At Florence Inferno, we provide you with information on events happening in Florence, as well as an events guide with information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other things occuring in the city, from October 2 to October 15, 2015.
This week we make special mention of the Gelato Festival (Ice cream Festival) – European challenge finals at Piazzale Michelangelo. The best ice cream makers from all over Italy and abroad are in Florence to participate in this ice cream contest. With just one card, you can taste the top flavours and original ice cream cocktails. Starting on Thursday, October 1, until Sunday, October 4.
We also want to give you a preview of the Florence Inferno Halloween Tour! On October 31, 2015, enjoy a frightfully delightful night in Florence visiting Palazzo Vecchio encountering medieval ghosts and wandering through mysterious alleys. Take our walking tour and experience the most unusual Halloween night of your life, packed with scary stories, art, and history. After the tour, you can stay at Palazzo Vecchio until midnight, or find a party nearby.
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Friday, October 2, 2015
Gelato Festival (Ice cream Festival) at Piazzale Michelangelo. The European challenge finals involve some of the “maestri” of ice cream from Italy and abroad. You can attend courses, watch the masters at work, buy a tasting card to savour the unique flavours, and vote for your favourite! Hours of operation: 12 a.m. to 10 p.m. Ice cream card (5 tastes and 1 ice cream cocktail included): € 7. Until Sunday October 4, 2015.
Florence Internation Antiques Fair at Palazzo Corsini. Known as a prestigious celebration of Italy’s treasures from the past, the fair is an event that permeates the entire city fabric, with visitors of international renown. Hours of operation: 10.30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Ticket price: € 15. Until October 4.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Ceramics Market at Piazza Santissima Annunziata. The fair features top Italian ceramicists as well as the best of England, Japan, the USA, Russia, France, Germany, Spain, and many other countries. You will find a wide range of pottery, including rustic ceramics, majolica, fine porcelain, jewellery, and much more. Hours of operation: 10.30 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Free admission. Until October 4.
Info: Piazza Santissima Annunziata
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Everest (USA) – by Baltasar Kormákur, with Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright. A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm. Original language. Starting at 4.45 p.m., 6.45 p.m., and 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Last day to visit The Elegance of Gold at Galleria Moretti. Dialogue between Italian paintings and rare jewelry from the online auction house Curio. Until October 4, 2015. Info: Piazza degli Ottaviani 17; +390552396652; www.morettigallery.com
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.
Monday, October 5, 2015
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 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
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Lapislazzuli. Magic of Blue at Museo degli Argenti. An exhibition dedicated to the lapislazzuli, the rock composed of several minerals whose color was used on 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
Lunch at ZAP, Zona Aromatica Protetta (Protected Aromatic Area). Open since May 20, 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
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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/
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
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Today in Florence is Santa Reparata commemoration, a co-patron of the city.
In ancient times, the festivities on this day included two races: one on horseback and one on foot. Today, there is a foot race and a marching procession of memers of the Florentine Republic dressed in period costume, from Piazza della Repubblica to the Duomo at 4 pm.
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Janis, Little Girl Blue (USA, 115′) – by Amy Berg, with Janis Joplin. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil) delves into the life of late rock legend Janis Joplin. Original language. Starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Friday, October 9, 2015
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; http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/
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 until late in the evening.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Florence Tattoo convention at Fortezza da Basso. Live performances, international tattoo artists, exhibits on body piercing, and demonstrations in the use of the traditional tools used for tribal tattoo application. Starting at 12 a.m. Ticket price: € 15. Until October 11.
Info: Fortezza da Basso, viale F. Strozzi
Jeff Koons in Florence at Palazzo Vecchio. An exhibit showcasing some of the most famous masterworks by Jeff Koons, the prominent American artist. Until December 28, 2015. Hours of operaton: every day from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Info: Piazza della Signoria; museicivicifiorentini.comune.fi.it/palazzovecchio
Sunday, October 11, 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 October 25, 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/
Scandicci Fair in Scandicci. Shopping, cultural events, performances, food, and other activities. From 4.30 p.m. until midnight. Free admssion. Scandicci is easily reachable by the tram; you can take it outside the Santa Maria Novella train station.
Info: Scandicci; +3905575911; www.scandiccifiera.com
Monday, October 12, 2015
The Florence Photography Adventure Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. 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/
Eros Ramazzotti in concert at Mandela Forum. Ramazzotti, an Italian musician and singer-songwriter, is popular in Italy and in most European countries. Since 1984, he has released 11 studio albums, one EP, three compilation albums, three live albums, 37 singles, and has sold over 55 million records in his 30-year career. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 74/63/51/46.
Info: Viale Paoli, 3; +39055678 841
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Sunset Trip from Florence to Fiesole in the Tuscan Hills organized by Florence Inferno and 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. Starting at 4:30 p.m. Tour price: € 45 per person.
Info and booking: https://www.florenceinferno.com/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Arturo Tosi: The Fruits of the Earth at Palazzo Pitti’s Gallery of Modern Art. The exhibition’s title ties in with the theme of Expo 2015, Feeding the Planet. Tosi is known for playing a part in the Italian Novecento movement, founded in Milan in the early 1920s. This exhibition is dedicated to the artist and his still life paintings. Until November 8, 2015. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m. Ticket price: € 13/6,50.
Info: Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti 1; +39055294883
[Outside Florence] Synchronicity, contemporaries from Lippi to Warhol at Palazzo Pretorio in Prato. An innovative selection of contemporary art, with painting, sculptures, photos, videos by Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Daniel Spoerri, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Matthew Barney, Vanessa Beercroft. Hours of operation: 10.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 8/6. Until January 10, 2016.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Shop and the City Fair at Fortezza da Basso. A trade fair open to the public focusing on the best of Italian production: food, wine, artisan craftwork, design furnishings, books, and stationery. Hours of operation: 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Free admission. Until October 18.
Info: Fortezza da Basso; Viale F. Strozzi
Helga Vockenhuber: Das Geschenk der Harmonie (The Gift of Harmony) at Villa Bardini. Monumental bronzeworks that aim to bring viewers a sense of “suspended peace.” Until November 22. Hours of operation: from 8.15 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 10/5.
Info: Costa San Giorgio 2; www.bardinipeyron.it
Picture: Halloween Tour Florence Inferno by © Nathan Smith Photography