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 January 2018!
You won’t want to miss the historical reenactment of the Procession of the Magi, taking place on the Feast of the Epiphany, organized by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. It reenacts the cavalcade of the Three Wise Men, or Magi, who brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn baby Jesus. The procession departs from Piazza Pitti at 2 p.m. and passes along the streets of Florence, reaching Piazza Duomo at 3.30 p.m.
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Monday, January 1, 2018
Today is New Year’s Day!
It marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar and is a public holiday in Italy. Traditionally, it is a day to meet friends and relatives to exchange greetings and wish each other a happy new year. Many people celebrate the first day of the year with traditional food such as lentils, cotechino, or zampone and raisins, symbolizing wealth and good fortune.
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Wonder Wheel (USA, 101’) by Woody Allen, with Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, and Justin Timberlake. On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife. Original language. Starting at 4.15 / 6.15 / 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
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.
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, January 3, 2018
[Outside Florence] Visual Passions at Palazzo Fabroni in Pistoia. The exhibition examines all 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.
Thursday, January 4, 2018
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/
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
Friday, January 5, 2018
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
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Today is the Feast of the Epiphany!
It is a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana commemorates the day when the Three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Jesus.
The Epiphany also marks the end of the Christmas holiday.
In Florence, the Epiphany is celebrated with the traditional event of the Procession of the Magi. The solemn cavalcade, led by the Three Wise Men (or Magi) on horseback in sumptuous silk costumes, will depart from Piazza Pitti at 2 p.m. and cross the streets of Florence, reaching Piazza Duomo at 3.30 p.m. Here you will enjoy a reading of the story of the Magi and a performance by the flag throwers.
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. The Greatest Showman (USA, 140’) by Michael Gracey, with Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Zac Efron, and Michelle Williams. Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, an original movie that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Original language. Starting at 3.30 p.m. / 6.15 p.m. / 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Monday, January 8, 2018
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.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Pitti Immagine Uomo at Fortezza da Basso. Contemporary Global Lifestyle is known for being the world’s most important platform for men’s clothing and accessory collections, and for launching new trends in men’s fashion. From the excellence of the makers of the new classics to cutting-edge accessories that are playing an increasingly decisive role on the market, to the brands that have redefined sportswear. Exhibition times: every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; last day: 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Registration times: 8.30 a.m. until 6 p.m.; last day: 8.30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Until Friday, January 12, 2018.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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, January 11, 2018
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, and thereby influence the art world at large. Hours of operation: every day from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. On Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Ticket price: € 6. Until January 21, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
The Innocenti Museum is one 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
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, January 13, 2018
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, January 14, 2018
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Three billboards outside ebbing (USA, 115’) by Martin McDonagh, with Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit. Original language. Starting at 4 p.m. / 6.15 p.m. / 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Lunch, aperitif, or dinner at Odeon Bistrò. Located 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
Monday, January 15, 2018
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, January 16, 2018
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, January 17, 2018
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, January 18, 2018
Pitti Immagine Bimbo at Fortezza da Basso, a high-profile children’s fashion showcase. Closed to the public; open to professional tradespersons. From Thursday, January 18, until Saturday, January 20, 2018.
Info: Fortezza da Basso
Friday, January 19, 2018
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, January 20, 2018
[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, January 21, 2018
In Florence – Urs Fisher. Piazza Signoria is once again hosting a grand contemporary art event in Florence. 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 Big Clay #4, a large metal sculpture (about 12 metres tall), which represents a primordial and childlike totem. Until January 21, 2018.
Monday, January 22, 2018
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
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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, January 24, 2018
Vintage Selection at Stazione Leopolda. Vintage clothing, accessories, and designer items. Until Sunday, January 28, 2018.
Info: Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 5; http://www.stazione-leopolda.com/
Pitti Immagine Filiati 82 at Fortezza da Basso. World-scale excellence in yarns produced for its audience of international buyers and designers, from the biggest names in fashion who come to Florence looking for creative inspiration. Until Friday, January 26.
Info: Fortezza da Basso
Thursday, January 25, 2018
[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.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Ella and John (USA, 112’) by Paolo Virzì, with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker. Original language. Starting at 4 p.m. / 6.15 p.m. / 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Resurrection by Giovanni delle Robbia at Museo Nazionale del Bargello. The famous “lunetta” returns to Italy from the Brooklyn Museum. The show has been made possible thanks to the Antinori family, renowned wine producers in Tuscany. Through their Antinori Art Project, they bring contemporary artworks to their Chianti Classico area wine cellars. An Antinori ancestor originally commissioned Della Robbia to create the lunette. Until April 8, 2018.
Info: Via del Proconsolo, 4
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Last day to visit Leopoldo de’ Medici: Prince of Collectors at Palazzo Pitti. Leopoldo was a great collector, and the exhibition showcases not only the key masterworks among his collections, but also the vast scope of his interests and the variety of works he collected. Until January 28, 2018
Info: Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti, 1
Monday, January 29, 2018
Textiles and riches in 14th-century Florence. Wood, silk and painting at Accademia Gallery. The exhibition offers visitors the possibility to immerse themselves in fabrics, precious textiles, and sumptuous, gilded art that bear witness to Florence’s great artistic and craftsmanship tradition. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 a.m. until 6:50 p.m.; closed on Monday. Ticket price: € 12,50. Until March 18, 2018.
Info: Via Ricasoli, 58.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Michele Campanella – Orchestra della Toscana at Verdi Theatre. One of the greatest Italian pianists in concert. Campanella plays Mozart’s most appreciate opera. Starting at 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 18/15.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Made in New York: Keith Haring, Paolo Buggiani and co. at Palazzo Medici Ricciardi. Street art’s artistic movement began in New York at the end of the seventies, and Paolo Buggiani, a Tuscan artist born in 1933, along with Keith Haring and other artists, used the metropolis as an open-air museum. The exhibition presents over 20 original works. Until February 4, 2018.
Info: Via Cavour, 3