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Best events in Florence this week January 12-19

Here’s our round-up for January 12-19

The taps are ready and the curtains are being pulled back. Prepare for a week of ale, applauding, and art.

14 January 2023
FILM TRIBUTE

Anna – La Nascita di un Film

Italian actress Monica Guerritore joins Teatro della Pergola for a special presentation and viewing of the movie Anna – La Nascita di un Film. The movie is the first tribute to follow the life of Anna Magnani, the first Italian actress to win an Academy Award in 1956 (Best Actress in a Leading Role). This September will mark the 50th anniversary of Magnani’s death and the film acts as a dedication to her legacy. Admission is free and reservations are required. In Italian only. 

13 January 2023
BALLET

Sleeping Beauty

The Russian Ballet makes its way to the stage of Teatro Verdi for a performance of the classic Sleeping Beauty. The two act ballet features music by Pytor Llyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa under the direction of Evgeniya Bespalova. This is an enchanting night not to miss.

January 15,22,29
ART TOUR

Chini 100

Italian painter, graphic designer and ceramist Galileo Chini is being celebrated with a series of guided tours (in Italian) following his works around several cities. After studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, he went on to become a pioneer of the Italian Art Nouveau movement. Through these tours, participants will be able to witness his works firsthand and form a deeper understanding of his life as a 20th-century artist.

18 January 2023 - 20 January 2023
CHILDRENS FASHION

Pitti Bimbo

The former fashion capital is back with its most coveted event of the year: Pitti Immagine. Throughout the entire month, Fortezza da Basso will host events celebrating upcoming designers while attracting the most stylish of masses. The well-loved Pitti Bimbo will see children’s fashion and style this weekend.

18 January 2023
COMMUNITY

Women's International Network

Join the Women’s International Network as they ring in the new year with their first meeting of 2023. Alexandra Lawrence headlines the event with a presentation on Neapolitan street art and an apericena will be served. Reservations are mandatory and prices are 20 euro for WIN members and 25 euro for non-members.

13 January 2023
WINE

SpeakEasy Wine Tasting Social

Join Speakeasy Multilingual for a Nebbiolo wine tasting. This will be an English-guided social event to try five Nebbiolo wines from different regions, each paired with a regional dish. This is a great opportunity to kick off the new year with a sparkling social calendar and make some new friends. Reservations are required and the cost is 60 euros with the inclusion of five glasses of wine and five paired dishes.

18 January 2023
TALK

Artemisia UpClose!

A lecture by Linda Falcone, this in-person and online event will explore Artemisia Gentileschi’s female nude portrait gracing the ceiling of the Casa Buonarroti Gallery. This painting’s conversation-sparking history will be discussed as well as its current restoration process that is to be presented in an exhibition later this year in September.

14 January 2023
ART COMPETITION

Second Life- Tutto Torna

Second life is a traveling exhibition presenting the final result of an art competition promoted by waste collection company Alia Servizi Ambientali. Dedicated to young artists, the contestants were asked to explore environmental causes such as reusing and recycling. This marks the second edition of the competition and has a focus on art, sustainability and the relationship between them.

Solar Compression, 2016. Ph. Anders Sune Berg © Olafur Eliasson
13 January 2023
COCKTAIL

Art in Mixology

Irene Bar at Hotel Savoy hosts a truly unique event combining art, mixology, and the art of mixology. Inspired by the Olafur Eliasson exhibition in Palazzo Strozzi, Irene bar has created a special menu of drinks, each of which take after a part of the art pieces.

13 January 2023 - 15 January 2023
BEER

Birraio dell'Anno

This annually well-brewed event is hosted by Nicola Utzeri, founder of Fermento Birra, the first Italian web magazine about beer. The weekend affair will have an all-inclusive format that allows you to taste all the beers you’d like without limits, selecting from the 25 featured breweries. On January 15 however, the format changes to enable participants to purchase beers using tokens received upon payment of the entrance ticket. There will be a selection of beers on tap by the top 50 breweries in the Birraio dell’Anno ranking, with the addition of products by those awarded the 5 Emerging Brewers.

Pitti Uomo 102, July 14-17. Ph. @marcobadiani
10 January 2023 - 13 January 2023
FASHION

Pitti Uomo

The former fashion capital is back with its most coveted event of the year: Pitti Immagine. Throughout the entire month, Fortezza di Basso will host events celebrating upcoming designers while attracting the most stylish of masses. The well-known Pitti Uomo will see men’s fashion and style this week to kick off the events.

12 January 2023
ART HISTORY

San Miniato al Monte

Join the British Institute of Florence and explore one of the best views of the city with a tour of San Miniato al Monte. Sitting on top of the city, visitors will learn about the range of different artistic techniques used to decorate this 11th century medieval church.

Until January 31
FILM

XX secolo - L’invenzione più bella

Cinema La Compagnia hosts the second edition of this film festival, kicking off with a movie marathon of 20th-century favorites. Throughout the month, movies from iconic directors Stanley Kubrick, John Ford, Jean Renoir and Marco Ferreri will be screened.

Until January 29
SCULPTURE

First Act installation at Palazzo Pitti

Palazzo Pitti unveils a contemporary art installation by Marya Kazoun inspired by the Nativity scene called First Act. The installation is meant to provoke viewers to reflect and act on the worsening environmental crisis our planet is facing with the hope for a better future.

Riace Bronzes detail. Ph. Luigi Spina. Courtesy of 5 Continents Editions
Until March 12
EXHIBITION

I Bronzi di Riace

The Galleria dell’Accademia is hosting a new exhibition curated by Carmelo Malacrino featuring photos by Luigi Spina of the Riace Bronze statues. Photos of the two bronze statues famously found in 1972 will be on display in celebration of the 50th anniversary since their discovery.

Every Sunday at 11am in January + February
TOURS

Prospettive con Orizzonti

Cosenza-born artist Alfredo Pirri’s site-specific work Prospettive con Orizzonti has taken up permanent residence on the roof of Florence’s opera house. Described as a “metaphysical archaeological site”, the artwork resembles a marble quarry within which a trench has been excavated to extract the precious mineral. Given to the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino foundation by entrepreneur Emiliano Cerasi, free tours of the installation are available.

Until January 15
ACTIVITY

Florence Ice Village

An ideal winter day for those seeking a little more action this holiday season, the Florence Ice Village is freezing over Fortezza di Basso with a 300-metre ice skating rink (said to be the largest one in Europe) until January 15. Strap on your skates and take a spin throughout the scenic park, or for an unforgettable view of the city from greater heights, ride the photo-worthy Ferris wheel that returns this year, with street food stalls to restore your energy.

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