We would like to welcome you to Florence Inferno, the place where you will 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 Thursday, January 21, until Saturday, February 20, 2016.
You won’t want to miss the Carnival in Viareggio, from February 7 until March 5, 2016, one of the world’s finest and grandest carnivals. In February, Viareggio will become a creation factory through its giant papier mache parades. This is an unmissable event for adults and children alike. You must wear a mask!
We also make a special mention of Pitti Immagine Bimbo and Pitti Immagine Filati. Each edition of Pitti is accompanied by important events, shows, and cultural initiatives. The runway shows, which launch new trends and offer invaluable ideas on styles, combining clothing and accessories, are attracting increasingly larger audiences. Pitti Immagine Bimbo: Thursday, January 21, until Saturday, January 23. Pitti Immagine Filati: Wednesday, January 27, until Saturday, January 29.
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Thursday, January 21, 2016
The Children’s Museum at Palazzo Vecchio, a must for kids in Florence! The project aims to offer an educational and cultural experience for children so that they learn about everyday family life through fashion from the fifteenth to sixteenth centuries in Florence to explain that historical era. Every day of the week from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.
Info: Palazzo Vecchio
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Carol (USA, 118’) – Directed by Todd Haynes. With Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler. During the 50s an aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman. Original language. Starting at 4.30 p.m., 6.45 p.m., and 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Friday, January 22, 2016
I Mai Visti at Uffizi Gallery. 70 icons from Florentine galleries: the oldest existing collection of Russian icons from the Orthodox world. Icons of different sizes made in workshops in Moscow and in other cities in Russia dating back from the end of the sixteenth century to the early decades of the eighteenth century, from the collections of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Free admission. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Closed on Monday. Until January 31.
Info: Piazza degli Uffizi, 1
From Giotto to Degas at Biblioteca Alinari. Collection of works from Giotto, Degas, Monet, and more. Free admission. Until January 30, 2016.
Info: Largo Fratelli Alinari 15
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Pitti Immagine Bimbo at Fortezza da Basso, a high-profile children’s fashion showcase. Closed to the public; open to professional tradespersons. From Thursday, January 21, until Saturday, January 23.
Info: Fortezza da Basso
Last days to visit 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
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Florence Winter Park, a snow and ice attraction in the park near the Obihall. Here 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
Sir Anthony Pappano at the Pergola Theatre. The British-Italian conductor and pianist, back on the podium with the first clarinet of the Synphonic Orchestra, performs a concert written by Schumann Brahms. The concert starts at 9 p.m.
Info: Via della Pergola, 18
Monday, January 25, 2016
In the Language of the Other: Giuseppe Castiglione, Jesuit and Painter in China (1715 – 1766) at Basilica of Santa Croce. This Jesuit missionary became known as Lang Shining. Until January 31.
Info: Piazza Santa Croce
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. The Correspondence (UK, 116’) – by Giuseppe Tornatore, with Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko. This film focuses on the relationship between an astronomer and his lover, who spend their years apart. Original language. Starting at 4 p.m., 6.40 p.m., and 9.20 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Museum of the Cappelle Medicee. The Museum is incorporated in the vast complex of the basilica of San Lorenzo, and it is here that members of the family were buried from the mid-15th century onward. The Museum is especially famous for the New Sacristy, which Michelangelo designed for the tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici. Visiting hours: Monday to Sunday, 8.15 a.m. to 1.50 p.m. Ticket price: € 6
Info: Piazza Madonna Aldobrandini 6; +39055294883
Bollywood Talkies at Fondazione Studio Marangoni. Vanessa Vettorello photography exhibition, in conjunction with the River to River film festival. Lights and shadows of Bollywood. Until January 31.
Info: Via San Zanobi, 194
Wednesday, January 27, 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/
Hendrix, theatrical monologue at Institut Francais. Actor and French singer Tcheky Karyo, co-star in Nikita, will be on stage to pay tribute to the “generation Bataclan” in memory of the attacks in Paris.
Info: Piazza Ognissanti, 2
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Vintage Selection at Stazione Leopolda. Vintage clothing, accessories, and designer items. Until Sunday, January 31.
