Best events in Florence this week August 18-25, 2022

Here’s our round-up for August 18-25

Summer stages pop up all over, with riveting events in Marina di Pietrasanta, Fiesole, Scandicci and Livorno taking us into Tuscany. Here’s your best events of the week line-up for August 18-25

Versiliana Festival

Big names in the business come to the summer stage at Marina di Pietrasanta, with a Beauty and the Beast puppet show for children on August 18, a Pink Floyd tribute on August 19, ‘Queenmania Rhapsody’ on August 22 and much more. The festival features arts of all sorts across various arenas, with a wide-ranging programme planned for throughout the summer.

Until September 16

Estate Fiesolana

The 75th edition of the popular cultural fest continues, with concerts in the remarkable Roman Theatre providing an unforgettable summer experience. This week sees cinema in the stunning setting, with screenings (in Italian) costing 5 euro, on show until August 21. Programming includes Belfast on August 19, and The Duke on August 21.

25 August 2022 - 26 August 2022

80s documentaries: Anni Hottanta Remix

Two days are dedicated to documentaries about Florence in the 80s, with a screening of Sparks: Trend Generation directed by Carlo Gardenti (2017) in the presence of the director and stylist, looking at fashion shows in Florence and the legendary Rockstar Magazine part at the Manila, Campi Bisenzio. Other films lined up include Hello Libertini! The eighties according to Pier Vittorio Tondelli, attended by director Stefano Pistolini, The documentary looks at creativity in the 1980s inspired by the famous diary of the writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli, a frequent visitor to Florence over the decade.

August 13, 18, 25 and 31

Paint to Music at Villa Lena for charity

Music meets art in a series of events at Villa Lena to raise funds for the IRIS association in support of Ukrainian refugees. The ‘Paint to Music’ series led by Tal Walker (Royal College of Music, London) and Sue Dray (London College of Fashion) fuses music and art in visual performances that take place on August 13, 18, 25 and 31. Tal Walker, the Israeli/Beligian renowned pianist, specializes in a French repertoire, having transfixed audiences with his wide-ranging performances, including concertos by Mozart and Schumann. Joining him will be Sue Dray, an icon in the fashion industry who has worked with Vivienne Westwood and is currently course director at the London College of Fashion. She will respond to the piano music with a live painting on a large canvas, breathing life into the music. Tickets cost 20 euros with all proceeds to the Iris Toscana ODV charity. A 20 % discount is available for groups of more than 3 people. Kids under 6 go free, with material provided for them to create their own interpretations. Purchase tickets.

Until September 25

Scandicci Open City

A multidisciplinary festival sees 30 locations in the area pack with music, cinema, talks, theatre, and more in an endlessly interesting line-up. From a dedicated evening to Ennio Morricone to a farm-focused series, the varied programme features something for everyone.

Until October 30

La più bella del mondo: photographic exhibition dedicated to Amerigo Vespucci

Shots by Maki Galimberti and Massimo Sestini focus on the ‘Amerigo Vespucci’, an Italian Navy training ship in the exhibition titled The most beautiful in the world. 50 photographs show the new face of the famous sailing ship, launched in the shipyards of Castellammare di Stabia in 1931. The 101-metre sailing ship vaunts 29 hand-sewn canvas sails and has been a regular appearance in the ports of the city over generations. 5 euro entrance, 3 euro reduced.

25 August 2022

Move to Florence information night

At 7pm on August 25, Danielle Leite speaks on the subject of moving to Florence at St Mark’s English Church, giving the tips and tricks for settling in, and the info you need to know. Founder of an exclusive relocation agency that assists those wishing to re-locate to Florence, Danielle Leite guides you during the first few months upon arrival in Florence, whether it comes to finding a house, car, school, airport pick-ups or finding a nanny.