Venture to the Mandela Forum to be wowed by the world’s top athletes on wheels. No, we’re not talking NASCAR: prominent skaters from the international stage will glide into Florence for the International Skate Awards, a family-friendly favorite which last year brought more than 12,000 spectators to the stadium. Two performances will take place, but will vary in content and cast. Opening night (January 13, 9pm) is reserved for the Top Champions Skate Awards, a competitive show spotlighting 2017 winners, with supporting performances by a new generation of Tuscan talents. Day two (January 14, 4pm) takes on a different timbre with Soffio di Cotone, an ensemble play fusing sport and musical theatre. Tickets start at 17 euro.