Welcome to Florence Inferno, your one-stop shop to find a listing of events happening in Florence, including an events guide with information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other things occurring in the city. In this post, we provide you with information on events happening in November 2017.
This week we make special mention of the Commemoration of the Dead and All Saints’ Day.
The Commemoration of the Dead and All Saints’ Day are celebrated on November 2 and November 1, respectively, and are Catholic commemorations. Although All Saints’ Day is both a religious and a public holiday in Italy, you don’t have to worry if you’re in Florence since most museums, restaurants, and shops will remain open!
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Today is a public holiday in Italy!
All Saints’ Day, also known as Ognissanti, is both a religious and a public holiday in Italy on November 1 of every year. It celebrates all of the Catholic saints. Italians spend the day attending Mass and savoring a large family meal.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Today is the Day of the Dead in Italy. Although it isn’t a national holiday, this popular festival is more deeply felt than All Saints’ Day, having roots in folk and pagan tradition.
Many Italians visit the local cemetery to honor their departed family members. In fact, in recent years, the Day of the Dead has become a celebration of family and tradition. Moreover, on this day, in all the best bakeries, you can find the bones of the dead, delicious cookies prepared only at this time of the year.
[Outside Florence] Lucca Comics and Games in Lucca. An international festival of comics, animation, illustration, and games that grew in size and importance over the years, and where comics and all people dress up as their favorite character. Only Comiket in Tokyo is bigger than Lucca. Ticket price: € 16/14. Until November 5, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017
Anton Raphael Mengs at Palazzo Pitti. The exhibition is centred on a high-value work entitled Portrait of the Archdukes Ferdinando and Maria Anna, painted during the Bohemian artist’s time in Florence in the 1770s. Until January 7, 2018
Info: Sala delle Nicchie, Palazzo Pitti
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Florence Winter Park, a snow and ice attraction in the park near the Obihall. This is a place where one 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 February 25, 2017. Ticket price: € 10/6/5.
Sunday, November 5, 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/
Monday, November 6, 2017
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Le redoutable (France, 107’), by Michel Hazanavicious, with Louis Garrel, Stacey Martin, and Bérénice Bejo. Jean-Luc Godard, a filmmaker idolized by critics and intellectuals, is shifting from revolutionizing cinema to becoming a revolutionary tout court. Original language. Starting at 6.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Tuesday, November 7, 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
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
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at Palazzo Pitti (White Room). Enrico Onofri conductor: Symphony n. 13, Ein musikalischer Spaß, Ascanio in Alba, Haffner Serenade by Mozart. Ticket price: € 15. Starting at 5 p.m.
Info: Piazza de’ Pitti
Thursday, November 9, 2017
The Innocenti Museum, which opened its doors to the public on June 24, 2016, is poised to become another of the city’s major museums. While it’s 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
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
Friday, November 10, 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/walking-tours/photography-workshop/
Saturday, November 11, 2017
ModaPrima – Pitti Immagine at Stazione Leopolda. Fashion and accessories collections for autumn/winter 2018/2019 and the bestsellers of 2019. Hours of operation: 9.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. Until November 22.
Info: viale Fratelli Rosselli 5
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Viceroy’s House (GB, India, Svezia, 106’), by Gurinder Chadra, with Hugh Boneville and Gillian Anderson. The huge and stately Viceroy’s Palace is like a beehive. Its five hundred employees are busy preparing the coming of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who has just been appointed new (and last) viceroy of India by prime minister Clement Attlee. Things will prove to be rather difficult both on the geopolitical and personal level. Original language. Starting at 4.30 p.m. / 18.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Monday, November 13, 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, November 14, 2017
In Florence – Urs Fisher. Piazza Signoria is once again hosting In Florence, a grand contemporary art event. The star of this second edition is the Swiss artist Urs Fischer, one of the leading artists on the world scene today. Piazza della Signoria hosts the Big Clay #4, a large metal sculpture (about 12 metres tall), a primordial and childlike totem. Until January 21, 2018.
