Welcome to Florence Inferno, your one-stop shop for details on events happening in Florence, and the place to find an events guide with information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other exciting things going on in the city. In this post, we provide you with information on events occurring throughout August 2016.
This week we make special mention of the Feast of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence) on August 10. St Lawrence is the co-patron saint of Florence. Every year on this feast day, there is an outdoor celebration in Piazza San Lorenzo.
August 10 is also known as the Night of San Lorenzo, or the Night of the Shooting Stars, when, according to tradition, dreams come true. You can make a wish every time you see a falling star!
We must also make special mention of the Ferragosto Festivities happening in Florence. Ferragosto, or Assumption Day, is celebrated on August 15 and is both one of the most important Catholic holidays and a pagan anniversary dating back to the Roman Empire. In Italy, people traditionally take their holidays during this month; however, most of the museums, tourist attractions, and restaurants in the historic center of Florence remain open.
Get Florence events by email: join our weekly newsletter!
Monday, August 1, 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 August 15. Ticket price: € 6
Info: Piazza Santa Trinita 5/R
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Sunset on the Tower of San Niccolò. There was a time when the San Niccolò tower was used to defend this district from that of the Arno. Today, it offers an incredible view of Florence. It is an original tour to understanding its history and purpose with a spectacular view of the city at sunset from the top. Tours are offered every day at half-hour intervals between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 4.
Info: +390552768224; firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Jesters, Peasants & Players at the Medici Court. Roughly 30 works offering a fascinating glimpse into the comical, curious characters of 17th and 18th century court paintings. The focus moves to bizarre and occasionally monstrous jesters, oddballs and gamblers that make appearances throughout much of the Medici art collections. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 6.15 p.m. Until September 11, 2016
Info: Piazza de’ Pitti, 1
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
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Glances on the 1900s: Sketches by Italian Artists between the Two Wars at the Cabinet of Drawings and Prints in the Uffizi Gallery. Showcases 37 works ranging between sketches and prints, the majority of which have never been exposed in public and date from the first three decades of the 20th century. Until September 4, 2016
Info: Uffizi Gallery
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 Florence.
Info: Lungarno Cellini
Friday, August 5, 2016
[Outside Florence] Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago (Pisa). La Boheme, an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 159/129/89/59/33.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
[Outside Florence] Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago (Pisa). Tosca, an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 159/129/89/59/33.
Sunday, August 7, 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
Monday, August 8, 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/
Tuesday, August 9, 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, August 10, 2016
Today is the Feast of San Lorenzo (St Lawrence)!
St Lawrence was the last of the seven deacons and suffered a martyr’s death. He is the co-patron saint of the city. On the feast day of San Lorenzo, Piazza San Lorenzo hosts an outdoor celebration for all visitors. The event begins around 7 p.m., and the food is served at 9 p.m.
This night in Italy is also known for the celebration entitled Night of the Shooting Stars, when millions of Italians turn to the sky to watch shooting stars light up the heavens and to make wishes. The Night of the Shooting Stars remains the night when dreams come true according to Italian folklore!
Thursday, August 11, 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
Friday, August 12, 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
[Outside Florence] Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago (Pisa). Turandot opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 159/129/89/59/33.
Saturday, August 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
Sunday, August 14, 2016
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
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
Monday, August 15, 2016
Today is Ferragosto Festivities, Assumption Day, a summer holiday and a tradition that Italians take to heart!
While some shops, café, and restaurants are closed, with the Florentines usually vacating the city, there are special events and activities for those in the city, such as extraordinary museum openings, concerts, and certain shops that remain open all month long, and much more.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
[Outside Florence] Palio of Siena at Piazza del Campo, Siena. This palio, the second of the year, is officially named Palio dell’Assunta. Ten horses and riders dressed in appropriate colours represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards, around Piazza del Campo. The Corteo Storico, which precedes the race, attracts visitors and spectators from around the world. The celebration and the parties will continue all night long. Starting at 7 p.m.
Info: Piazza del Campo, Siena
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, August 17, 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/
Thursday, August 18, 2016
[Outside Florence] Medievalis at Pontremoli (Massa e Carrara). Every August for five days, this year between August 18 and 21, the little town of Pontremoli hosts a medieval festival called Medievalis. The event evokes the coming of the Emperor Frederick II (1626), when the town became a independent city. There will be people wearing medieval costumes, knights, dancers, musicians, and so on. Starting at 6.30 p.m.
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, August 19, 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.
Saturday, August 20, 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/
[Outside Florence] CortonAntiquaria at Cortona (Arezzo). Cortona celebrates the 54th edition of its antiques exhibition, the oldest one in Italy. The exhibition will unfold throughout the halls of Palazzo Vagnotti, the eighteenth-century architectural jewel of Cortona. You can admire and buy furniture, precious silver, paintings, rugs, jewelry, and many other items of fine quality, all from different ages and origins. Every day until September 4, 2016. Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m./3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m to 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 8/5.
Sunday, August 21, 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, August 22, 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 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.
Tuesday, August 23, 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, August 24, 2016
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, August 25, 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/
[Outside Florence] Beat Festival at Empoli (Firenze). Five days, from August 25 until August 29, with music and street food. On August 25, Taranta night; on August 26, Bandabardò in concert; on August 27, Afterhours and Teatro degli Orrori in concert; and on August 29, Vinicio Capossela in concert. The concerts start at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 10/15/25.
Info: Parco di Serravalle, Empoli;
Friday, August 26, 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
Saturday, August 27, 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. It’s a place every parent should definitely visit, but anyone interested in Florence history will find a missing part of the story. The Innocenti in fact opened its doors in 1445 to the first abandoned babies. Hours of operation: open daily, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 7/5.
Info: Piazza SS. Annunziata 13, Florence
Sunday, August 27, 2016
[Outside Florence] Notte Bianca at Lucca. Shows, cultural events, and music. The evening starts at 7 p.m. with concerts, a flag-waving spectacle, and much more.
The Artecultura Garden at Giardino dell’Orticoltura (Horticultural Garden). Special events, concerts, workshop, and much more. A meeting point for residents and tourists seeking to spend the summer participating in social, artistic, and cultural activities targeting all age groups! Open until September 2015.
Monday, August 28, 2016
[Outside Florence] Bravìo delle Botti at Montepulciano (Siena), a traditional competition that sees the eight districts compete by rolling 80 kg barrels up a 1800 meter hill from the Duomo steps to Piazza Grande. Starting at 10 a.m. Ticket price: € 2,50.
Tuesday, August 29, 2016
Aperitif and Music at Obicà. Located in an amazing courtyard on via de’ Tornabuoni, Obicà is a mozzarella bar and restaurant where you can eat the best mozzarella di bufala in Florence. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Info: Via de’ Tornabuoni, 16
Wednesday, August 30, 2016
WOW. Windmills of Energy in front of 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, August 31, 2016
Park Eun-sun’s exhibition at Piazza Pitti, Palazzo Vecchio, San Miniato al Monte, Rose Graden, and Piazzale Michelangelo. The exhibition, organized by the Italian municipality, displays 14 of Park’s works, including “Two Spheres,” which were installed at the city’s prestigious venues. Until September 18, 2016.