Best online events May 11-18, 2020

What we can do in Florence and online this week

Jane Farrell
May 11, 2020 - 14:43

FLORAL/ Giardino dell'Iris


A blast of blooms



The wonderful pleasure of strolling Florence’s Iris Garden returns! Open from 10am to 6pm, head to Viale Michelangelo to embark upon a safely designed trail through the colourful crop for a soothing immersion in nature. See here for more details. 




HISTORY/ Renaissance Medals

9pm, May 17


Renaissance medals



Paola Vojnovic invites you into her living room to take a look at some very unique medals, used widely in the Renaissance by kings and queens, friends and lovers. Delving into their uses and roles, explore these relatively forgotten items. Click here to find out more. 




ENVIRONMENT/ Live Talk with Tomás Saraceno, Arturo Galansino, Stefano Mancuso and Lisa Signorile

6.30pm, May 13


Live talk on the subject of sustainability



Streamed live from the Manifattura Tabacchi Facebook page, join in as they present a talk in collaboration with Palazzo Strozzi titled "Aerocene: a journey into a new era". Artist and architect Tomás Saraceno will be in conversation with Arturo Galansino (Director general of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi), Stefano Mancuso (Co-founder of Pnat and Director of LINV - the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology) and Lisa Signorile (Biologist and Scientific Journalist). Topics to be covered include sustainability, the relationship between mankind and nature, the construction of communities and alternative forms of inhabitation and interaction. Click here to view this sure to be riveting discussion.




CLASSICAL/ Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 


Ph/ James Conlon concert with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra 



The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino opera house has introduced a streaming service of past performances to bring music to people until the end of July. Evenings will be dedicated to Verdi, Puccini and Mozart among many others. Listeners can join in with #noisiamoilmaggio by going to the theatre’s Facebook page and their website




PREHISTORY/ Museo Fiorentino Preistoria


Rock drawing of an anthropomorphic figure of the “Pitoti” of Val Camonica, 1st millennium BCE



The Florentine Museum of Prehistory boasts a dedicated website section called PreistoArt. Download content on prehistoric art for all ages to delve into the distant past. From articles to lessons, stories and games, the materials provide plenty to do and think about. 




CUISINE/ The Florentine Steak Experience

6pm, May 11




ArtViva online experiences have a treat in store, pour yourself a glass of wine as professional chef Enrico brings you on a journey to the Tuscan hills. The online class informs you on what makes this steak so iconic to Florence, and the story behind its name. Follow along with your own grill-pan as you learn to make a delicious meal. Held every Monday at 6pm, click here to book. 

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