NIBBLES/ Finger Food Festival
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
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
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
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
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@example.com for info.
Harold Acton Library,
Lungarno Guicciardini 9, Florence
STRINGS/ Festival of Tuscan Luthiers
October 17-November 2
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.