You have reached Florence Inferno, the website that provides 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 month, December 2016.
In this edition we are providing you with an extensive list of important dates: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, on December 8, a National Holiday; St Stephen’s feast Day, on December 26, which celebrates the first Christian martyr; Christmas Day, on December 15; and New Year’s Eve, on December 31.
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Thursday, December 1, 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/
Friday, December 2, 2016
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, as well as Christmas cakes such as Stollen, accompanied by the restorative Glühwein (mulled wine). Until December 20, open every day.
Info: Piazza Santa Croce
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Allied (USA, 124′) – by Robert Zemeckis, with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. The couple reunites in London, only to have their relationship threatened by the pressures of the war. Original language. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Aspettando il Natale (Waiting for Christmas) at Obihall. Market exhibition in support of the Croce Rossa Italiana. Proceeds from the market will be used exclusively to support people in need in the Florence area to provide them with clothes and food throughout the year. Until December 5, 2016
Info: Via Fabrizio De Andrè
Florence Winter Park, a snow and ice attraction in the park near the Obihall. This is a place where one will be able to ski, skate, and slide on the Arno river! In addition, there is a wide choice of bars, restaurants, kiosks, and children’s entertainment nearby. Open daily. Until February 26, 2017. Ticket price: € 10/6/5.
Sunday, December 4, 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
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
Monday, December 5, 2016
[Outside Florence] Dalì – Il sogno del classico at Palazzo Blu in Pisa. On display in the magnificent setting of Palazzo Blu are 150 works that include paintings, watercolors, and woodblocks that testify the omnipresence of the classical heritage within Dali’s artistic production. The visitor is called to a poetic and memorable dialogue with an always original, brilliant, and eccentric Salvador Dalì, who is enamored by the great Italian Masters, cites Raphael, speaks of Cellini, illustrates Dante, and paints Michelangelo. Ticket price: € 12. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 10: a.m. until 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Sully (USA, 96′) – by Clint Eastwood, with Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckarth, and Laura Linney. The story of the pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who manages to land a broken aircraft in the Hudson river without any casualties. The public immediately hails him as a hero, but the board of inquiry tries to shift the blame on him. Original language. Starting at 6.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Galileo and the Measure of Time at Galileo Museum. Over 1,000 scientific instruments will be on display 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
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
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Gaetano Pesce exhibition Maestà Tradita (Majesty Betrayed) at Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Novecento Museum. Famed Italian artist and designer Gaetano Pesce is in Florence with his new three-part exhibition entitled Maestà Tradita. The ambitious show is a feminist statement aimed at shedding light on the limitations imposed on women. Until February 8, 2017.
Nextech at Fortezza da Basso. Electronic Music Festival with DJ set: Chris Liebing and Wooden Crate. Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: deluxe € 50/regular € 32.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Today is a National holiday in celebration of the Immaculate Conception, which, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, is the solemn belief in the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Christmas season officially starts on this day. In Florence’s historic center, a large Christmas tree is decorated and lighted in Piazza del Duomo, and the Nativity scene, known as Presepe, is re-created with life-size statues near the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Many markets take place as of December 8, where you will find various kinds of gifts, furnishings, food, and wine, such as the Fierucola dell’Immacolata at Piazza Santissima Annunziata, a traditional market with typical products and local crafts.
Friday, December 9, 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 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
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
Saturday, December 10, 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/
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
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Dante, The Divine Comedy of Venturino Venturi at Villa Bardini. In 1980 the Tuscan artist Venturino Venturi teamed up with hermetic poet Mario Luzi, re-interpreting The Divine Comedy in a series of 54 illustrations. These never-before-displayed works are now in Florence in multimedia installations. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Info: Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2
Monday, December 12, 2016
Re-opening of the Botticelli rooms at Uffizi Gallery. Uffizi visitors can see Botticelli like never before as the restored rooms 10 through 14 are reopened to the public. This gallery section famously houses masterpieces like the Primavera and the Birth of Venus.
