Welcome to Florence Inferno, your favorite blog providing not only information on events occuring in Florence, but also an events guide to what’s happening in the city in terms of music, art, cinema, markets, and so much more. In this post, we have provided you with information on events taking place over the next two weeks, namely, from June 12 until June 25, 2015.
This week we make special mention of the festivital of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of Florence, on June 24. In honour of its patron saint, the city organizes a public celebration that includes a ceremonial procession, a match of Calcio Storico, an historical sport, and finally, at 10 p.m., a fantastic display of massive fireworks over Piazzale Michelangelo.
Further, we must also make a special mention of Pitti Immagine at Fortezza da Basso, the International fairs and events in the fashion and lifestyle industry with the aim of exhibiting its most innovative products and styles. Top buyers, fashion journalists, and opinion-makers will be called upon to judge the collections presented by the most important international stylists. From June 16 until June 18, 2015.
Friday, June 12, 2015
The Illusion of Sciltian at Villa Bardini, a large retrospective exhibition dedicated to the figure of Gregory Sciltian. It interrupts the long period of this master’s neglect and marks the thirtieth anniversary of his death. Until September 6, 2015. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Closed on Monday.
Info: Costa San Giorgio 2; +390552638599.
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at Limonaia of Villa Strozzi. The Ensemble Mosaik with Regnum Animale and Regnum Vegetable by Mauro Lanza and Andrea Valle. Starting at 8.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 10.
Info: Limonaia of Villa Strozzi, Via Pisana, 77; www.operadifirenze.it
Saturday, June 13, 2015
The Florence Photography Adventure Tour organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. 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/
Fabbrica Europa Festival – The Living Room at Teatro Goldoni. The spectator is invited to a small domestic banquet where they can shed their anonymity, becoming a guest through a live stream of actions based on work, with traditional songs and texts. Starting at 8.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 10.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Shapes of Reality at Aria Art Gallery, a new exhibition by American artist Carole A. Feuerman. The artist looks at the Shapes of Reality and goes back to the Renaissance to rediscover the beauty and elegance that lies hidden behind each shape. Like the great personalities of antique art, she models emotions, impressing them into gazes, and paints the sculptures with resin or bronze. Some are life size to amplify their presence, while others are on scale to reduce their intrusiveness. Until June 20, 2015. Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday, 10.30 a.m./1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m./7.30 p.m.
Info: Borgo SS Apostoli; http://www.ariaartgallery.com/
[Outside Florence] Un Altro Parco in Città in Pistoia. The historical 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 instllations. Starting at 9 a.m. until night. Free admission.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Lapislazzuli. Magic of Blue at Museo degli Argenti. Exhibition dedicated to the lapislazzuli, the rock composed of several minerals that gave its color to the surface of the Renaissance Madonnas. Until October 11, 2015. Closed on the first and last Monday of the month. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 10/7.
Info: Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti 1; www.unannoadarte.it
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. The Tale of Tales (France, 105′) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, with Helena Bohnam Carter, Judy Dabis, Callum Keith Rienne. A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother, and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute. Original language. Showing at 5.30 p.m., and 9.00 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Tuesday, June 16 2015
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 projects in men’s fashion. Pitti Uomo will once again welcome its visitors to its unique atmosphere that makes doing business pleasuresome and entertaining.
There will be approximately 1150 brands, with their offerings developed for the international community that throngs to Florence during the fair that represents the world’s major department stores and small retailers.
“That’s PittiColor” is the main theme of this edition, and the Fortezza da Basso will welcome visitors to a kaleidoscopic experience of installations, light plays, and surprising forays into color. Opening events on June 16; until June 20. For the detailed program of events, visit the official website: www.pittimmagine.com
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 and wash it down with some local wine.
Info: Via de’Neri 65r
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Uffizi & Accademia Tour in One Day organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. 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/
Fabbrica Europa Festival – Following. Strictly confidential at Institut français Florence. A labyrinth of choreographic actions and visual art installations. The guest/spectator is invited to choose its own time of fruition and has the possibility to move freely, choosing its own path to follow with the option of going behind to loose himself in his own desire. Starting at 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 5.
Thursday, June 18 2015
The Art of Francis. Masterpieces of Art and Lands of Asia from the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Century at the Accademia Gallery. The Franciscan friars and their vocation inspired high art from 1200 to 1400. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Ticket price: € 12,50. Until October 11, 2015.
