Florence Inferno is a blog containing information on the events occuring in Florence, as well as an events guide on what’s happening in the city in terms of music, art, cinema, markets, and much more. On this exceptional occasion, we provide you with information on events going on over the next two weeks, but we anticipate that next week we will write an article with suggestions on how to spend the Christmas holidays in Florence!
This week you won’t want to miss the Mercato dei Sapori e dei Mestieri – Tastes and Local Trade Market – at Piazza Santa Maria Novella. From November 21 to November 23, there will be a great open market where visitors can taste cheese, ham, wine, oil, and more, and at the same time, see how traditional handicrafts are made.
We also make a special mention of the Japanese Festival at Limonaia of Villa Strozzi, where everybody will have the opportunity to admire Japanese artists’ shows, traditional ceremonies, and food preparations, and to attend workshops. From Friday the 14th to Sunday the 16th.
Friday, November 14, 2014
Inauguration of Faces of Hermeticism at Villa Bardini and Cabinet Viesseux. On the occasion of the centennial of the birth of the poets Mario Luzi, Piero Bigongiari, and Alessandro Parronchi, an exhibition based at Villa Bardini with a precious pendant at the Archives Bonsanti of Cabinet Viesseux. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 8. Until February 15, 2015.
Info: Costa San Giorgio, Villa Bardini, 2; www.bardinipeyron.it
[Outside Florence] The Encounter of Masterpiece at Palazzo Pretorio in Prato. Works of art by Filippo Lippi, Bellini, Caravaggio, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, and Jacopo Bassano from the collection of the Banca Popolare di Vicenza. A wide perspective of Tuscan and Venetian art between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. Until January 6, 2015. Visiting hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Tuesday. Ticket price: € 10/8.
Info: Piazza del Comune; +39057419349961; www.palazzopretorio.prato.it
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Japanese Festival, Imaginary Trip at Limonaia of Villa Strozzi. Dai Manjushaka, a dance group that fuses the traditional kabuki theatre with modern beats, and that features the sounds of the Japanese taiko drum. Artists, craftsmen, and typical food festivals, such as o-bento, onigiri, and cup ramen. From Friday 14 to Sunday 16. Opening hours: 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Limonaia of Villa Strozzi; Via Pisana, 77; www.lailac.it
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino: Maggio Choir in a concert of sacred music with voice and organ, with pages from Scarlatti and Monteverdi. Starting at 8,30 p.m.
Info:Opera of Florence; Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 7; www.operadifirenze.it
Sunday, November 16, 2014
[Outside Florence] Amedeo Modigliani at Palazzo Blu in Pisa. A rich and accurate selection of works from the Pompidou Center in Paris will be on display in Pisa’s impressive Palazzo Blu. The works of art in the exhibition follow Modigliani’s artistic life from his early years in Livorno until his move to Paris in 1906. Until February 15, 2015. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Info: +390502204650; email@example.com
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino: Violin by Stefano Montanari from the pages of Hendel and Locatelli, and a new song by Andrea Portera. Starting at 3.30 p.m.
Info:Opera of Florence; Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 7; www.operadifirenze.it
Monday, November 17, 2014
Scatti Liberi (free pictures) at Basilica of Palazzo di Giustizia. A photographic exhibition created by patients of the Judicial Psychiatric Hospital of Montelupo Fiorentino. An intimate investigation of the life and emotions of these patients through pictures taken by them. Until January 10, 2015.
Slash in concert at Mandela Forum. Dedicated to fans of the old Guns N’ Roses, when Slash was the guitarist and an important pillar. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 35.
Info: Piazza Berlinguer; www.bitconcerti.it
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Arnina by Lorenzo Bartolini at Gallery Accademy. Il Marmo Ritrovato for Giovanni degli Alessandri. The work is an important study on the work of Bartolini, promoted for years by the Gallery Accademy. Opening hours: 8.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m. Friday until 9 p.m. Closed on Monday. Ticket price: € 11.
Info: Via Ricasoli, 60
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
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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.
Film screaning at Astra 2 Cinama. Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan, with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain. A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Original version with Italian subtitles. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: Piazza Beccaria; http://www.odeonfirenze.com/
Lunch at Rose’s. New York style resto-bar very chic for a light lunch and an informal dinner.
Closed on Sunday.
