At Florence Inferno, we provide you with the names of events occurring in Florence, and 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 happening in September 2016.
This week we make special mention of the Festa della Rificolona, or the Paper Lantern Festival, happening on September 7, one of the Florentines’ favourite nights of the year! According to Christian tradition, the Virgin Mary was born on September 8. It was once a popular tradition, with hundreds of farmers from the countryside flocking to the city to celebrate it. They used to carry lanterns to make the “pilgrimage” at night and arrive in the city in the early hours of the morning.
Even today, the tradition is still respected on September 7, and the streets come alive with colored lights, creating a magical atmosphere.
We also make special mention of Music Markets, a festival that stages musical performances, all free to attend, at the historic markets of Florence, namely, Loggia del Porcellino, Loggia di Piazza dei Ciompi, San Lorenzo, and Sant’Ambrogio Markets.
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Thursday, September 1, 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, September 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 for 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
Music Markets at Loggia del Porcellino. The historic Florentine markets work overtime and open their doors after sunset to music and shows, as an original alternative to nightlife. On Friday, September 2, Musica al tempo di Shakespeare e Cervantes. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Free admission.
Saturday, September 3, 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
Sunday, September 4, 2016
[Outside Florence] Un Altro Parco in Città in Pistoia. The historic center of Pistoia will be filled with a green blanket of grass, turning it into a park in the heart of the town. An initiative developed by a group of young architects in collaboration with the main bars, restaurants, and pubs. Accompanied by live music, there will be many events, city tours, and art installations. From 9 a.m. until midnight. Free admission.
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, September 5, 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, September 6, 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
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Escobar Paradise Lost (120′) – by Andrea Di Stefano, with Benicio Del Toro, John Hutcherson. Nicko and his brother take off from Canada in search of an easier life on the beaches of Colombia. Nicko meets a girl in the local village and they quickly fall in love, only for Nicko to later find out that Maria’s uncle is the drug trafficker Pablo Escobar. Original language. Starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Festa della Rificolona (Paper lantern Festival) – Free procession from Piazza Santa Felicita to Piazza SS. Annunziata, passing through Piazza della Signoria. The festival takes place every year on the evening of September 7, the eve of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. It is a popular tradition whereby long ago, farmers from surrounding areas would make the long trek into the city to sell their goods. Rificolona is the Italian term for a woman with a poor sense of style and is the origin of the name of the festival. Farmers would come with lanterns and candles, protected by a cloth frame, which remains a symbol of the Festa della Rificolona. Starting at 8 p.m.
Info: Piazza Santa Felicita; Piazza SS. Annunziata; Piazza della Signoria
Thursday, September 8, 2016
O Flos colende. Sacred Music in the Cathedral at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Celebration of the Nativity of Virgin Mary. Starting at 9 p.m.
Info: Via della Canonica 1
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Me before You (UK, 110′) – by Thea Sharrck, with Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin. A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently paralyzed man she’s taking care of. Original language. Starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Friday, September 9, 2016
Pitti Fragranze at Stazione Leopolda. The most exclusive international fair/event, with high-quality craft fragrances, body-care and wellness products, cosmetics, and sophisticated scented accessories by over 200 of the most qualified brands in the world. Until Sunday, September 11. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Ticket price: € 10.
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
Saturday, September 10, 2016
[Outside Florence] Chianti Classico Expo at Greve in Chianti (Florence). At the Chianti Classico wine festival you can find sample wine from a number of Tuscan wineries, each offering all of the wines that they produce. The wine tasting takes place in the main square of the town, Piazza Matteotti. You have to buy the wine glass with its holder to start tasting the wines. From Thursday, September 8, until Sunday, September 11. Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Music Markets at Loggia di Piazza de’ Ciompi. The historic Florentine markets work overtime and open their doors after sunset to music and shows, as an original alternative to nightlife. On Saturday, September 10, C’era un ragazzo che come me, tribute to music of the 60s. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Free admission.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Last day to visit 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
Monday, September 12, 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
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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, September 14, 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, September 15, 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
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, September 16, 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.
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. The Beatles – Eight Days a Week (UK, 110′) – by Ron Howard, with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr. The movie is based on the first part of the Beatles’ career between 1962 and 1966 and will explore how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr came together. The title is taken from a 1964 hit single by the group. Original language. Starting at 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Saturday, September 17, 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/
Music Markets at Sant’Ambrogio Market. The historic Florentine markets work overtime and open their doors after sunset to music and shows, as an original alternative to nightlife. On Saturday, September 17, Sanremo, tribute to Italian music festival. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Free admission.
Sunday, September 18, 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, September 19, 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, September 20, 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, September 21, 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; www.facebook.com/rex.firenze
Thursday, September 22, 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, September 23, 2016
Opening of the exhibition Ai Weiwei. Libero at Palazzo Strozzi. Ai Weiwei is known world-wide 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 the Palazzo Strozzi spaces, 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.
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, September 24, 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 Florentine history will find a missing part of the story. The Innocenti 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
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Finding Dory (USA, 97′) – by Andrew Stanton. Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish that suffers from memory loss about every 10 seconds. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Original language. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com
Sunday, September 25, 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
Monday, September 26, 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
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Aperitif and Music at Obicà. The Join Trio will be in concert. 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; www.obica.com
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
WOW. Windmills of Energy in front of the 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, September 29, 2016
Park Eun-sun’s exhibition at Piazza Pitti, Palazzo Vecchio, San Miniato al Monte, Rose Garden, and Piazzale Michelangelo. Organized by the Italian municipality, the exhibition displays 14 of Park’s works, including “Two Spheres,” that were installed at the city’s prestigious venues. Until September 30, 2016.
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Lo and Behold: Reveries of the connective world (USA, 108′) – by Werner Herzog. Herzog documents a treasure trove of interviews of strange and beguiling individuals—ranging from Internet pioneers to victims of wireless radiation—whose anecdotes and reflections weave together a complex portrait of our brave new world. Original language. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Friday, September 30, 2016
Matilde Di Canossa: A Woman Who Changed the Course of History at Casa Buonarroti. The exhibition is dedicated entirely to the figure of Matilda of Tuscany or of Canossa, the powerful and well-respected countess who spent 14 years of her life in Florence. Matilda is known for the famous episode of her alliance with Pope Gregory VII as he was imposing obedience on the emperor Henry IV. In Florence, the Countess built the city walls of 1078, to which Dante makes reference. Until October 10, 2016. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.