Though the solstice is still a few weeks away, Florentine summer is already in full motion, and this year, it’s a staggering six months long. Sand and surf season may grind to a standstill post-Ferragosto, but the spirit of summer lives on through the end of October—thanks to Estate Fiorentina.
The annual arts and cultural kermesse launched its longest-ever edition on April 30 with the “First Night of Summer,” once known as Notte Bianca, taking on a more literary and less party-oriented focus. This year, Estate Fiorentina’s full program features more than 750 events taking place in some of Florence’s most vibrant venues—from local icons (Palazzo Vecchio, the Bargello) to contemporary hubs (Museo Novecento, Le Murate) to places undergoing their own Renaissance (Palazzina Ex-Fabbri, piazza del Carmine). Artistic director Tommaso Sacchi confirmed that Estate Fiorentina is “Italy’s largest interdisciplinary festival”: these highlights alone will keep your calendar full all season long.