Welcome to Florence Inferno, your one-stop shop for a listing of the events happening in Florence, including an events guide containing information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other things occuring in the city. In this post, we provide you with information on events happening in October 2016.
This week we make special mention of the our Halloween Tour happening on October 31! On this striking night in Florence, we will be encountering medieval ghosts and wandering through mysterious alleys! You are invited to wear a costume or a mask during the tour. However, please do not feel obligated. You may dress or disguise yourself however you like. Among the disguised, our guide will chose the scariest, and the winner will get a one-hour secret passages tour for two people for November 1, 2016.
We also make special mention of the new interesting exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi, Ai Weiwei. Libero. Italians and visitors to Italy will have a chance to see one of the best and most provocative artists working in the world today.
Entitled “Libero” (Free), the comprehensive retrospective will feature cool and controversial items from Ai Weiwei’s catalog, as well as new pieces that were inspired by Florence’s history and spirit.
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Saturday, October 1, 2016
Florence International Antiques Fair at Palazzo Corsini. Known as a prestigious celebration of Italy’s treasures from the past, the fair is an event that permeates the entire city fabric, with visitors of international renown. Hours of operation: 10.30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 15.
Spiritual Guards by Jan Fabre in Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and Forte Belvedere. The show will feature bronze sculptures, wax works, Fabre’s signature beetle shell compositions, and films of his theatrical performances, all dating between 1978 and 2016. A series of Fabre’s sculptures and a large world map created with beetle shells will be on display in Palazzo Vecchio, complementing Ignazio Danti’s famous globe located in the Hall of Maps. Until October 2, 2016
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Bridget Jones’s Baby (USA 95’) – by Sharon McGuire, with Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey. Bridget’s focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch … she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father. Original language. Starting at 4.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Last day to visit John Currin at Stefano Bardini Museum. The exhibition is dedicated to John Currin, a contemporary American painter known for his satirical and sexualized artwork, blending classical techniques with his self-described “trashy” sensibilities. Until October 2, 2016
Info: Via dei Renai, 37
Ceramics Market at Piazza Santissima Annunziata. The fair features top Italian ceramicists, as well as the best of England, Japan, the U.S., Russia, France, Germany, Spain, and many other countries. You will find a wide range of pottery, including rustic ceramics, majolica, fine porcelain, jewellery, and much more. Hours of operation: 10.30 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Piazza Santissima Annunziata
Monday, October 3, 2016
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/
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Museo del Novecento at Ex Leopoldine. The museum hosts the works of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, namely, De Chirico, Sironi, Carrà, Morandi, Martini, Sassu, Guttridge, Barni, Rinaldi, Nannucci, Salvadori, Loffredo, Berti, Farulli Magnelli, and De Pisis.Ticket price: € 0/10.
Info: Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10; +390552768224
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
[Outside Florence] Dalì – Il sogno del classico at Palazzo Blu in Pisa. On display, in the magnificent setting of Palazzo Blu, are 150 works that include paintings, watercolors and woodblocks, which testify the omnipresence of the classical heritage within Dali’s artistic production. The visitor is called to a poetic and memorable dialogue with an always original, brilliant, and eccentric Salvador Dalì, who loves the great Italian Masters, cites Raphael, speaks of Cellini, illustrates Dante, and paints Michelangelo. Ticket price: € 12. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 10: a.m. until 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Caffè Society (USA, 96′) – by Woody Allen, with Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carrell. A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently paralyzed man she’s taking care of. Original language. Starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Friday, October 7, 2016
Santa Maria Novella Station: 80 Years. New permanent photography exhibition at Santa Maria Novella train station. The exhibit was curated by the Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci, named after the station’s head architect. The 100 images on display trace the construction phases in detail, shedding light on how the plans for the station evolved. Until March 31, 2017
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Today in Florence is Santa Reparata commemoration, a co-patron of the city.
In ancient times, the festivities on this day included two races: one on horseback and one on foot. Today, there is a foot race and a marching procession of members of the Florentine Republic dressed in period costume, from Piazza della Repubblica to the Duomo at 4 pm.