Info: Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 5
[Outside Florence] Stories of Fabrics at Textile Museum in Prato. The Textile Museum has been a centre for the promotion of the local industrial district since the beginning of the 12th century. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Thursday,10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday to Saturday,10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 6/4
Info: Via Puccetti, 3; +390574611503
Friday, January 29, 2016
Great Ball at Gallery of Costume in Palazzo Pitti. Evocative exhibition of the great dance party that was held at the Pitti Palace on November 28, 1865, to celebrate the new capital of Italy, with royalty, aristocrats, ambassadors, parliamentarians, and notables. Hours of operation: from 8.15 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 10. Until February 1, 2016
info: Piazza Pitti
Stefano Bollani at Mandela Forum. The famous musician in Geshwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Bernstein Candide Overture and the Synphony of the New World, directed by Zubin Mehta and with the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 82/67/52/37/27.
Info: Piazza Enrico Berlinguer
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Pitti Immagine Filiati 78 at Fortezza da Basso. World-scale excellence in yarns to its audience of international buyers and designers from the biggest names in fashion who come to Florence looking for creative inspiration. Until Sunday, January 31.
Info: Fortezza da Basso
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. The Revenant (USA, 156’) – by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, with Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hardy. A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Original language. Starting at 4 p.m. / 6.45 p.m./9,30 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Rigour and Grace: The Society of San Benedetto Bianco in 17th-century Florence in the Palatine Chapel at Palazzo Strozzi. The exhibition explores restored Benedictine artwork on 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
Angela Hewitt at the Pergola Theatre. The Canadian classical pianist plays Bach, Scarlatti, and Beethoven. The concert starts at 9 p.m.
Info: Via della Pergola, 18
Monday, February 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/
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, February 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 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/
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Giovanni Spadolini. Journalist, historian, and institutions man at Expositions Space of Ente CR Florence. Books, documents, photos, and paintings of artists who Spadolini had attendance and friendship with, such as Soffici, Ottone Rosai, Leo Longanesi, Mino Maccari. until February 28, 2016.
info: Via Bufalini, 6; +39055687521
Archaeology Museum. Contains one of the most important collections of Etruscan art in Italy as well as Medici and Lorraine grand ducal collection 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
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Galileo and the Measure of Time at Galileo Museum. Over a 1,000 scientific instruments 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 by Galileo.
Info: Piazza dei Giudici, 1
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
Friday, February 5, 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 café, and is a true Italian hangout.
Info: Via dei Renai 13r
Saturday, February 6, 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.
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
Sunday, February 7, 2016
[Outside Florence] Carnival parade in Viareggio. With its parties, fireworks, dancing, theatrical shows, and other events, the City of Viareggio is ready to be transformed into a fun factory through giant papier mache parades.
The Carnival in Viareggio originates from the end of the 19th century. The parades draw thousands of visitors of all ages, who come to see the spectacular floats and parade as well as participate in the festive atmosphere that can be felt all over the town on the days of the masquerade processions.
Until March 5, 2016.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Paola Pivi at Palazzo Strozzi. Giant multicolored inflatable staircase/ladder on display in the Renaissance courtyard. Until February 28.
Info: Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Joy (USA, 124’) – by David O. Russell, with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro. Joy is the story of the titular character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Original language. Starting at 6.15 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Carlo Portelli. Eccentric Painter between Rosso Fiorentino and Vasari. Through his monumental altarpiece of the Immaculate Conception, this is an excellent opportunity to re-evaluate this very active, but not so famous, artist during the Medici Age. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m. Closed on Monday. Ticket price: € 12/8. Until April 30, 2016.
Info: Via Ricasoli, 60
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 to late evening.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Pablo Bronstein at Museo Marino Marini. The artist approaches his interest in architecture through a wide range of media, from drawings and sculptures 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
Lunch at ZAP, Zona Aromatica Protetta (Protected Aromatic Area). Zap is the new green heart of Florence: recovery of green space, cultural cooperation, and youth projects are the three elements that characterize this area. Not surprisingly, the café/restaurant located on the ground floor is called Quinoa, a gluten-free cereal also known as the mother of all seeds. All dishes are gluten-free and contain no traces of peanuts.
