Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks for April 20-26, 2017

Mary Gray
April 20, 2017 - 2:00

CYCLE/Florence Bike Festival
April 21-23
Cascine Park, Florence

Cyclists from around Italy will come spinning into the Tuscan capital for the Florence Bike Festival—but the event isn’t just for seasoned experts. The Sunrise Bike Ride, held at 6am on April 22, will offer bikers of all levels a chance to witness Florence as it wakes up, while the Granfondo Firenze de Rosa (April 23, 8am) will see thousands of athletes compete in Florence’s scenic streets. Family-friendly event Velonotte is also part of the program on April 22, and an expo area on top biking trends will be set up in the Cascine. Visit the website for more information.

MUSIC/Simple Minds
April 26, 9pm
Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina 99, Florence

Straight out of 1980s Scotland, Simple Minds will take the stage at Teatro Verdi, joined by fellow Scot KT Tunstall. The Glasgow group, best known for their 1985 hit “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”—the defining song on the classic The Breakfast Club soundtrack—will perform acoustic renditions of select tunes from their five UK number one albums. Two of the founding members, Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill, remain in the band’s current lineup. Tickets start at around 40 euro and are available via Teatro Verdi's website.

SPRING/Flower and Plant Showcase
April 25-May 1
Giardino dell’Orticultura, via Bolognese 17, Florence

Deck out your terrace or spruce up your kitchen windowsill with help from this favorite Florentine festival, a flower and plant expo put on by the nonprofit organization Società Toscana di Orticultura. Dozens of exhibitors line the lush Giardino dell’Orticultura, offering up prime finds to take home to ring in your personal primavera. Entry is free; sensory overload and satisfaction guaranteed. For more information, call 05520066237.


CONFERENCE/La Prima Donna del Rinascimento?
April 20-21
Villa La Pietra, via Bolognese 120, Florence

Vittoria Colonna was a poet and noblewoman who had a well-documented artistic friendship with Michelangelo. This two-day conference will explore her poetry, religion, art and impact through a series of talks given in English and Italian. Speakers will include scholars from New York University, Harvard, La Sapienza, University of Oslo and numerous other institutions, with lectures divided into several sessions: Colonna's Literary and Spiritual Sociability; Widowhood; Writing; Visual Arts; Readers; and Reception and Influence (see the full program here). Booking is required; write to or call 055.5007219. 

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