Last days to visit Matilde Di Canossa: A Woman Who Changed the Course of History at Casa Buonarroti. The exhibition is dedicated entirely to the figure of Matilda of Tuscany or of Canossa, the powerful and well-respected countess who spent 14 years of her life in Florence. Matilda is known for the famous episode of her alliance with Pope Gregory VII as he was imposing obedience on the emperor Henry IV. In Florence, the countess built the city walls of 1078 that Dante alludes to. Until October 10, 2016. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Scandicci Fair in Scandicci. Shopping, cultural events, performances, food, and other activities. From 4.30 p.m. until midnight. Free admssion. Scandicci is easily reachable by the tram, which you can take outside the Santa Maria Novella train station.
Lunch at San Lorenzo’s Central Market. Restored after being closed for many years, the market offers typical Tuscan cuisine; a real theater of taste based on interior design and food culture. Hours of operation: Market: 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.; First floor: food and beverages, 10 a.m until 12 p.m.
Info: Piazza San Lorenzo
Monday, October 10, 2016
Aperitif at Zoe. Famous for its light lunch and aperitif, Zoe is an historic Florentine cocktail bar, art gallery, and café, and is a true Italian hangout.
Info: Via dei Renai 13r
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Galileo and the Measure of Time at Galileo Museum. Over 1,000 scientific instruments will be on dispay in the restored halls of Museo Galileo, home to the priceless scientific collections of the Medici and the House of Lorraine, and the only surviving instruments of Galileo.
Info: Piazza dei Giudici, 1
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Sunset Trip from Florence to Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills organised by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con Termetour. 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: http://www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Thursday, October 13, 2016
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 in Florence, such as Michelangelo’s Pietà.
Info: Via della Canonica, 1
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
Friday, October 14, 2016
BeeRiver at Stazione Leopolda. Second edition of BeeRiver with ten craft breweries, food truck vintage, farms, tastings, and blues music. From 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Info: Stazione Leopolda
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Inferno (USA, 121′) – by Ron Howard, with Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy. When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot. Original language. Starting at 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Saturday, October 15, 2016
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/
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Karl Lagerfeld exhibition at Palazzo Pitti. During the 90th edition of the menswear showcase Pitti Uomo (June 14–17), Palazzo Pitti unveiled Karl Lagerfeld – Visions of Fashion, a photography exhibition dedicated to the 82-year-old creative director and head designer for Chanel, Fendi, and his own fashion label. Until October 23, 2016
Info: Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti
Monday, October 17, 2016
Luch, aperitif, or dinner at Hard Rock Cafè in Piazza della Repubblica. Authentic American Cuisine in a Rock n Roll environment. Whether you want a legendary burger, great live music, or traditional tea. Open every day from breakfast until late in the evening.
Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina at Audutorium Santo stefano Al Ponte – Giuseppe Lanzetta in a classic program by Mozart. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 15/12.
Info: Via Calzaiuoli; +39055783374; www.orcafi.it
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
La Specola Zoological Museum, regarded by some as the oldest scientific museum in Europe. Hours of operation: every day from 9.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Via Romana, 17
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Marino Marini Museum. The Marino Marini Museum is one of the few places in town dedicated to twentieth-century art. It houses a permanent exhibition of contemporary art by Marino Marini. The works on display belong to the original nucleus and are made up of works donated to Florence by the artist. Until April 23, 2016. Top Hundred, exhibition by Maurizio Nannucci, a Florentine contemporary artist. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays. Ticket price: € 6
Rich aperitifs, drinks, and live music at Rex Café. An original pub with decò vintage-kitsch furniture, Rex Café is a reference point for Florentine nightlife. Starting at 7 p.m.
Info: Via Fiesolana 25r
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Florence Photography Adventure Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. Discover Florence with your camera and with a professional photography teacher and an excellent 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/
Friday, October 21, 2016
Ai Weiwei. Libero at Palazzo Strozzi. Ai Weiwei is known world-wide as much for his challenging contemporary art practice as for his political activism. Ai Weiwei will be the first artist to exhibit across the entirety of Palazzo Strozzi, presenting a series of new and major works, including key monumental installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography series produced throughout his career. Hours of operation: daily, including holidays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 12.
Orchestra della Toscana at Teatro Verdi. Opening concert. ORT in collaboration with the Conservatory ‘Cherubini’ of Florence and Institute ‘Franci’ of Siena. Daniele Rustioni, conductor, and Benedetto Lupo, on the piano. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 18/15.
