Best events in Florence this week June 13-20, 2024

Here’s our round-up for June 13-20, 2024.

Monsters invade the Innocenti Museum and movement takes a hold of the city with the Florence Dance Festival.

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Monsters at the museum: YŌKAI at Museo degli Innocenti

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Daisy’s Dining: an evening of fine dining + entertainment

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Florence Dance Festival

The 35th edition of the Florence Dance Performing Arts festival, is all about love, “I love dance, you love dance, we all love dance!” The spectacular circular stage in the historic setting sees international and national stars, opening on June 20 with the hyperrealist ‘Peeping Tom’ from Belgium and the award-winning contemporary performers from Gabriela Carrizo and Franck Chartier’s company who present ‘Diptych – The Missing Door & The Lost Room’. On June 26, there will be choreography by Northern Irish sensation Oona Doherty with her company Od Works, with concerts, workshops and more making up the busy lineup.

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Until June 30

Heritage Walks

Three itineraries lead participants through the lesser-known sites of the UNESCO awarded historic centre, exploring the architecture, history and landscapes, taking in the gates, towers and fortresses that have stood strong for centuries. The free events taking place until June 30 are aimed at young people and adults, and last two hours. Walks are held at 5pm, with both English and Italian language versions. The routes explore the historic walls that trace around the city, with a particular look at the San Gallo area, with another route weaving towards San Miniato al Monte. The programme of walks forms part of the Firenze Forma Continua project, organized by the Florence World Heritage and UNESCO Relations Office together with MUS.E, with the aim of spreading knowledge of the city’s history. With the financial support of the Ministry of Tourism UNESCO Sites and Creative Cities Fund. Reservations required by emailing or calling 055 2768224.



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13 June 2024 - 3 November 2024

YŌKAI - Monsters, Spirits and other Hauntings in Japanese Prints

After great success in Monza and Bologna, the exhibition comes to Florence with a completely renewed display that immerses visitors in the world of monsters from Japanese tradition. Over 150 works from the 18th and 19th centuries are on show, including prints, rare books, masks, and weapons and armor on loan from the Stibbert Museum. Highlights include the pitch dark room that becomes illuminated with 100 candles, accompanied by the voice of a Samurai. Young visitors will be especially pleased by the Pokémon and other contemporary interpretations, with a treasure hunt and art space especially created to entice kids. Adolescents, on the other hand, find intrigue in the works by Giulia Rosa, an online sensation, who has interpreted 7 legends with her digital art.

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Until July 5

The Season at Villa La Pietra

Nestled in the hills above Florence, Villa La Pietra with its wonderful garden is the home of New York University Florence (via Bolognese 120). In the summer, the university organizes a rich cultural program of events called The Season, which is now in its 18th edition, bringing together artists, musicians, writers, professional actors, dancers and young talents.

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Thursdays at Manifattura Tabacchi

Music, art and design, shopping, sport, talks and workshops, food and drinks and kids’ activities all come together in a weekly event at Manifattura Tabacchi. Every Thursday a wide ranging programme sees something for everyone, with this Thursday seeing a pop up vintage market from 5-10pm by Pimp My Vintage, bound to get fashion lovers flocking to the venue. Other intriguing events include a talk with Bruno Cucinelli and Toast Project Space hosts FALSETTO by Enej Gala until June 23, exploring Collodi’s classic Pinocchio, with free entry on Thursdays until midnight. Dance and pilates meet with the Vogue Dance Experience at 7pm, and there’s extended opening hours at the ateliers on site as well as many dining options like pizza at Berberà and typical Japanese cuisine at Hiroko Bentō making it well worth a visit.

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13 June 2024

Plautilla Nelli, the School of San Marco and the Workshop of Santa Caterina da Siena

A conference by Catherine Turrill-Lupi with interludes from the Kaos Balletto company explores the biographical and artistic journey of Plautilla Nelli (Florence, 1524-1588). The Dominican nun and painter will be detailed by expert and scholar Catherine Turrill-Lupi, together with Angelo Tartuferi, director of the San Marco Museum, Rossella Battisti, journalist and video concept creator and Jane Adams – Artemisia Gold, creator and coordinator, who will lead the conference. 4pm, free entry.

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June 19+21

Adam & The Apples

Adam & The Apples perform on June 19 and 21 as part of the weekly dining shows at House of Nine. Fine dining and entertainment meet in the glamorous setting on via dei Conti 7, with the 7-piece band promising an exhilarating ride through your most loved songs, from jazz to funk to rock’n’roll. A welcome drink, three-course menu and live show costs 130 euro.

