Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks for February 15-21, 2018

Mary Gray
February 15, 2018 - 10:17

MATCH/The Pint of View Challenge

February 21, 8pm

Pint of View, borgo Tegolaio 17r

The Florentine Wine Club is back with yet another delicious dinner—but this time, something out of the ordinary is "brewing". Shake your ingrained notions of Sangiovese and standard Tuscan bites and picture a Korean spread from new Oltrarno venue Pint of View. The staff at this fusion-y haunt will show us how to pair hearty Korean-inspired mains with a variety of beers. Bartender Sacha Meccoci will round out the evening with a creative dopocena drink. 28 euro; booking required—just a few spots left! More information here.



February 20, 7.30-9.30pm

SACI, Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts, via Sant'Egidio 14

Ph. via SACI

What's happening on the present-day Florentine artistic front? Sample some of the scene as the graduate students of Studio Arts College International (SACI) open the doors of their studios to the public. The young artists, working in a range of media, have been honing their crafts in the Città del Giglio for one or two years depending on enrollment date. Refreshments will be served. View highlights from the previous edition for an idea of what to expect and get more information here on the official Facebook event.


LEGACY/Meet & Greet with Anna Maria Luisa

February 18

Sala di Bono, Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence

The Associazione Mus.e. is marking the 275th anniversary of Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici's death with a special chance to meet-and-greet the "Electress Palatine" herself. The final descendant of the Medici dynasty, Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici famously signed the Family Pact of 1737, which ensured that the family's vast artistic patrimony would remain in Florence. Advance booking for the performances (more details about them here) is required. If you're not fussed about meeting this modern-day incarnation of the Electress Palatine, but want to celebrate her legacy, select civic museums of Florence will offer free entrance in her honor on February 18: Palazzo Vecchio and the Torre di Arnolfo, the Museo Novecento, Santa Maria Novella, the Brancacci Chapel, the Museo Stefano Bardini, Fondazione Salvatore Romano, Museo del Bigallo and the Gino Bartali cycling museum.


ILLUSTRATION/Pinocchio, Harry Potter, Topolino, Heidi and all the rest

Until June 3

Villa Bardini, costa San Giorgio 2, Florence

Feed your imagination at this full and vibrant exhibition spanning close to five decades of Italian illustration (1964-2012). Pinocchio, Harry Potter, Topolino, Heidi and all the rest features a selection of 300 works from the historic Florentine publisher Adriano Salani, whose popularity exploded after the house released Harry Potter e la Pietra Filosofale, the Italian edition of J.K. Rowling’s first book in the Harry Potter series. Active since 1862, Salani is one of Italy’s longest-running publishing houses; its retrospective highlights not just the illustrations of Salani editions, but a range of archival documents, original flyers and booklets.  See the website for opening times and more information and see this TF article for other related events.

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