This is Florence Inferno, your website to 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, June 2017.
You won’t want to miss the Festivity 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.
We also make a special mention of Pitti Immagine Uomo at Fortezza da Basso, the International fairs and events on fashion and the lifestyle industry that exhibit the 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 13 until June 16, 2017.
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Thursday, June 1, 2017
Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance at Palazzo Strozzi. A single, comprehensive exhibition occupying both the Piano Nobile and the Strozzina will immerse you in space, music, and sound as you track the career of this artist from his early experimental work in the 1970s right up to his monumental installations of the 21st century. Hours of operation: daily, including holidays, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Thursdays, from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 13.
Info: Palazzo Strozzi
Friday, June 2, 2017
Today is Republic Day, a national holiday. It was on June 2, 1946, after the fall of the fascist party, that a vote was held to decide whether Italy should remain a monarchy or become a democratic republic. Republic Day, or Festa della Repubblica, celebrates this historic day. Florentines celebrate it with a wreath-laying ceremony in Piazza dell’Unità and the raising of the Flag in Piazza Repubblica. The celebration will begin in Piazza dell’Unità at 9.30 a.m. and will continue in Piazza della Repubblica.
Info: Piazza Unità and Piazza Repubblica
Saturday, June 3, 2017
[Outside Florence] Medieval Feast in Malmantile, Lastra a Signa (FI). This twenty-third edition of the event is a reproduction of a medieval atmosphere in the castle, with knights, ladies, heralds, archers, warriors, poets, musicians, acrobats, and jugglers serving to enrich the feast. Until Sunday, June 4, from 4 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.
Info: Malmantile, Lastra a Signa (FI)
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
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Last day to visit Markku Piri: Glass and Painting at Palazzo Medici Riccardi. The exhibition kicks off celebrations in Italy for the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence. Pirri is a prolific Finnish designer, painter, and scenographer who has exhibited internationally. The show has the support of the Finnish Embassy in Rome, the Finnish Consulate in Florence, and the Città Metropolitana di Firenze. Until June 4, 2017.
Info: Via Cavour 1
Monday, June 5, 2017
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/
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Jean Michel Folon at Florence Rose Garden. Just below Piazzale Michelangelo, this permanent exhibition is dedicated to the world-famous Belgian artist Jean Michel Folon. Twelve bronze statues adorn the paths of the garden, which contains approximately 1,000 varieties of plants and over 350 species of roses. Hours of operation: 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Info: Viale Giuseppe Poggi
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
Thursday, June 8, 2017
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, June 9, 2017
La Specola Zoological Museum, regarded by some as the oldest science museum in Europe. Hours of operation: daily from 9.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m., but closed on Mondays. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Via Romana, 17
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
Saturday, June 10, 2017
[Outside Florence] The new Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato. Having re-opened on October 16, 2016, with the new spaceship-shaped building extension by Maurice Nio, the museum hosts a unique collection in Italy with over 1,000 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
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Biophilia at La Specola Museum. Works by Arianna Fioratti Loreto. After studying at Harvard and Princeton, Loreto launched a career in textile design, and later became a children’s furniture designer and book illustrator. She now exhibits between New York and Atlanta; her ink-on-paper drawings will come to Florence to enter into a dialogue with the always-intriguing collections of La Specola. Until June 18, 2017.
