Welcome to Florence Inferno, the blog that provides you with information on events happening in Florence, as well as an events guide with information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other things occuring in the city.
This week we make special mention of the Feast of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence) on August 10. St Lawrence is the co-patron saint of Florence. Every year on this feast day, there is an outdoor celebration in Piazza San Lorenzo that includes free lasagna and watermelon for all visitors.
August 10 is also known as the Night of San Lorenzo, or the Night of the Shooting Stars, when, according to tradition, dreams come true: you can make a wish every time you see a falling star!
We must also make special mention of the Ferragosto Festivities in Florence. Ferragosto, or Assumption Day, is celebrated on August 15 and is both one of the most important Catholic holidays and a pagan anniversary dating back to the Roman Empire. In Italy people traditionally take their holidays during this month; however, most of the museums, tourist attractions, and restaurants in the historic center of Florence remain open.
Friday, August 7, 2015
The Language of Flowers at Gucci Museum. This seventh exhibition of the Pinault Collection at the Gucci Museum is an allusion to one of Gucci’s most iconic motifs: Flora. The exhibition brings together the works of four artists who play with the iconography of flowers. The works were produced between 1967 and 2012. Until September 20. Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Aperitif and music at Artecultura Garden (Garden of art and culture) in Giardino dell’Orticoltura (Horticultural Garden), a green area located in the heart of Florence. On August 7, DJ set by Recipe. Starting at 7 p.m.
Info: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4; www.giardinoartecultura.it
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Uffizi & Accademia Tour in One Day organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. 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/
[Outside Florence] Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago (Pisa). Madama Butterfly, the famous opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. Ticket price: € 159/129/89/59/33/19,50
Sunday, August 9, 2015
[Outside Florence] Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago (Pisa). Spandau Ballet, the English new wave band formed in London in the late 1970s, in concert. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 120/92/74/57/42.
[Outside Florence] Birra Renai at Parco dei Renai in Signa (Fi). Live music and beer festival. On Sunday, August 9, Volo Libero, Italian pop-rock band, in concert. Hours of operation: 7 p.m. The concert starts at 10 p.m.
Info: Parco dei Renai, Signa
Monday, August 10, 2015
Today is the Feast of San Lorenzo (St Lawrence)!
St Lawrence was the last of the seven deacons and suffered a martyr’s death. He is the co-patron saint of the city. On the feast day of San Lorenzo, Piazza San Lorenzo hosts an outdoor celebration with free lasagna and watermelon for all visitors. The event begins around 7 p.m. and the food is served at 9 p.m.
This night in Italy is also known for the celebration entitled Night of the Shooting Stars, when millions of Italians turn to the sky to watch shooting stars light up the heavens and to make wishes. Even if the best night to observe the stars scientifically is not the same every year, the Night of the Shooting Stars remain the night when dreams come true according to Italian folklore!
The Florence Inferno Tour organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. 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/
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Dreams and Glory at Stibbert Museum, a tribute to Frederick Stibbert and his incredible armory collection, shedding light on his vision as a collector. Until September 6. Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Closed on Thursday. Ticket price: € 8/6.
Info: Via Federigo Stibbert 26; www.museostibbert.it
Aperitif and Music at Obicà. The Join Trio will be in concert. Located in an amazing courtyard on via de’ Tornabuoni, Obicà is a mozzarella bar and restaurant where you can eat the best mozzarella di bufala in Florence. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Info: Via de’ Tornabuoni, 16; www.obica.com
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
[Outside Florence] Elliott Erwitt exhibition at Lucca Center of Contemporary Art in Lucca. 136 retrospective photographs offering a comprehensive overview of the witty American artist best known for his absurd and ironic takes on everyday situations. Until August 30, 2015. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 9.
Info: Via della Fratta 36, Lucca; www.luccamuseum.com
Carlo Dolci at Galleria Palatina. The most important Florentine painter of the seventeenth century worked mainly for the Medici, realizing real jewels of painting, much admired by connoisseurs of art. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m. Closed on Monday.
Info: Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti 1; www.unannoadarte.it
Thursday, August 13, 2015
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. The tour runs every day. Starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
Human by Antony Gormley at Forte Belvedere. On the battlements of Forte Belvedere, 100 human figures by Sir Antony Gormley will be displayed, a great contemporary master considered among the most popular living sculptors. Until September 27, 2015. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Closed on Monday. Free admission.
Info: Via San Leonardo 1; +390552768224; www.gormleyfirenze.it
Friday, August 14, 2015
The Force of Myth at Casa Buonarroti. Plans for the facade of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, from Michelangelo to the Competition 1900. Until October 30, 2015. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ticket price: € 6.50
Info: Via Ghibellina 70; +39055241752
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, August 15, 2015
Today is Ferragosto Festivities, Assumption Day, a summer holiday period and a tradition that Italians take to heart!
While some shops, café, and restaurants are closed, with the Florentine usually vacating the city, there are special events and activities for those in the city, such as extraordinary museum openings, concerts, certain shops that remain open all month long and much more.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
[Outside Florence] Palio of Siena at Piazza del Campo, Siena. This palio, the second of the year, is officially named Palio dell’Assunta. Ten horses and riders, dressed in appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards, around Piazza del Campo. The Corteo Storico, which precedes the race, attracts visitors and spectators from around the world. The celebration and the parties will continue all night long. Starting at 7 p.m.
Info: Piazza del Campo, Siena
The Art of Francis. Masterpieces of Art and Lands of Asia from the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Century at the Accademia Gallery. The Franciscan friars and their vocation inspired high art from 1200 to 1400. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Ticket price: € 12,50. Until October 11, 2015.
Info: Via Ricasoli, 60; www.unannoadarte.it
Monday, August 17, 2015
Sunset on the Tower of San Niccolò. There was a time when the San Niccolò tower was used to defend this district from that of Arno. Today, it offers an incredible view of Florence, particularly through an original tour to understanding its history and purpose with a spectacular view of the city at sunset from the top. Tours are offered every day at half-hour intervals between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 4.
Info: +390552768224; firstname.lastname@example.org
Afternoon at Easy Living – the Florentine beach where you can have a drink at the open-air café or get some sun on the beach and admire the Lungarno view of Firenze.
Info: Lungarno Cellini
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Sunset Trip from Florence to Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills organized 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. Starting at 4:30 p.m. Tour price: € 45 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
[Outside Florence] Medievalis at Pontremoli (Massa e Carrara). Every August for five days, this year between August 19 until 23, the little town of Pontremoli hosts a medieval festival called Medievalis. The event evokes the coming of the Emperor Frederick II (1626), when the town became a indipendent city. There will be people wearing medieval costumes, knights, dancers, musicians, and so on. Starting at 6.30 p.m.
The Sun in the House at Palazzo Davanzati. Daily lfe in the Italian pottery from the seventeenth century to the twentieth. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 1.50 p.m. Ticket price: € 2.
Info: Via Porta Rossa, 13; +390552388610
Thursday, August 20, 2015
The Illusion of Sciltian at Villa Bardini, a large retrospective exhibition dedicated to the figure of Gregory Sciltian. It interrupts the long period of this master’s neglect and marks the thirtieth anniversary of his death. Until September 6, 2015. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Closed on Monday.
Info: Costa San Giorgio 2; +390552638599.
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