We would like to welcome you to Florence Inferno, the place 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, from Friday, December 25, until Wednesday, January 20, 2016.
On this occasion, we have an extensive list of important dates: Christmas, St Stephen’s feast Day, on December 26, which celebrates the first Christian martyr; New Year’s Eve, on December 31; New Year’s Day, on January 1; and the Feast of the Epiphany, on January 6.
You won’t want to miss the historical reenactment of the Procession of the Magi, on the Feast of the Epiphany, organized by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. It reenacts the cavalcade of the three Wise Men, or Magi, who brough gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn baby Jesus. The procession leaves from Piazza Pitti at 2 p.m. and passes along the streets of Florence, reaching Piazza Duomo at 3.30 p.m.
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Friday, December 25, 2015
Today is Christmas!
Italians are accustomed to spending this day with the family, organizing a delicious lunch with the traditional “panettone” and opening Christmas presents. Museums and exhibitions are generally closed on Christmas, but you will enjoy the tranquility of the city during, without a doubt, the nicest day of the year!
Natale è Oltrarno – Christmas on the Other Side of the River. The oltrarno is a quarter of Florence, located south of the Arno river and consists of Santo Spirito, San Niccolò, and San Frediano. You will find “Santa Claus Village” with stands, light projections, games, music, and much more. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Today is St Stephen’s feast Day! St Stephen is considered the first Christian martyr, and this day is celebrated as a public holiday across Italy. Traditionally, Italians stay at home with their families on Christmas day, but on St. Stephen’s day they go out with friends and family or visit the nativity scenes found inside local churches.
Florence Winter Park, a snow and ice attraction in the park near the Obihall. This is a place where you will be able to ski, skate, and slide on the Arno river! In addition, there is a wide variety of bars, restaurants, kiosks, and children’s entertainment nearby. Open daily. Until March 6, 2016. Ticket price: € 10/6/5.
Info: Lungarno Aldo Moro
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Last days to visit Jeff Koons in Florence at Palazzo Vecchio, an exhibit showcasing some of the most famous masterworks by Jeff Koons, the prominent American artist. Until December 28, 2015. Hours of operation: every day from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Info: Piazza della Signoria
Last days to visit Abstraction and Reality at Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, a show by contemporary painter Wang Hongjian, praised for his photo-sharp productions and noted for his keenly humanistic sensibility. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m./3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Free admission. Until December 30, 2015.
Info: Via Ricasoli, 68
Monday, December 28, 2015
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Star Wars 7 – The Force Awakens (USA, 135’) – by J.J. Abrams with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac. Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy, and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Original language. Starting at 4 p.m., 6.40 p.m., and 9.20 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Mario Biondi in concert at ObiHall Theatre. The famous Italian singer and composer with his new album “Beyond.” Starting at 9 p.m.
Info: Lungarno Aldo Moro, 3
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Wine & Opera at Auditorium Al Duomo, an occasion to enjoy Verdi’s La Traviata and taste the specialities of Florence. You can choose between four different menus: wine Tasting, aperitif and light dinner. The evening starts at 7 p.m. at Terrazza Panoramica Laurus, and the opera takes place at 9 p.m. in the Auditorium al Duomo. Ticket price: € 53.
Info: Auditorium Al Duomo
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
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagal and Fontana at Palazzo Strozzi. The exhibition sets out to explore the relationship between art and religion from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The exhibition will be hosting over one hundred works by well-known Italian and international artists such as Domenico Morelli, Gaetano Previati, Felice Casorati, Gino Severini, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Emilio Vedova, Vincent van Gogh, Jean-François Millet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Stanley Spencer, Georges Rouault, and Henri Matisse. Until January 24, 2016. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. Ticket price: € 10/8,50.
Info: Palazzo Strozzi; +39 0552645155
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Today is the last day of 2015!
New Year’s Eve is a magical time to celebrate the end of the current year and the dawn of the new year. In Florence you can enjoy many beautiful events. We suggest that you not miss the free music in the city center.
Florence offers a wide variety of music to the public, and the main event will be in Piazza Pitti!
Here three artists will perform one after the other: the Street Clerks, a young Florentine group that was in the television show X Factor; Irene Grandi, famous Florentine singer and songwriter; and Alessandro Mannarino, a singer and songwriter who creates a unique folk and world sound of music. The night will end with the DJs of Radio DJ.
