August events in Florence and Tuscany

August events in Florence and Tuscany

Thu 11 Jul 2013 12:00 AM





Aperitivo Ad Arte

Every Wednesday at the Accademia Gallery and every Thursday at the Uffizi. From August 6, every Tuesday at the Bargello

Until Sept 26, 7-10pm, reservations recommended by calling T 055 294883,

Terrazza con Vista

Rooftops of Florence open to the public, for aperitivo, a drink or just to soak up the view

Until Sept 30, various rooftops in Florence,



Can you see what I see?

Exhibit by Australian artist Lee Porter

Until Aug 8, Galleria360, via il Prato 11r,

Percorsi di meraviglia

Restored works of art at the Bargello museum

Until Aug 18, Bargello Museum, via del Proconsolo 4, T 055 294883,

Springtime of the Renaissance

Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460

Until Aug 18, Palazzo Strozzi, T 055 2645155,

The Whispered

Photography exhibit by Canadian Jakob de Boer

Until Aug 19, Skin Aesthetic Medical Clinic, Borgo San Jacopo 64r,

Araba Fenice

Site-specific exhibit by Marco Bagnoli

Until Aug 24, Boboli gardens, Limonaia Grande, T 055 217704

Lo sguardo di un americano

Tuscany, landscape of the soul’ – exhibition by David Wurtzel

Aug 8-30, Fiesole Town Hall,

Paddy Campbell

Sculptor presents his exhibition ‘Di Cuore’

Until Aug 28, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, via Cavour 5,

Archaeology in the East

The Eastern collections of the National Archaeological Museum of Florence

Until Sept 1, National Archaeology Museum, T 055 2357717,

Mediterranean Dreams

Sculpture exhibition by Franco Mauro Franchi

Until Sept 1, Archaeology Museum, Fiesole, T 055 5961323,

Patrik Lundell

Exhibit by Swedish expat

Until Sept 4, free, Plaz, via Pietrapiana 36, T 3348452430,

Pietro Testa

Exhibit of works by the 17th century artist/philosopher

Until Sept 8, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi,


Contemporary jewellery exhibition

Until Sept 14, Palazzo Ricasoli, piazza Goldoni 2

The Renaissance Dream

The theme of ‘dreaming’ in Renaissance art

Until Sept 15, Palatine Gallery, Pitti Palace,

Ricordando Parronchi

20th century Tuscan artists

Until Sept 15, Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, via Bufalini 6,

Ospiti a Casa Siviero

Photo exhibit of important Florentines

Until Sept 16, Museo Casa Rodolfo Siviero,

Soul and Matter

Exhibit by Chinese artist Zhang Huan

Until Sept 24, Forte di Belvedere,

The Duomo and the Baptistery at night

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the Duomo and Baptistery will remain open to visitors until 11pm

Until Sept 28,

Francesco Messina

Exhibit of works by the 20th century sculptor

Until Sept 29, Villa Bardini, T 055 2388616,

Il Giardino dei Semplici

An exhibit by Danna Donna Shamir

Until Sept 29, Botanic Garden, Museum of Natural History, via Micheli 3,

Le Istruzioni Mediche

Drawings and other artworks inspired by medical and botanical imagery

Sept 29, La Specola Museum, via Romana 17,

Roman Medallions

Exhibit from the coins collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Florence

Until Sept 30, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, T 055 2357720,

Porcelain and Florentine Hats

The art nouveau of Richard Ginori in private Florentine collections. For free guided visits call 338 5901744 or email

Until Sept 30, free, Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, via Bufalini 6,

Passaggio in India

Closed for the last 20 years, the Indian collections of the Museum of Natural History have been re-opened for the summer. There will be a dance evening by the Danza Kathakali on September 7

Until Sept 30, Museo di Storia Naturale, via del Proconsolo 12,

Medici Splendor

Pope Leo X and Florence

Until Oct 6, Museum of the Medici Chapels, T 055 294883,

Antonio Canova

Beauty and memory – neoclassical art

Until Oct 21, Casa Buonarroti, via Ghibellina 70,


Japanese weapons from the Stibbert collection

Until Nov 3, Museo Stibbert, via F. Stibbert,

Valtiberina masterpieces

From Piero della Francesca to the Battle of the Anghiari

Until Nov 3, Ente Cassa di Risparmio, via Bufalini 6,

Il Gran Principe: Ferdinando de’ Medici

A celebratory exhibit to this key figure, one of the most important collectors and patrons of the arts in the history of the Medici

Until Nov 3, Uffizi Gallery,

Diaphanous passions

Baroque Ivories from the European courts

Until Nov 3, Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti, T 055 294883,

