At Florence Inferno we provide you with information on the events happening in Florence in addition to an events guide containing information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other things occuring in the city.
To respect the summer holidays but so that you are not left without the usual must-see events, this issue encompasses the next fifteen days!
You won’t want to miss the Feast of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence) on August 10. St Lawrence, the co-patron saint of the city, is the last of the seven deacons. He suffered a martyr’s death. The night of the shooting stars is also celebrated on this day in Italy. According to tradition, on that night, if the skies are clear, one can see many shooting stars. Since the night of St. lawrence is when dreams come true per Italian folklore, all one has to do is see a falling star and make a wish!
Basilica di San Lorenzo – at 11 a.m. celebration of Santa Messa and offer of the candles to St. Lawrence. At 9 p.m. at Piazza San Lorenzo, Philarmonic Gioacchino Rossini in concert.
In the evening observe the stars and toast with good wine, and don’t miss Calici di Stelle [Outside Florence] at Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (Florence) – Astronomical observations, food tastings, specialties typical of the Chianti cuisine, wines from the best local factories.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Piano in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi – Everyday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. a piano will be available for professional or aspiring pianists, both of whom are invited to play in the space of the courtyard. Until August 31.
Info: Palazzo Strozzi; www.palazzostrozzi.org
Poesis by Giampaolo Talani at Il Salotto in Fiesole. Oils, frescoes, and panels that tell the life and the major themes that have always inspired poets, writers, painters, and musicians in Italy. Until September 14, 2014. Free admission.
Info: +39 348 4013707; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ilsalotto.biz
Bargello Summer at Nation Museum of the Bargello. Tango atmospheres and musical tribute to Astor Piazzolla of the Exclusive Saxophone Quartet. Starting at 9:15 p.m. Ticket price: € 15/12.
Info: Via del Proconsolo 4; +390552388606; www.estatealbargello.it
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Contemporary Expressions at Tornabuoni Arte – Contemporary Art exhibition, the first of a series of events dedicated to three different personalities from the current panorama of art. Works by Enrico Benetta, Francesca Pasquali e Luigi Carboni, realized with different materials and techniques that make the viewer part of the artistic creation. 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.
Info: +39055289297; email@example.com; www.tornabuoniarte.it
Summer Fiesolana at the Teatro Romano. Pippo Pollina, Sicilian singer and songwriter, in concert. A brand new program where old hits will be performed side-by-side with new songs from the recent album. For this show, Pippo Pollina will be joined by the Palermo Acoustic Quintet. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 35/25.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Trek at Monte Senario. For nature and trek lovers, TrekkingItalia organizes days out to visit the mountains near Florence. From Monte Scenario you can enjoy a splendid view of Fiesole and Florence.
Info and booking: Via dell’Oriuolo 17; +390552341040; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.trekkingitalia.org/
Afternoon at Easy Living – the Florentine beach where you can have a drink at the open-air café or get some sun on the beach and admire the Lungarno view of Firenze.
Info: Lungarno Cellini
San Bartolomeo Church – English guided tour of the church where Leonardo painted the Annunciation. Free tour with donation to the church (min € 5). Every Sunday at 6 p.m. from Limonaia in Villa Strozzi.
Monday, August 4, 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 : https://www.florenceinferno.com/guided-tour/
[Outside Florence] Enrico Rava in concert at Piazza del Duomo, Siena. The trumpet of excellence of Italian jazz with the New Quartet; jazz but also rock and folk. Starting at 9.15 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Piazza Duomo, Siena
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
From Egypt of the Pharaohs to the Japan of the Samurai through the Islamic Middle East: Recent renovations of Textile Materials Industry by Opificio at Opificio delle Pietre Dure – First public presentation of the restored works by Opificio: textiles from Egypt, works that refer to the everyday life of 2,400 years ago; rare and precious examples of textiles in silk, linen and gold; and a rare Japanese costume called Manchira, part of a high-ranking samurai armor. Until September 13. Ticket price: € 4/2.
Lunch at Bioveggy, the new vegan restaurant. Vegan, organic, healthy and tasty cooking. Lunch: 12 p.m. until 2.30 p.m. Dinner: 7.30 p.m. until 11 p.m. Closed on Monday.
Info: Via Erbosa, 12; +393338359787; www.bioveggy.it
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
30/60, works from the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne collection at Marino Marini Museum. The Marino Marini Museum is one of the few places in town dedicated to twentieth-century art. It also houses a permanent exhibition of Marino Marini contemporary art. The works on display belong to the original nucleus, made up of works donated to Florence by the artist. Opening hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays. Ticket price: € 6
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. Opening hours: Market: 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.; First floor, food, and beverages: 10 a.m until 12 p.m.
Info: Piazza San Lorenzo
Thursday, August 7, 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: https://www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Museum of the Cappelle Medicee – Arts and politics in the Florentine years of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici Elettrice Palatina: the last period of the patronage of the Medici in the great Laurentian factory. From Monday to Sunday, 8.15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Until November 2014. Ticket price: € 8
Info: Piazza Madonna Aldobrandini 6; +39055294883
Friday, August 8, 2014
Festa del Mugello at ObiHall. A taste of the Mugello without ever leaving Florence. Every evening until August 17, from 7 p.m., the outdoor area comes alive with games and magicians for children, tango, live music, sports matches on a giant screen, and a full range of traditional food from the Mugello.
