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. In this post, we are providing you with information on events going on over the next two weeks. On the next week, we will post an article with suggestions on how to spend the New Years’s Eve in Florence!
This week you won’t want to miss the Florence Marathon, on Sunday, November 30, a marathon race around all the city with cultural attractions, such as astonishing views of the Cathedral, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Santa Croce. On the occasion of the marathon, from Friday 29, the Florence Marathon Expo will be set up and will offer, in addition to being a reference point for information about the race, the opportunity to present the latest products and compare them with new market trends.
We make a special mention of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, on December 8, a National Holiday. The day is marked by celebrations and processions. Also, with most people off work, many Italians on this day put up Christmas trees and other holiday decorations.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Faces of Hermeticism at Villa Bardini and Cabinet Viesseux. In celebration 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
Florence Opera – Requiem by Verdi. Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Choir in concert, directed by Lorenzo Fratini. Music by Giuseppe Verdi (Requiem). Alessandro Manzoni died on May 22, 1873. Giuseppe Verdi mourns the loss of a friend and composes Requiem in memory of the great writer. Starting at 8.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 15.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
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.
Last days to visit Three Prophets by Donatello at the Baptistery of Florence. Exceptional marble works from Donatello sculpted between 1415 and 1436, such as: the Beardless Prophet, the Prophet Jeremiah, and the Bearded or Thoughtful Prophet, likely a portrait of architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Open during the visiting hours of the Baptistery. Until November 30. Ticket price: € 10.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Florence Marathon, the 31th edition of the international classic road race, the second most importan marathon in Italy, after Rome, and the 20th in the world!
The race spans 42 kilometers and 195 meters along the streets of Florence, surrounded by art, history, and culture. Thousands of athletes from around the world come to participate in this race. After the race participants can enjoy the Marathon Party, a wonderful evening with dinner from a Tuscan menu, music, and entertainment. Sunday, November 30, 2014. Starting at 9.15 a.m. Ticket price: € 70/60.
Florence Opera: Tribute to Ennio Morricone at Teatro Goldoni. Dance performances inspired by the most famous composition by Morricone, 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 3.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 15.
Monday, December 1, 2014
[Outside Florence] Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca, Torre Grossa at Civic Museum of San Gimignano. A new experience and atmosphere to observe the frescos through ARtGlass, special glasses. For the first time in Italy, this experience of augmented reality will allow visitors to go on a virtual tour of the Middle Ages. Opening hours: 11 a.m. until 5.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 7,50/6.
Aperitifs at Caffè Letterario – Le Murate. As the cultural center of Florence, the cafe is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods of the town, the old Florentine prison, and offers an interesting program of events and meetings. From 6.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Film screening at Astra 2 Cinema. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I (USA, 2014). American science fiction adventure film. It is the first of two films based on the novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins. Katniss becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the Capitol and fights to save a nation moved by her courage. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Weihnachtsmarkt at Piazza Santa Croce. German Christmas market where, just like a nordic market, you can find stands wtith decorations for Christmas trees and homes, Christmas cakes such as Stollen accompanied by the restorative Glühwein (mulled wine). Until December 21, open every day.
Info: Piazza Santa Croce
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/
Thrusday, December 4, 2014
Museo del Novecento. The brand new museum is dedicated to the Italian art of the twentieth century and presents a selection of approximately 300 works exhibited in 15 rooms. A journey back to the early nineties of the twentieth century that traces, through paintings, sculptures, and documents, the unique artistic season that saw Florence as one of the most vital cultural centers. The museum, arranged in a chronological, thematic, and interdisciplinary manner, creates an immersive experience. Ticket price: € 0/10.
Info: Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10; +390552768224; www.museonovecento.it
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 and wash it down with some local wine.
Info: Via de’Neri 65r
Friday, December 5, 2014
Last days to visit: Luck of the primitives. Art treasures from the Italian collections between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at Galleria dell’Accademia – An ideal journey through collectables in Italy in 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
Mercatale at Piazza Santa Maria Novella. Typical products of local agriculture (wine, oil, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats). Opening from 8.30 a.m. until 7.30 p.m.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Florence in War 1940-1944 at Sale Fabiani, Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Documents, objects, images, audio recordings, and movies reconstructing the early years of the war. Until January 6, 2015. Opening hours: from Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Closed on Wednesday.
