You have reached Florence Inferno, the website that provides the names of events happening in Florence, as well as an events guide with information on music, art, cinema, markets, and many other exciting things going on in the city. In this post, we provide you with information on events going on over the next month, namely December 2017!
In this edition we are providing you with an extensive list of important dates: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, on December 8, a national holiday; St Stephen’s feast Day, on December 26, which celebrates the first Christian martyr; Christmas Day, on December 25; and New Year’s Eve, on December 31.
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Friday, December 1 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, December 2, 2017
Humans 100% by Giambaccio at Palazzo Coveri Gallery. Giambaccio held his first show in 2007. His most recent solo show was Ritrattati, 500 portraits of Florentine figures in June 2014 at the Bellini Museum. The exhibition includes the iron-and-wood Trojan Horse, 10 canvases focusing on the theme of power, 6 mixed media sculptures, and a video installation by Ottavia Poli. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m./1 p.m., 3:30/7 p.m. Free admission.
Info: Lungarno Guicciardini, 19
Sunday, December 3, 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.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. The Mountain between us (Usa, 103’), by Hany Abu-Assad, with Kate Winslet, Idris Elba. Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness. Original language. Starting at 4.30 / 6.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Tuesday, December 5, 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, December 6, 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
Thursday, December 7, 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
Nextech at Fortezza da Basso. Electronic Music Festival with DJ set: Chris Liebing and Marco Effe. Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: deluxe € 50/regular € 32.
Friday, December 8, 2017
Today is a National holiday in celebration of the Immaculate Conception, which, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, is the solemn belief in the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Christmas season officially starts on this day. In Florence’s historic center, a large Christmas tree is decorated and lighted in Piazza del Duomo, and the Nativity scene, known as Presepe, is re-created with life-size statues near the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Many markets take place beginning December 8, where you will find various kinds of gifts, furnishings, food, and wine, such as the Fierucola dell’Immacolata at Piazza Santissima Annunziata, a traditional market with typical products and local crafts.
Saturday, December 9, 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/
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
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. Murder on the Orient-Express (UK, USA 120’), by Kenneth Branagh, with Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe. A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Original language. Starting at 4.30 p.m. / 18.30 p.m. / 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Monday, December 11, 2017
River to River at La Compagnia Cinema. A cinematic and cultural festival highlighting the best in Indian moviemaking, from Bollywood blockbusters to indie gems. Among the standout films on the program is Newton, India’s nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Academy Awards. Until December 12.
Tuesday, December 12, 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 Big Clay #4, a large metal sculpture (about 12 metres tall), which represents a primordial and childlike totem. Until January 21, 2018.
Wednesday, December 13, 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, December 14, 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, and thereby influencing 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, December 15, 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, December 16, 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, December 17, 2017
Fierucolina di Natale (Small Christmas fair) at Piazza Santo Spirito. Fair with product of biological agriculture and handicraft. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Info: Piazza Santo Spirito
Monday, December 18, 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, December 19, 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, December 20, 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, December 22, 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, December 23, 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, December 24, 2017
Christmas concert. Orchestra della Toscana at Teatro Verdi. The Florentine theatre will host one of the most beloved concerts in the city, the Christmas concert, conducted by Maestro Daniele Rustioni, with music by Beethoven. Starting at 5 p.m. Ticket price: € 18/15.
Sunday, December 25, 2017
Today is Christmas!
Italians are accustomed to spending this day with family, organizing a delicious lunch with the traditional panettone, and unwrapping Christmas presents. Museums and exhibitions are generally closed on Christmas, but you will enjoy the tranquility of the city during, without a doubt, the nicest day of the year!
Monday, December 26, 2017
Today is St Stephen’s feast Day! St Stephen is considered the first Christian martyr, and this day is celebrated as a public holiday across Italy. Traditionally, Italians stay at home with their families on Christmas day, but St. Stephen’s day is a day to go out with friends and family, or to visit the nativity scenes on display inside local churches.
Tuesday, December 27, 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, December 28, 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, December 29, 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.
Friday, December 30, 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.
Saturday, December 31, 2017
Today is the last day of 2017!
New Year’s Eve is a magical time to celebrate the end of the current year and the dawn of the new year. In Florence you can enjoy many wonderful events.
We suggest that you not miss the free music in the city center.
Florence offers a wide variety of music to the public, and the main event will be in Piazzale Michelangelo, as well as a classical music concert in Piazza della Signoria, light installations and music in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, and jazz and funky music in Piazza del Carmine.
For theatre lovers we suggest the famous musical Grease by Compagnia della Rancia at Verdi Theatre, and for classical music lovers we recommend the Year’s End Concert by the Maggio Musicale Orchestra.