Florence Inferno is a blog containing information on events occuring in Florence, as well as an events guide to what’s happening in the city in terms of music, art, cinema, markets, and so much more. In this post, we have provided you with information on events taking place over the next two weeks.
You won’t want to miss the Fabbrica Europa Festival at Stazione Leopolda. This festival comprises a terrific program of theatre, dance, as well as visual arts focused on the dialog between African and European artists. It is a cultural journey made up of creative meetings and co-productions. Until July 2, 2015.
We also make special mention of the Fiorita Commemoration at Piazza della Signoria on Saturday May 23. It is a floral homage to Savonarola, the Domenican friar who preached during the Renaissance and commanded the Florentine Republic from 1494 to 1498. He was hanged and burned at the stake in 1498 on the charge of being a heretic. This authentic tradition takes place at the circular plaque embedded in the stones of Piazza Signoria, where this historic event took place. For this occasion, Florentines leave flowers for Savonarola, just as was done after his death.
Friday, May 15, 2015
78th Festival MMF – Opera of Florence. Opera piano recital by roaring Denis Matsuev, who will patrol the rare cycle of the Seasons by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, and the Petrouchka by Stravinsky. Starting at 8.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 30/10.
Info: Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 7; www.operadifirenze.it
Crafts and Palaces in the seventeenth century Giardino Corsini. An event that promotes arts and crafts the quality of which is Made in Italy. From Thursday, May 14 to Sunday, May 17, spend four days with handcraft artists and craftsmen at work. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8
Info: +390552654589; www.artigianatoepalazzo.it
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Concerts In Museums at Stibbert Museum. F. Romano, guitar – MT Carunchio, piano – L. Sanna, flute – M. Pierattelli, violin. Entrance with museum ticket. Starting at 6 p.m.
Ennio Morricone at Mandela Forum. Morricone in concert with his most famous compositions from the famous soundtracks of the films C’era una volta in America and The Mission, to the Trilogia del Dollaro (Per un pugno di dollari, Per qualche dollaro in più e Il buono, il brutto e il cattivo). Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 87/70/52/44.
Info: Viale Paoli; www.bitconcerti.it
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Deejay Ten – Run like a deejay. An individual, non-competitive road race on foot for men and women. Starting at 9:30 a.m from Piazza della Signoria. A celebration now in its sixth edition in the company of Radio Deejay. One can participate in two races: the 10 km and 5 km. Ticket price: € 18/15.
Fabbrica Europa Festival at Stazione Leopolda. Boubacar Traoré – The Sugar Man of Mali, as someone once called him. His songs have marked the struggle for independence in the 60s. Starting at 5 p.m. Ticket price: € 13/10/8.
Monday, May 18, 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/
A Capital and its Architect. Political, social, urban, and architectural events. Florence and the work of Giuseppe Poggi at State Archives. An overview of the various aspects relating to the transfer of the capital to Florence, with a special focus on urban issues. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Florence as capital. Free admission. Until June 6, 2015.
Info: Via della Giovine Italia, 6
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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
78th Festival MMF at the Conservatorio Cherubini. Monica Leone and Michele Campana with XIX Contrapunctus and Fantasia contrapuntal by Ferruccio Busoni who pays homage to the Art of Fugue by Bach. Starting at 8.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 15.
Info: Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 7; www.operadifirenze.it
Wednesday, May 20, 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/
Rich aperitifs, drinks, and live music at Rex Café – An original pub with decò vintage-kitsch furniture. Rex Café is a reference point for Florentine nightlife. Starting at 7 p.m.
Info: Via Fiesolana 25r; www.facebook.com/rex.firenze
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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/
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. The Tale of Tales (Italy, France, 125′) by Matteo Garrone, with Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassell, John C. Reilly. The fanciful story of a jealous queen who lost her husband, of two mysterious sisters, and of a king obsessed with a giant flea leading to the death of his young daughter. Original language. Showing at 4.30 p.m., 6.45 p.m. and 9.15 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Friday, May 22, 2015
Power and Pathos. Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World at Palazzo Strozzi. Florence will be hosting a major exhibition showcasing some of the ancient world’s most important masterpieces of sculpture, with exhibitions from leading Italian and international museums. The exhibition uses 50 bronze sculptures to tell the story of the spectacular artistic developments of the Hellenistic era throughout the Mediterranean basin. Hours of operation: daily (including holidays) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and every Thursday until 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 10. Until June 21, 2015.
Info: +390552645155; http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/
Lunch at ZAP, Zona Aromatica Protetta (Protected Aromatic Area). Zap is the green heart of Florence and is characterized by the following elements: the recovery of green space, cultural cooperation, and youth projects. Not surprisingly, the café/restaurant located on the ground floor is called Quinoa, a gluten-free cereal also known as the mother of all seeds. All dishes are gluten-free and contain no traces of peanuts.
Info: Palazzo Giovane, Vicolo S. Maria Maggiore, 1
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Fiorita Commemoration at Piazza della Signoria – Flower Homage to Savonarola, on Friday, May 23. This authentic tradition takes place at the circular plaque embedded in the stones of Piazza Signoria, where this historic event took place. Starting at 10:30 a.m.
Info: Piazza della Signoria
Vivi Cascine at Cascine Park. Two days of sports, cultural and recreational activities, music, entertainment, and wine tasting tours. On Saturday May 23 will take place the special event entitled The Colour Run, a race focused on music, color, and the joy of the participants. Visiting hours: 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Sixto Rodriguez in concert at Teatro Verdi. More than a story, a fairytale, the American singer and songwriter who in 60/70 enchanted with a songwriting dipped black folk music. Discs, concerts worldwide, and a documentary film Searching for Sugar Man, which won the Oscar in 2013. Starting at 8.45 p.m. Ticket price: € 60/45/30/22.
Info: Via Ghibellina, 99; www.bitconcerti.it
Sunday, May 24, 2015
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
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.
Monday, May 25, 2015
A Palace and the City at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The Museum Salvatore Ferragamo will hold an exhibition dedicated to the history of the century old building in which it is established. It will contain works of art and documents of great prestige from museums and private collections around the world. Until April 3, 2016. Hours of operation: every day from 10 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Piazza Santa Trinita, 5r; www.ferragamo.com/museo
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Massacre of via dei Georgofili – May 26 is the anniversary of the terrorist bomb attack that occurred near the Uffizi Gallery.
The museum and the City of Florence remember the victims by keeping the gallery open from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Info: Via dei Georgofili
Even Sculptures Die at CCCS in Piazza Strozzi. A reflection on the facets of contemporary sculpture through works and new productions by thirteen Italian and international artists. Inauguration at 7 p.m. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m; Thursday from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 5.
Wednesday, May 27, 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/
The Language of Flowers at Gucci Museum. This seventh exhibition of the Pinault Collection at the Gucci Museo is an allusion to one of Gucci’s most iconic motifs: Flora. this exhibition brings together the works of four artists who play with the iconography of flowers. The works were produced between 1967 and 2012. Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Traveling Middle Ages at the National Museum of the Bargello. Paintings and objects that accompanied travellers driven by the search for redemption, money, or glory. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 1.50 p.m. Closed on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Ticket price: € 7.
Info: Via del Proconsolo, 4; www.unannoadarte.it
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