Welcome to Florence Inferno, your headquarters for the events going on in Florence, as well as an events guide detailing what’s happening in the city vis-a-vis music, art, cinema, markets, and so much more.
This week we have selected for you the must-see events for the next fifteen days.
We make special mention of the Ferragosto Festivities in Florence. Ferragosto, or Assumption Day, which is celebrated on August 15, is one of the most important Catholic holidays. On this day, the Virgin Mary was Assunta in Cielo (transported to heaven). Ferragosto also has pagan origins dating back to the Roman empire, when the month of August was dedicated to the Feriae. Today in Italy people traditionally take their holidays in August, especially around the 15th, at the time of this public holiday.
While many Florentines tend to vacate the city, all of the museums and tourist attractions and most of the restaurants in the historic center of Florence will maintain their regular hours.
Here are some tips for enjoying Ferragosto without leaving the city:
– Sandcastle Tournament at Easy Living, the beach on the banks of the Arno River
– Diramazioni Festival at Anconella Park, a place to have a picnic and enjoy music
– Art Cocktail (Aperitivo ad Arte) at the Uffizi Gallery terrace, an opportunity to visit Uffizi Gallery and have a cool aperitif
Friday, August 15, 2014
Today is Ferragosto Festivities, Assumption Day, a summer holiday period and a tradition that Italians take to heart!
The Florentines usually vacate the city and head towards the seaside or up into the hills around Florence. Only tourists and travelers remain in the city, which becomes much less crowded with only local traffic, even if all the restaurants and shops remain open all month long.
Sandcastle Tournament at Easy Living, the beach on the banks of the Arno River: a team competition inviting the most innovative sandcastle builders. Here you can also have a drink at the open-air café, go sun-bathing on the beach, and admire the Lungarno view of Firenze. It is also an ideal area for picnicking or playing sports.
Info: Lungarno Serristori
Florence Summer – Diramazioni Festival at Anconella Park. For those interested in getting away without actually leaving Florence, at Anconella Park there is space to have a picnic to the music of a free concert, accompanied by art activities. Free admission.
Info: Via Villamagna, Florence
Art Cocktail (Aperitivo ad Arte) at the Uffizi Gallery terrace, which provides a close-up view of Palazzo Vecchio, the Bargello, the Badia, and the Cathedral. This activity runs every Thursday until September 25. You will be able to visit the Uffizi after normal closing hours from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission, drinks, and food price: € 15. Space is limited so reservations are a must.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
[Outside Florence] Palio of Siena at Piazza del Campo, Siena. This palio, the second of the year, is officially named Palio dell’Assunta. After three times round Piazza del Campo, the winning Contrada departs for the Duomo to honour Blessed Mary. The celebration and the parties will continue all night long. Starting at 7 p.m.
Info: Piazza del Campo, Siena
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/
Lemon Night at Limonaia, Villa Strozzi. Hidden on a hill among the trees, the Limonaia of Villa Strozzi is the perfect oasis to beat the summer heat. Every Saturday, Lemon Night, which consists of 70s, 80s and 90s music. Free admission.
Info: Via Pisana 77; www.officinecreative.fi.it
Sunday, August 17, 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/
Aperitivo Pizza Jazz at Giardino dell’Orticoltura (Horticultural Garden). A green area in the heart of Florence and a meeting point for residents and tourists to participate in cultural activities, live concerts, art exhibitions, and DJ sets. Every Sunday, aperitif, pizza, and jazz music.
Info: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4; www.giardinoartecultura.it
Monday, August 18, 2014
Luck of the primitives. Art treasures from the Italian collections between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at Galleria dell’Accademia – An ideal journey through collectables in Italy in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Until December 8, 2014. Ticket price: € 11. Opening hours: 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m.
Info: +39055294883; www.unannoadarte.it
[Outside Florence] Puccini Festival at Gran Teatro Puccini, in Torre del Lago (Lucca). The Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago is a prestigious event that attracts tens of thousands of spectators from all over the world every year. Torre del Lago is the precise place that inspired Maestro Puccini’s immortal melodies. On August 18, music, poetry, and theatre exchange roles in Sogno e son desto, a show celebrating the famous Italian singer Massimo Ranieri. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 66,50/55/36,50.
Info: Gran Teatro all’aperto; +390584359322; www.puccinifestival.it
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Alternative brunch at Zibibbo 2.0. Enjoy a rich American-style breakfast and a delicious Italian-style Sunday lunch.
Info: Street of Chairs, 14r; +390552466462
Equilibrium at Ferragamo Museum – The exhibition is based on a compilation of exceptional works of art and various media. The writings, studies, creations, and shoes of Salvatore Ferragamo have served as a stimulus for this thorough investigation of the topic “equilibrium.” Every day from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., until April 12, 2015.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Jacopo Ligozzi “universalissimo painter” – Palatine Gallery. For the first time in a complete manner see the multifaceted activities of the painter Jacopo Ligozzi (1547-1627). Closed Monday. Visiting hours: 8.15 a.m until 6.50 p.m.
Info and booking: +39055294883; www.unannoadarte.it
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 and wash it down with some local wine.
