Best events in November 2014

The best English-friendly events in Florence and Tuscany for November and beyond.

Catriona Miller
November 6, 2014

CINEMA/50 Days of Cinema

Until December 14

Most shows at Odeon Cinema, piazza Strozzi, Florence

A world of film, the world on film. For 2014, the theme of this festival of film festivals is ‘The Future,’ so look for feature films, documentaries, shorts and more from young directors or focused on the young as well as on environmental protection, the world’s resources, promotion of culture and respect for diversity. See p. 8 this issue and see full programme, see



Every Thursday evening in November

Ristorante Quinoa, piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 1, Florence

During the month of November, four musical evenings highlighting the work of international musicians living in Italy promote diversity and multicultural music. The programme includes music from Fabio Morgera, Michele Papadia with ‘Afrocentradelic’ and the band Two Pisces in Alto Mare. See for more information.


TOUR/ #CrazyforPazzi tour

November 26, 6.15-7.30pm, free

Basilica di Santa Croce, piazza Santa Croce, Florence

Who were the Pazzi family and why is their chapel special? Learn about the history of this architectural landmark and about the restoration scheduled for its portico, for which Santa Croce will be running a Kickstarter campaign. 15-minute slots at 6.15, 6.30, 6.45, 7 and 7.15pm, alternating English and Italian. Limited space available. Sign up required at


SNOW/ Toscana Winter Park

November 7, 2014–March 1, 2015

Obihall, Lungarno Aldo Moro, Florence

As winter descends on Florence, bundle up and enjoy skiing, ice skating and tobogganing on the banks of the Arno. After schussing down the piste or executing toe loops on the ice rink, indulge in some après-ski at the bars, enjoy a hearty meal at the restaurant or join in the many children’s activities.


BODY ART/Florence Tattoo Convention

November 7–9

Fortezza da Basso, Florence

More than 300 world-renowned tattoo artists convene in Florence for three ink-filled days. You may never see such intricate body art again—or indeed so much of it. Along with learning about a variety of tattooing methods, artists and visitors will learn how to build an American-style sketch book at the Bill Loika seminar. See page 14 this issue and


DELICIOUS/ Tasting Tuscany

November 10–30

Various locations in Florence

This year’s Biennale Enogastronomica Fiorentina includes ‘Un Piatto Tipico al Ristorante,’ where restaurants each produce one signature dish; a special ice-cream flavour created for the event; an exhibition of food-related sculptures from artist Antonio Lo Pinto; film screenings; and more. For the full schedule, see


MODERN/Contemporary courtyard

Until January 25, 2015

Palazzo Strozzi courtyard, Florence

The courtyard of the Strozzi becomes an ‘open-sir studio’ for artists Franco Menicagli, the group Kinkaleri, the duo Bianco-Valente and CHERYL, a collective from New York, and the four resulting site-specific installations offer an opportunity to experience the courtyard space in a fresh, dynamic way. See for information.


BAROQUE/Santo Stefano concerts

November 13–16

Church of Santo Stefano al Ponte, piazza di Santo Stefano 1, Florence

Travel back to the Baroque era with four concerts in the beautiful acoustics of the church of Santo Stefano. The Orchestra and Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino presents a selection ranging from Handel’s Concert Grosso in F Major to Vivaldi’s symphony Il Bajazet. Single tickets or 45 euro for all four concerts. See for information.


RUN/Firenze Marathon

November 30

9.15am start, lungarno Pecori Giraldi, Florence

The annual Florence marathon, celebrating its 31st year, promises to be bigger and better than ever, so don’t dawdle: sign up soon for the race of a lifetime through the historic city. With a children’s course, the Ginky Family Run, and MarathonAbile, a race for wheelchair users, everyone can participate. Information at


INSTAMEET/  #CrazyforPazzi Instameet

November 29, 10.30am, free for Instagram users

Basilica di Santa Croce, piazza Santa Croce, Florence

A special photographic visit to Santa Croce and the Pazzi chapel organised by @TheFlorentine, @SantaCroceOpera and @IgersFirenze, with the media partnership of @IgersToscana. This free one-hour tour (entry ticket included) is only open to active Instagram users. Sign up at


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