Welcome to Florence Inferno, where we provide you with information on the weekly events happening in Florence, as well as an events guide detailing what’s going on in the city as regards music, art, cinema, markets, and so much more.
This week you won’t want to miss Festa della Rificolona, or Paper Lantern Festival, one of the Florentines’ favourite night of the year! This festival grew out of the great market that traditionally took place on September 7 in Piazza SS. Annunziata. The market led many farmers into the city, where they went to sell their products. They used to carry lanterns to make the “pilgrimage” at night and arrive in the city in the early hours of the morning.
Even today, on September 7, the tradition is still respected. The festival consists of a procession from Piazza Santa Felicita to Piazza SS. Annunziata, passing through Piazza della Signoria at 9 p.m. The parade takes place every year on this evening, the eve of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary; the streets come alive with colored lights, creating a magical atmosphere.
Friday, September 5, 2014
[Outside Florence] A veglia in the farmyards of Montespertoli at Montespertoli. Farmyards, barnyards, and wine cellars open to host the fourth edition of the event. There will be wine tastings, agricultural workshops, meetings, walks, and children’s activities. Until September 30. On Saturday, September 6: Farm buffet and live folk music at Podere Arcagnola.
Last days to visit: Flavia Arlotta. Woman and painter of ‘900 at Accademia delle Arti del Disegno. Flavia Arlotta was one of the most important Italian female painters of the 20th century. A modern woman and an innovative artist, she was married to Giovanni Colacicchi, also a painter, as well as an intellectual and a poet. This exhibition showcases 30 paintings celebrated for the profound simplicity of her landscapes, portraits, and life-like works. Until September 6. Opening hours: Monday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. or by appointment. Free admission.
Lunch at Pescheria Ultima Spiaggia – Central Market of San Lorenzo. Fish market, as well as fryer and grill. Open from Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Info: Central Market of San Lorenzo; +39055213007
Saturday, September 6, 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/
Voci… ‘e notte at National Museum of the Bargello. Concert to raise money for Unicef. Includes the Master pianist Antonio Porpora Anastasio with four great opera singers: Beatrice Stella, Cristiana Fogli, Leonardo Sgroi, Alessandro Petruccelli. Starting at 5 p.m. Contribution of € 10 to be donated to Unicef.
September in Piazza della Passera. Stefano Di Puccio of 4 Leoni restaurant and the IN PIAZZA cultural association organize every year this appointment with music, theatre, art, photography, and more. Until Sunday, September 7. On Saturday 6: CamCon and Curved Lights in concert.
Info: Piazza della Passera
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Festa della Rificolona (Paper lantern Festival) – Free procession from Piazza Santa Felicita to Piazza SS. Annunziata, passing through Piazza della Signoria. A great, popular tradition where, a long time ago, farmers from surrounding areas would make the long trek into the city to celebrate and sell their goods. They came with lanterns, candles protected by a cloth frame, which remain a symbol of the Festa della Rificolona. Starting at 8 p.m.
Info: Piazza Santa Felicita; Piazza SS. Annunziata; Piazza della Signoria
Free Entrance to State Museums. Announced in July, State Museums are open to the public for free on the first Sunday of every month. This includes the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, as well as the Accademia, the Pitti Palace, the Bargello, the Medici Chapels. More opportunity to see your favorite historical sites!
[Outside Florence] Festa Grossa in Pelago (Florence). The celebration is held every 7 years. Although its origin has been lost to time, it has always been linked to the veneration of the Crucifix, kept inside the Oratorio del Santissimo Crocifisso, better known as Chiesa della Compagnia, and considered miraculous. Until September 14.
Light lunch at Obikà. Located in the historic Palazzo Tornabuoni, this is the only mozzarella bar in the city. The mozzerella brunch occurs every Sunday starting at noon. Takeaways are also available.
Info: Via de’ Tornabuoni 16; +390552773526; www.obika.it
Monday, September 8, 2014
Femminilità radicale at Gucci Museum. The paintings and sculptures in the exhibition consist of significant evidence as to how, in the sixties and early seventies, the female body, and the body of the artists in particular, was a powerful tool for critique and subversion. On this occasion you can also visit the permanent exhibition of Gucci Museum. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. untl 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 6.
O Flos colende. Sacred Music in the Cathedral at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Celebration of the Nativity of Virgin Mary. Promoted by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, O flos colende has gained a growing appreciation from audiences and critics alike. Wonder of baroque trumpets with Ensemble Pian & Forte and Gabriele Cassone. Starting at 9.15 p.m.
Info: Via della Canonica 1; +390552302885
Tuesday, September 9, 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/
90 Years of Excellence and Passion at Modern Art Gallery, Palazzo Pitti. Damiani exhibits 18 works that won the Diamonds International Award, the Oscar of Jewellery. Masterpieces dedicated to the creations characterising the 90 years of Damiani and certain multi-award winning gold articles will also be on display. Damiani is also the only international gold jewellery company still owned by its founding family. Until Septemper 17, 2014.
Bargello Jazz: Enrico Rava in concert at National Museum of the Bargello. The trumpet of excellence of Italian jazz with the New Quartet; jazz as well as rock and folk. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 17.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
[Outside Florence] The gaze of David Lynch at Palazzo Panichi in Pietrasanta (Lucca). Photographic exhibition with the surreal and disturbing images created by the American director David Lynch. The display, The restless gaze of Lynch, consists of a series of photographs entitled “Women and Machines” and a series of lithographs. Until September 14, 2014. Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Info: Palazzo Panichi, Piazza Duomo, Pietrasanta
Fiesole and the Longobards – Civic Archeological Museum of Fiesole. This exhibition is one of the many events celebrating the 100 years of the Museum of Fiesole. It is showing, for the first time, the recent discoveries from about 40 burials that were found in the excavations carried out in Fiesole’s Piazza Garibaldi area. On display are various objects from the unearthed Lombard grave furnishings, namely, fibule, hair pins, jewelry, and weapons. The exhibit will last until October 30, 2014. Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 12.
Rich evening aperitifs at Volume – Santo Spirito. 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
Thursday, September 11, 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/
Source. Self made design at Limonaia in Villa Strozzi. An exhibition of self-made designs, debates, conferences, workshops, meetings, and lectures in order to provide the audience with future scenarios on production. Alessandro Galati Trio in concert at 9 p.m. Until September 18. Free admission.
Film screening at Cinema Odeon. The Fault in our Stars, an american romantic comedy-drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. Original version with Italian subtitles. Starting at 4.30 p.m./6.45 p.m./9.15 p.m. Ticket price: € 8
We hope you enjoy!
Picture by www.thetuscany.net