Welcome to Florence Inferno, your one-stop shop for a listing of the events happening in Florence, including an events guide containing 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 2016.
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 are in Florence since the majority of museums, restaurants, and shops will remain open!
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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.
[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.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
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.
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/day-trip-to-fiesole/
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. American Pastoral (USA, 126′) – by Ewan McGregor, with Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning. In 1968, a hardworking man who’s been a staple in his quaint community for years watches his seemingly perfect middle-class life fall apart as his daughter’s new radical political affiliation threatens to destroy their family. Original language. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Thursday, November 3, 2016
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, November 4, 2016
Juri Corti: Stream of Consciousness at GANZO. 29 paintings on packaging paper by Juri Corti, Florence-born, Rome-based artist; a selection of a series he began around 2009 and is continually working on. Until November 8, 2016.
Info: Via de Macci 85r
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Inferno (USA, 121′) – by Ron Howard, with Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy. When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot. Original language. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Saturday, November 5, 2016
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 choice of bars, restaurants, kiosks, and children’s entertainment nearby. Open daily. Until February 26, 2017. Ticket price: € 10/6/5.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
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
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, November 7, 2016
[Outside Florence] Dalì – Il sogno del classico at Palazzo Blu in Pisa. On display in the magnificent setting of Palazzo Blu are 150 works that include paintings, watercolors, and woodblocks that testify the omnipresence of the classical heritage within Dali’s artistic production. The visitor is called to a poetic and memorable dialogue with an always original, brilliant, and eccentric Salvador Dalì, who is enamored by the great Italian Masters, cites Raphael, speaks of Cellini, illustrates Dante, and paints Michelangelo. Ticket price: € 12. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 10: a.m. until 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
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
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Galileo and the Measure of Time at Galileo Museum. Over 1,000 scientific instruments will be on display in the restored halls of Museo Galileo, home to the priceless scientific collections of the Medici and the House of Lorraine, and the only surviving instruments of Galileo.
Info: Piazza dei Giudici, 1
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
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Gaetano Pesce exhibition Maestà Tradita (Majesty Betrayed) at Piazza Santa Maria Novella and Novecento Museum. Famed Italian artist and designer Gaetano Pesce is in Florence with his new three-part exhibition Maestà Tradita. The ambitious show is a feminist statement aimed at shedding light on the limitations imposed on women. Until February 8, 2017.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
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
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
Friday, November 11, 2016
Dance / La democrazia del corpo at CANGO and various venues. Choreographers, visual artists, dancers, and art world influencers perform with the local Virgilio Sieni Company at CANGO. The event also includes art installations, workshops, and discussions at Prato’s Pecci Center and Arturo Galansino of Palazzo Strozzi in December.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
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/
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Dante, The Divine Comedy of Venturino Venturi at Villa Bardini. In 1980 the Tuscan artist Venturino Venturi teamed up with hermetic poet Mario Luzi, re-interpreting The Divine Comedy in a series of 54 illustrations. These never-before-displayed works are now in Florence in multimedia installations. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Info: Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2
Monday, November 14, 2016
Re-opening of the Botticelli rooms at Uffizi Gallery. Uffizi visitors can see Botticelli like never before as the restored rooms 10 through 14 are reopened to the public. This gallery section famously houses masterpieces like the Primavera and the Birth of Venus.
Info: Uffizi Gallery
Lunch, aperitif, or dinner at Hard Rock Cafe 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.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
La Specola Zoological Museum, regarded by some as the oldest science museum in Europe. Hours of operation: every day from 9.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Via Romana, 17
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Marino Marini Museum. The Marino Marini Museum is one of the few places in town dedicated to twentieth-century art. It houses a permanent exhibition of contemporary art by Marino Marini. The works on display belong to the original nucleus and are made up of works donated to Florence by the artist. Until April 23, 2016. Top Hundred, exhibition by Maurizio Nannucci, a Florentine contemporary artist. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays. Ticket price: € 6
Thursday, November 17, 2016
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/
Friday, November 18, 2016
Ai Weiwei. Libero at Palazzo Strozzi. Ai Weiwei is known worldwide as much for his challenging contemporary art practice as for his political activism. Ai Weiwei will be the first artist to exhibit across the entirety of Palazzo Strozzi, presenting a series of new and major works, including key monumental installations, sculptures and objects, as well as videos and photography series produced throughout his career. Hours of operation: daily, including holidays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 12.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
ModaPrima – Pitti Immagine at Stazione Leopolda. Fashion and accessories collections for autumn/winter 2017/2018 and the bestsellers of 2018. Hours of operation of operation: 9.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. Until November 20.
Info: viale Fratelli Rosselli 5, www.pittimmagine.com
Fishing in the mud: the museum and the flood at Galileo Museum. Fifty years after the Florence flood, this exhibition commemorates the event by highlighting the dramatic impact on the institution and the rescue and recovery of ancient scientific instruments. The exhibition features a selection of damaged and restored tools kept in the storage of the museum.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
[Outside Florence] Desco 2016 at Lucca. Food festival with delicacies from the Garfagnana, in the province of Lucca. Free admission.
Info: Real Collegio; Piazza del Collegio 13; www.ildesco.eu
Monday, November 21, 2016
With Juice of Herbs and Green Earth at the Refectory of Santa Maria Novella. After a full cycle of restoration, the stories from Genesis are once again visible in the Green Cloister (east side) of Santa Maria Novella. By Paolo Uccello and assistants.
Until December 31, 2016.
Info: Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Santa Maria Novella Station: 80 Years. New permanent photography exhibition at Santa Maria Novella train station. The exhibit was curated by the Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci, named after the station’s head architect. The 100 images on display trace the construction phases in detail, shedding light on how the plans for the station evolved. Until March 31, 2017
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Discoveries and Massacres. Ardengo Soffici and the avant-garde at Uffizi Gallery. The exhibition focuses on the groundbreaking Tuscan intellectual, critic, and artist Ardengo Soffici. Until January 8, 2017.
Info: Uffizi Gallery
Friday, November 25, 2016
Across Art and Fashion at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The exhibition’s itinerary focuses on the work of Salvatore Ferragamo, who was fascinated with and was inspired by the avant-garde art movements of the 20th century, several ateliers of the Fifties and Sixties that were venues for studies and encounters, and the advent of the culture of celebrities. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Closed on April 2017. Ticket price: € 6
Info: Piazza Santa Trinita 5/R
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Last days to visit Modern and Contemporary Art. Anthology 2016 at Tornabuoni Arte Contemporary Art. On display will be works from Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, Tamara de Lempicka, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Isgrò, and Sol Lewitt. Free admission. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3.30 p.m to 7.30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Until November 26, 2016.
Info: Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini, 3 and Via Maggio 58r
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Florence Marathon, the 33th 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 enjoy the Marathon Party, a wonderful evening with dinner from a Tuscan menu, music, and entertainment. Starting at 9.15 a.m.
Monday, November 28, 2016
[Outside Florence] The new Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato. Re-opening in October 16, 2016 with the new spaceship-shaped building extension by Maurice Nio, the museum hosts a unique collection in Italy with over 1000 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
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Innocenti Museum, open to the public on June 24, 2016. The Innocenti Museum 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
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The collection. An art path between the XIII and XX century at Spazio Mostre Ente CRF. Over 900 works of art including sculptures and paintings. Until January 15, 2017. Only by reservation: Saturday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4.30 p.m.; Sunday and Holidays: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 3.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m., and 5.30 p.m.
Info: Via Maurizio Bufalini