Non-stop fun in Florence for the first half of 2009

(issue no. 93/2008 / January 15, 2009)

The Florentine's staff has been busy coming up with a list of the most important events, exhibitions, fairs, markets and shows in Florence over the next six months so you can be sure not to miss a thing!

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of Galileo's telescope, there are plenty of interesting events around town dedicated to the Tuscan scientist's life and works. If theatre is your thing, then you'll be pleased to see that both of Florence's English-language theatre companies, FITC and FESTA, will be putting on exciting productions throughout the year. Also, don't forget annual events like Danza in Fiera at the Fortezza da Basso in February, the Scoppio del Carro in April, the opening of the beautiful Rose Garden near Piazzale Michelangelo in May and Estate Fiesolana all summer long. In between, there are concerts, markets and fairs galore-so tear this page out, stick it on the fridge and start making your plans to enjoy all that Florence has to offer!




Worldwide Mardi Gras Carnival 2009

February 2 ? Piazza Ognissanti to Piazza della Signoria  



Immagine Italia & Co. Textile Fair

February 6 to 9 ? Fortezza da Basso



PLAY: The Kataklò Athletic

Dance Theatre Company

February 7 and 8 ? Teatro Puccini



Il Mago delle Bolle di Sapone

(Visual theatre starring huge soap bubbles wielded by internationally famous Catalan artist Pep Bou)

February 11 to 15 ? Teatro di Rifredi



Dolce Bere

February 14 to 1 ? Fortezza da Basso

A fair dedicated to chocolate, tea, coffee, sweet wines



La Fura Dels Baus Presents Boris Godunov

February 18 ? Saschall Theatre 



Danza in Fiera World of Dance

February 19 to 22 ? Fortezza da Basso



Oasis ‘Dig Out Your Soul' Tour 2009

February 24 ? MandelaForum



Renzo Arbore in Concert

February 26 ? Teatro Verdi



Baci 2009 Balloon Arts Festival

February 27 to March 1 ? Fortezza da Basso





Britmania Florence UK Festival

March 6 ? Saschall Theatre



The Vagina Monologues

(Florence International Theatre Company) March 7 and 8 ? Teatro di Cestello, Piazza Cestello   



Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair

March 7 to 15 ? Fortezza da Basso



Galileo. Images of the Universe from

Antiquity to the Telescope in Florence

March 13 to August 30 ? Palazzo Strozzi



Fortezza da Basso Antiques Fair

March 14 to 22 ? Fortezza da Basso



Taste Food and Flavors Extravaganza

March 14 to 16 ? Stazione Leopolda 



Irlanda in Festa Irish Culture and Music Festival

March 17 to 21 ? Saschall Theatre  



St. Joseph Festival

March 19 ? Piazza Santa Croce

Tel.  055/3283550 



Franco Battiato in Concert

March 17 and 18 ? Teatro Comunale  



Ornella Vanoni in Concert

March 21 ? Teatro Verdi  



Lenten Fair at the Cascine Market

March 23, 30, April 6, 13 ? Parco delle Cascine

Tel.  055/3283550 



Feast of the Virgin Mary

March 25 ? Piazza Santissima Annunziata

Tel.  055/3283550 


Baby With The Bath Water

(Florence International Theatre Company)

March 26 to 29 ? Teatro di Cestello, Piazza Cestello 





Splash! International Visual Theatre

(Yllana Madrid Company)

April 2 to 5 ? Teatro di Rifredi 



Easter Sunday:

Scoppio del Carro Historic Procession

April 12 ? Piazza del Duomo 



Oltrarno Fair and Market

April 13 ? Piazza San Frediano

Tel.  055/3283550 



Easter Fair

April 17 to 19 ? Historic center

Tel.  055/3283550 



St. George Market

April 20 ? Piazza Santo Spirito

Tel.  055/697747 



Tiziano Ferro in Concert

April 22 ? Mandela Forum  



Nel Mezzo Del Cammin:

Songs and Stanzas from Dante's Inferno

April 23 and 24 ? Teatro di Rifredi 



International Handicrafts Fair

April 24 to May 4 ? Fortezza da Basso


Springtime Flower Show

April 25 to May 1 ? Giardino dell'Orticoltura

Tel.  055/2625363 



Antiques and Flea Market

April 25 and June 2 ? Piazza Mino (Fiesole)

Tel.  055/5978373



Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Opera,

Concerts and Dance

End of April to early July

Various locations throughout the city 





Genio Fiorentino Florence

Cultural Heritage Celebration

Two weeks in May 



Opening of the Rose Garden

May to June

Giardino delle Rose (near Piazzale Michelangelo)

Tel.  055/2342426 



Opening of the Iris Garden

and International Competition

May 2 to 20 ? Giardino del Piazzale Michelangelo

Tel.  055/483112 



Mamma Mia International Tour

May 6 to 19

Mandela Forum 



Artigianato e Palazzo Master Artisans Show May 15 to 17 ? Giardino dei Corsini



Spin Yourself: Zero Emission Vehicles

from Rollerskates to Electrical Buses

May 16 to 18 ? Limonaia di Villa Strozzi

Tel.  055/211201 



Perfume, Toys and Bijoux

May 18 ? Fortezza da Basso

Tel.  055/3283550



Promotional Trade Exhibition

May 22 to 24 ? Fortezza da Basso

Tel.  055/49721



Mille Miglia Vintage Car Race

Saturday in late May 



Cantine Aperte Cellar

Openings and Wine Tastings

May 24  





Estate Fiesolana Fiesole Cultural Festival

June 14 to August 4 ? Fiesole  



Arts and Herbs Fair

June 15 ? Piazza Santo Spirito

Tel.  055/697747 



Pitti Immagine Uomo Men's Wear and Accessories Collections

June 16 to 19 ? Fortezza da Basso  



Festa di San Giovanni Patron Saint of Florence

June 24 ? Historic center  




Saints Philip and James' Summer Products Fair

July 20 ? Piazza Santo Spirito

Tel.  055/697747 



The King Stag

(Florence International Theatre Company) Date and location TBA 




(Florence English Speaking Theatrical Artists)

Date TBA

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