Here at Florence Inferno, we provide you with 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 going on over the next two weeks, from Friday, December 11, until Thursday, December 24, 2015.
This week you won’t want to miss Diladdarno Christmas happening in the quarters of Oltrarno. Diladdarno Christmas is a terrific event with exhibitions, crafts markets, games, and shopping that serves to promote the city and to help people rediscover the district.
We make special mention of the exhibition Body Worlds at Santo Stefano Al Ponte Church. The exhibition has attracted over 40 million visitors in 100 cities all over the world!
It is created by the German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, the inventor of the plastination technique, and is dedicated to the “real world of the human body.” Until March 16, 2016
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Friday, December 11, 2015
[Outside Florence] PhotoLux Festival in Lucca. This edition will be dedicated to the eternal dualism between sacred and profane, good and evil, truth and lie, beauty and misery. This prestigious biennial festival highlights key international players in photography and photojournalism, and allows you to enjoy numerous exhibitions, workshops, and lectures.
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 operaton: every day from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Info: Piazza della Signoria; museicivicifiorentini.comune.fi.it/palazzovecchio
Saturday, December 12, 2015
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, 2015. Ticket price: € 10/6/5.
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.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
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.
Contemporaneamente – Contemorary Art and More on Via Maggio, Oltrarno District. A project that aims to emphasize all the commercial and cultural activities that occur in this area. More than thirty spaces and galleries will offer a full calendar of events, lectures, presentations, conferences, concerts, performances, and exhibitions. Until December 24.
Info: Via Maggio; http://viamaggio.blogspot.it/p/contemporaneamente.html
Monday, December 14, 2015
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/
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 (USA, 137’) – by Francis Lawrence with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance. Original language. Starting at 4.45 p.m., 6.45 p.m., and 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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
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 16, 2015
Weihnachtsmarkt at Piazza Santa Croce. This is a German Christmas market where, just like a nordic market, you can find stands with decorations for Christmas trees and homes, and Christmas cakes such as Stollen, accompanied by the restorative Glühwein (mulled wine). Until December 20, open every day.
Info: Piazza Santa Croce
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, December 17, 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: Pizza Strozzi; +39 0552645155; http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/
Aperitif at Zoe. Famous for its light lunch and aperitif, Zoe is a historic Florentine cocktail bar, art gallery, and café, and is a true Italian hangout.
Info: Via dei Renai 13r
Friday, December 18, 2015
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/
Last day to visit Jan Fabre: Knight of the Night at Galleria il Ponte. The Belgian artist known for his affinity for science and metamorphosis presents a selection of works created between 1997 and 2013, including the 2004 film Lancelot, pieces of armor, and weapons covered in beetles. Until December 18.
Info: Via di Mezzo 42b; +39055240617; www.galleriailponte.com
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Christmas Concert at Basilica di Santa Maria Novella. This church is the perfect setting for such an event, during which will be performed works by Beethoven and Mozart. Starting at 9 p.m. Free entry, but you must reserve your spot.
Wine tasting at Antico Vinaio. With a wine card you will enjoy 5 wine tastings and Tuscan snacking such as prosciutto, cheeses, and much more. Wine card price: € 10. Starting at 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Info: Via dei Neri
Sunday, December 20, 2015
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/
Fierucolina di Natale (small Christmas fair) at Piazza Santo Spirito. Fairs with product of biological agrigolture and handicraft. Hours of operation: from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Info: Piazza Santo Spirito
Monday, December 21, 2015
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: from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
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, 201
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
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
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; www.archeotoscana.beniculturali.it
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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; www.ferragamo.com/museo
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at Opera Florence. The traditional Christmas concert with the Orchestra and Chorus of the MMF conducted by Stanislav Kochanovsky in Lo Schiaccianoci. Starting at 8.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 50/40/30/20/15/10.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
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.
Orchestra della Toscana at Teatro Verdi. The Florentine theatre will host one of the most beloved concerts in the city, the Christmas concert, conducted by the master Daniele Rustioni, with music by Beethoven, Brahms, and Dvorak. Starting at 5 p.m. Ticket price: € 18.