Exhibition of old bicycles

Until Nov 17, Galileo Museum, T 055 265311,

Florence is a dream to save

An exhibit outlining the life of Herbert Percy Horne

Until Dec 7, Horne Museum, via dei Benci 6,

From the Fleur de Lis to the David

Civic Art in Florence from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

Until Dec 8, Accademia Gallery,

Joana Vasconcelos

Art which deconstructs everyday objects

Until Dec 15, Gucci Museo, piazza della Signoria,

From the hands of Roberto Capucci

27 creations from the master of cloth-shaping

Until the end of the year, Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2,

The Amazing shoemaker

Take a journey back to your childhood through fairy tales about shoes and shoemakers

Until March 31, 2014, Ferragamo Museum, pizza Santa Trinita,

The Carnival of the Animals

Bronze sculptures of animals in the garden

Until May 23, 2014, Giardino della Gherardesca, T 055 26261,



Frescos up close

A guided tour up the scaffolding to see the fresco cycle by Agnolo Gaddi

Until Oct 31, church of Santa Croce, T 055 2466105,

Planetarium: this month’s sky

On Sundays at 3pm and 4.30pm: viewing of the sky of the current month, with explanation (in Italian). Age 6-100!

Via Giusti 29, reservation required T 0552343723,

Tours of the Misericordia Museum in English

Visit the Misericordia museum to learn about the fascinating history of one of Florence’s oldest institutions.

Every Monday 9am-noon, free, Misericordia Museum, Piazza Duomo, 20

Tours of Santa Croce

See Santa Croce through the eyes of illustrious Americans of the past, or take the Money and Devotion tour and discover the famous banking families of Florence

Church of Santa Croce, T 055 2466105,



Festa del Mugello

BBQ open air restaurant, concerts, dance, children’s games and more

Until Sept 15, every evening from 7pm, Obihall, Lungarno Aldo Moro,

Estate Fiorentina

Concerts, dance, exhibits, activities and more in Florence this summer

All summer throughout Florence,

Ciompi Antique Fair

Every weekday, but on the last Sunday of every month it’s in a large version that expands to nearby streets.

Piazza de’ Ciompi, T 0553283551

Farmers market in the city

Fridays at the Parterre (near piazza della Liberta)

Fridays, 8am-2pm, Parterre, piazza della Liberta

Fierucola in piazza Santo Spirito

Every third Sunday of the month, organic products market, every second Sunday regular market.

Piazza Santo Spirito

Porcellino Market

Florentine arts and crafts with straw, handmade embroidery, leather, woodwork and flowers

Every day, all day, Logge del Porcellino

San Lorenzo Market

Florentine arts and crafts, handmade embroidery, paper, leather and much more

Every day, all day, streets around Basilica San Lorenzo

Sant’Ambrogio Market

Open Monday through Saturday, 7am to 2pm; Wednesday and Friday, 7am to 7pm; Become a fan on Facebook: Mercato S.Ambrogio Firenze

Piazza Ghiberti

Fortezza da Basso Antique Market

Every third Saturday and Sunday of the month, viale Filippo Strozzi, Firenze, T 0553283550

Santo Spirito Fair

Every second Sunday of the month, piazza Santo Spirito, Firenze, T 0552705272,

Small Antique Fair in Fiesole

100 exhibitors sell their handicrafts and other collectibles.

First Saturday and Sunday of the month, piazza Mino da Fiesole, T 0555961263,



Franco Battiato

The great Italian singer together with the group Antony and The Johnsons

Aug 31, 9pm, Mandela Forum,


Operas in the historic church, with an English introduction before each act.

Sept 1 and 6, The English Church of St. Mark, via Maggio 18,

Nextech Festival

Festival of international electronic music and digital arts

Sept 5-7, Fortezza da Basso and other places in Florence,

La Traviata

Operas in the historic church, with an English introduction before each act.

Aug 30 and Sept 20, The English Church of St. Mark, via Maggio 18,

Summer at the Bargello

Musical, dance and theatre performances all summer long

Until Sept 22, Bargello Museum, via del Proconsolo 4,

Opera at St Marks

Operas in the historic church, with an English introduction before each act. Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Carmen, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro and more

All year, usually 8.30pm (check website), The English Church of St. Mark, via Maggio 18,



Boboli Gardens

Nov to Feb, from 8:15am to 4:30pm (5:30pm during March), from April to Oct, from 8.15am to 6:30pm, piazza Pitti, ticket: €8, T 0552651838

Giardino dell’Orticultura

Pleasant family park & lawn.

Year-round during daylight hours, via Bolognese 17 (Ponte Rosso area).

Stibbert Park

Pretty, shady park with pond and 19th century flights of fancy, good for picnics.

