Two top picks this week in Florence

August activities to check out

Mary Gray
August 18, 2016 - 12:43

MUSIC/Toby Spence and Kirill Gerstein
9pm, August 23
Limonaia of Villa La Pietra, via Bolognese 120, Florence

The limonaia at Villa La Pietra The limonaia at Villa La Pietra

The final event at the 2016 edition of The Season – New York University Florence's summer series of concerts and readings – this free concert is sure to crowd-please. Renowned British tenor Toby Spence will perform with Russian-born pianist Kirill Gerstein (read their artist biographies here). Selections will include works by Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann, set against the unique acoustics of Villa La Pietra's limonaia. Reservations are required; email or call 055.5007210.  

CLIMB/Porta Romana opening
5–8pm, August 21
Porta Romana, meeting point: via Gusciano/piazza della Calza, Florence

Ph. alessandraelle via Flickr Ph. alessandraelle via Flickr

Think you've seen Florence from every possible angle? Few visitors and residents ever get the chance to climb Porta Romana, the southernmost gate in the medieval walls of Florence. Climbers will meet in the nearby via Gusciana, which once housed stonemason workshops and the stables of local carriage drivers (study up on more of the area's history in this LdM News video). Groups will depart every 30 minutes from 5pm–8pm. Reservations are required via or by calling 055.2768224 or 055.2768558.

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