Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks for June 22-28, 2017

Mary Gray
June 22, 2017 - 11:43

CONCERT/The enchanted piazza
8.30pm, June 28
Piazza Santa Croce, Florence

Spend an evening in the glorious setting of piazza Santa Croce. As part of initiatives celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Fondazione CR Firenze, 500 musicians will take to the stage to perform together: the Opera di Firenze choir, the orchestras and choirs of the Conservatorio Cherubini and the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. In keeping with the grandeur of the setting, the “Temple of Italian Glories”, the repertoire for the evening will be a range of the masters, spanning Schubert to Beethoven to Tchaikovsky to Verdi. Entry is free but space is limited and reservations required. Email to secure your seat.


Editorial update, June 22, 3.36pm: Tickets are no longer available.


MOVEMENT/Florence Dance Festival
June 27-July 25
Bargello Museum and various venues, Florence

Dancers, Aterballetto

The Bargello’s courtyard will be brought to life once again by the Florence Dance Festival, now in its eighth edition. This year’s theme, “Bargello in Danza,” looks to the magnificent museum as muse. Performances will vary in genre, from saucy tango and flamenco to ultra-conceptual choreography.The related Creative Artist Series will include “MoDem a domicilio,” an international dance workshop and performance with Roberto Zappalà, and an exhibition dedicated to the sculptor Ghiorgo Zafiropulo. Tip: if you think you’ll be attending more than one show, pick up the FlorenceDanceCard at the Bargello and get three performances for the price of two. For the full program, see the website.

*Florence Dance Festival is part of the larger series Estate al Bargello. Check out our overview of the summer festival here.


FASHION/Vintage Selection
June 28-30
Fortezza da Basso (Medici pavilion), Florence

Stock up on statement pieces at this megamarket, a public shopping expo of vintage threads and accessories with the profumo of Pitti still wafting through the air. Exhibitors from around Italy will set up shop in the Fortezza da Basso for the 30th edition—theme unannounced at press time—and if it follows past protocol, there’ll be plenty of books, prints and performances to round out the fashionable fun. It’s like raiding the closet of a grandparent with very good taste. Admission is 5 euro; hours are 9am to 7pm on Wednesday and Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Friday. For program updates, visit the website.

SPIRITED/San Giovanni festivities
June 24
Various venues in Florence

San Giovanni Battista sculpture by Jason Arkles | Ph. via Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista

June 24 is all about John the Baptist, Florence's patron saint. Numerous initiatives take place all over the city to pay tribute to both San Giovanni and the spirit of Florence. The ongoing Festa della Cultura San Giovanni Battista will host perhaps its climactic event, a sacred music concert featuring works by Arcadelt, Boccherini, Corelli and Vivaldi, followed by "Agnus Dei", composed by Frederick Frahm and performed for the first time just last week in Florence. The event will take place at Santi Apostoli (piazza del Limbo 1, 8.30pm) and will finish in time for the 10pm fireworks show launched from piazzale Michelangelo, one of the holiday's most popular traditions. (This year, there will be heightened security on the lungarni; see this map for information on entry/exit points). Stay tuned to TF for more ideas on how to spend San Giovanni!


6pm, June 22
IED Firenze, via Bufalini 6, Florence

IED Firenze has teamed up with the educational department of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, the Accademia di Belle Arti, California State University, Fondazione Studio Marangoni and LABA for "Art You Mine," which zooms in on appropriation in the digital age.  Through works spanning photography, painting, video, installation and performance art, student-curators in IED's Arts Management Masters program challenge exhibition visitors to think about how the new generation of artists has grown up immersed in – even bombarded by – images, rendering some level of appropriation part of everyone's daily routine.  The multimedia exhibition features re-interpreted Renaissance pieces, restaged painting scenes and other thought-provoking works that beg the question: has there ever been anything new under the sun? "Art You Mine" opens on June 22 but can be visited from 10am to 6pm from June 23 to 29 (with the exception of Sunday, June 25). For additional information, see the Facebook event



It's a big weekend out at the Cascine Park's Visarno Arena for the first edition of Firenze RocksAerosmith (June 23), Eddie Vedder (June 24) and System of a Down (June 25) are all performing, with tickets still available for all shows (see link).

Film still, Lost in Florence

Crazy about calcio storico? Catch the filmed-in-Florence romance "Lost in Florence" for free this Sunday, June 25 at La Compagnia (via Cavour 50r, 9pm). The Evan Oppenheimer movie fuses the famous Florentine tradition with a contemporary love story. Actor Marco Bonini will be present at the screening; space is limited.

ELECTRIC CHURCH, the voices of space. Installation directed by Giancarlo Cauteruccio, with production by Massimo Bevilacqua, video installation by Alessio Bianciardi, and music research by Anna Giusi Lufrano | Ph. Andrea Paoletti

The architecture faculty at the University of Florence is officially too cool for school. Check out what they're up to this week and far into the fall. 


photo Opera del Duomo Firenze / Claudio Giovannini

Missed the summer solstice at Santa Maria del Fiore? There are still two chances (June 27 and 28) to catch one of the coolest astronomical phenomena you'll ever see. Get details on the Duomo's gnomon here.

Piazzale degli Uffizi | Ph. Stephen Rees

Nightly open-air films have been a fixture on Florence's summer calendar for a few years now, but this year the beloved Apriti Cinema! fest is moving from piazza Santissima Annunziata to piazzale degli Uffizi and launches on June 26 at 10pm. Full program here.

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