Wednesday, November 15, 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/walking-tours/inferno/
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Radical Utopias at CCC Strozzina – Palazzo Strozzi. Radical Utopias features videos, designs, installations, and performances from this productive creative period, which saw young innovators working to squash the status quo in the Renaissance city, which influenced the art world at large. Hours of operation: everyday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. On Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Ticket price: E 6. Until January 21, 2018
Friday, November 17, 2017
Landscapes – Llewelyn Lloyd, art exhibition at Villa Bardini. Llewelyn Lloyd is a member of the Postmacchiaioli movement of the 20th century. The Villa Bardini exhibition brings together works from various collections from around Italy, particularly Livorno and Florence, the cities most closely associated with the painter. Until January 7, 2018
Info: Costa San Giorgio, 2
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
Saturday, November 18, 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/walking-tours/uffizi-and-accademia/
Sunday, November 19, 2017
The Japanese Renaissance: Nature on Painted Screens from the 15th to the 17th Centuries at Uffizi Gallery. The Aula Magliabechiana spotlights what many consider to be the golden age of Japanese art, spanning from the Muromachi to the Edo eras. Carried out in collaboration with Japan’s Agency of Cultural Affairs, the exhibition explores stylistic conventions that have come to define quintessential Japanese aesthetics to the Western world. Until January 7, 2018.
Monday, November 20, 2017
The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna at Palazzo Strozzi. A spectacular exhibition devoted to 16th-century Florentine art and showcasing over 70 works by artists such as Michelangelo, Bronzino, Giorgio Vasari, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Santi di Tito, Giambologna, and Bartolomeo Ammannati. Hours of operation: every day, including holidays, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Until January 21, 2018.
Ino: Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
1927 – The Return to Italy. Ferragamo and 20th-century Visual Culture at Ferragamo Museum. To mark the 90th anniversary of Salvatore Ferragamo’s return to Italy from America, the Ferragamo Museum has put on an exhibition to convey the artistic and manufacturing atmosphere of Florence in 1927. Open daily from 10 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Until May 2, 2018.
Info: Palazzo Spini Feroni, Piazza di Santa Trinita, 5/R
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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, November 23, 2017
[Outside Florence] Visual Passions at Palazzo Fabroni in Pistoia. The exhibition examines all the phases of the Pistoia-born artist. Composed of ten sections, the impressive show places Marini’s masterworks next to masterpieces from Ancient Greece, Imperial China, and Etruscan times. A highlight of Pistoia’s year as the Italian Capital of Culture. Ticket price: € 12/10. Until January 7, 2018.
Friday, November 24, 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
Saturday, November 25, 2017
[Outside Florence] Ambrogio Lorenzetti at Santa Maria della Scala in Siena, an exhibition extolling one of the greatest European painters of the 19th century. This collection of his works showcases loans from the Louvre, London’s National Gallery, and the Vatican Museum, paintings that were originally crafted for the pleasure of the Sienesi and their churches. Until January 21, 2018.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Florence Marathon, the 34th edition of the classic international road race, the second most important marathon in Italy after Rome and the 20th in the world!
The race spans 42 kilometers and 195 meters along the streets of Florence, surrounded by art, history, and culture. Thousands of athletes from around the world come to participate in this race. After the race, participants can indulge in the Marathon Party, a wonderful evening with dinner from a Tuscan menu, music, and entertainment. Starting at 9.15 a.m.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Cameristi of Maggio Musicale at Goldoni Theatre. Michele Novaro Competition, award for young compositions under 35 with an international jury composed of Krzysztof Penderecki, Richard Danielpour, Cristian Carrara, Giovanni Sollima, and Pierangelo Conte. Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 15.
Tuesday, November 28, 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. to 7 p.m.; closed on Mondays. Ticket price: € 4.
Info: Piazza SS. Annunziata 9/b
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
[Outside Florence] Escher at Palazzo Blu in Pisa. Expect 100-plus hypnotic masterpieces by the great Dutch artist at this autumn show at Pisa’s standout exhibition venue. Nine sections zoom in on faces, animals, objects and reflections, geometries and rhythms, landscapes, the artist, imaginary architecture, nature and self-portraits. Until January 28, 2018.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Weihnachtsmarkt at Piazza Santa Croce. This is a German Christmas market where, just like a nordic market, you can find stands with decorations for Christmas trees and homes, and Christmas cakes such as Stollen, accompanied by the restorative Glühwein (mulled wine). Until December 17, open every day.
Info: Piazza Santa Croce
Picture: Opera Museum Florence