Here at Florence Inferno we highlight for your convenience the weekly events happening in Florence. Check out our events guide for what’s going on in the city in terms of music, art, cinema, markets, and much more.
This week you won’t want to miss The White Night taking place in the city’s historic center: get ready to stay up all night to enjoy all the festivities. Since the following day is the national holiday May Day, you will have plenty of time to sleep in.
All design lovers should rendez-vous during Florence Design Week, until May 1, 2014. The events consists of workshops, exhibitions, design aperitivos, and much more!
Friday, April 25, 2014
Today is Liberation Day, a public holiday in Italy commemorating the 1945 liberation of the country at the end of World War II. In Florence it is a 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. Price: € 10.
Info: +390552343916; www.facebook.com/events/571314736315828/
Opening of the Iris Garden at Piazzale Michelangelo, until May 20, 2014. The Giardino dell’Iris is a botanical garden specializing in the cultivation of iris flowers, the symbol of Florence since 1251.This is a site to see and is one of the most beautiful gardens in full bloom in the city. Visiting hours: daily from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission.
I Giochi di Carnasciale at Cascine Park until April 27, 2014. See what life was like in the Middle Ages thanks to an authentically re-created medieval village in the middle of the city’s largest park. Sword fights, jousting tournaments, flag throwing demonstrations, medieval soccer games, and much more. From 10 a.m. until midnight. Free admission.
Info: Via delle Cascine, Florence
Concert by Rossini Orchestra conducted by Giampaolo Lazzeri in Piazza della Signoria. A selection of classical pieces in an open air concert for all ages. Showtime at 5 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Piazza della Signoria, Florence
Film screenings with live music by Suonando Chaplin at Teatro Verdi. Screening of two masterpieces from the great Charlie Chaplin: The Immigrant, with original music by Timothy Brock, and Shoulder Arms. The director of the orchestra is the American Timothy Brock. Starting at 9 p.m. Free admission subject to availability. Printed invitations available as of Monday, April 14, 2014, at the box office of the Teatro Verdi.
Saturday, April 26, 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/
The Swing Circus Party at Combo, Florence, on via Mannelli 22 (Campo di Marte area). Live concert by the Maccheroni Swing Orchestra and DJ set by Ghiacchioli e Branzini. Starting at 10 p.m. Free admission.
Florence Design Week in various locations throughout the city until May 1, 2014. Spread out across the city, Florence Design Week is a project dedicated to Graphic and Visual Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Music and Food Design. The events last the entire week and consist of workshops, exhibitions, design aperitivos, and much more! The theme for the 2014 festival, in its 5th edition, is “Beyond Design.” All exhibits are free to attend.
Opera La Bohème at St. Mark’s English Church. La Bohème is one of Giacomo Puccini’s most beloved operas. Four opera singers perform in costume accompanied by piano. The dramatic opera tells the story of Rodolfo and Marcello, whose already difficult bohemian lives in Paris are further complicated by Mimi and Musetta. Starting at 8:30 p.m. Ticket price: € 40/35.
Sunday, April 27, 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/
Concert by Ches Smith & These Arches at Auditorium al Duomo. Prototype of the new generation of American musicians open to explore expressive possibilities. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 25/22/15
Special event by Virgilio Sieni Corpus_ Deposizioni e Visitazioni at Cango Cantieri Goldonetta. Ten choreographies for forty-two performers inspired by the great Renaissance and late Renaissance painting, always a great source of inspiration for the Tuscan choreographer. Shows starting at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Ticket price: € 5. Reservation is required.
Info: +390552280525; firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, April 28, 2014
Artisan Fair: Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato (Art International Handicrafts Trade Fair) at Fortezza da Basso from April 24 to May 1, 2014. There is so much to see (and eat) and it feels like you are visiting the world one stand at a time. New in 2014, new areas have been added: Tuscan handicraft museums, garden art, and much more! Visiting hours: 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 5/4 Info:+3905549721; www.mostrartigianato.it
Italian Opera in Santa Monica Church. The program features arias from La Traviata, La Bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia, performed by professional singers accompanied by piano. Starting at 9:15 p.m. Ticket price: € 23.
Tuesday, April 29, 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/
Exhibit Right Side – Back Side at Auditorium al Duomo until May 3, 2014. This contemporary art exhibit showcases thirteen international artists from the fine art web portal FuturMaestri. After a three week showing at the Tat Gallery in Budapest, Florence hosts this exhibit of young and talented artists from different parts of the world. The exhibit celebrates cultural and artistic diversity from a new perspective. Visiting hours: daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Free admission.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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. Every Wednesday and Saturday, starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking:www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
La Notte Bianca (The White Night) everywhere in the historic center of Florence. Shops and museums stay open in the evening, and the squares and alleys of the city are alive with street performances, music, DJ sessions, food stands, cultural talks, video and film showings, and a great buzz of people and activities run until sunrise.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Today is Labor Day, an annual Italian holiday that celebrates the achievements of workers.
Gelato Festival at Palazzo dei Congressi Gardens until May 4, 2014. The Gelato Festival is back, and with more than 100 stands this year, it’s surely going to be gastronomic heaven for all! The Gelato Festival then leaves Florence for a full tour hitting up ten locations in Italy and five in Europe. At the end of the four days in Florence, the Best Italian Ice-Cream of 2014 will be decided. It’s a European road show telling you all about ice-cream, its creation, the best ingredients, how it’s produced, and the history to this dairy product. Visiting hours: Thursday to Saturday from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m.; Sunday from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. Ticket price: €12 to buy the gelato card that provides for five samples.
Last day to attend the yearly flower exhibit Spring Plant and Flower Show at Giardino dell’Orticoltura, Italy’s largest greenhouse. Indoor and outdoor plants and flowers are on display with exhibitors from all over Italy. Visiting hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission.
Film screening at Cinema Odeon. On that evening Tracks, an adaptation of naturalist adventurer Robyn Davidson’s 1977 trek of 2,700 km across the Western Australian desert with four camels and a dog. Starting at 9 p.m.Ticket price: € 8.
We hope you enjoy!
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