Info: Via del Parione, 26r; www.roses.it
Thrusday, November 20, 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. Starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
Assaggia Firenze! The Biennale Enogastronomica Fiorentina offers, in shops, restaurants, squares, and historic buildings in and around Florence, a full schedule of meetings, shows, street food, markets, wine tastings, appetizers, dinners, and meetings. Until November 30.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Terre Fiorenti at Galleria delle Carrozze, Palazzo Medici Ricciardi. Quality food, oil, wine, and crafts together in the historic center of Florence. The event brings together producers and DOP and IGP consortia, with their products, in combination with objects of art. Daily meetings and tastings. Until Sunday 23.
Lunch at Al Fresco – Four Seasons Hotel Firenze. En plein air restaurant: trattoria for lunch, pizza, and barbecue dinner. All day, you can enjoy fresh seasonal dishes, and in the evening, you can enjoy pizzas and high-quality meat cooked in the oven or on the grill, both located in a corner of the garden.
Info: Borgo Pinti, 99; +390552626527; www.fourseasons.com
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Mercato dei Sapori e dei Mestieri (Tastings and Local Trade Market) at Piazza Santa Maria Novella. A great open market with a selection of excellent food and wine as well as crafts in the Tuscan tradition. Producers and artisans welcome visitors to the tasting and sales counters to tell and learn about specialties and artisanry. The market stalls recall old market structures and expose mainly the excellence of Tuscan production. Wine, olive oil, honey, mushrooms, truffles, meats, cheeses, jams, mustards, saffron, and chestnuts will be featured on these days. Moreover, hats, leather, ceramics, silver, glass, and wool will be on display for the public. Until Sunday 23.
Info: Piazza Santa Maria Novella
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.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
[Outside Florence] A Rocca in movement at the Rocca di Staggia in Poggibonsi (SI). Show and tour with performances by Birds of Prey, while the images of a tangled forest are projected onto the walls of the castle, transforming the landscape into a maze of branches. A great opportunity to visit this beautiful castle! Visiting hours: 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Reservation required.
Info: Poggibonsi (SI); www.laroccadistaggia.it
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
Monday, November 24, 2014
50 giorni di Cinema (50 Days of Cinema) at Cinema Odeon. The event offers Florence a season of quality cinema. The program consists of 10 international film festivals that are based in Florence. This year the festival is dedicated to the “future” and to a new way of making cinema, by experiencing new languages. Until December 14, 2014.
Info and program: http://www.50giornidicinema.it/
Roberto Bolle and Friends of the American Ballet Theatre at Nelson Mandela Forum. Repertoire of songs performed by soloists gathered around the Italian star, in different set ups. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 100/92/78/59/41,50.
Info: Piazza E. Berlinguer; www.mandelaforum.it
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
1944. I Ponti di Firenze (The Bridges of Florence). Florentine Art and People Under Fire at Archivio Storico. The documents in the exhibition recall the dramas and hopes of the Florentines in that terrible period in the city’s history, a period that culminated in August 1944 when, in the streets and squares, the Battle of Florence raged, spreading death everywhere and destruction to the historic bridges over the Arno River. Opening hours: Monday and Friday 10 a.m to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Palazzo Bastogi; Via dell’Oriuolo 33-35;
Italian Opera at Chiesa di Santa Monaca. Opera arias from La Traviata, La Tosca, La Bohème, Madame Butterfly, and Nozze di Figaro. Starting at 9.15 p.m. Ticket price: € 20/15.
Info: Via Santa Monaca, 6
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Donato Bramante and the Art of Design at Uffizi Gallery. The figure of Donato Bramante, protagonist of the drawings by Christof Thoenes. The exhibition also features Bramante’s project for the Basilica of San Pietro, who literally changed the world of western architecture, being inspired by great classical architecture. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Monday. Ticket price: € 12,50.
Info: +3905523885; www.polomuseale.firenze.it
Luck of the Primitives. Art treasures from the Italian collections between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at Galleria dell’Accademia – An ideal journey through collectibles in Italy from 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
Thrusday, November 27, 2014
Inauguration of Dino Campana, Orphic Songs 1914 – 2014 at Marucelliana Library. Manuscripts, documents, books, images. Bio-bibliographic and iconographic tribute to the great poet one hundred years after the publication of his only poem. Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30 a.m. until 5.30 p.m., Friday 8.30 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. Until December 31, 2015.
Info: Marucelliana Library; Via Cavour 43.
Lunch at Dei Frescobaldi. In an alley perfumed with history and antiquity, the new, spacious wine bar of the celebrated Tuscan wine producers. The kitchen is in harmony with the selected wines. On the side of Via Condotta, Frescobaldino, a bubbly and vivacious place: wine by the glass and Italian tapas.
Info: Via dei Magazzini 2-4r; www.deifrescobaldi.it
We hope that you enjoy!
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