Info: Via Ricasoli, 60; www.unannoadarte.it
Painters for Music: Primo Conti, 1935–1939 at Museo del Novecento. Tribute to Conti, who collaborated with the Teatro Comunale di Firenze for almost 30 years, beginning in 1935, and was the first local artist to work with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Until July 19, 2015. Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Info: Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Florence, www.museonovecento.it
Friday, June 19, 2015
The Florence Inferno Tour organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. 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/
Tuscan Summer: Fiesolana Summer at the Roman Theatre in Fiesole. A rich program that offers events on classical music, prose, cinema, jazz, and art. Until July 26. Medea by Euripides, directed by Gabriele Lavia. Starting at 9.15 p.m. Ticket price: € 24/20/16.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
The Mark of the Medici at Medici Chapels Museum, where the Medici grand dukes buried their beloved. The show highlights sacred art treasures including votive crowns, altarpieces, holy vessels, and more. Until November 3, 2015. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m.
Info: Piazza di Madonna degli Aldbrandini 6; www.polomuseale.firenze.it
78th Festival Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – Opera Florence. The Coro del Maggio, directed by Lorenzo Fratini Program includes the Songs of Captivity Dallapiccola and Les Noces by Stravinsky. Starting at 8.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 10.
Info: Via Fratelli Rosselli, 7; www.operadifirenze.it
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Last day to visit the exhibition Power and Pathos. Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World at Palazzo Strozzi. Florence will be hosting a major exhibition showcasing some of the ancient world’s most important masterpieces of sculpture, with exhibitions from leading Italian and international museums. The exhibition uses 50 bronze sculptures to tell the story of the spectacular artistic developments of the Hellenistic era throughout the Mediterranean basin. Hours of operation: daily (including holidays) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and every Thursday until 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 10. Until June 21, 2015.
Info: +390552645155; http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/
Last day to visit the exhibition The Traveling Middle Ages at the National Museum of the Bargello. Paintings and objects that accompanied travellers driven by the search for redemption, money, or glory. Hours of operation: 8.15 a.m. until 1.50 p.m. Closed on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday, and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Ticket price: € 7.
Info: Via del Proconsolo, 4; www.unannoadarte.it
Monday, June 22, 2015
I_Dome at Courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi. A reproduction of Brunelleschi’s dome, sponsored by Expo 2015. It perfectly reproduces the architectural forms and proportions of Brunelleschi’s original, and inside you can admire images, sounds, and atmospheres illustrating the know-how of the region. You can also interact with touch-screen monitors. Until October 31, 2015.
Info: Palazzo Strozzi
Classic Tuscany at the Museum of Orsanmichele. Nadir Garofalo conducts the Orchestra with guitarist Martina Barlotta and pianist Francesco Mazzonetto. Music by Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 15/12.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Sunset Trip from Florence to Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. 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. Starting at 4:30 p.m. Tour price: € 45 per person.
Info and booking: https://www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Nextech at Fortezza da Basso. Electronic Music Festival and special event with Riccardo Villalobos and Sonja Moonear. Starting at 20 p.m. Ticket price: € 50/32.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Festivity of St. John the Baptist, Patron Saint of Florence. In the morning there will be a ceremonial procession where people walk from Palazzo Vecchio through the city to offer large candies to their patron. The first celebration of Saint John the Baptist as the patron saint of Florence dates back to the Langobard domination, at which time the St. John Baptistery was built in Piazza del Duomo. The feast of the patron began to be celebrated on June 24 in the thirteenth century.
At 5 p.m., the match of Calcio Storico, an historical sport that runs deep in the Florentine blood line, is played annually in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence. There is a team representing each quarter of the city: the Azzurri, the Blues; the Rossi, the Reds; the Bianchi, the Whites; and the Verdi, the Greens.
The festivity will end at 10 p.m. with the massive fireworks display above Piazzale Michelangelo.
Thursday, June 25, 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: every day from 10 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Piazza Santa Trinita, 5r; www.ferragamo.com/museo
Fabbrica Europa Festival at Stazione Leopolda. The Korea National Contemporary Dance Company presents the work signed by Italian Luisa Cortesi. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 20/15/10.