Info: Museo di Storia Naturale La Specola, Via Romana, 17
Monday, June 12, 2017
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
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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
Pitti Immagine Uomo at Fortezza da Basso. Pitti Immagine, a contemporary global lifestyle, is the world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections, and for launching new projects in men’s fashion. Pitti Uomo 92 will once again welcome its visitors to its unique atmosphere that makes doing business pleasuresome and entertaining. Until June 16, 2017.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Fabbrica Europa Festival – Bhinna Vinyasa, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts at Teatro La Compagnia di Firenze. An allegorical narrative alluding to human situations and predicament, Bhinna Vinyasa mixes the memories, experiences and imagination of individuals caught up in tumultuous changes where locations and conditions are continuously shifting. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 15.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
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/
Friday, June 16, 2017
Da Vinci Experience at Santo Stefano al Ponte, a multimedia exhibition to discover the Italian genius of the Renaissance in its famous female portraits, and in the great engineering machines, codes, and drawings. The exhibition’s path is enriched by numerous models of Leonardo Da Vinci machines, in size and scale, reproduced meticulously on original designs. Ticket price: € 7. Hours of operation: every day from 10 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Until October 2017.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Robot Fever: The Samurai in the Chogokin Era at the Stibbert Museum. For the show, some of the permanent collection’s most unusual objects are placed in dialogue with 20th century Japanese toy robots. Until September 10, 2017.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Black on Black. From Fontana and Kounellis to Galliani at Villa Bardini. Inspired by the eponymous book by Sicilian author Leonardo Sciascia, the exhibition displays more than 30 artworks by internationally renowned contemporary Italian artists. The sole theme is the colour black, not only in painting, but also in sculpture and fashion. Ticket price: € 8. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. (last admission is at 6 p.m.). Until July 9, 2017
Info: Villa Bardini, Costa S. Giorgio, 2
Monday, June 19, 2017
The Innocenti Museum, which opened to the public on June 24, 2016, is poised to become another of the city’s major museums. While it is 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
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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/walking-tours/fiesole/
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Leonardo’s Magic Cosmo – The Adoration of the Magi restored at Uffizi Gallery.
Ticket price: € 13. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.15 a.m. to 6.50 p.m. Closed on Monday. Until September 24, 2017.
Info: Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture; Uffizi Gallery
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
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Fabbrica Europa Festival – Euforia by Habillé d’eau at Teatro della Limonaia in Sesto Fiorentino (FI). The project Euphoria will be developed in different sections. The first unfinished part was presented at the Short Theatre Festival in Rome, in September 2016. The whole project will be finally performed still in Rome, at the India Theatre, in September 2017. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 10.
Friday, June 23, 2017
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 an historic setting of great artistic importance.
Info: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Aerosmith, Placebo and Deaf Havana in concert at Ippodromo del Visarno.
Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 69
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Festivity of St. John the Baptist, Patron Saint of Florence. In the morning there will be a ceremonial procession of people walking from Palazzo Vecchio through the city to offer large candles to their patron saint. 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 bloodlines of Florentines, is played annually in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence. There are four teams, each of which represents one 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.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
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 to 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 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 4.
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, June 26, 2017
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
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Fiesolana Summer at the Roman Theatre in Fiesole, a rich program that offers events on classical music, prose, cinema, jazz, and art. Until July 27. On Tuesday, June 27, ORT Orchestra della Toscana in concert. Starting at 9.30 p.m.
Info: Teatro romano, Via Portigiani 3
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Light, Deep, Green at Aria Art Gallery. This exhibition by three Italian artists, Fabrizio Corneli, Federico Gori, and Lucia Baldini, urges us to talk about the moment of “truth” through time, nature, and artwork.
Info: Borgo Santi Apostoli, 40
[Outside Florence] Pistoia Blues Festival at Piazza del Duomo in Pistoia. Franco Battiato, singer-songwriter, composer, filmmaker in concert. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 86/74/59/51/46
Thursday, June 29, 2017
[Outside Florence] Torrita Blues Festival at Torrita di Siena. Blues dinner with four of the best blues bands of the Effetto Blues contest in concert. Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 15. Until Saturday 1 July.
Info: Piazza Matteotti
Friday, June 30, 2017
Palmiro Meacci at Pietro Annigoni Museum. 40 works by Annigoni from the private collection of his secretary, Palmiro Meacci, representing the artist’s view of art from the early 1930s to the 1980s.
Info: Villa Bardini; Costa San Giorgio, 2