The Florence Inferno blog provides information on the events occuring in Florence. In addition, it has an events guide on 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 October 30 to November 12, 2015.
This week, we make special mention of Halloween, the Commemoration of the Dead, and All Saints’ Day.
Halloween is an Irish and Celtic tradition that is celebrated on October 31. It is becoming increasingly popular in Italy as it is one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year. The Commemoration of the Dead and All Saints’ Day are celebrated on November 2 and on November 1, respectivley, and are Catholic commemorations. Although All Saints’ Day is both a religious and a public holiday in Italy, you don’t have to worry if you are in Florence since the major museums, restaurants, and shops will remain open!
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Friday, October 30, 2015
Sunset Trip from Florence to Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. Fiesole is 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/
Last days to visit Magnificent – The Incredible Story of the Beauty that Transformed the World at Sala d’Arme of Palazzo Vecchio, a multimedia exhibition by Felice Limosani that highlights Florence’s most famous attractions, paintings, and sculptures. The work is accompanied by audio, with maestro Andrea Bocelli as narrator. Until October 31, 2015. Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Ticket price: € 8/5.
Info: Sala D’Arme, Piazza della Signoria; www.magnificentfirenze.it
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Today is Halloween, a tradition celebrated by the many Americans residing in and visiting Florence. It is also celebrated by many Italians.
On the streets of Florence on the evening of October 31, you may find witches, devils, and ghosts, all in search of tasty treats.
Many parties are organized all around Tuscany. Among the various celebrations, the event organized yearly in Borgo a Mozzano is the biggest one.
[Outside Florence] The Halloween Celebration in Borgo a Mozzano (Lucca). Each year, a dark, theatrical parade that includes fire-breathing demons passes through the center of town. The performance ends at the Devil’s Bridge, which becomes the setting of an impressive fireworks display. There are also seven places where you can dance and listen to concerts late into the night.
Florence Inferno Halloween Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. Enjoy a frightfully delightful night in Florence visiting Palazzo Vecchio, encountering medieval ghosts, and wandering through mysterious alleys. Take our walking tour and experience the most unusual Halloween night of your life, packed with scary stories, art, and history.
Starting at 8 p.m. Tour price: € 30 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/walking-tours/halloween/
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Today is a public holiday in Italy!
All Saints’ Day, also known as Ognissanti, is both a religious and a public holiday in Italy on November 1 of every year. It celebrates all of the Catholic saints. Italians spend the day attending Mass and savoring a large family meal.
The Prince of Dreams: Joseph in the Medici Tapestries of Bronzino and Pontormo at Palazzo Vecchio. The exhibition features 20 16th-century tapestries commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici for the Sala dei Duecento. It is the first time that all the tapestries have been displayed together since the unification of Italy. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 12. Until February 15, 2016.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Today is the Day of the Dead in Italy. Although it isn’t a national holiday, this popular festival is more deeply felt than All Saints’ Day, having roots in folk and pagan tradition.
Many Italians visit the local cemetery to honor their departed family members; in fact, in recent years, the Day of the Dead has become a celebration of family and tradition. Moreover, on this day, in all the best bakeries, you can find the bones of the dead, delicious cookies prepared only at this time of the year.
The World that Wasn’t There: Mayan & Aztec Civilizations at the Archaeology Museum. Pre-Columbian art from the Ligabue Collection. Until March 6, 2016.
Info: Piazza Santissima Annunziata 1; +3905523575; www.archeotoscana.beniculturali.it
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The Florence Inferno Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. 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/
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 was established. It will contain works of art and documents of great prestige from museums and private collections from around the world. Until April 3, 2016. Hours of operation: daily from 10 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Piazza Santa Trinita, 5r; www.ferragamo.com/museo
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Uffizi & Accademia Tour in One Day organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. 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/
Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagal and Fontana at Palazzo Strozzi. The exhibition sets out to explore the relationship between art and religion from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The exhibition will be hosting over one hundred works by well-known Italian and international artists such as Domenico Morelli, Gaetano Previati, Felice Casorati, Gino Severini, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Emilio Vedova, Vincent van Gogh, Jean-François Millet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Stanley Spencer, Georges Rouault, and Henri Matisse. Until January 24, 2016. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. Ticket price: € 10/8,50.
