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Best events in Florence this week August 25 to September 1, 2022

Here’s our round-up for August 25-September 1

Literary lovers rejoice in events dedicated to Vernon Lee, head high to Torre della Zecca as part of Firenze dall’Alto, follow along fantastical routes in site-specific dance performances, and see the spectacular series of events in Prato for its September festival. Here’s your best events of the week line-up for August 25-September 1.

28 August 2022 - 31 August 2022
LITERARY

In Vernon Lee's Name

Events and workshops inspired by the English writer Vernon Lee (1856-1935) take place at Villa Il Palmerino and the GADA Playhouse in a series of (free) events, workshops and roundtables that look at Lee’s 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐵𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑡 𝑂𝑓 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑁𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 and contemporary revisitations. Reservations required by emailing associazione@palmerino.it or calling T: 3398944725, with events in both English and Italian. See the full programme.
1 September 2022
VIEW

Firenze dall'Alto

As part of Firenze dall’Alto, the series taking you to extraordinary viewpoints in Florence, visit Torre della Zecca in piazza Piave to discover its many stories and secrets. Explore the 14th century walls and small fort and learn about its defensive walls and role in producing coins. Starts at 6pm, with free admission upon reservation by emailing turismo@archeologia.it or calling 055 5520407.

27 August 2022 - 6 September 2022
FESTIVAL

Prato è Spettacolo

Two weeks of activities pack Prato from August 27 to September 6, with sites such as Palazzo Pretorio, piazza Duomo and Villa Guicciardini filling with DJs, theatre, music and events for children. Names like Loredana Bertè, Vasco Brondi, Deejay Time and Hardcore Superstar make up the programme.

29 August 2022
CONCERT

Music From the Big Screen

From 9pm on August 29, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina conducted by Giuseppe Lanzetta perform works such as Piovani’s ‘Life is Beautiful’, Morrione’s ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ and ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’, Bacalov’s ‘Il Postino’, an homage to Federico Fellini, and more for a blast of big screen hits in stunning surroundings. Cost 20 euro, 15 euro reduced. Tickets for sale via boxofficetoscana.it and ticketone.it.

August 28, 30, 31
PERFORMANCE

Dance4Gardens

Take a trip to the parco in Villa Vogel at 9pm on August 28 for a unique and innovative experiment in dance theatre linked to cinema staged for the national premiere of Dr. Franco and his assistant Igo, aimed at children and families. At 7.30pm on August 30, on the other hand, make your way to the Limonaia of Villa Strozzi for ‘Exercises of Apophenia’, a performance/meditation with music by Marco Mazzi. Finally, follow along paths in the woods of Villa Stibbert in pursuit of dancers weaving a fantastical route in the site-specific performance inspired by Gianni Rodari for children and families. For info and reservations: T: 3401369666, info@compagniadegliistanti.it.

25 August 2022
LIFEINITALY

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.
August 13, 18, 25 and 31
EXPERIENCE

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.

29 August 2022
WINE

Tastings at Tenuta Prima Pietra

Experience the magic of Tenuta Prima Pietra in Ripabella through a wine tasting at sunset on their terrace with breathtaking views of the sea and vineyard, on August 29. With 3 wines to be explored, enjoy an aperitivo, traditional Tuscan first course and something sweet in the company of experts with a visit to the wine cellar available and a DJ set adding timeless vinyls to the mix, costing 30 per person, reservation required.
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