Year-round during daylight hours, closed Thursday, via F. Stibbert 26.

Villa il Ventaglio Garden

Wide open lawn and a duck pond, plus shaded path up hill to a (closed) villa.

Year-round during daylight hours, closed Monday, Via Aldini 10 (Le Cure area).

Villa Peyron

Year-round, via Vincigliata 2, Fiesole, T 055454791



Tutto Dante

Readings of Dante’s Divine Comedy by Roberto Benigni

Until Aug 6, piazza Santa Croce, T 055 415390,





Knit Café

Join BettaKnit for social knitting. Last Wednesday of every month. Bring your own knitting supplies or buy a discounted kit from BettaKnit (reserve by email Beginners may request 15€ knitting lesson.

Until Nov 27, Miraglia Bar, via Lambruschini, Prato



Count Silvio

The last of the Piccolomini

Until Nov 3, Palazzo Piccolomini, Pienza,

Concreta ‘Proemium’

Ceramic installation dedicated to Boccaccio by Enrico Stropparo

Until Sept 1, 2014, Boccaccio’s House, Certaldo,



Sagra della pappardella

Noodle food festival

Until Aug 6, Montespertoli,

Notte delle Streghe in Marradi

Performances by street artists, food and historical parades

Until Aug 10, historic centre of Marradi,


International guitar festival – concerts, workshops and lessons

Until Aug 10, Pratolino, Fiesole and Cercina,

Sagra del cinghiale

Wild boar food festival

Aug 14-18, Casa del Villeggiante, Palazzuolo sul Senio,

Apriti Chiostro

Cinema, music, food, drink and more

Until Aug 11, Convento degli Agostiniani, Empoli, T 0571 757729,

Chianti Star Festival

A festival of art, cinema and local products

Until Aug 11, Palazzo Malaspina, San Donato in Poggio, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa,

Sagra della Bistecca

Steak food festival

Aug 2-18, Galleno, Fucecchio,

Historical re-enactment

Re-enactment of the battle of the Vicchio army against the Spanish invasion in 1529

Aug 24-25, historic centre of Vicchio,

Prato Estate

150 events including music, exhibits, food festivals, cinema and more.

Until Aug 30, various locations in Prato,

O flos colende

Free organ concert at the Duomo

9.15pm, free, the Duomo,

Sagra della pizza

Pizza food festival

Aug 20-Sept 8, Lazzeretto, Cerreto Guidi,



Chianti in Musica 2013

Concerts, lectures, wine and oil tastings

Until Aug 3, San Donato in Poggio, T 055 8072338,

Summer Music Festival in San Godenzo

A series of summer concerts

Until Aug 24, San Godenzo, T 3334071968,

Slow Folk

Folk music in Scandicci

Aug 24 and 25, Acciaiolo Castle, Scandicci,



Graticola d’oro

Games in Marradi

Until Aug 10, historic centre of Marradi, T 055 8045170,

2013 Italian Motorbike Cup

Aug 25, Mugello motor racing circuit, Scarperia,





Visit the farms!

Meet new people, eat, drink, paint and chat in the farms of Montespertoli which open their doors to the public

Until Sept 10, farms in Montespertoli,

Treno Natura

Take a vintage steam train through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. See for the schedule of journeys

All year, various places in Tuscany,



Yoko Ono in Arezzo

An exhibit of art by 40 women around the world, including Yoko Ono

Until Sept 1, piazzas and streets of Arezzo,

Artists for Autistic children

Raising money for The Dalia Centre (a school for autistic children ), this is an art exhibition and sale

Until Aug 10, La Polveriera, via Sant’Agostino 53, Pietrasanta, T 339 644.2587,,

From the Passion to the Resurrection

Masterpieces from Siena’s Duomo

Until Aug 31, Museo dell’Opera, Siena,

Il gusto dell’arte

Museums meet food throughout Tuscany

Until Aug 31, various museums in Tuscany,

Un Luogo Aperto

Open air contemporary art in the piazza

Until Oct 1, San Gimignano, T 0577 940348,

Siena Cathedral at night

The cathedral and the Porta del cielo tour will be open till midnight on Saturdays. The magnificent marble floors are also uncovered during this limited time

Aug 18-Oct 27, Siena cathedral,

Viaggio intorno all’Uomo

An exhibit on an American photojournalist Steve McCurry

Until Nov 3, Santa Maria delle Scala, Siena,

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Exhibit of photos by French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism

Until Nov 3, Lu.C.C.A. (Lucca Center of Contemporary Art),

La Peste a Lucca

Exhibit of work by Lorenzo Viani

Until Nov 30, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Lorenzo Viani, Viareggio,



Calici di Stelle

Wine tastings, music and other entertainment in piazzas and wineries across Italy, celebrating San Lorenzo, the night of shooting stars

Aug 10, various places in Tuscany,



Siena’s Duomo as never before

After a long restoration, visitors are able to climb Siena’s Duomo and explore areas not usually open to the public

Until Oct 27, Siena’s Duomo,



The Venice Effect

An extravaganza of dance, theatre, literature and music

Until Aug 4, ‘Little Venice’ area of Livorno,


National holiday in Italy – head to the seaside!