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Starting June 19


25Hours Hotel at piazza San Paolino host yoga sessions followed by a “healthy” aperitivo every Wednesday from 7pm, starting June 19. A one-hour Vinyasa Flow class suitable for all levels held in the atmospheric Cinema Paradiso is preceded by a welcome with a refreshing drink, with a post-session Yoga Spritz for a toast in the indoor garden. For info and reservations, T: +39 366 771 4660. Cost: 30 euro.

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19 June 2024


Cartoonfantasy brings together music and images from the great Disney classics, performed by the Steelwind Chamber Saxophone Quartet in the Oblate Library’s Sala Dino Campana at 9pm on June 19. Pieces by Tchaikovsky, Ponchielli, Mussorgsky and Schubert, used in Disney’s Fantasia, will delight audiences of all ages.

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Ciao Estate

The Social Hub (viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70-72) hosts a festive line-up in the courtyard titled Ciao Estate. The free entry programme includes poetry readings, book presentations, stand-up comedy and music, with this week seeing an aperitivo with a DJ set on June 14, the screening of the Italy vs Albania game on June 15, an urban trekking talk in preparation for Corri la Vita on June 18 as well as a talk by Matilde Prestinari and Laposh, Grace the Amazing follows on June 20, and finally the Italy vs Spain kicks off at 9pm on June 20.

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Music and more at Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel delights with a varied calendar in the picturesque hilltop setting in Fiesole. An enchanting calligraphy experience with Betty Soldi is an unmissable hands-on activity on June 14, with mixology on June 20 and a classical concert on June 26 finishing off the month in style. Contact or call 055 5678200 to reserve your spot. Starting June 4, every Tuesday Villa San Michele will host a DJ set by the Pool Bar, from 7-10.30pm.


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June 13+15

Firenze Rocks

Rockers make their way to the Cascine for the days dedicated to the genre. Headline acts this year include Avenged Sevenfold and Tool, with Bowling for Soup, Cemetery Sun and The Struts bringing fans to Florence.

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Until July 16

Secret Florence

Tempo Reale, Fabbrica Europa, Lo scuola dell’arte, Musicus Concentus and the Centro di Production of Danza Virgilio Sieni come together for the 9th edition of one of the flagship festivals of Estate Fiorentina. Surprising performances in lesser-known spots in the city bring together dance, music, art and cinema, dialoguing with the urban landscape and its history. All events are free of charge.

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Until June 9

ARS UNA by Felice Limosani

The Antinori family celebrates 50 years of Tignanello in Florence with an art-experiential installation by Felice Limosani, along with other initiatives to celebrate the anniversary.  The work, visible on the facade and in the courtyard, features dreamlike landscapes  and enchanted gardens. The soundtrack includes the natural sounds of birds, cicadas and crickets.

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11 June 2024 - 14 June 2024

Pitti Immagine Uomo

Fashionistas flock for the menswear fashion week, as Pitti “peacocks” parade their looks in the piazzas. This edition features British stylist Paul Smith, guest designer Marine Serre, and French designer Pierre-Louis Mascia.

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15 June 2024

Calcio Storico

The historic Florentine football final kicks off on June 15 (and not, as per tradition, on June 24, the feast day of San Giovanni), with the Azzurri and Rossi battling it out.

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11 June 2024 - 15 June 2024

Le piazze dei libri

The third edition of the lit-fest brings books and their authors to meet readers in many of the city’s squares, as part of the Estate Fiorentina calendar. The participating squares are piazza della Repubblica, piazza Santa Maria Novella, piazza Strozzi, via de’ Cerretani, piazza delle Cure, piazza Elia Dalla Costa, piazza dell’Isolotto, and piazza Dalmazia

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2 June 2024 - 26 July 2024

Lucca Summer Festival

Music lovers make their way to Lucca for the outstanding lineup that includes Eric Clapton, Ed Sheeran, Swedish House Mafia, Smashing Pumpkins, Rod Stewart, Lenny Kravitz, Sam Smith and Duran Duran in what’s sure to be a highlight this summer.

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6 June 2024 - 30 August 2024

Ludmilla Radchenko's 'Green Revolution'

Works by artist Ludmilla Radchenko are presented in the elegant setting of Hotel Savoy in collaboration with the Brancacci Art Gallery on the occasion of International Environment Day. Irony and pop elements feature in the pieces by the Siberian artist who aims to raise awareness of issues such as sustainability and environmental awareness, expressed through bright colors and unusual materials.

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