Best events in Florence this week January 19-26, 2023

Here’s our round-up for January 19-26

Some people get up early on the weekends and go for a run, others get up and go to a chocolate festival. This week? the choice is yours.

22 January 2023

Mugello Gp Run

Strap on your sneakers and place your bets because the Mugello Gp run back with its 10th edition of the international race. For those who are in it to win it, the 10.49 km run will promise fierce competition. For the more leisurely jogger, the 5K will prove the perfect pace. Not to forget the children, Mugellino Kids will follow for any little ones with fast feet.

19 January 2023

Opening of Christian Balzano exhibition

Livorno-born Christian Balzano presents his work titled Fuori dal mondo to the public. Curated by Marco Tonelli and organized by MUS.E and Casa d’Arte San Lorenzo, this show will go on display in Palazzo Medici Riccardi. His works explore religion, the environmental crisis, globalization and identity. 

21 January 2023

English Comedy Showcase

If you’re in need of a good laugh (aren’t we all?) head to Fitzpatrick’s Irish pub for a comedy night. Six comedians take the stage for a night of chuckles and cheers. Admission is 10 euros plus a one drink minimum.

24 January 2023 - 25 January 2023

Yutaka Sado

Starting his year as the musical director of the Japan Philharmonic, Yutaka Sado joins Orchestra della Toscana for a night of music. He leads the orchestra through Mozart’s Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, slightly rewritten for a smaller group of performers.

21 January 2023 - 22 January 2023

Festa del Cioccolato

Those suffering from a serious sweet tooth will get their fix at this chocolatey affair. Find vendors selling well- chocolate along with other sweet treats to satisfy all of your sugary cravings.

January 24, 26, 28 + 29

La Finta Semplica

A young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is celebrated in a night of music with the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Theodor Guschlbauer directs the ensemble in this three-act performance of music by the Viennese musical legend.

21 January 2023

Sit and Knit for a Bit

Join the Firenze Knitting Group this Saturday for an afternoon of knitting and conversation at Cafe Ristorante Pizzeria Gelateria. The group is always welcoming new members with a range of knitting expertise, from beginner to pro.

20 January 2023

San Sebastiano

In celebration of San Sebastiano, the Misercordia of Florence will distribute ‘panellini’ or chickpea fritters to hospitals, schools, religious institutions, and charity organizations. Mercato delle Opportunita will also open its doors again after two years of the pandemic. Mercato delle Opportunita is a wholesale supermarket that provides produce at affordable prices. They will also be distributing 30 euro shopping vouchers to be spent at the market.

21 January 2023 - 18 February 2023

By message in a collage

Stop by Reburger for a bite to eat and a look at the artwork of Simona Apli. An exhibition curated by Giulia Masini and Sara Parolini, the works will mainly features collages. Apli, a Florence native and graduate of the University of Firenze, specializes in the use of words, images, and colors put together on the same canvas.

26 January 2023

Hao Zi Yoh piano recital

UK-based Malaysian pianist Hao Zi Yoh performs Mozart, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Chopin in The British Institute library. The artist has an impressive repertoire of solo and chamber music performances under her belt and has performed in venues everywhere from London, France, Malaysia and Italy. Registration is required for this event.

18 January 2023 - 20 January 2023

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.

January 15,22,29

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.

Until January 31

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.

Every Sunday at 11am in January + February

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 29

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.