Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks for November 15-21, 2018

Mary Gray
November 15, 2018 - 11:11

GOURMET/Biennale Enogastronomica

November 16-19

Fortezza da Basso, viale Filippo Strozzi, Florence

With its wide range of talks and tastings, let’s just say there will be plenty to chew on at the 2018 edition of Florence’s Biennale Enogastronomica (Food and Wine Biennale). Under the artistic direction of top-tier sommelier and journalist Leonardo Romanelli, the Biennale will have an unprecedented focus on accessibility. Perhaps that’s the very spirit that prompted this edition’s heavy emphasis on those low-cost classics, pizza and beer (numerous breweries will have stands and host didactic workshops, while the pizzaiuoli will have their very own “piazza” within the complex). The detailed schedule is still being updated; head to for the final details.



FILM/Cinema festivals

Throughout November

Cinema La Compagnia and various venues, Florence

Late fall means it’s back to the cinema hall: film festivals run in rapid succession throughout November and well into winter. One old standby with a still-innovative approach is Lo Schermo dell’Arte, which spotlights art-centric cinema from around the world (November 13-18); a highlight will be the Italian premiere of Lisa Immordino Vreeland's Love, Cecil, a documentary on the Oscar-winning photographer and writer Cecil Beaton (9pm, November 18, just after the VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize is awarded). Beyond the films, pop over to Le Murate to explore the free-entry exhibition European Identities. New Geographies in Artists' Film and Video, examining how the many facets of European artistic identity have evolved in recent years. See and for detailed programs and for even more movies and festivals.   





STREET/Banksy: This is Not a Photo Opportunity

Until February 24, 2019

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, via Cavour 3, Florence

However you may feel about "blockbuster" street artist Banksy, few art world figures have managed to accomplish such notoriety under the cloak of anonymity. This is Not a Photo Opportunity will feature a selection of 20 of the street artist's most famous and memorable works, made accessible to the masses via social media and chosen by curators Gianluca Marziani and Stefano S. Antonelli as some of the artist's most emblematic productions. With the Renaissance Palazzo Medici Riccardi as an unexpected backdrop, these works are once again primed to provoke. For more information see



Ending soon

The exhibition space at the via Bufalini headquarters of Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze is hosting Women Artists. Florence 1900-1950the last labor of love for author, philanthropist and former Culture Editor of The Florentine Jane Fortune, through November 18.

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