Top 10 events in Florence this year!

A 2015 preview

Marco Badiani
January 15, 2015

Happy New Year! And what a year 2015 is going to be for Florence! As we compiled the events listing for this issue, we saw that the next 12 months are packed with exciting events that promise to put Florence on the global map once and for all. Here is The Florentine’s guide to the top 10 events in Florence for 2015.

1. #FirenzeCapitale

If you remember just one hashtag (or event) for the year, let it be Firenze Capitale, the celebration marking the 150th anniversary of Florence’s time as the capital of Italy. On February 3, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will begin the commemoration with an event in the Salone dei Cinquecento, including a plaque-laying ceremony. From February to April, the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze exhibition space will have on display the 120 views of Florence executed by nineteenth-century painter Fabio Borbottoni alongside their modern-day equivalents.


2. #ToscanaExpo

The Universal Exhibition (May to October 2015) may be centred in Milan, but Florence has a piece of the action, too. The city is organising an array of events tied to Expo 2015, including the I-Dome and House of Excellence exhibition, focused on food production, in the former San Firenze courthouse (see page 26 for an in-depth article); urban gardens in Florence’s various green spaces; cooking shows and dinners made by top chefs and hosted in refectories; and a bread festival in the city’s former granary, Orsanmichele. See



3. #PopeFrancis

Pope Francis will be in Florence for the Italian Episcopal Conference from November 9 to 13. Two exhibitions will mark the occasion: at Palazzo Strozzi, ‘Divine Beauty. Sacred art from Gauguin to Fontana’ (September 26, 2015, to January 24, 2016); in the crypt of San Lorenzo, contemporary art. On October 29, all eight sides of the Duomo’s Baptistery will be returned to full view and the Opera del Duomo museum will reopen, with double the exhibition space.




4. #Dante750

The Società Dantesca Italiana (Italian Dante Society) is hard at work organising a programme of celebrations to mark the 750 years of the Supreme Poet’s birth. On May 14, a historical re-enactment will commemorate the unveiling of the statue of Dante in piazza Santa Croce, which occurred in 1865. On the same day, an international conference, ‘Books on Dante, Memory and Writing,’ will open; it is expected to attract Dante scholars and lovers from all over the world.


5. #Inferno

Rumours are circulating that pre-production of the film based on Dan Brown’s latest bestseller,Inferno, will begin in Florence in April. While in the Palazzo Vecchio or along the Vasari Corridor, some lucky individual is bound to come across Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks playing Harvard professor Robert Langdon, wearing his signature tweed jacket and a Mickey Mouse watch. Get Inferno fever with TF's Inferno Florence Guide:

6. #DigDeeper

Italian magazine Archeologia Viva will be holding an international showcase at Florence’s Congress Centre from February 20 to 22, with an Etruscan-themed gala opening in the Palazzo Vecchio’s Salone dei Cinquecento. In the summer, Florence will welcome mummies and more during the 11th International Congress of Egyptologists.



7. #Antiques

Florence’s International Antiques Biennial is having a makeover this year. The 29th edition, which runs from September 26 to October 4 at Palazzo Corsini, is being led by Fabrizio Moretti, not only a prominent figure on the international art and antiques scene but also named by English journal Apollo as a leading talent under the age of 40 in the contemporary art world. See



8. #Luxury

Florence has been chosen as a luxury location for the first Condé Nast International Luxury Conference. Scheduled for April 22 and 23, the conference will be opened by designer Karl Lagerfeld along with International Vogue editor and ideator Suzy Menkes. Among others, Roberto Cavalli and Ermanno Scervino will be speaking. See


9. #www2015

Florence, already well connected, will be more so in 2015 when the 24th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2015) comes to town from May 18 to 22. Leading figures in the world of web will come together to discuss progress in research, development, standards and applications. See



10. #TF10

The Florentine celebrates its tenth birthday this year, so watch this space as your friendly English-language news magazine organises celebrations in its own quirky, unique style throughout the year.

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