You won’t want to miss the traditional classical music concert in Piazza della Signoria with the Akademic Symphony Orchestra directed by Maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta. Moreover, other Florentine squares will be animated with live music: Sarah Jane Morris and the Tentet Swing by Nico Gori will perform in Piazza San Lorenzo, while The Cleveland Gospel Singer will perform in Piazza Santissima Annunziata.
Friday, January 1, 2016
Today is New Year’s Day!
It marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar and is a public holiday in Italy. Traditionally, it is a day to meet friends and relatives to exchange greetings and wish each other a happy new year. Many people celebrate the first day of the year with typical food such as lentils, cotechino, or zampone and raisins, symbolizing wealth and good fortune.
New Year’s Day Gala at Teatro Verdi. There will be a thrilling concert of festive Viennese waltzes and polkas, along with popular Italian arias and duets. Alvaro Lozano conducts with pieces by Johann Strauss, Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, and others. Starting at 5 p.m.
Info: Via Ghibellina 99/R
Saturday, January 2, 2016
The Florence Photography Adventure Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. 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. The tour runs every day. Starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking: https://www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Franny (USA, 90’) – by Andrew Renzi, with Richard Gere, Theo James, Dakota Fanning. A philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past. Original language. Starting at 6.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Rigour and Grace: The Society of San Benedetto Bianco in 17th-century Florence in Palatine Chapel at Palazzo Strozzi. The exhibition explores restored Benedictine artwork of Christ’s Passion. The works come almost entirely from the estate of the Society of San Benedetto Bianco, a religious group founded at the Camaldolese monastery of San Salvatore that 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
Monday, January 4, 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/
The Prince of Dreams: Joseph in the Medici Tapestries of Bronzino and Pontormo at Palazzo Vecchio. The exhibition features 20 16th-century tapestries commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici for the Sala dei Duecento. It is the first time that all the tapestries have been displayed together since the unification of Italy. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 12. Until February 15, 2016
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Swan Lake by the Moscow Ballet at Teatro Verdi. One of Tchaikovsky’s most popular ballets will be performed in Florence in January. Conductor Elik Melikov and choreographer Marius Petipa bring this popular ballet in two acts to Florence. Starting at 8.45 p.m. Ticket price: € 20
Info: Via Ghibellina, 99
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Bridge of Spies (USA, 141’) – by Steven Spielberg with Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan. During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. Original language. Starting at 6.15 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Today is the Feast of the Epiphany!
It is a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana commemorates the day when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Jesus.
The Epiphany is also the end of the Christmas holiday.
In Florence, the Epiphany is celebrated with the traditional event of the Procession of the Magi. The solemn cavalcade, led by the Three Wise Men (or Magi) on horseback in sumptuous silk costumes, will leave Piazza Pitti at 2 p.m. and cross the streets of Florence, reaching Piazza Duomo at 3.30 p.m. Here you will enjoy a reading of the story of the Magi and a performance of the flag throwers.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
[Outside Florence] Last days to visit Synchronicity, contemporaries from Lippi to Warhol at Palazzo Pretorio in Prato, an innovative selection of contemporary art, with paintings, sculptures, photos, and videos by Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Daniel Spoerri, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Matthew Barney, and Vanessa Beercroft. Hours of operation: 10.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 8/6. Until January 10, 2016.
Friday, January 8, 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
Aperitif at Zoe. Famous for its light lunch and aperitif, Zoe is a historical Florentine cocktail bar, art gallery, and cafe, and is a true Italian hangout.
Info: Via dei Renai 13r
Saturday, January 9, 2016
BodyWorlds at Santo Stefano Al Ponte Church. This exhibition is organized by the German physician and scientist Gunther von Hagens and is dedicated to the “real world of the human body.” Through the installation entitled The Heart of Life, focused on the heart, the engine of life, and the cardiovascular system, participants will be able to understand our body in a simple but extremely detailed way. Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 16.
Last days to visit From Rosai to Burri: Unusual Displays from the Florentine Collections at Villa Bardini, a series of 20th-century treasures not normally on public display. Giorgio de Chirico, Franco Fontana, Gino Severini, and and others. Until January 10, 2016.
Info: Villa Bardini; costa San Giorgio 2
Sunday, January 10, 2016
The World that Wasn’t There: Mayan & Aztec Civilizations at the Archaeology Museum. Pre-Columbian art from the Ligabue Collection. Until March 6, 2016.
