Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Thu 10 Sep 2020 8:24 AM

CINEMA/ The Elephant Man

September 16


Restored in 4K on its 40th anniversary



The Odeon, in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, presents The Elephant Man by David Lynch, restored in 4K. The 1980 historical drama tells the story of Joseph Merrick, a man who lived in London in the late 19th century who became known for his deformities. The adaptation starring John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft received numerous nominations for the Academy and Golden Globe awards, as well as winning several BAFTAs. The screening will be in English, with Italian subtitles and will be shown at 6 and 9pm. More information can be found here


Odeon Cinema,

piazza degli Strozzi, Florence




NOSTALGIA/ Vintage Art Market

11am-8pm, September 13


Sift through for treasure



The best of vintage clothes and crafts come to the courtyard of The Student Hotel for sustainable fashion and street art in an urban garden. This edition seeks to find a “return to the future”, using items of the past as the way forward. Timeless garments, top-quality materials, and above all environmentally friendly, vintage has made a welcome comeback. Organized by Pimp my Vintage, admission is free but can be booked to ensure faster entry. See here for more. 


The Student Hotel,

Viale Spartaco Lavagnini, 70, Florence




EXPLORE/ Tours of the Towers and Gates of Florence

Month of September


Get to know every single secret stairwell


For the month of September the towers and city gates will be open to the public. Torre San Niccolò, Porta Romana and Torre della Zecca will have visitable hours when you can delve deep into the history of these monuments, in a rare opportunity to explore the landmarks, as well as admiring the magnificent views. Guided tours, organized by the Florentine Civic Museums and MUS.E, are open to everyone from 8 years of age. Reservations are required by calling 055 2768224 or emailing Information is available here




FLY/ Aria days

September 11-13


Ph/ Giovanni Savi



September 11-13 are the highly-anticipated Aria days that will see the free flights of giant aerosolar sculptures by Tomás Saraceno and the Aerocene Foundation (Aria currently being exhibited at Palazzo Strozzi, until November 1). Soaring above Manifattura Tabacchi, the creations symbolize new ways to travel without the need for fossil fuels. Partake in piloting these flightful fantasies from 1-4pm on Friday, and from 11am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Participation is free, booking recommended.
Manifattura Tabacchi,
via delle Cascine, 33/35, Florence

EXHIBITION/ MeDisProject photography – A Pandemic Diary

Until September 13


Ph/ MeDisProject photography



The quarantine experience might be blissfully fading into memory for some, but there are certain elements we shouldn’t forget. A beautiful lockdown diary charts the quarantine experience of a couple and their toddler, documenting the moments that took on magnitude. The artists are family and portrait photographers, Dovile Bruzaite and Matteo Baldini of MeDisProject Photography who were prompted to create the works so their two and a half year old would have something to remember the experience. The exhibition takes place as part of the Chille de la Balanza festival and will be held at San Salvi, vividly bringing to mind the sense of apprehension yet tenderness in family life during a pandemic. Admission is free, reservation required for festival events. Read more about the exhibition here


San Salvi,

via di San Salvi 1-9, Florence




SPORT/ Mugello Grand Prix

September 13


The track sits in the hills between Scarperia and San Piero a Sieve



For the first time ever, the Mugello Circuit will host part of the Formula 1 World Championship, and it’s an important event for other reasons too as Ferrari’s 1000th race takes place in Tuscany. Owned by Ferrari since 1988, the Mugello Circuit has been assigned the ninth round of the season, the GP Toscana Ferrari 1000. Sitting between the hills of the municipality of Scarperia and San Piero a Sieve, just 35 km from Florence, the challenging 3.3 mile track will see drivers display their best skills as they swoop along, dipping through the natural topography.




MOVEMENT/ Florence Dance Festival

Until September 16


Lyric Dance Company 



Elegance, energy, finesse and fire, the Florence Dance Festival showcases dancers from the Florence Dance Center, Kinesis Dance Company, the Oniris Dance Lab and others.  Normally held in July, this edition also sees a change in venue from Santa Maria Novella to Teatro della Compagnia. All performances start at 8.30pm. Purchase tickets (costing 15 euro, children under 10 free) here


Teatro della Compagnia,

via Cavour 50/r




MUSIC & THEATRE/ Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone

5 pm PDT, 7 pm CDT and 8 pm EDT, September 13


Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone in a previous stage performance



Following the success of two previous live-streamed musical events, internationally acclaimed artist Hershey Felder’s new arts broadcasting company, Hershey Felder Presents – Live from Florence next production, Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone, will stream live Sunday, September 13 from Teatro della Pergola at 5 pm PDT, 7 pm CDT and 8 pm EDT. Directed by Stefano de Carli and Felder, Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone tells the story of America’s great composer, who with the groundbreaking “A Rhapsody in Blue”, made a “Lady out of Jazz”. Tickets are 55 dollars per household and can be purchased here. A ticket not only grants you access to the live stream, but can also be viewed for an additional week. Proceeds will benefit theatres and arts organizations throughout North America and Europe at this critical time in history, in addition to a generous donation to The Florentine. Read more about the event here




BLOOMS/ Firenze Flower Show 

September 12-13


Opening up emotion



Following the success of the first edition last year, scents and blossoms return to Giardino Corsini in a spectacular gathering of rare and unique plants. Floral enthusiasts and all lovers of blooms will undoubtedly be dazzled by nature’s masterpieces over the weekend dedicated to greenery and gardening. 60 of the very best producers and collectors bring their botanical beauties to the stunning gardens. Breathe in deep and savour the scents. 


Giardino Corsini,

via della Scala 115, Florence


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