Info: Palazzo Giovane, Vicolo S. Maria Maggiore, 1
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Vestire ad Arte. Sartorie e lusso nel 900 at Bardini Museum. Emma Bardini was the elegantly dressed daughter of the antiquarian Stefano Bardini, whose impressive collection is housed in the Bardini Museum. The show features 43 outfits reflecting the evolution of style from the 1920s to the 1980s. Celebrated collector Beatrice Albrici is behind the choices, which include decade-defining dresses, hats, gloves, bags, and numerous other accessories. Hours of operation: Friday to Monday, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Info: Via Dei Renai, 37
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 a historic setting of great artistic importance.
Info: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Friday, February 12, 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 Hateful Eight (USA, 160’) – by Quentin Tarantino with Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum. In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive? Original language. Starting at 5.30 p.m., 9 p.m Ticket price: € 8.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
[Outside Florence] Last day to visit 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 into 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
[Outside Florence] Last days to visit 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
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Today is Valentine’s Day and Florence is one of the most romantic places to celebrate it!
Valentine’s Day 2016 in Florence organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. A romantic 3-hour Uffizi Gallery tour that will allow you discover this museum through the eyes of love. A professional, knowledgeable guide will lead you along a path that follows the love-themed paintings adorning the rooms of the museum. You will discover how love was perceived throughout history and how the world’s most famous painters have depicted it. During the art tour, you will also be given the opportunity to take a break in the Uffizi Café panoramic terrace, where you will be able to enjoy with your loved one the amazing view from above Florence’s rooftops, one of the world’s most romantic sceneries. Starting at 2.45 p.m. until 6 p.m. Tour price: € 47 per couple.
Info and booking:https://www.florenceinferno.com/walking-tours/valentine-s-day/
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
Love Duets at San Mark’s English Church. Concert of some of the most beautiful duets and arias from La Traviata, La Bohème, The marriage of Figaro, Madame Butterfly, and of Italy’s famous Neapolitan songs; with tenor and soprano. Starting at 8.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 20/10.
Info: Via Maggio
Monday, February 15, 2016
Orsanmichele Church and Museum. Previously a granary, Orsanmichele bears little resemblance to a church. The museum, only open on Mondays, houses damaged stone statuettes of saints and prophets dating from the late 14th century. Hours of operation: Mondays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Via dell’Arte della Lana; +39055284944
Altra Misura at Frittelli Arte Contemporanea. Art, Photography, and Feminism in Italy during the 1970s. Until March 8.
Info: Via Val di Marina 15
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Modern and contemporary art. Anthology 2016 at Tornabuoni 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
Rich evening aperitifs and extensive wine list at Sant’Ambrogio Caffè. Open daily from 10.30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Info: Caffè S. Ambrogio, Piazza Sant’Ambrogio, 7r; +390552477277
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. How To Be Single (USA) – by Christian Ditte with Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match: four people need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Original language. Starting at 4.30 p.m., 6.30 p.m., 9 p.m Ticket price: € 8.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Aperitif/dinner and concert at La Cité, café and library. A very nice and distinct setting with books, music, wine, and coffee: daily jazz, swing, or soul concerts; theater; exhibitions; and seminars. Starting at 7 p.m. (aperitif), 10 p.m. (concert)
Info: Borgo San Frediano 20; +39055210387
Andrew Gourlay at Verdi Theatre. The British conductor with Grosvenor and Morandi. Music by Sibelius, Mozart, Takemitsu, Prokof’ev, and a tribute to Andrej Tarkovskij. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 18/15.
Info: Via Ghibellina, 101
Friday, February 19, 2016
Subsonica in concert at Viper Theatre. The Italian rock band will be on tour in Florence. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 28
info: Via Lombardia
Saturday, February 20, 2016
[Outside Florence] Sagra delle frittelle at San Donato in Collina (FI). Frittelle are a kind of pancake, and along with the masks, are the perfect symbol of the carnival with its jokes, colors, and sweets. Every Saturday and Sunday from 8.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Until March 20, 2016.
Info: San Donato in Collina
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