Every week at Florence Inferno provide you with the events happening in Florence as well as an events guide containing information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other things going on in the city.
This week we make special mention of the Fiorita Commemoration at Piazza della Signoria – Flower Homage to Savonarola, on Friday, May 23. This authentic tradition takes place at the circular plaque embedded in the stones in Piazza Signoria, where this historic event took place.
Furthermore, we must also make a special mention of the Massacre of via dei Georgofili: it has been twenty-one years since the bomb planted by the mafia went off in Florence. At 1:04 a.m. on May 26, 1993 a car bomb went off outside the Academy near the Torre dei Pulci, between the Uffizi Museum and the Arno river. The bomb killed five people. The Georgofili massacre was a direct attack on the Italian state, which had just passed important laws to crack down on organized crime. Every year since that tragic event, Florence has organized initiatives in memory of this open wound.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Fiorita Commemoration at Piazza della Signoria – Flower Homage to Savonarola. The Domenican friar Fra’ Girolamo Savonarola was a preacher during the Renaissance and commanded the Florentine Republic from 1494 to 1498. He was hanged and burned at the stake in 1498 on the charge of being a heretic.
This authentic tradition takes place at the circular plaque embedded in the stones in Piazza Signoria, where this historic event took place. For this occasion, Florentines leave flowers for Savonarola, just as was done after his death. The ceremony is followed by a costumed parade leading to the Ponte Vecchio, the bridge from which the ashes of Savonarola were scattered. Starting at 10:30 a.m.
Info: Piazza della Signoria
[Outside Florence] Dialogues on men in Pistoia – The cultural festival dedicated to contemporary anthropology. The 3-day festival’s program will include 19 events held in Pistoia’s old city center. These will be discussions, lectures, performances, and readings accessible to the general public. Price of admission: € 7/3. Basic understanding of Italian required.
Info: Via Sant’Andrea, 16; +390573371690
Manduca Summer season – Night club, disco, restaurant. Dine and dance by the pool and under the stars. From 7 p.m. until 4 a.m. Price of admission: €10
Saturday, May 24, 2014
[Outside Florence] Cantine Aperte, Open Wineries, at the Chianti. The event takes place all over Italy but is especially popular in the Chianti wine region, just south of the city. The winaries of the Wine Tourism Movement open their doors to the public. Wine tastings are usually free and food is typically available at the wineries. New to this edition, the wineries will be open to dogs with kibbles and games. Cantine Aperte is a great opportunity to taste local wines and enjoy a day trip from Florence. From Saturday, May 24, to Sunday, May 25.
Info: +390577847047; www.movimentoturismovino.it
The Florence Inferno Tour organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. A full-day Florence walking tour inspired by Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno. Enter some of the most amazing, mysterious, and famous places in Florence. The tour runs every day starting at 9.15 a.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking : www.florenceinferno.com/guided-tour/
Rich evening aperitifs at Volume – Santo Spirito. 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
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Florence’s dog mini-marathon at Cascine park. Organised by Pro Animals Onlus. The event is a great way to tire out your pup in the confines of a greenery located in the heart of the city. Meeting from 8 a.m. at Piazzale Kennedy, race at 10 a.m. Price: € 10
Info: Sign up open on the website: www.proanimals.it
The goodness of “entrails” in Florence at Piazza Demidoff. Three days to discover the trippa, the lampredotto, and other culinary specialties. Chefs, bloggers, and students from Alberghiero Buontalenti reveal the success of these dishes. From Friday, May 23 until Sunday, May 25. Free admission.
Brunch at Obikà – charming Italian mozzarella ristobar. Starting at 12 a.m. Every Sunday.
Info: +390552773526; Via Tornabuoni
Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio – Giuseppe Lanzetta directs Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and the Concerto for horn and orchestra by Richard Strauss. Starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 25 and Monday, May 26, 2014.
Info: +39055783374, www.orcafi.it
Monday, May 26, 2014
Massacre of via dei Georgofili – May 26 is the anniversary of the terrorist bomb attack near the Uffizi Gallery.
The museum and the city of Florence remembers the victims by keeping the gallery open from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
On via dei Georgofili, near the Uffizi’s entrance, is a bronze sculpture by Robert Barni that is lit up at 1:04 a.m., the exact time when the bomb went off.
Documentaries will also be shown with footage of the aftermath of the explosion.
Sunset Trip from Florence to Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills organised 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. The tour runs every day. Starting at 4:30 p.m. Tour price: € 45 per person.
Info and booking: www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Aperitifs at Caffè Letterario – Le Murate. As the cultural center of Florence, this place is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods of the town, in the old Florentine prison, and offers an interesting program of events and meetings. From 6.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Jacopo Ligozzi “universalissimo painter” – Palatine Gallery. For the first time in a complete manner the multifaceted activities of the painter Jacopo Ligozzi (1547-1627). Closed Monday. From Tuesday, May 27. Visiting hours: 8:15 a.m until 6:50 p.m.
Info and booking: +39055294883; www.unannoadarte.it
Lunch at San Lorenzo’s Central Market. Restored after being closed for many years, here you can find typical Tuscan cuisine; a real theater of taste based on interior design and food culture. Opening hours: Market: 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.; First floor, food, and beverages: 10 a.m until 12 p.m.
Info: Piazza San Lorenzo
Miles Cooper Seaton at Caffetteria Oblate. The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs his first solo record, incuding pastoral folk, psychedelic escapes, and ambient/minimalist segments. Starting at 8 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Via dell’Oriuolo, 26; www.nuovieventimuicali.it
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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. Every Wednesday and Saturday, starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking: www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
Verdi Theatre – Concert with nordic influences by the Swedish director Thomas Dausgaar. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 16/11
Info: Via Ghibellina, 99; www.orchestradellatoscana.it
Talking Pictures – Movie: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) at the British Institute. John Huston directs Bogart as down-and-out Fred C. Dobbs, drifter turned gold prospector in this exploration of greed and mistrust in the Mexican hills. Many consider this to be Bogart’s best performance, not least because he gets to dispense with his clean-cut, urbane, and cynical persona developed in the noir detective classics. This grubby character goes from affable nobody to murderous paranoid fiend.Ticket price: € 5. Starting at 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Uffizi & Accademia Tour in One Day organized by Florence Inferno and ADAGIO con BRIO. A fascinating walking tour in the afternoon to avoid the crowds 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. The tour runs every day except on Monday. Starting at 2 p.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: www.florenceinferno.com/uffizi-and-accademia-tour/
Florence Rose Garden, just below Piazzale Michelangelo. The garden contains approximately 1,000 varieties of plants and over 350 species of roses, and displays 11 sculptures of the Belgian artist Jean Michel Folon in an open air exhibit.
The garden is open all year round but it is in the month of May that the roses are in full bloom. Visiting hours: 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Info: Viale Giuseppe Poggi
Uroboro James Lee Byars encounters Leon Battista Alberti at Museo Marino Marini. From May 29 until November 8. Inauguration: 7 p.m. Visiting hours: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays.
Picture by corrierefiorentino.corriere.it