Info: Via Cavour; 0552760427; www.provincia.fi.it
Lights on the 1900s at Gallery of Modern Art. Many expressions of Italian figurative art and its most important interpreters, such as Capogrossi, Catena, Casorati, De Chirico, De Pisis, Peyron, Rosai, and Severini. The best artistic chapters of the twentieth century with masterpieces by Carrà, Alberto Savino, Marini, Andreotti, and Maraini. Visiting hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, 8.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m. Until March 8, 2015.
Info: Piazza Pitti, 1; www.unannodarte.it
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Palazzo Strozzi Contemporary: site-specific installation by Franco Menicagli, Who Doesn’t Like Gazing at the Sky? in the Courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi (Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina). A powerful and evocative reinterpretation of the space, created by the use of three pilasters from which countless strips of suspended wood emerge, balanced among themselves. Daily open. Free admission. Until January 25, 2015.
Florence Opera – Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre. The last and great masterpiece of Giuseppe Verdi returns to Florence, conducted by Zubin Mehta, with staging by Luca Ronconi. Starting at 3,30 p.m. Ticket price: 100/80/60/35/20/10.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Today is a National holiday in celebration of the Immaculate Conception, which, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, is the solemn belief in the Blessed Virgin Mary. Christmas season officially starts on this day: in Florence’s historic center, a large Christmas tree is decorated and lighted in Piazza del Duomo, and the Nativity scene, known as Presepe, is re-created with life-size statues near the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Many markets take place from December 8, where you will find various kinds of gifts, furnishings, food, and wine, such as the Fierucola dell’Immacolata at Piazza Santissima Annunziata, a traditional market with typical products and local crafts and the market at Le Murate Caffé, with recycled everyday objects and gifts.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
[Outside Florence] Signorini, Fattori, Lega and the Caffé Michelangiolo. Macchiaioli rebels are born, not made at Lucca Center of Contemporary Art in Lucca. The exhibition tells the birth and evolution of the movement with an alternative vision through forty masterpieces from prestigious public and private collections by artists such as Telemaco Signorini, Giovanni Fattori, Silvestro Lega, Giuseppe Abbati, Cristiano Banti, Giovanni Boldini, Odoardo Borrani, Vincenzo Cabianca, Vito D’Ancona, and Raffaello Sernesi. Until April 6, 2015. Opening hours: 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Closed on Monday.
Italian Opera at Santa Monaca Church. 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, December 10, 2014
Alinari, Kostabi, Nespolo and Talani: quattro linguaggi a confronto at Simboli Art Gallery. The exhibition suggests a comparison between the various pictorial languages of these four important contemporary artists by presenting their works permanently in the Florentine gallery. Until December 21. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m./3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Universe Comes Together in Silence. Alfredo Serri at Ente Cassa di Risparmio. Cultured and sensitive artist Alfredo Serri (Florence 1897-1972) is finally properly recognized in the first exhibition dedicated to him. Comprises 80 paintings, mostly from one single private collection. Visiting hours: from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m./3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Until January 18, 2015.
Info: Via Bufalini 6; +390555384001.
Thrusday, December 11, 2014
Natale in Fortezza (Christmas in Fortezza) at Fortezza da Basso, a market totally dedicated to Christmas. It exhibits objects and gift items relating to Christmas, and has a children’s area, workshops, and other entertainment. And of course, Santa Claus will be present. From December 11 until December 14. Visiting hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 5.
Pure, Simple, and Natural Art in Florence between the sixteenth and seventeenth century at Uffizi Gallery. The exhibition aims to eliminate the cliché of a very conservative Florentine culture and reveal the strength of art from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Artists remained faithful to the models, but highlighted the novelty of tradition. Among the artists are Andrea della Robbia, Andrea del Sarto, Santi di Tito, and Jacopo da Empoli. Until January 1, 2014. Opening hours: 8.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m. Closed on Monday. Ticket price: € 15.
We hope that you enjoy!
Picture by www.firenzemarathon.it