Aug 15

La Versiliana

A festival of concerts and theatre

Aug 24, Marina di Pietrasanta, Pietrasanta,

Summer carnival in Viareggio

A parade of floats to celebrate summer

Aug 24, centre of Viareggio,



Vox Mundi Festival

A series of concerts with a range of genres and international artists

Until Aug 2, Magliano,

Estate Musicale Chigiana

Classical concerts featuring some international stars

Until Aug 11, various places in the Siena area,

Bolgheri Melody

A celebration of the arts and local wines along the Etruscan coast

Until Aug 13, various places on the Etruscan coast,


A free festival with sounds ranging from jazz and blues to tango, folk and pop

Aug 21, Pisa, Livorno, Grosseto and Florence



The Palio

World famous historic horse race in Siena

Aug 16, Piazza del Campo, Siena,





Musei da favola

Tours and activities for children in Florentine museums; in English and Italian

Until March, 2014, various museums in Florence,

Children’s library at the British Institute

A treasure trove of books in English for children housed in a room full of toys, cushions and a great view over the Arno. All books can be borrowed for a month with a library membership card

Open Mon – Fri, 10am – 6.30pm, The British Institute of Florence, Lungarno Guicciardini 9, Florence,, T 055 26778270,

Firenze Moms 4 Moms Network

For English-speaking mothers in Florence and surrounding areas. Various activities including playgroups, mom’s night out, couples’ night out and more.

T 3335728946,,

The Children’s Lending Library of Florence

An English-language volunteer run, non-profit lending library open to everyone. Childrens’ books, DVDs & activities. See website for opening hours.

St. James church building, via Rucellai 9, T 3283282757,

Reading Italian for foreigners

Primary school children whose first language is not Italian are invited to participate in weekly group reading classes. The group is called ‘Italiano 10+’.

Every Monday at 5pm, BiblioteCaNova (Isolotto), via Chiusi, 4/3A, T 055 710834



Teatrino del Gallo

Puppet theatre, Pupi Di Stac, cinema workshop, concerts, exhibition, conferences, meetings and talk shows

All year with monthly planning, Limonaia del giardino della Libreria Libri Liberi, Via San Gallo 25r, Florence, tel. 3386024335,




Beato Angelico: Holy Masses of the Artists

Basilica di San Marco, T 0552679079,

Florence Gospel Fellowship International

Sunday Service at 6:30pm (Evangelical)                                                                                                

Via de’ Benci 9, T 3351505784,

International Christian Fellowship of Florence

Wednesday night Bible study and worship, 7pm + Sunday service 10am

Via dei Biffi 1, T 055 285148,

Jewish Synagogue

Shabos: 8:45am

Via Farini 4, T 055245252

Methodist Church Christian Worship

Tues, 7-9pm (ENG), Sun 10:30am (ITA w/ translation)

Methodist Church, via de’ Benci 9, Pastor Alison Walker T 055288143,,

San Miniato al Monte

Mass at 12pm (with Italian Gregorian chants)

Via delle Porte Sante, T 0552342731

Santa Maria del Fiore

Mass in English on Saturdays at 5.00pm

Piazza del Duomo, T 055294514

Santissima Annunziata

Mass in English on Sundays at 11am

Via Cesare Battisti 6, T 055266181

Shir Hadash

Jewish reform/progressive congregation

T 3486913059 – 3489362564

St. James American Church (Episcopalian)

Services: Sunday: smaller service at 9am – Eucharistic service with sermon and music at 11am.

Via B. Rucellai 9, T 055294417; please check for any alterations to times and dates.

St. Mark’s Church of England

Spoken mass: Sun 9am, Wed 10am, Fri 12:30pm, Sunday 10:30am sung high mass.

Via Maggio 16, T 055294764; please check or for any alterations to times and dates.

Chiesa del Santi Michele e Gaetano

Mass in German, Sundays at 10am

Piazza Antinori,

Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi

Catholic Mass in French every second Sunday at 11am

Borgo Pinti 58, T 0552478420

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Sunday 13:30, Wednesday 19:30

Via Vivaldi 1, Scandicci (tram stop Aldo Moro)



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