Welcome to Florence Inferno, where we inform you weekly of the events happening in Florence. We also provide you with an events guide contains information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other things occuring in the city.
This week you won’t want to miss Florence Summer: The Artecultura Garden, going on at Giardino dell’Orticoltura (Horticultural Garden). A meeting point for residents and tourists seeking to spend the summer participating in social, artistic, and cultural activities targeting all age groups, such as live concerts, art exhibition, DJ sets, and picnics. With the comfort of a kiosk and an exceptional setting, the Horticultural Garden is a green area in the heart of Florence. Open from May to September.
Friday, May 30, 2014
[Outside Florence] 2014 World Motorcycle Championship at Mugello. The beautiful valley of Mugello and the town of Scarperia will host 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 30, until Sunday, June 2, 2014.
Baccio Bandinelli, sculptor and teacher (1493-1560) – National Museum of the Bargello. Painting and sculpture, drawings and prints, bronzes, medals. Baccio Bandinelli is one of the greatest sculptors of the extraordinary sixteenth century in Florence.
Info: Via del Proconsolo, 4; +390552388606; www.unannoadarte.it
Aperitif/dinner and concert at La Cité, café and library. A nice and very characteristic setting with books, music, wine, and coffee: daily jazz, swing or soul concerts, theater, exhibitions, and seminars. On Friday, May 30, Alfredo Marasti Live band, a performance that combines poetry, folk, theater, blues, and rock. Starting at 7 p.m. (aperitif), 10 p.m. (concert)
Info: Borgo San Frediano 20; +39055210387; www.lacitelibreria.info
Saturday, May 31, 2014
ARTour il bello in piazza at Piazza Strozzi – Arts and crafts market: jewelry, gifts, accessories, and clothing made by Italian artisans. Until Monday, June 2, 2014. Starting at 9 a.m.
Florence Summer: The Artecultura Garden (Garden of art and culture) at Giardino dell’Orticoltura (Horticultural Garden) – Alchemy Daze in concert. Every Saturday live music and performances by Florentine bands, from blues to Brazilian pop and Balkan music. Alchemy Daze is a Florentine 5 band members that will perform covers of famous seventies progressive rock and blues songs. All with the comfort of a kiosk and an exceptional setting, the Horticultural Garden, a green area in the heart of Florence.
Info: Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4; www.giardinoartecultura.it
[Outside Florence] Medieval Feast in Malmantile, Lastra a Signa (FI). The twenty-first edition of the event. Reproduction of a medieval atmosphere in the Castle, with the participation of knights and ladies, heralds and archers, warriors and poets, musicians, acrobats, jugglers, and to enrich the feast, puppet shows, dance tunes, and duels. Saturday, May 31, and June 7, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; June 1, June 2, and June 8, from 4 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.
Info: Malmantile, Lastra a Signa (FI); +390558729700; www.festamedioevalemalmantile.it
La Traviata – Auditorium al Duomo, Sala Anfiteatro A. Tomaszewski. Opera by Giuseppe Verdi. Florentine Opera Ensemble. Directed by G.Castillett. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 21/31/36/41/51.
Info: Via de’ Cerretani 54/r
Sunday, June 1, 2014
The Florence Inferno Tour organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. A full-day Florence walking tour inspired by Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno. Enter some of the most amazing, mysterious, and famous places in Florence. The tour runs every day starting at 9.15 a.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking : www.florenceinferno.com/guided-tour/
Arts and crafts fair at Piazza SS. Annunziata. Artistic craftsmanship, quality of design, and numerous demonstrations of ancient crafts. In the square there will be farmers with organic products, namely bread, cheese, wine, and olive oil. Children’s workshop. From 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Piazza SS. Annunziata
Cricket Festival at Cascine park. After an absence of almost 15 years, this traditional event returns. There are two different interpretations of the festival: the first, the more positive, refers to the view that the cricket was a symbol of spring; the second refers instead to the idea that the cricket was a pest for the Tuscan countryside, and therefore had to be captured. Today the festival is an opportunity to spend a day outdoors and to wander the market.
info: Cascine park
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
Monday, June 2, 2014
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. The Republic of Italy was founded. La Festa della Repubblica celebrates this historic day.
The major festivities are held in Rome, but Florentines also 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. There will also be procession of the Florentine Republic in elaborate Renaissance dress and a marching band accompanying Florentine representatives and military officials.
Info: Piazza Unità and Piazza Repubblica
Tea Time at Hotel Baglioni – Every day from 5 p.m., tea is served with a selection of aromatic infusions and exotic specialties created to delight the evening. Small pastries and one of the famous “chef’s delight” will accompany the beverage. Price: € 5,50.
Info: Hotel Baglioni, Piazza dell’Unità
Film screening at Cinema Odeon. The Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson, with Ralph Finnes, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, and Léa Seydoux. The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Sunset Trip from Florence to Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills organised 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. The tour runs every day. Starting at 4:30 p.m. Tour price: € 45 per person.
Info and booking: www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
From Egypt of the Pharaohs to the Japan of the Samurai through the Islamic Middle East: Recent renovations of Textile Materials Industry by Opificio at Opificio delle Pietre Dure – First public presentation of the restored works by Opificio: textiles from Egypt, works that refer to the everyday life of 2,400 years ago, rare and precious examples of textiles in silk, linen and gold, and a rare Japanese costume called Manchira, part of a high-ranking samurai armor. Until September 13. Ticket price: € 4/2
Flò Summer season – Night club, disco, aperitif bar. Strepitoso (marvelous) is the nickname of Tuesday night at Flò. Dine and dance under the stars in the beautiful setting of Piazzale Michelangelo. From 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. Free admission. Open from May to September.
Info: Piazzale Michelangelo, +393293627079
Wednesday, June 4, 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. Every Wednesday and Saturday, starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking: www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
Lunch at ZAP, Zona Aromatica Protetta (Protected Aromatic Area) – Opened on May 20, Zap is the new green heart of Florence: recovery of green space, cultural cooperation, and youth projects are the three elements that characterize this area. 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
Matthew Broussard. Commedia at Galleria Tornabuoni. The exhibition presents paintings inspired by a careful observation of reality expressed by devious representations. These representations, suggested by polysemic titles to encourage different readings, play on the tension between ambivalence and clarity. Until June 8. Visiting hours: 9.30 a.m – 1.30 p.m. / 3.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Info: Borgo San Jacopo 53r; +39055284720; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Uffizi & Accademia Tour in One Day organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. A fascinating walking tour in the afternoon to avoid the crowds 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. The tour runs every day except on Monday. Starting at 2 p.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: www.florenceinferno.com/uffizi-and-accademia-tour/
Travel Festival – Home & Abroad is the theme of this edition. The most fascinating stories of travelers, through reportage photography, movies, documentaries, books, maps, games, events, and meetings at various venues around Florence. Guests include Simona Baldanzi, Paolo Brovelli, Tiziano Fratus, Paolo Fresu, Paolo Hendel, Beppe Severgini, Sergio Staino, and Sergej Yastrzhembskiy. Until June 7.
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
La Femme, a French psyche/punk rock band – live in concert at Combo Social Club. The band’s first Italian tour is part of Suona Francese, over 80 concerts in 40 Italian town, sponsored by the Institut Francais. Starting at 10.30 p.m.
Info: Via Mannelli, 2; +393406803548
We hope you enjoy!
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