Info: Lungarno Aldo Moro; www.festadelmugello.com
[Outside Florence] Festambiente at Rispescia (Grosseto). Festambiente is the national – zero impact – festival of Legambiente, the environmental association more widespread in Italy, and one of the major European events dedicated to ecology and solidarity. Until August 17. On Friday, August 8, Elio e Le Storie Tese in concert. Starting at 10.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 12.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Photographic Trek at the source of the Bisenzio river. A beautiful path in a pristine environment, organized by TrekkingItalia.
Info and booking: Via dell’Oriuolo 17; +39 055 2341040; email@example.com; http://www.trekkingitalia.org/
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: https://www.florenceinferno.com/uffizi-and-accademia-tour/
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Today is the Feast of San Lorenzo (St Lawrence), the last of the seven deacons. He suffered a martyr’s death. San Lorenzo is co-patron saint of the city. The night of the shooting stars is also celebrated on this day in Italy. Every year on this evening millions of Italians turn their faces to the sky to watch the shooting stars light up the heavens and to make wishes and revel against the backdrop of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Indeed the best night to observe the shooting stars is now two days later, but Italians don’t let modern science detract them from the romance!
Basilica di San Lorenzo – at 11 a.m. celebration of Santa Messa and offering of candles to St. Lawrence. At 9 p.m. in Piazza San Lorenzo Philarmonic Gioacchino Rossini in concert.
[Outside Florence] Calici di Stelle – Every year, on the night of San Lorenzo, wine lovers meet in the Italian wine cellars, opened for the occasion, to participate at the most awaited toast of the summer.
Movimento Turismo del Vino and Città del Vino, the association of wine producers, come together to breathe life into an event that is developed with a series of stops throughout Italy, from the Val d’Aosta to Sicily. Wine and cultural offerings, along with the magic of the territories under the stars, are the winning combination of Calici di Stelle, in a formula that combines good drinks with shows, design, and art.
Among the many events we would like to highlight Calici di Stelle at Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (Florence) – Astronomical observations, tasting food specialties typical of the Chianti cuisine, wines from the best local factors.
Info: +390558077832; www.tavarnellechiantidavivere.it; www.movimentoturismovino.it/it/toscana/
Monday, August 11, 2014
70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Florence (August 11, 1944) from the Germans, under whose occupation the city greatly suffered during World War II.
At 7 a.m. in Palazzo Vecchio: the tolling of the bell of the Arnolfo Tower, La Martinella annuncing the Liberation, as it happened on August 11, 1944.
At 9 a.m. in Palazzo Vecchio: laying of a laurel wreath at the tombstone by Piero Calamandrei, walled on the facade of Palazzo Vecchio.
At 10 a.m. in Piazza Unità: Flag Raising Ceremony
At 10.30 a.m. in Salone dei Cinquecento: Celebration speeches
At 9 p.m. in Piazza della Signoria: Philarmonic Gioacchino Rossini in concert.
Info: Palazzo Vecchio; Piazza Unità; Piazza della Signoria
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Prospettiva Vegetale, a project realized by the contemporary Italian Giuseppe Penone at Boboli Gardens and Forte Belvedere. After the great success of the exhibition held in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles and the permanent works at the Venaria in Turin, Penone creates in Florence a new perspective between sculpture, architecture, and landscape. Inauguration on July 5. Until October 15, 2014.
Info: Boboli Gardens; Forte Belvedere
Lunch at Acqua al 2 – Tasting of primi and tagliata all’arancia, salads, carpaccio, and dessert, appreciated by customer from all over the world. Open to 7 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Info: Via della Vigna Vecchia, 40r
Wednesday, August 13, 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: https://www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
Be Fabulous at Aria art gallery. Photo exhibition by Roxanne Lowit: 40 photographs, including vintage and modern works to document the birth of the phenomenon of celebrity in the last forty years. Roxanne Lowit is the prestigious photographer who attended the best parties and fashion shows of the past 30 years. Her works document the phenomenon of celebrity since the 70s, from Studio 54 in New York and Le Palace in Paris to the hottest clubs of today. From Saint Laurent to Iggy Pop and Kate Moss to Salvador Dali, her shots witness a world where dressing up and going out in the evening was the way of life. Visiting hours: 10.30 a.m. / 1.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. / 7.30 p.m. Closed on Sunday.
Info: +39 055 216150; firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Michelangelo and the twentieth century at Casa Buonarroti – Exhibition of a research project started in 2012 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the death of the artist. Inauguration at 6 p.m. Until October 20, 2014. Ticket price: € 6,50
Info: Via Ghibellina 70, www.casabuonarroti.it
Flò Summer season – Night club, disco, aperitif bar. Dine and dance under the stars in the beautiful setting of Piazzale Michelangelo. From 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. Free admission. Open from May to September.
Info: Piazzale Michelangelo, +393293627079
We hope you enjoy!
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