Info: Via Ghibellina, 99
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Innocenti Museum, open to the public on June 24, 2016. The Innocenti Museum is poised to become another of the city’s major museums. While it’s a place every parent should definitely visit, anyone interested in Florentine history will find a missing part of the story. The Innocenti opened its doors in 1445 to the first abandoned babies. Hours of operation: daily, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 7/5.
Info: Piazza SS. Annunziata 13, Florence
Sunday, October 23, 2016
[Outside Florence] Volterra Taste! at Volterra (Pisa). 19th edition of the Exhibition Market of white truffles. The truffle, with other specialities, is presented by retailers in the squares and streets of the splendid Etruscan city. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Until November 1.
Info: Volterra (Pisa)
[Outside Florence] Lucca Marathon at Lucca. For fans of running, this is a dream come true on account of its exceptional location: the splendid city walls, chosen for the start of the race. Registration price: € 59/45/35.
Monday, October 24, 2016
With Juice of Herbs and Green Earth at the Refectory of Santa Maria Novella. After a full cycle of restoration, the stories from Genesis are once again visible in the Green Cloister (east side) of Santa Maria Novella. By Paolo Uccello and assistants.
Until December 31, 2016.
Info: Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
Aperitifs at Caffè Letterario – Le Murate. As the cultural center of Florence, Caffè Letterario 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.
Info: Piazza delle Murate
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Archaeology Museum. Contains one of the most important collections of Etruscan art in Italy, as well as Medici and Lorraine grand ducal collections of precious stones, gems, cameos, and jewelry. Hours of operation: Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.; closed on Mondays. Ticket price: € 4.
Info: Piazza SS. Annunziata 9/b
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
WOW. Windmills of Energy in front of the photography mecca Leica Store and of the outside seating area at Fusion Bar and Restaurant. Designed by artist Simone D’Auria, a bold red three-dimensional WOW entices people to pose for selfies! Until December 31, 2016
Info: Gallery Hotel Art
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Florence Creativity at Fortezza da Basso. Fair of handmade in Italy, cake design, decoupage, bricolage, home decor, and creative sewing. Until October 30, 2016. Hours of operation: 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 10/5.
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. I, Daniel Blake (UK, 100′) – by Ken Loach, with Marc Burns, Natalie Ann Jamieson. A middle-aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario. Original language. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Friday, October 28, 2016
Across Art and Fashion at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The exhibition’s itinerary focuses on the work of Salvatore Ferragamo, who was fascinated with and inspired by the avant-garde art movements of the 20th century, on several ateliers of the Fifties and Sixties that were venues for studies and encounters, and on the advent of the culture of celebrities. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Closed on April 2017. Ticket price: € 6
Info: Piazza Santa Trinita 5/R
Saturday, October 29, 2016
[Outside Florence] Lucca Comics and Games in Lucca. An international festival of comics, animation, illustration, and games that grew in size and importance over the years, and where comics and all people dress up as their favorite characters. Only comiket in Tokyo is bigger than Lucca. Until November 1. Ticket price: € 16/14.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Modern and Contemporary Art. Anthology 2016 at Tornabuoni Arte Contemporary Art. On display will be works from Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, Tamara de Lempicka, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Isgrò, and Sol Lewitt. Free admission. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3.30 p.m to 7.30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Until November 26, 2016.
Info: Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 3 and Via Maggio 58r
Monday, October 31, 2016
Today is Halloween, an Irish and Celtic tradition that is also widely celebrated in Italy, thanks in part to the many Americans residing in and visiting the city.
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 every year in Borgo a Mozzano is the biggest one.
[Outside Florence] The Halloween Celebration in Borgo a Mozzano (Lucca). Much of its success is due to the Passage of Terror, where strange characters interact with visitors, making them part of the surreal and evocative scene. Each year, a dark theatrical parade passes through the center of town with a procession of fire-breathing demons. 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 striking night in Florence visiting the city center 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, as well as with art and history.
Starting at 8 p.m. Tour price: € 20 per person.
Info and booking: http://www.florenceinferno.com/walking-tours/halloween/
Picture by Nathan Smith Photography