Info: Uffizi Gallery
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
La Specola Zoological Museum, regarded by some as the oldest science 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
Lunch, 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.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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
Thursday, December 15, 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/
Friday, December 16, 2016
Ai Weiwei. Libero at Palazzo Strozzi. Ai Weiwei is known worldwide as much for his challenging contemporary art practice as for his political activism. Ai Weiwei will be the first artist to exhibit across the entirety of Palazzo Strozzi, presenting a series of new and major works, including key monumental installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography series produced throughout his career. Hours of operation: daily, including holidays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 12.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Fishing in the mud: the museum and the flood at Galileo Museum. Fifty years after the Florence flood, this exhibition commemorates the event by highlighting the dramatic impact on the institution and the rescue and recovery of ancient scientific instruments. The exhibition features a selection of damaged and restored tools kept in the storage of the museum.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Fierucolina di Natale (Small Christmas fair) at Piazza Santo Spirito. Fairs with product of biological agriculture and handicraft. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Info: Piazza Santo Spirito
Monday, December 19, 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
Tuesday, December 20, 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
Wednesday, December 21, 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
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Discoveries and Massacres. Ardengo Soffici and the Avant-garde at Uffizi Gallery. The exhibition focuses on the groundbreaking Tuscan intellectual, critic, and artist Ardengo Soffici. Until January 8, 2017.
Info: Uffizi Gallery
Friday, December 23, 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 was inspired by the avant-garde art movements of the 20th century, several ateliers of the Fifties and Sixties that served as venues for studies and encounters, and the advent of the culture of celebrities. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Closed on April 2017. Ticket price: € 6
Info: Piazza Santa Trinita 5/R
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Christmas concert. 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 Maestro Daniele Rustioni, with music by Beethoven, Brahms and Dvorak. Starting at 5 p.m. Ticket price: € 18.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
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!
Monday, December 26, 2016
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 St. Stephen’s day is a day to go out with friends and family or to visit the nativity scenes inside local churches.
[Outside Florence] The new Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato. Re-opening in October 16, 2016, with the new spaceship-shaped building extension by Maurice Nio, the museum hosts a unique collection in Italy with over 1000 works
by artists such as Anish Kapoor,
Jan Fabre, Jannis Kounellis, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Andy Warhol, and Sol LeWitt. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Viale della Repubblica 277
Tuesday, December 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. While it’s 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
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
The collection. An art path between the XIII and XX century at Spazio Mostre Ente CRF. Over 900 works of art including sculptures and paintings. Until January 15, 2017. Only by reservation: Saturday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4.30 p.m.; Sunday and Holidays: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 3.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m., and 5.30 p.m.
Info: Via Maurizio Bufalini
Thursday, December 29, 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;
Friday, December 30, 2016
Last days to visit Virgil and the Secrets of Nature at Residenza Johanna. 50 artworks including paintings, photographs, sculptures, collages, and videos exploring Virgil’s prophetic soul and relationship to nature. Until December 31, 2016.
Info: Via Bonifacio Lupi, 14
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Today is the last day of 2016!
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 special concert Mika – Sinphonia Pop at Opera of Florence, a show that combines pop and symphonic music!
A gala dinner is planned after the show, and at midnight, guests will enjoy a magnificent fireworks display in the forecourt of the Opera of Florence.
Florence also offers a wide variety of music to the public, and the main event will be held in Piazzale Michelangelo, with the participation of famous Italian artists!
The event takes up the formula of recent years, offering more concerts in several squares, each dedicated to a musical genre: Piazza della Signoria, with the traditional classical music concert, Piazza San Lorenzo, and Piazza del Carmine.
For those who are looking for fun at night in Florence, there is a Party Tour happening in three historic nightclubs located in the central area of Santa Croce: Full Up, Twenty-one, and Ickarus. Ticket price: € 40.
Picture: Florence Christmas by Florence Inferno