Best events in Florence this week July 6-13, 2023

Here’s our round-up for July 6-13, 2023.

Along with the numerous music, art and culture events happening around the city this week, take advantage of the summer sales going on until the end of August.

July 7-September 3

Yan Pei-Ming: Painting Histories

Palazzo Strozzi presents the largest exhibition in Italy dedicated to the French-Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming. Combining historical and contemporary concepts, Yan Pei-Ming explores portrait, landscape, still life and historical themes through his paintings. His research on the relationship between images and reality reflects the culture and history between the East and West. The 30+ works in the exhibition are curated by Arturo Galansino and will be on display until September 3.

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July 6+10

Classical concert

The Scuola di Musica di Fiesole performs two classical concerts in the Villa San Michele gardens. The idyllic greenery combined with the sounds of the talented musicians promises a beautiful summer night. Each of the performances will be followed by an aperitivo and the cost to attend is 50 euro. For reservations, please contact / +39 055 5678200

July 7


German electronic band Kraftwerk performs in Florence as part of the Ultravox Festival. A truly unique sound, they have been recognized globally for their groundbreaking techniques and experimental creations. Tickets cost 69 euro.

July 7

The History of Tango

The beautiful courtyard of the Bargello National Museum presents an outdoor classical concert. Flautist Marta Mazzini and guitarist Omar Cyrulnik lead a night of rhythmic tunes. Songs from Argentina, Brazil and other parts of the world will be played in a celebration of Tango.

Every Thursday + Friday

Sunset at Ruffino

Every Thursday and Friday, starting July 6 through August 10, savor a sunset aperitivo in the new gardens at Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano estate, near Florence, paired with live music.

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Toscana Pride Parade + Party

July sees the return of Toscana Pride in Florence. Like every year, Toscana Pride is an exciting event for the queer community to show their pride. The city will be dipped in color as members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies parade around the streets in a joyous celebration defending against bigotry and hatred.

Following the parade, there will be an official Toscana Pride party at Limonaia di Villa Strozzi. Guests can expect great food, DJ sets and performances. Tickets cost 18 euro, so come ready with your hand fans and stolen chanel. The party is hosted by the non-profit Underdogs Srl Societa Benefit, founded by Riccardo Massidda (AKA iconic drag queen Ava Hangar) and Valerio Bellini. Underdogs is committed to giving a safe space to queer artists and providing healthcare to the LGBTQIA+ community.

July 8

Cork Youth Orchestra

Part of the Florence Youth Festival, the Cork Youth Orchestra from Ireland performs in piazza della Signoria. This is Ireland’s oldest and largest youth orchestra comprised of over 140 young musicians under the baton of Tomás McCarthy. They will play a medley of traditional Irish tunes, beginning with a bagpipe solo of The Brendan Voyage.

July 8, 10 +19

Ville e Giardini Incantati

Some of the most picturesque locations in the city become a stage for performances by the Orchestra della Toscana. Continuing into July, audiences can enjoy a brass and percussion performance at the Parco Mediceo di Pratolino, followed by two performances by the wind quintet of the ORT at the Palazzo Mediceo di Seravezza and the Villa Medicea di Quarrata.

July 12


Singer-songwriter, guitarist and sound designer Emanuela Drei known as Giungla takes the stage at Molo Firenze for a concert. She has a solid background as a performer, previously fronting several bands before starting her solo journey as a musician. Her sound can be described as alternative pop with dreamy electric guitar riffs that hold a bit of edge.

Following her set, locally praised illustrator Lafabbricadibraccia presents his work Polaroid in collaboration with Lungarno magazine.

July 12

Hannah Schofield

This month, The British Institute hosts a special event on lungarno Guicciardini for members of the Florence writing community. London-based literary agent Hannah Schofield, of LBA Books, tunes in for a live zoom Q&A session on July 12. Community members can meet and submit questions via a live Zoom meeting as well as having the opportunity to submit their works. She’ll be discussing important topics for writers, such as issues with first-time manuscripts, agent/writer relationships and what’s popular in publishing right now. The cost is 15 euro per person and reservations are not necessary. 

Until July 12

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Now on at Cinema Astra, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny sees Harrison Ford continuing to transcend the adventure saga, this time joined by iconic English actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Each film is screened in English with Italian subtitles.

Every Thursday

Live at 25

25hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino hosts a weekly “Live at 25”. Guests can enjoy live music and DJ sets every Thursday evening from 7pm-10:30pm.

Until July 20, Michel Mayor event in September tbd

Notti d’Estate ad Arcetri

A totally out of this world program of events hosted by the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica. Participants have the opportunity to learn about outer space through workshops, film screenings and lectures with astrophysicists as well as enjoy a telescope observation of the sky at the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory. The program will close out with a special talk with 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics winner professor Michel Mayor. Registrations are required for all events. 

Until July 23

Nel Segno della Libertà

This exhibition aims to give a voice to the dreams of prison inmates through art as well as reflect on the concepts of freedom and punishment. The artists involved (all of European origin) were asked to interpret their works through some of the foundational concepts of the EU such as freedom, unity, memory, community and equality. The location of the exhibition used to act as a men’s prison between 1848 and 1983, tying in with the theme.

Until August 6

Apriti Cinema

Light up your summer nights with an outdoor cinema in the piazza of the Uffizi Galleries. Night after night, films will be screened in original languages with Italian or English subtitles. Entry is free and subject to availability.

Until September 5

Luca Giordano-Maestro Barocco a Firenze

More than 50 works connected to the Gallery of Mirrors and Biblioteca Riccardiana will make up this major exhibition at Palazzo Medici Riccardi on Baroque master Luca Giordano (1634-1705). Expect a series of sketches on loan from the National Gallery in London as well as other important artworks from private collections in Europe and the United States, the Uffizi and the Opera del Duomo Museum in Siena, among others.

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Until September 8

Centri Estivi

Manifattura Tabacchi hosts a series of children’s workshops. ONOUKA presents a workshop centered around the integration of nature in art. Fortezza Crew provides skateboarding lessons along with maintenance activities for skateboards and a finger skate contests for young wood pushers. Il Parachute di Icaro aims to address and educate on urbanization. Through engaging theatrical exercises and music, participants will be inspired to create ideas that will better the future of city life.

Until September 14

Firenze Dall’ Alto

This is what the magic of Florence is all about. 10 locations, 10 sunsets, and 10 events throughout the summer make up this festival with amazing views. Enjoy a number of musical performances in some of the city’s most beautiful locations.

Rachel Feinstein in Florence

Arizona-born artist Rachel Feinstein opens an exhibition of her works in a tripartite show at Museo Stefano Bardini, Palazzo Medici Riccardi and Museo Marino Marini. Ranging from painting to sculpture inspired by classical and Renaissance art as much as from modern cartoons and fairytales, the works contrast with the masterpieces in situ by Donatello, Michelozzo and Marino Marini.

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