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, from May 29 until June 11, 2015.
You won’t want to miss the special events connected to Expo 2015, the universal exhibition Milan will be hosting from May 1 to October 31, 2015. The city of Florence hosts a series of events sponsored by Expo such as the I_Dome in the Courtyard of Palazzo Vecchio, a reproduction of Brunelleschi’s dome in exact proportion employing innovative construction techniques and contemporary materials; the Jellyfish Barge on the Arno River near San Niccolò bridge, a floating greenhouse for intensive cultivation and a system that represents a solution for producing food next to the final consumer, without consuming land, energy, and fresh water; and the House of Excellence, a temporary mall in Piazza San Firenze dedicated to products from Florentine artisans, artistic crafts, and innovative technologies.
Friday, May 29, 2015
[Outside Florence] 2014 World Motorcycle Championship at Mugello. The beautiful valley of Mugello hosts the Gran Prix of Italy, the most anticipated and important two-wheel sporting event of the year. The event attracts thousands of fans from all over the world every year. From Friday, May 29, until Sunday, May 31, 2015.
Shapes of Reality at Aria Art Gallery, a new exhibition by American artist Carole A. Feuerman. The artist looks at the Shapes of Reality and goes back to the Renaissance to rediscover the beauty and elegance that lies hidden behind each shape. Like the great personalities of antique art, she models emotions, impressing them into gazes, and paints the sculptures with resin or bronze. Some are life size to amplify their presence, while others are on scale to reduce their intrusiveness. Until June 20, 2015. Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday, 10.30 a.m./1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m./7.30 p.m.
Info: Borgo SS Apostoli; http://www.ariaartgallery.com/
Saturday, May 30, 2015
[Outside Florence] Medieval Feast in Malmantile, Lastra a Signa (FI). This twenty-second edition of the event is a reproduction of a medieval atmosphere in the Castle, with knights, ladies, heralds, archers, warriors, poets, musicians, acrobats, and jugglers to enrich the feast. Until Sunday May 31, from 4 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.
Info: Malmantile, Lastra a Signa (FI); www.festamedioevalemalmantile.it
78th Festival MMF at Opera of Florence. The percussionist Evelyn Glennie presents songs from Piazzolla to Reich dedicated to rhythmic quality. Starting at 8.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 20.
Info: Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 7; www.operadifirenze.it
Sunday, May 31, 2015
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 that leads 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/
Fabbrica Europa Festival – Belles de Sommeil at Teatro Verdi. The performance recreates on stage the “part of the dream” that is present in all of us, our deepest desires and anguish, which, as in an initiation journey, offers us a glimmer of hope to be awakened by love. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 20/15/10.
Monday, June 1, 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/
Jellyfish Barge on the banks of the Arno near the San Niccolò bridge. It is a self-sufficient floating cultivation module from an idea of University of Florence and prototyped by PNAT, a university spin-off co-financed by the Ente Cassa di Risparmio and the Tuscan Region. The Jellyfish Barge presents a solution to the problems of increasing food demand and decreasing resources. Made of recycled and recyclable materials, the barge houses a solar-powered glass greenhouse in which vegetables are grown hydroponically.
Info: Banks of the Arno near the San Niccolò bridge
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Today is Republic Day, a national holiday. It was on June 2, 1946, after the fall of the fascist party, that the vote was held to decide whether Italy should remain a monarchy or become a democratic republic. Republic Day, or Festa della Repubblica, celebrates this historic day. Florentines celebrate it with a wreath-laying ceremony in Piazza dell’Unità and the raising of the Flag in Piazza Repubblica. The celebration will begin in Piazza dell’Unità at 9.30 a.m. and will continue in Piazza della Repubblica.
Info: Piazza Unità and Piazza Repubblica
Wednesday, June 3, 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/
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Mad Max Fury Road (Usa, 120′) by George Miller, with Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy. In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland. 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/
Thursday, June 4, 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/
Fabbrica Europa Festival – Resistencia at Palazzo Strozzi courtyard. A solo by Aline Correra, a protest against a standard of beauty imposed by her environment and the media. Correra uses her body as a stem that the wind can bend but never cut. Starting at 10 p.m. Free admission.
Friday, June 5, 2015
The House of Excellence at Piazza San Firenze. A temporary mall in which top companies exhibit and sell their products, and where you will find products from Florentine artisans, fashion products, artistic crafts, food and drinks, furnishings, and innovative technologies. Hours of operation: Every day from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Info: Piazza San Firenze
Rich aperitifs, drinks, and live music at Rex Café – An original pub with decò vintage-kitsch furniture. Rex Café is a reference point for Florence nightlife. Starting at 7 p.m.
Info: Via Fiesolana 25r; www.facebook.com/rex.firenze
Saturday, June 6, 2015
I_Dome at Palazzo Strozzi Courtyard. A reproduction of Brunelleschi’s dome, sponsored by Expo 2015. It perfectly reproduces the architectural forms and proportions of Brunelleschi’s original, and inside you can admire images, sounds, and atmospheres illustrating the know-how of the region. You can also interact with touch-screen monitors. Until October 31, 2015.
Info: Palazzo Strozzi
Last day to visit: 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
Sunday, June 7, 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
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, June 8, 2015
Jacques Lipchitz in Monaco, Florence, and Prato. Drawings of sculptures from 1910 to 1972. Two exhibitions on one of the stars of the new figurative language living in early twentieth-century Paris, with Modigliani and Gris.
Prints and Drawings at Piazzale degli Uffizi. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 6 p.m.
[Outside Florence] Lipchitz in Prato at Palazzo Pretoria, Prato. Hours of operation: from 10.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m.
Info: www.polomuseale.firenze.it; www.palazzopretorio.prato.it
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.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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.
Sweet Triumphs and Fine Folds at Palatina Gallery. The exhibition commemorates the banquet held in Palazzo Vecchio on October 5, 1600, for the wedding between Maria de Medici and Enrico IV of France. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m. Closed on Monday. Ticket price: € 13. Until June 7.
Info: Piazza Pitti, 1
Wednesday, June 10, 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/
Jean Michel Folon at Florence Rose Garden. Just below Piazzale Michelangelo, this permanent exhibition dedicated to the world-famous Belgian artist Jean Michel Folon Twelve bronze statues adorns the paths of the garden, which contains approximately 1,000 varieties of plants and over 350 species of roses. Hours of operation: 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Info: Viale Giuseppe Poggi
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Little Big Bronzes at the National Archaeological Museum. Masterpieces of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman collections belong to the Medici-Lorraine. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Friday, 8.30 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 8.30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Ticket price: € 4.
Info: Piazza SS. Annunziata, 9b
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