You have reached Florence Inferno, your website to find the names of events happening in Florence, as well as 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 over the next month, August 2017.
This week we 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 as well as a pagan anniversary dating back to the Roman Empire. In Italy, people traditionally take their holidays during this month; fortunately, most of the museums, tourist attractions, and restaurants in the historic center of Florence remain open.
We must also 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!
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Landscapes – Llewelyn Lloyd, art exhibition at Villa Bardini. Llewelyn Lloyd is a member of the Postmacchiaioli movement during the 20th century. The Villa Bardini exhibition brings together works from various collections from around Italy, particularly Livorno and Florence, the cities most closely associated with the painter. Until January 7, 2018
Info: Costa San Giorgio, 2
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Jean Michel Folon at Florence Rose Garden. Located just below Piazzale Michelangelo, this permanent exhibition is dedicated to the world-famous Belgian artist Jean Michel Folon. Twelve bronze statues adorn the paths of the garden, which contains approximately 1,000 varieties of plants and over 350 species of roses. Hours of operation: 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Info: Viale Giuseppe Poggi
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 to eat and wash it down with some local wine.
Info: Via de’ Neri 65r
Thursday, August 3, 2017
New Opera del Duomo Museum. A magnificent museum comprising the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery 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
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
Friday, August 4, 2017
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/
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Andrea Firetto – The Traveler’s Lens at Ganzo. Works by local photographer taken during his travels to Nepal, Peru, Bolivia, and Tibet. Until October 3, 2017.
Info: Via dei Macci 85r
[Outside Florence] Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago (Pisa). La Rondine is an opera in three acts composed by Giacomo Puccini from an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Adami. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 159/129/89/59/33.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Film streaming at Museo del Novecento. “The Diable” (Pol 1972) by Andrzej Żuławski. During the Prussian army’s invasion of Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman called Jakub is saved from imprisonment by a stranger who wants in return to obtain a list of Jakub’s fellow conspirators. Original language. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Free admission.
Monday, August 7, 2017
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 8, 2017
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, August 9, 2017
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/
Thursday, August 10, 2017
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 food is served at 9 p.m.
This night in Italy is also known for the celebration entitled the 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!
Friday, August 11, 2017
Da Vinci Experience at Santo Stefano al Ponte, a multimedia exhibition to discover the Italian genius of the Renaissance in its famous female portraits, and in the great engineering machines, codes, and drawings. The exhibition’s curriculum is enriched by numerous models of Leonardo Da Vinci machines, in size and scale, reproduced meticulously on original designs. Ticket price: € 7. Hours of operation: every day from 10 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Until October 2017.
[Outside Florence] Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago (Pisa). La Boheme is an opera in four acts composed by Giacomo Puccini from an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It is 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 12, 2017
Robot Fever: The Samurai in the Chogokin Era at the Stibbert Museum. For the show, some of the permanent collection’s most unusual objects are placed in dialogue with 20th century Japanese toy robots. Until September 10, 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.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Ytalia at Forte di Belvedere and throughout the city. The exhibition offers the opportunity to encounter some of the major artists of our times. The project is set up in collaboration with the Uffizi Gallery, the Opera di Santa Croce, and the Marino Marini Museum. Until October 1, 2017.
Monday, August 14, 2017
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, August 15, 2017
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.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
[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, 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
Thursday, August 17, 2017
The Innocenti Museum, which opened to the public on June 24, 2016, is poised to become another of the city’s major museums. While it is a place every parent should definitely visit, anyone interested in Florentine history will find a missing part of the story. The Innocenti first opened its doors in 1445 as an orphanage for abandoned babies. Hours of operation: daily from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 7/5.
Info: Piazza SS. Annunziata 13, Florence
Lunch, aperitif, or dinner at Odeon Bistrò. Inside the beautiful structure of the Odeon Cinema, the Odeon Bistrò is an elegant restaurant recently renovated in an historic setting of great artistic importance.
Info: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Friday, August 18, 2017
[Outside Florence] Medievalis at Pontremoli (Massa e Carrara). Every August for five days, this year between August 17 and 20, the little town of Pontremoli hosts a medieval festival called Medievalis. The event evokes the coming of Emperor Frederick II (1626), when the town became an independent city. There will be people wearing medieval costumes, knights, dancers, musicians, and so on. Starting at 6.30 p.m.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
La Specola Zoological Museum, regarded by some as the oldest science museum in Europe. Hours of operation: daily from 9.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m., but closed on Mondays. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Via Romana, 17
[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 20, 2017
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. This original tour is designed to teach its history and purpose, while providing a spectacular view of the city from the top at sunset. Tours are offered every day at half-hour intervals between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 4.
Monday, August 21, 2017
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
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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/walking-tours/fiesole/
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Glenn Brown: Piaceri sconosciuti at Stefano Bardini Museum. British artist Glenn Brown uses images from artistic periods including the Renaissance, Impressionism, and Surrealism to compose his works. Until October 23, 2017.
Info: Via dei Renai, 35
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Biophilia at La Specola Museum. Works by Arianna Fioratti Loreto. After studying at Harvard and Princeton, Loreto launched a career in textile design, and later became a children’s furniture designer and book illustrator. She now exhibits between New York and Atlanta. Her ink-on-paper drawings will come to Florence to enter into a dialogue with the always-intriguing collections of La Specola. Until September 24, 2017.
Info: Museo di Storia Naturale La Specola, Via Romana, 17
Friday, August 25, 2017
[Outside Florence] Beat Festival at Empoli (Firenze). Three days, August 25 and 26, and September 1, with music and street food. On August 25, Alborosie; on August 26, The Zen Circus in concert; on September 1, Franz Ferdinand in concert. The concerts start at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 10/18/28.
Info: Parco di Serravalle, Empoli
Saturday, August 26, 2017
1927 – The Return to Italy. Ferragamo and 20th-century Visual Culture at Ferragamo Museum. To mark the 90th anniversary of Salvatore Ferragamo’s return to Italy from America, the Ferragamo Museum has put on an exhibition to convey the artistic and manufacturing atmosphere of Florence in 1927. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Until May 2, 2018.
Info: Palazzo Spini Feroni, Piazza di Santa Trinita, 5/R
Sunday, August 27, 2017
[Outside Florence] Bravìo delle Botti at Montepulciano (Siena), a traditional competition that sees the eight districts compete by rolling 80 kg barrels up a 1,800 meter hill from the Duomo steps to Piazza Grande. Starting at 10 a.m.
Info: Montepulciano (SI)
Film streaming at Museo del Novecento. “Nobody Knows” (Jap 2004) by Hirokazu Kore-Eda. In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning. Original language. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Free admission.
Monday, August 28, 2017
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 2017.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
[Outside Florence] CortonAntiquaria at Cortona (Arezzo). Cortona celebrates the 55th 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 3, 2017. 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.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Leonardo’s Magic Cosmo – The Adoration of the Magi restored at Uffizi Gallery.
Ticket price: € 13. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m. Closed on Monday. Until September 24, 2017.
Info: Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture; Uffizi Gallery
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
Thursday, August 31, 2017
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