Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks for April 18-24, 2019

Mary Gray
April 18, 2019 - 8:13


LITERARY/L'Ora di Carta

April 18, 7.30pm

La Compagnia, via Cavour 50r, Florence

Cinema La Compagnia is launching a new salon-like literary aperitivo series and The FLR. The Florentine Literary Review, TF's bilingual Italian-English literary mag, is first in the lineup. Actress Emanuela Mascherini will read stories by emerging authors from the contemporary Tuscan literature scene while Opera Catering will provide nibbles. The event will be held in Italian. More information here



DANCE/Isadora Duncan and Italy

April 13-September 22

Villa Bardini and Museo Bardini, Florence

Acclaimed French-American dancer and preeminent bohémienne Isadora Duncan is the subject of Villa Bardini’s and Museo Bardini’s spring show, A passi di danza. Isadora Duncan e le arti figurative in Italia tra Ottocento e avanguardia. Paintings, documents and photographs—some of them never before displayed publicly—will be spread across two floors of Villa Bardini, while Museo Bardini will host a sculpture section for a combined total of 170 pieces. The common thread in all of the works is their reflection of Italy’s unexpected connections to Duncan, who pioneered academic theories of dance and developed her own take on the unique movement of feminine bodies and their relation to space. For more information, see or call 055 20066233.




HOLIDAY/An "explosive" Easter

April 21

Various venues in Florence

Unofficially ushering in high tourist season in Florence, Easter weekend in the city is jam-packed with as many activities and rituals as there are people. Beyond Sunday morning masses, the main attraction is the centuries-old rite of the Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart), which features a firework-filled cart known as the “Brindellone”, paraded through the city ceremoniously by white oxen. The cart arrives in piazza Duomo to great fanfare, and the proceedings culminate with a uniquely Florentine fireworks show, set off by a dove-shaped rocket known as the colombina, taking flight from the high altar of Santa Maria del Fiore and igniting the cart’s holdings. The Scoppio typically attracts legions of tourists and locals, so arrive before 10am on April 21 if you’d like to catch any of the action up close. For more information on Easter in Florence, check out our in-progress guide.



EXHIBITION/Heroes - Bowie by Sukita

Until June 28

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, via Cavour 1, Florence

Ph. Mark Higashino

80-something Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita is best known for his long collaboration with the one and only “White Duke,” David Bowie.  Out of it came the distinctive cover portrait for Heroes, Bowie’s twelfth studio album, carrier of his chart-topping song of the same name. OEO Firenze Art and Le Nozze di Figaro have teamed up with the Città Metropolitana di Firenze and the Comune to spotlight Sukita’s most iconic photographs of his creative hero and friend Bowie. Around 90 photographs—some of them on display in Italy for the first time—will be exhibited in Palazzo Medici Riccardi, while a range of related events and concerts will run concurrently. For more information, see


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