Info: Piazza Santissima Annunziata 1; +3905523575
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Macbeth (USA, 113’) – by Justin Kurzel, with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Original language. Starting at 4.30 p.m., 6.30 p.m., 9.30 p.m Ticket price: € 8.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Sunset Trip from Florence to Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. Fiesole is 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. Starting at 4.30 p.m. Tour price: € 45 per person.
Info and booking: https://www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Pitti Immagine Uomo at Fortezza da Basso. Contemporary Global Lifestyle, the world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections, and for launching new trends in men’s fashion. From the excellence of the makers of the new classics to cutting-edge accessories that are playing an increasingly decisive role on the market, to the brands that have redefined sportswear. Exhibition times: every day, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.; last day: 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Registration times: 8.30 a.m. until 6 p.m.;
last day: 8.30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Until Friday, January 15, 2016
Light lunch at Obikà. Located in the historic Palazzo Tornabuoni, this is the only mozzarella bar in the city. The mozzarella brunch occurs every Sunday starting at noon. Takeout is also available.
Info: Via de’ Tornabuoni 16; +390552773526
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Pablo Bronstein at Museo Marino Marini. The artist approaches his interest in architecture through a wide range of media, from drawing, sculpture, and installation, to performance. The exhibition, entitled Studies in mannerist decomposition, is the artist’s first solo show in an Italian institution. Here Pablo Bronstein has focused on the re-elaboration of the stylistic and decorative elements of European architecture. Until February 20, 2016.
Info: Piazza San Pancrazio
Aperitif or dinner at Speakeasy 23 in San Niccolò. A new and friendly place where you can eat meats and cheeses with good wine or craft beer.
Info: Via San Niccolo 23r; +390552346502
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Santa Maria Novella: 80 Years as the Gateway to the City at Santa Maria Novella Train Station.
It is a permanent exhibit of archival photographs mounted on old train schedules to celebrate the opening of the station. The exhibit was curated by the Giovanni Michelucci Foundation, named after the station’s head architect.
Info: Santa Maria Novella Train Station
Bollywood Talkies at Fondazione Studio Marangoni. The artist Vanessa Vettorello represents, through a series of portraits, the fascinating world of Bollywood. The exhibition is composed by 30 works that tell stories from the Indian cinemas of Bombay and Pune. Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. or by appointment.
Info: Via San Zanobi, 19
Friday, January 15, 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/
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. The Big Short (USA, 130’) – by Adam McKay, with Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling. Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed. Original language. Starting at 4.15 p.m., 6.30 p.m., 9 p.m Ticket price: € 8.
Saturday, January 16, 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 such as Michelangelo’s Pietà.
Info: Via della Canonica, 1
Brewer of the Year at ObiHall Theatre. A must for fans of beer, with 100 selected craft beers produced by top 20 craft breweries. Ticket price: € 10 including 5 coins (€ 5) and an original glass. Hours of operation: from 12 p.m. until 1 a.m. Until January 17.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
[Outside Florence] Toulouse-Lautrec: Lights and Shadows of Montmartre at Palazzo Blu in Pisa. An exhibition dedicated to Toulouse-Lautrec, the Iconic French artist famous for his poster art of Parisian nightlife. Divided in 5 sections, all of his celebrated posters, along with lithographs, drawings, and a very noteworthy selection of paintings from the most important public and private collections. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Until February 14, 2016.
Info: Lungarno Gambacorti, 9
Monday, January 18, 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
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, January 19, 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
Lorenzo Jovanotti in concert at Nelson Mandela Forum. Jovanotti, one of the most popular Italian singers and songwriters in Florence, with his new tour Lorenzo 2015 CC. Hours of operation: 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 70/65/45/42.
Info: Piazza Enrico Berlinguer
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
[Outside Florence] De Chirico, Savinio, and “Les Italiens de Paris” at Lucca Center of Contemporary Art in Lucca. 50 works recounting the experiences of Italians living in Paris between 1928 and 1933, close to the movement called Ritorno all’ordine (Return to order): Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Massimo Campigli, Filippo De Pisis, René Paresce, Gino Severini,, and Mario Tozzi. Ticket price: € 9. Until February 14, 2016.
Info: Via della Fratta 36