Best events in Florence this week January 5-12, 2023

Here’s our round-up for January 5-12

Pitti Uomo is back in style while La Befana makes her way to the city to spread cheer (and treats). Here’s your roundup for January 5-12.

10 January 2023 - 13 January 2023

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 weekend to kick off the events.

5 January 2023 - 8 January 2023


Le Cirque artists dazzle audiences with 90 minutes of acrobatics and incredible feats. The international cast of over 25 artists from the Nouveau Cirque and Cirque du Soleil will bring sensational juggling, aerialists and acrobatics on roller skates to Tuscany Hall in a performance loosely based on Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece Ready Player One, Tilt.

6 January 2023

La Befana

Piazza Repubblica: At 11.30am in piazza della Repubblica, the Befana will make her way from the arch of the square to Rinascente in a festive spectacle to delight all ages. Sweets will be distributed to the eagerly assembled, as per tradition.

Piazza Signoria: At 3:00pm, for the first time since before the pandemic, La Befana will also make her presence known at Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza Signoria for a celebratory passing out of candy and sweets for visitors.

Ospedale Pediatrico Meyer: La Befana would never miss her yearly visit to the Meyer Children’s hospital. As per tradition, the children will gleefully get to watch her fly in and be delighted by her generous offerings of sweet treats,

8 January 2023

Beauty and the Beast

Experience the famous fairytale with a new set of actors. This Tuscan-inspired version of Beauty and the Beast is performed by the Pupi di Stac company, famous for their charming puppet performances. The perfect pastime for children of all ages. All Performances in Italian.

7 January 2023

Bowie Night

Falling on the same week as his birth and death, join Glue Alternative Concept Space for a dedication to the legendary David Bowie. The adoring cover band Bowie Bluebird will headline the night and play all of Bowie’s greatest hits and forgotten favorites. Bring your favorite starman and take part in this night of nostalgia.

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.

12 January 2023

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 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.

Until March 12

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.

Until January 15

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.