Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

Our top picks for October 15-22, 2020

Jane Farrell
October 15, 2020 - 11:28

NIBBLES/ Finger Food Festival

October 15-18 


Sumptuous snacks



The best of Italian street food and craft beers comes to Florence from October 15-18. Travel around the world in a flavourful journey featuring everything from Sicilian arancini and Tuscan lampredotto to Thai cuisine and Mexican tacos. Top-quality local products such as arrosticini from Abruzzo and olives from Ascoli will delight gourmet lovers and the curious alike. Admission is free and it will be open on Oct 15 (6pm-midnight), Oct 16 (6pm-midnight), Oct 17 (12pm-midnight) and Oct 18 (12pm-11pm).


Ippodromo del Visarno,

Viale del Visarno, 14, Florence




TALK/ Artemisia and Restoration Conversations

6.30pm, October 16


Discussion about momentous events for women in art history



Join Advancing Women Artists and The Florentine for ‘Restoration Conversations’, an online cultural series dedicated to the art of women. Part One will be an interview with National Gallery curator Letizia Treves, as she shares insight on the highly-anticipated Artemisia exhibition, on display in London until January 2021. The show spans 40 years of Artemisia’s achievements and spotlights multiple female heroes (some of which are self-portraits). Dr. Travers will speak about the artist, her show and other giant leaps forward for womankind in the art world. Join The Florentine’s and AWA’s Facebook pages live, or The Florentine’s YouTube channel.




MARKETS/  Fierucolina d'autunno 

9am-7pm, October 18


Open-air shopping for the best autumnal produce



Pick up some seasonal local products, all organic and biodynamic, as well as some incredible crafts in this open-air market. A good chance to get ahead on Christmas shopping as well as ensuring your cupboards are filled the best of local produce. 


Piazza Santo Spirito 




FILM/Nomad: In the footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

October 19+21


Werner Herzog traces the paths taken by well-known writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin



An extraordinary documentary by Werner Herzog comes to the Odeon. The German director embarks on paths taken by the renowned traveller-writer, Bruce Chatwin. During the last years of Bruce Chatwin's life, Herzog collaborated with the English writer and a deep friendship between the two was formed. Herzog retraces the pilgrimages that Chatwin made in search of the soul of the world, crossing continents with his inseparable leather backpack. That backpack now belongs to Herzog and he takes it with him in search of the brontosaurus in Patagonia, into the depths of Australia and inside prehistoric caves. The documentary will be screened in original language with Italian subtitles on Monday (Oct 12) and Wednesday (Oct 14) at 5, 7 and 9pm. Tickets cost 10 euro. 


Odeon Cinema Firenze,

Piazza degli Strozzi




TALK/ Firenze Now! The Future of Florence

6pm, October 21


What will be the future of eduction in Florence?



A panel discussion will take place at the Harold Acton library with top Florentine and international experts discussing education and research, and how we can move forward with an education model that will fit the current climate. Panellists include Marco del Panta (Comune di Firenze), Fabrizio Ricciardelli (Association of American Universities), Giorgia Giovannetti (University of Florence) and Linda Campani (Stanford in Florence). Limited seats, registration required, also streamed live via Zoom. A donation is requested and you can email [email protected] for info.


Harold Acton Library,

Lungarno Guicciardini 9, Florence




STRINGS/ Festival of  Tuscan Luthiers

October 17-November 2


Ramin Bahrami inaugurates the festival with 'Bach Universe'



A festival dedicated to the masters of the art of violin making looks at the period between the 1700s and 1900s, launching the festival with Bach Universe performed by Ramin Bahrami on October 17 at the Auditorium of Santo Stefano al Ponte. 20 evenings from October to December will feature performances dedicated to celebrating the way in which historical instruments shaped or restored the Tuscan master craftsmanship tradition. For the full programme see here


Various venues

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