This is Florence Inferno, your website to find 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 occurring over the next month, February 2017.
You won’t want to miss the Carnival in Viareggio, one of the world’s finest and grandest carnivals. In February, Viareggio will become a creative factory through its giant papier mache parades, unmissable events for adults and children. You must wear a mask!
We also make a special mention of Valentine’s Day in Florence, on February 14, featuring the Uffizi Gallery Art & Love Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. Enjoy Florence in a unique way: visit the Uffizi Gallery on a special tour in the midst of art and love, discovering the most passionate romances in history and how the most famous painters in the world depicted them.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Gaetano Pesce exhibition Maestà Tradita (Majesty Betrayed) at Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Novecento Museum. Famed Italian artist and designer Gaetano Pesce is in Florence with his new three-part exhibition entitled Maestà Tradita. The ambitious show is a feminist statement aimed at shedding light on the limitations imposed on women. Until February 8, 2017.
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. La La Land (USA, 128’) by Damien Chazelle, with Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling. Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions, and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars. However, as success mounts, they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair. Original language. Starting at 4.30/ 6.45 / 9.15 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Thursday, February 2, 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
Friday, February 3, 2017
[Outside Florence] Dalì – Il sogno del classico at Palazzo Blu in Pisa. On display in the magnificent setting of Palazzo Blu are 150 works that include paintings, watercolors, and woodblocks that testify the omnipresence of the classical heritage within Dali’s artistic production. The visitor is called to a poetic and memorable dialogue with an always original, brilliant, and eccentric Salvador Dalì, who is enamored by the great Italian Masters, cites Raphael, speaks of Cellini, illustrates Dante, and paints Michelangelo. Ticket price: € 12. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 10: a.m. until 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 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/
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
Sunday, February 5, 2017
[Outside Florence] Carnival parade in Viareggio. With its parties, fireworks, dancing, theatrical shows, and other events, the City of Viareggio is ready to be transformed into a fun factory through giant papier mache parades.
The Carnival in Viareggio originates from the end of the 19th century. The parades draw thousands of visitors of all ages, who come to see the spectacular floats and parade as well as participate in the festive atmosphere that can be felt all over the town on the days of the masquerade processions.
Monday, February 6, 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/
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
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Meet the Gatekeepers in Aula Magliabechiana at the Uffizi Gallery. The Uffizi hosts a temporary exhibition with a free show dedicated to military police. The Comando Carabinieri per la Tutela del Patrimonio Comunale, sometimes affectionately referred to as the “Arts army,” is the branch of Italian military police safeguarding Italy’s cultural heritage from crimes and counterfeit. “The Tri-Color Defense: Gatekeepers of Cultural Identity” spotlights a variety of artwork from different periods that have benefitted from the task force’s work. Works on display are partially or fully recovered subjects of terrorist attacks, war crimes, thefts, or illicit deals, or have been otherwise targeted or compromised. Until February 14, 2017
Lunch, aperitif, or dinner at Hard Rock Cafè in Piazza della Repubblica. Authentic American Cuisine in a Rock n Roll environment, whether you want a legendary burger, great live music, or traditional tea. Open every day from breakfast until late in the evening.
Wednesday, February 8, 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
Thursday, February 9, 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/
Friday, February 10, 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
Hamburg Ballet at Opera Firenze. Presented for the first time ever on 14 June 1975 in Hamburg and for the first time in Italy ten days later in Venice, Gustav Mahler’s Third symphony, choreographed by John Neumeier, is a classic example of twentieth century choreography and one of the most important works by John Neumeier, who has been leading the Hamburg Ballet since 1973. Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 50/40/30/20/15/10.
Info: Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Fishing in the mud: the museum and the flood at Galileo Museum. Fifty years after the Florence flood, this exhibition commemorates the event by highlighting the dramatic impact on the institution and the rescue and recovery of ancient scientific instruments. The exhibition features a selection of damaged and restored tools kept in the storage of the museum.
