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 so much more. In this post, we have provided you with information on events taking place over the next month, April 2016.
You won’t want to miss the Artisan Fair: Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato (Art International Handicrafts Trade Fair) at Fortezza da Basso, an event that will be hosted by history’s most important master craftsmen inside a space where tradition and innovation merge to create extremely valuable handmade products. The most visited area in every edition of the fair is the Country Guest, which attracts and seduces people with its original, crafted products that come from distant lands and cultures. In addition, there is a wide choice of bars, restaurants, kiosks, and entertainment to be found nearby.
We also make a special mention of the new facinating contemporary art exhibition by the Belgian artist Jan Fabre. From April 15 to the end of October 2016, Florence will host an exhibition project at three venues: Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and Forte Belvedere. The show entitled Spiritual Guards will feature bronze sculptures dating from 1978 to 2016.
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Friday, April 1, 2016
April Fool’s Day on April 1, traditionally regarded as a day dedicated to practical jokes, pranks, and silliness!
In Italy, the traditional pesce d’Aprile consists of surreptitiously taping small paper fish on the shoulders of a friend to make fun of him/her without their knowing why!
Also, beware of more sophisticated pranks, such as joke announcements and fake news!
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Last days to visit The Gifts of the King at the Gallery of Modern Art. The gifts belong to the collections of king Vittorio Emanuele II. Until April 3, 2016. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m. Closed on Monday. Ticket price: € 13.
Info: Piazza Pitti
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Truth (USA, 121’) – Directed by James Vanderbit, with Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett. Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers. Starting at 8 p.m. and 10.15 p.m. Original version with Italian subtitles. Ticket price: € 8.
Sunday, April 3, 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
Friends of Music at Teatro Pergola. Estonian Philarmonic Chamber Choir, a professional choir based in Estonia, founded in 1981 by Tõnu Kaljuste, who served as its conductor for twenty years. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 30/24
Info: Via della Pergola, 18
Monday, April 4, 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: https://www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Andy Warhol by Aurelio Amendola at Uffizi Gallery. A dozen photographs of the Pop Art master that were taken by a Pistoiese artist while visiting New York in 1977 and 1986. The exhibit is located in the Sala del Camino on the Uffizi’s Piano Nobile. Until April 10, 2016.
Wednesday, April 6, 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. – 1 p.m. and 3.30 p.m – 7.30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Until November 26, 2016.
Info: Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 3 and Via Maggio 58r
Opera of Florence at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Orchestra of the Maggio Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, directed by Oleg Caetani, in a concert dedicated to Čajkovskij. Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 35.
Info: Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 7
Thrusday, April 7, 2016
Ad Usum Fratris – Miniatures in the Laurentian Manuscripts from the Convent of Santa Croce at Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana. This rich selection of manuscripts transferred in 1766 from the Convent of Santa Croce to the Laurentian Library consists of biblical texts, scriptures, and lives of saints. Closed on Sunday. Ticket price: € 3.
Info: Piazza San Lorenzo, 9
Friday, April 8, 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: https://www.florenceinferno.com/uffizi-and-accademia-tour/
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Enrico Benetta exhibition at Tornabuoni Arte – This is the first of a series of events dedicated to three different personalities from the current artistic community. Recent works by the Italian contemporary artist Enrico Benetta.
Tuesday to Friday, 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 1.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Until May 7, 2016.
Info: +39055289297; firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of Music at Teatro Pergola. Alexander Lonquich, piano, and Vilde Frang, violin, perform Mozart and Schubert. Starting at 4 p.m. Ticket price: € 30/17.
Info: Via della Pergola, 18
Sunday, April 10, 2016
[Outside Florence] Treno Letterario 2016 (literary train 2016). Train ride along the Cecina – Saline railroad, recently reopened to rail traffic, with an itinerary based on literary and cultural influences. The train ride will be followed (or preceded, according to the route plan) by visits to archaeological sites or places full of historical and literary significance to create a cultural journey that combines Volterra, Cecina, and the railroad. Reservations are required.
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
Monday, April 11, 2016
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
Friends of Music at Teatro Pergola. The pianist Grigory Sokolov in concert. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 42/30.
Info: Via della Pergola, 18
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Hitchcock – Truffaut (USA, 80’) – Directed by Kent Jones, with Mathieu Amalric, Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich. Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut’s 1966 book “Cinema According to Hitchcock” influenced their work. Starting at 9 p.m. Original version with Italian subtitles. Ticket price: € 10/8.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Mariani chez Capucci at Villa Bardini. Umberto Mariani, the renown artist from Milan, is compared to one of the most prestigious names of international Haute Couture, Roberto Capucci. Starting at 5 p.m. Until May 5, 2016. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. (final admission is at 6 p.m. Closed on Monday). Ticket price: € 8.
Info: Costa San Giorgio 2
Thursday, April 14, 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
Ivo Minuti e Alice Chiari “Todo Modo” in concert at Sala Vanni. An experimental project that ranges from classical to rock music. Starting at 9 p.m.
