Best events in Florence this week June 20-27, 2024

Here’s our round-up for June 20-27, 2024.

The city’s patron saint is celebrated with fireworks and more on June 24, while heritage walks get us out and about and international yoga day is marked at Manifattura Tabacchi.

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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

Starting at 8pm, this weekly series of special dinner shows is bringing evenings alive in Florence.

26 June 2024
TRADITION

San Lorenzo in Festa

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Historic Central Market, a music marathon from 6-30-11pm, karaoke, DJ sets and free guided tours will form the ‘Notte Bianco’ programme. Guests include the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Nuova Pippolese and many more.

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24 June 2024
TRADITIONS

Festa di San Giovanni

June 24 marks the feast day of the city’s patron saint, John the Baptist. The occasion is marked with an array of traditional events, including the crowning of the Marzocco statue of the Florentine lion in piazza della Signoria four days prior, on June 18. A Corteo degli Omaggi parade sets off at 8.30am from via Folco Portinari, passing piazza Duomo and via Calzaiuoli before reaching piazza della Signoria where the cross of San Giovanni will be handed to the Mayor of Florence in the Palazzo Vecchio while flag-throwers dazzle those gathered. The procession then departs with the Ganfalone di Firenze flag, making their way to the Baptistery where candles and the cross will be gifted to the Archbishops of Florence at 10am. A mass follows at 11am in the Cathedral. A river regatta at 6pm and the firework display, known as the Fochi di San Giovanni (which will be live-streamed on Società San Giovanni Battista’s Facebook, YouTube and website), at 10pm, are annual highlights, with crowds gathered along the river to salute the city.

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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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21 June 2024
WELLNESS

International Yoga Day

LOSTUDIOESSE at Manifattura Tabacchi offers two special classes to mark the occasion of International Yoga Day in the nature-filled context of Officina Botanica. Vinyasa Yoga will be at 8.10am and Odaka Yoga® at 7.10pm. Beauty treatments await visitors at Divine Estetica, while for quality hairstyling Polverenera is open until 7pm.

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22 June 2024 - 20 October 2024
EXHIBITIONS

Louise Bourgeois

Two exceptional exhibitions of Paris-born and New York-inspired artist Louise Bourgeois’ works – Do Not Abandon me and Cell XVIII (Portrait) – come to the historic venues.

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Until June 30
CULTURE

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 info@musefirenze.it or calling 055 2768224.

 

 

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23 June 2024
CHARITY

Jazz at the Innocenti

The American-international League of Florence Onlus hold a fundraising jazz concert at the Innocenti Museum on June 23, with a performance by Aletheia. Start time 7pm, with pre-booked entry via paypal: 25 euro. Paypal: AILOFlorence1975@gmail.com. Minimum donation at the door: 28 euro. For information and reservations contact ann_pollak@hotmail.com.

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13 June 2024 - 3 November 2024
EXHIBITION

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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26 June 2024 - 28 June 2024
SPORT

Becycle

A new Pitti Immagine event dedicated to bikes and cycling puts a focus on pedal style in the lead up to the Tour de France. The three-day exhibition event brings talks, interviews and presentations, in collaboration with the international magazine, Rouleur.

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Until July 5
CULTURE

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
SOCIAL

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. There’s ‘Shake, Sound and Sushi’ with a live band, and 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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June 19+21
NIGHTLIFE

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
WELLNESS

Aperiyoga

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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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 by Rof on June 21 and 28, ‘Il vuoto del creator’ with Grace The Amazing on June 20 with a screening of the Italy vs Spain match on the same day. June 23 sees ‘The Power of Love: Kik Ball vol.2’, whil Italy vs Croatia is shown on June 24. Kacie Roes presents her book ‘You deserve good gelato’ on JUne 25, and a stand-up comedy gig with Galligani and Kagliostro wraps up the month on June 27.

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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. A mixology session in collaboration with Velier will be held from 7pm on June 20, with an aperitivo dedicated to Clairin rums followed by a screening at 9.30pm of the documentary Nuovo Cinema Haiti and a tasting of Clairin. A classical string concert by musicians from the Fiesole music school is on June 26, finishing off the month in style. Contact concierge.vsm@belmond.com or call 055 5678200 to reserve your spot, and don’t forget that every Tuesday Villa San Michele hosts a DJ set by the Pool Bar, from 7-10.30pm.

 

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Until July 16
CONTEMPORARY

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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2 June 2024 - 26 July 2024
MUSIC

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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