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. A United Kingdom (UK, 111’) by Amma Asante, with Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo. Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. Original language. Starting at 4.30 / 6.30 / 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Sunday, February 12, 2017
The collection. An art path between the XIII and XX century at Spazio Mostre Ente CRF. Over 900 works of art including sculptures and paintings. Until January 15, 2017. Only by reservation: Saturday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4.30 p.m.; Sunday and Holidays: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 3.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m., and 5.30 p.m.
Info: Via Maurizio Bufalini
Monday, February 13, 2017
Florence Winter Park, a snow and ice attraction in the park near the Obihall. This is a place where one will be able to ski, skate, and slide on the Arno river! In addition, there is a wide selection of bars, restaurants, kiosks, and children’s entertainment nearby. Open daily. Until February 26, 2017. Ticket price: € 10/6/5.
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
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Today is Valentine’s Day and Florence is one of the most romantic places to celebrate it!
Valentine’s Day in Florence: Uffizi Gallery Art & Love Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. A romantic 3-hour Uffizi Gallery tour that will allow you to discover this museum through the eyes of love. A professional, knowledgeable guide will lead you along a path that follows the love-themed paintings adorning the rooms of the museum. You will discover how love was perceived throughout history and how the world’s most famous painters have depicted it. During the art tour, you will also be given the opportunity to take a break in the Uffizi Café panoramic terrace, where you will be able to enjoy with your loved one the amazing view from above Florence’s rooftops, one of the world’s most romantic sceneries. From 2.45 p.m. until 6 p.m. The tour is open to all, but couples pay as one. Tour price: € 50 (per couple).
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/walking-tours/valentine-s-day/
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Chocolate Fair at Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Exhibitors from all over Italy and beyond with master chocolatiers are committed to showcasing their delicacies and promoting one of the most beloved of foods: chocolate. Until February 19, 2017.
Info: Piazza Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella Station: 80 Years. New permanent photography exhibition at Santa Maria Novella train station. The exhibit was curated by the Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci, named after the station’s head architect. The 100 images on display trace the construction phases in detail, shedding light on how the plans for the station evolved. Until March 31, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 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
Friday, February 17, 2017
John Axelrod in concert at Opera Firenze. Probably one of the most well-known pieces of music in the world: the wedding march from A midsummer night’s dream by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, composed in 1842 as stage music and made fashionable a few years later when it was played at the wedding of Princess Victoria and Frederick William I of Prussia. Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 50/40/30/20/15/10.
Info: Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1
Saturday, February 18, 2017
La Specola Zoological Museum, regarded by some as the oldest science museum in Europe. Hours of operation: every day from 9.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Via Romana, 17
Sunday, February 19, 2017
[Outside Florence] Sagra delle frittelle at San Donato in Collina (FI). Frittelle are a kind of pancake, and along with the masks, are the perfect symbol of the carnival with their jokes, colors, and sweets. Every Saturday and Sunday from 8.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Until March 30, 2016.
Info: San Donato in Collina
Monday, February 20, 2017
[Outside Florence] The new Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato. Having re-opened in 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
Tuesday, February 21, 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
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Dance at the Fair at Fortezza da Basso. The event has established itself as the sector’s reference point in terms of exhibitors, visitors, and location. Danzainfiera is a unique platform where exposition and meeting places alternate with stages and classrooms embracing a very vast program that gathers all dance styles. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Until Sunday, February 26.
Friday, February 24, 2017
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, February 25, 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
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Frankenstein at Teatro Goldoni. A playful melodrama in one act, with a prologue, two intermezzos, and a moral. A monstrous task, an abnormal musical creature with the heart of Rossini, a Mozart mind, Puccini nails, Verdi shoulders, Bellini kidneys, and a Donizetti stomach. Starting at 4.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 15.
Info: Teatro Goldoni, Via Santa Maria, 15
Monday, February 27, 2017
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
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Donatello and Verrocchio. Rediscovered Masterpieces at Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. The exhibition presents a bust in terracotta depicting San Lorenzo, which was recently identified as the work of Donatello, and a relief, also made of terracotta, with the Beheading of San Giovanni Battista, attributed to Verrocchio. Both works are from the collection of Peter Silverman and Kathleen Onorato, known collectors.
Info: Piazza del Duomo 9, Firenze