinema Odeon. Also on that afternoon, Saving Mr. Banks, the 2013 American-Australian-British biographical comedy-drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Centered on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios film Mary Poppins. Showtime at 4 p.m. Ticket price: € 8/6.
Info: +39055214068; http://www.odeonfirenze.com/?p=5943&od_nav=archivio-news
Musical drama Valjean at Teatro Lumiere directed by Fulvio Crivello. Jean Valjean is a fictional character and the protagonist of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables. Replication on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 18/15.
Saturday, April 5, 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:http://www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
Mercatale di Firenze in Piazza della Repubblica. Market goers can discover fresh cheese, hand-picked produce, robust wines, varieties of olive oil, and many more artisanal goods. Vendors are also known to offer generous samples of their wares! Happening on the first Saturday of every month. Free admission. Visiting hours: from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Concert conducted by Zubin Mehta at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Zubin Mehta conducts a romantic program: Concert nr.2 for piano and orchestra by Liszt with the keyboard virtuoso Denis Matsuev and the Symphony nr.8 by Bruckner.
Starting at 8:30 p.m. Ticket price: € 35/25/15.
Live music Saturday Rock Fever by Aucan at Flog W Live. Dubstep and electronica, rock. Duo export version DJ set. Starting at 9:30 p.m. Ticket price: € 10/8.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Brunch at Zibibbo 2.0 Restaurant. Every Sunday it features a brunch that is a perfect mix between the rich American breakfast and the delicious Italian Sunday lunch. Price: € 20. Reservation is required.
Exhibition Cortona. L’Alba dei Principi Etruschi at Museo Archeologico Nazionale until July 31, 2014. The exhibition offers to take visitors 2,700 years in the past to the dawn of the Etruscan civilization. It includes the burial items from the necropolis of Sodo and other unusual items from archaeological sites in the environs of Cortona. Visiting hours: Monday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 4.
Concert at Teatro La Pergola. Violin and piano duo by Janine Jansen and Itamar Golan with a program containing selections from Janecek, Schubert, Chausson, and Brahms. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 25/20/16/14.
Info: +39055224333; http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/protagonisti/itamar-golan/
Monday, April 7, 2014
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: http://www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Documentary Exhibition “Culture and Sculptures” Sculptures of Pazzagli and “Pinocchio around the world” at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, until May 7, 2014. Thirty-two bronze sculptures of which seven are dedicated to Pinocchio, the fictional character and main protagonist of the children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by the Italian author Carlo Collodi.
Visitng hours: 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., closed on Wednesdays.Ticket price: € 7.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Exhibition Baccio Bandinelli Sculptor and Teacher (1493 to 1560) at Museo Nazionale del Bargello until July 13, 2014. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, bronzes, and medals. Masterpieces such as the Bacchus of the Pitti Palace, the bust painting of Cosimo I, the youthful Mercury in the Louvre, Leda and the Swan (from Paris), and the Portrait of Baccio Bandinelli from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Visiting hours: 8:15 a.m. until 1:50 p.m. Closed on the first, third, fifth Sunday and the second, fourth Monday of the month. Ticket price: € 10/6,50.
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: http://www.florenceinferno.com/uffizi-and-accademia-tour/
Concert at Teatro Verdi. Paul Carignani directs the Ouverture of the ballet Creatures of Prometheus and Beethoven’s Symphony nr.7 known as The Tragic by Schubert. A fitting tribute to Berio’s famous Folksongs for mezzo – soprano and orchestra. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 11/4.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The opening of the Middle East Now Festival, from April 9 until April 14, 2014. A week of screenings, exhibitions and events throughout the City of Florence dedicated to Middle East culture. The festival opens with the screening of the film The Deep by Haider Rashid at Cinema Odeon at 8:45 p.m. with the director and the Ambassador of Iraq SE Saywan Barzani in attendance. The dream of a young Iraqi to become a football player is threatened by the daily life of a country ravaged by violence, until he decides to run away from it all. The film is presented with Italian and English subtitles.
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Festival of sacred music at Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. Inaugurating the 18th edition of the festival of sacred music with famous notes of sacred music, The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross by Haydn alternating with readings of passages in the Gospel and sacred texts on the topic. Cardinal Archbishop Giuseppe Betori introduces Fabrizio Gifuni, a successful Italian actor, reciting the words of John Donne, Mario Luzi, Giovanni Papini, and the theologian Karl Rahner. Starting at 9:15 p.m. Free admission.
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Live Concert Amore Puro Tour by Alessandra Amoroso at Mandela Forum. Alessandra Amoroso is an Italian pop/soul singer. She was the winner of the 2009 edition of the Italian talent show Amici that launched her career. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 45/42/38/32/28/25.
Info and booking: +39055667566; http://www.mandelaforum.it/notizie.php?ID=620
Film screening Muscle Shoals by Gregg “Freddy” Camalie at Cinema Spazio Alfieri. (USA 2013). Muscle Shoals is the recording studio from which arose the most famous Soul and Rock songs of the 60’s and 70’s. The film retraces the history of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and the atmosphere of those years.
Original language with Italian subtitles. Starting at 9:30 p.m. Ticket price: € 6/5.
Thursday, April 10, 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/
Exhibition History and events of the graphic collection in the Uffizi before the age of globalisation (1848-1918) – Prints and Drawings at Galleria degli Uffizi until May 4, 2014. The exhibiton covers a period between the post-Napoleonic revolutions and the end of World War I. Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 a.m. until 6:50 p.m. Ticket price: € 6,50.
Middle East Now Festival at Cinema Odeon and Auditorium Stensen until April 14, 2014. A festival of films, documentaries, visual arts, photography, contemporary culture, food, and events on the Middle East and North Africa. A week of screenings, exhibitions, and events throughout the City of Florence. Also on that evening at Cinema Odeon tasting Falafelism – Tutti pazzi per le falafel + screening of the film His Name by H. Fakhroo, an exploration of an unexpected friendship between a Qatari woman and the man who cleans the streets of her neighbourhood. One day, she finally decides to ask his name. The film is presented with Italian and English subtitles. Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: tasting and film screening € 15.
We hope you enjoy!
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