Info: Via de’Neri 65r
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Dialogue at the Gherardesca Gardens, Four Seasons. Contemporary artists in dialogue with noted works of art from the past. The works of art exhibited in the Park, the largest private garden in the city, are by Ugo Riva, Sergio Capellini, Giovanni Balderi, and Dario Tironi, and are in “dialogue” with the classic works of art from the Frilli Gallery on display in the Park.
[Outside Florence] Medievalis at Pontremoli (Massa e Carrara). Every August for five days, August 20 until 24, the little town of Pontremoli hosts a medieval festival, Medievalis, an event that evokes the coming of the Emperor Frederick II (1626), who gave the town the privileges of a free city. There will be people wearing medieval costumes, knights, dancers, musicians, and so on. It will also be the occasion to visit Piagnaro castle, which hosts the most important museum in Europe of prehistoric stone stems.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Officine Galileo: 150 years of History and Technology at Galileo Museum. In occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Officine Galileo, the Museo Galileo presents an exhibit retracing the story of a company. Diplomas, medals, catalogues, documents, and photographs will be on display. Monday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Until September 7, 2014.
Light lunch and dinner at Rivalta Café. In the beautiful location of Lungarno, Rivalta Café, renovated by architect Elio Di Franco to emulate eighteenth-century halls with frescoes, is famous for its aperitifs, cocktails, hamburgers, prepared with 80% Chianina beef and 20% pork meat, and its Chianina steak.
Info: Lungarno Corsini 14R; http://www.rivaltacafe.it
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Brunch at Le Barrique. Every Saturday at 11.30 a.m. until 3 p.m. rich brunch in the garden.
Info: Via del Leone 40r; +39055224192
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/
Secret splendor. The Treasure of the Chapel of Relics in the Pitti Palace at Museo degli Argenti. One of the largest sacred treasures of Europe and symbol of the devotion of the Grand Duchess of Tuscany and of the last of the Medici Grand Dukes. From May 20 until September 28. Visiting hours: 8.15 a.m. until 6.30 p.m.
Info and booking: +3905529483
Sunday, August 24, 2014
[Outside Florence] A veglia in the farmyards of Montespertoli at Montespertoli. Farmyards, barnyards, and wine cellars open to host the fourth edition of the event. There will be wine tastings, agricultural workshops, meetings, walks, and children’s activities. Until September 30. On Sunday August 24: Walk among the peacocks and decoupage workshop at Casa Vacanza Manetti, the farm opens its doors to welcome you with a glass of wine and an appetizer.
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; +390552477277
Monday, August 25, 2014
Un astrolabio per la memoria (An astrolabe for memory) at Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Works by Enrico Visani. Adventurous and nonconformist artist, Visani is self-taught and began to paint for the event, picking up brushes and colors of a painter. In 1971 he decided to devote himself completely to painting and came into contact with some of the undisputed protagonists of the twentieth century Italian art, such as De Chirico, Manzu, Guttuso, Annigoni, Conti. Until August 26, 2014. Opening hours: 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Ticket price: € 7.
Info: Via Cavour 1
Elbow in concert at Cavea of the Opera House, in Florence. Elbow is an English alternative rock band from Manchester. Ticket price: € 90/74/60.
Info: Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 1; www.eventimusicpool.it
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Three Prophets by Donatello at the Baptistery of Florence. Some exceptional marble works from Donatello, sculpted between 1415 and 1436: the Beardless Prophet, the Prophet Jeremiah, and the Bearded or Thoughtful Prophet, probably a portrait of architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Open during the visiting hours of the Baptistery. Until November 30. Ticket price: € 10.
Lunch at Fiaschetteria Nuvoli. One of the oldest taverns in Florence, where you can enjoy the best Tuscan specialities: crostini, pici, and ribollita.
Info: Piazza Dell’olio 15; +390552396616
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Pure, Simple, and Natural Art in Florence between the sixteenth and seventeenth century at Uffizi Gallery. The exhibition aims to eliminate the cliché of a very conservative Florentine culture and reveal the strength of the art from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Artists remained faithful to the models, but highlighted the novelty of tradition. Among the artists are Andrea della Robbia, Andrea del Sarto, Santi di Tito, and Jacopo da Empoli. Until November 2, 2014. Opening hours: 8.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m. Closed on Monday. Ticket price: € 15.
Swimming pool at Villa La Vedetta. Panoramic swimming pool, located on two levels, that offers a view of the entire city of Florence. Pool bar and comfortable chaises longues. The pool, which boasts a wide Jacuzzi area, is opened 7 days of the week, from 9.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m.
Info: Viale Michelangelo, 78; www.villalavedettahotel.com
Thursday, August 28, 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/
Uroboro: James Lee Byars encounters Leon Battista Alberti at Museo Marino Marini. The Uroboro denotes the figure of a snake biting its own tail, endlessly catching up with itself and recreating itself to form a perfect circle. The symbol of the Uroboros is associated with Gnosticism, hermeticism, and alchemy. The exhibition is the attempt to make a parallel between the work of the American artist and the Genoese Renaissance architect. Until November 8. Visiting hours: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays.
Info: Piazza San Pancrazio
We hope you enjoy!
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