Info: Pizza Strozzi; +39 0552645155; http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Firenze Can I Paint It? – Urban art exhibition curated by the “Renaissance is Over” group and organized in collaboration with Toc toc Firenze and 400 Drops. Artists include Stelleconfuse, Exit Enter, Hopnn, Jamesboy, CLET, and more. Until November 6.
Info: ZAP, vicolo Santa Maria Maggiore 1; www.estatefiorentina.it
Deep Purple at Nelson Mandela Forum. British heavy metal/hard rock trailblazers. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 63/51/46.
Info: Viale Pasquale Paoli 3; +39055678841; www.mandelaforum.it
Friday, November 6, 2015
Florence Winter Park, a snow and ice attraction in the park near the Obihall. This is a place where one will be able to ski, skate, and slide on the Arno river! In addition, there is a wide choice of bars, restaurants, kiosks, and children’s entertainment nearby. Open daily. Until March 6, 2015. Ticket price: € 10/6/5.
The Prince of Dreams: Joseph in the Medici Tapestries of Bronzino and Pontormo at Sala dei Duecento in Palazzo Vecchio. Tapestries commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici for the Sala dei Duecento. Until February 15, 2016.
Info: Palazzo Vecchio; www.musefirenze.it
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Jeff Koons in Florence at Palazzo Vecchio. An exhibit showcasing some of the most famous masterworks by Jeff Koons, the prominent American artist. Until December 28, 2015. Hours of operaton: daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Info: Piazza della Signoria; museicivicifiorentini.comune.fi.it/palazzovecchio
Jan Fabre: Knight of the Night at Galleria il Ponte. The Belgian artist known for his affinity for science and metamorphosis presents a selection of works created between 1997–2013, including the 2004 film Lancelot, pieces of armor and weapons covered in beetles. Until December 18.
Info: Via di Mezzo 42b; +39055240617; www.galleriailponte.com
Sunday, November 8, 2015
From Rosai to Burri: Unusual Displays from the Florentine Collections at Villa Bardini. A series of 20th century treasures not normally on public display. Giorgio de Chirico, Franco Fontana, Gino Severini, others. Until January 10, 2016.
Info: Villa Bardini; costa San Giorgio 2; www.bardinipeyron.it
[Outside Florence] Synchronicity, contemporaries from Lippi to Warhol at Palazzo Pretorio in Prato. An innovative selection of contemporary art, with paintings, sculptures, photos, and videos by Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Daniel Spoerri, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Matthew Barney, and Vanessa Beercroft. Hours of operation: 10.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 8/6. Until January 10, 2016.
Monday, November 9, 2015
The Florence Photography Adventure Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. 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/
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 to eat and wash it down with some local wine.
Info: Via de’Neri 65r
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Francesca Pasquali: Plastic Shapes at Tornabuoni Arte Contemporary Art. Contemporary exhibition by a Bolognese artist. Sections include Bristles, Frappe shapes, Straws shapes (what the artist is best known for), Dringbell shapes, and Net shapes. Until November 19.
Info: Via Maggio 58r; email@example.com; www.tornabuoniarte.it
A Gentleman’s Table at Ivory Room in the National Museum of Bargello, a recreation of an elaborate Renaissance banquet table setting. Until October 31.
Info: Via del Proconsolo 4; +390552388606; www.polomuseale.firenze.it
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Last days to visit Arturo Tosi: The Fruits of the Earth at Palazzo Pitti’s Gallery of Modern Art. The exhibition’s title ties in with the theme of Expo 2015, Feeding the Planet. Tosi is known for playing a part in the Italian Novecento movement, founded in Milan in the early 1920s. This exhibition is dedicated to the artist and his still life paintings. Until November 8, 2015. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m. Ticket price: € 13/6,50.
Info: Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti 1; +39055294883
Helga Vockenhuber: Das Geschenk der Harmonie (The Gift of Harmony) at Villa Bardini. Monumental bronzeworks that aim to bring viewers a sense of “suspended peace.” Until November 22. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 10/5.
Info: Costa San Giorgio 2; www.bardinipeyron.it
Thursday, November 12, 2015
New Opera del Duomo Museum. A magnificent museum comprising the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry of San Giovanni, the Crypt of Santa Reparata, and the Opera Museum. Here you will find some of the most important works such as Michelangelo’s Pietà.
Info: Via della Canonica, 1
Picture: Halloween Tour Florence Inferno by © Nathan Smith Photography