Info: Piazza del Carmine, 14
Friday, April 15, 2016
Archaeology Museum. Contains one of the most important collections of Etruscan art in Italy, as well as Medici and Lorraine grand ducal collection 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
Saturday, April 16, 2016
[Outside Florence] Enolia in Versilia. Seventeenth edition of Enolia, an important food and wine event in Versilia dedicated to quality oil and local products. From Saturday, April 16, to Sunday, April 17. Hours of operation: Saturday, from 4 p.m. until 7.30 p.m.; Sunday, from 9.30 a.m. until 7.30 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
From Kandinsky to Pollock. The Art of the Guggenheim Collections at Palazzo Strozzi. Over one hundred masterpieces of European and American art from the 1920s to the 1960s; European masters of modern art the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray, and Pablo Picasso; European masters of so-called “Unformed Art”, such as Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana; and some of the most important personalities on the American art scene, namely Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, and Cy Twombly.
Friends of Music at Teatro Pergola. Joao Luis Nogueira Pinto, guitar, and Paul Clarvis, percussion, perform Stradivarius in Rio. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 42/30.
Info: Via della Pergola, 18
Monday, April 18, 2016
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 from 1978 to 2016. As of April 15, 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.
The exhibition will expand to Forte di Belvedere beginning May 14.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Rigour and Grace: The Society of San Benedetto Bianco in 17th-century Florence in the Palatine Chapel at Palazzo Strozzi. The exhibition explores restored Benedictine artwork on Christ’s Passion. The works hail almost entirely from the estate of the Society of San Benedetto Bianco, a religious group founded at the Camaldolese monastery of San Salvatore, which moved to Florence in 1383. Until May 16, 2016. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. Closed on the first and last Monday of the month. Ticket price: € 10.
Info: Palatine Chapel, Palazzo Pitti
Daniele Silvestri in concert at Verdi Theatre. The famous Italian singer-songwriter and musician with his new album “Acrobati”. Starting at 9 p.m.
Info: Via Ghibellina, 99
Wednesday, April 20, 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: https://www.florenceinferno.com/guided-tour/
Ezio Bosso in concert at Verdi Theatre. This Italian composer, conductor, pianist, and double bass player suffering from multiple sclerosis has performed in major international concert series around the world, such as Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre London, Sydney Opera House, and Palacio de las Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He has also won prestigious awards. Starting at 8.45 p.m. Ticket price: € 25.
Info: Via Ghibellina, 99
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Carlo Portelli. Eccentric Painter between Rosso Fiorentino and Vasari. Through his monumental altarpiece of the Immaculate Conception, this is an excellent opportunity to re-evaluate this very active but not so famous artist who lived during the Medici Age. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m. Closed on Monday. Ticket price: € 12/8. Until April 30, 2016.
Info: Via Ricasoli, 60
Friday, April 22, 2016
Orsanmichele Church and Museum. Previously a granary, Orsanmichele bears little resemblance to a church. The museum, only open on Mondays, houses damaged stone statuettes of saints and prophets dating from the late forteenth century. Hours of operation: Mondays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Via dell’Arte della Lana; +39055284944
Relaxing break or lunch at Amblé. In this bistrot/caffè bar designed as a living room, as seen in the furniture, chairs, tables, sofas, and porcelain cups, you can eat and shop at the same time. It is famous for its sandwiches made with natural ingredients. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Info: Piazzetta dei Del Bene, 7/a; +39 055 268528
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Artisan Fair: Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato (International Art and Handicraft Trade Fair) at Fortezza da Basso from Saturday, April 23, to Sunday, May 1, 2016. This is a place where you can discover the ways of tradition and handicraft, or be surprised by the itineraries of innovation while enjoying a non-stop program of events and shows. There is so much to see (and eat), and it feels like you are visiting the world one stand at a time. Includes Tuscan handicraft museums, garden art, and so much more! Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 10.30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
[Outside Florence] Stories of Fabrics at Textile Museum in Prato. The Textile Museum has been a centre for the promotion of the local industrial district since the beginning of the twelfth century. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Thursday,10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday to Saturday,10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Until April 30, 2016. Ticket price: € 6/4
Info: Via Puccetti, 3; +390574611503; www.museodeltessuto.it
Opera of Florence at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Concert n.5 by Ludwig van Beethoven performed by Orchestra and Choir of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and directed by Zubin Metha. Starting at 6.00 p.m. Ticket price: € 250/200/125/80/40/20.
Info: Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 7
Monday, April 25, 2016
Today is Liberation Day, Festa della Liberazione, a public holiday in Italy commemorating the 1945 liberation of the country at the end of World War II.
In Florence, it is tradition to make collective lunches outdoors in towns or villages to celebrate Liberation Day. The most famous lunch in Florence is The Antifascist Lunch. Lunch, music, and socializing in Piazza Poggi, Florence. From 12 p.m until 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Galileo and the Measure of Time at Galileo Museum. Over a 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, April 27, 2016
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
Thursday, April 28, 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: https://www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Friday, April 29, 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 Marino Marini contemporary art. 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
Opera of Florence at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Brad Lubman performs “Accanto”, a 1976 work for clarinet, with orchestra by the German composer Helmut Lachenmann. Starting at 6.00 p.m. Ticket price: € 250/200/125/80/40/20.
Info: Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 7
Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Children’s Museum at Palazzo Vecchio, a must for kids in Florence! The project aims to offer an educational and cultural experience for children so that they learn about everyday family life through fashion from the fifteenth to sixteenth centuries in Florence. Every day of the week from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.
Info: Palazzo Vecchio