Best events in Florence this week June 30 to July 7, 2022

Here’s our round-up for June 30 to July 7

Villa Bardini launches their cinema screenings with a spectacular view, while we head high with Firenze dall’alto to see the city from astonishing perspectives, not forgetting free entry to many museums this Sunday and the start of summer sales on July 2. Here’s your best events of the week line-up for June 30 to July 7.

4 July 2022

Fourth of July

Spend Independence Day with The Florentine in the Tuscan countryside! Join us for a Fourth of July BBQ at Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano estate. Resident chef Stefano Frassineti has come up with a finger-licking menu of American-style Tuscan goodness served with Ruffino wines in the greenery of the Renaissance villa’s gardens. Expect good vibes and Tuscan beauty this Fourth of July with Ruffino and The Florentine. Tickets cost 35 euro (wine not included); from 7.30pm onwards. To book, email or call +39 378 3050220.

Also on July 4, the Tuscan American Association will be holding a party at Harry’s Bar The Garden Villa Medici (via Il Prato 40R) from 6.30 to 9pm. Look out for fine food, music, drinks, national anthems and traditional greetings for Independence Day. The event costs 20 euro. Email or to book your spot.

Prato Film Festival

Four days of film come to Prato, opening on June 30 at the Emperor’s Castle with an evening dedicated to cultural exchange with the Chinese community. The Prato Film Festival features short films and award ceremonies with a video message by actor Colin Firth, awarded for the short film Chiusi Fuori. Access to all screenings is free, subject to availability.

From July 7

Villa Bardini Cinema

The Belvedere terrace of Villa Bardini is the stunning setting for film screenings of all sorts over the summer, with 5 euro entry and free films for families on Thursdays. Reservations required via Villa Bardini  and Cinema in Villa. The third edition of the series seats 200 and features a packed programme with films in original language with subtitles in Italian or/and English. Curated by the Niels Stensen Cultural Foundation, screenings begin at 9.15pm and range from Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita to Disney’s Encanto.

7 July 2022

Spaghetti at Midnight

At 11.30pm on July 7,  Irene Bistrò’s Chef Fulvio Pierangelini’s will cook his unforgettable “Sciuè Sciuè” spaghetti right before guests’ eyes, accompanied by a signature cocktail. The gloriously gluttonous moment will be in the cool hours of a late summer’s eve, with the pasta, sorbet and drink costing 30 euros per person, or 50 euros per couple. Limited number of seats. Reserve by calling T: 055 2735 891, or by emailing


Lonely Living - L'architettura dello spazio primario

Rifugio Digitale (via della Fornace 41) hosts Lonely Living L’architettura dello spazio primario from July 1 to September 8, an exhibition that was featured as part of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2002. The digital display shows 18 building proposals based on minimal living, designed by leading names in contemporary Italian architecture.

29 June 2022 - 1 July 2022

Vintage Selection

The vintage fashion fair as part of Pitti Immagine sees nostalgic looks fill Fortezza da Basso’s Padiglione della Ghiaia. With entrance costing 3 euro (1 euro if you download the coupon from their website!) you can catch cool looks from the past, bringing them into the present.

30 June 2022 - 22 September 2022

Firenze dall'alto

Concerts, talks, performances and guided tours take place at incredible sites in Florence, creating truly remarkable experiences. Taking place from June 30 to September 22, 10 sunset events from 10 different points of view translate into 10 transformative experiences as part of the Estate Fiorentina calendar, with locations like the Rose Garden, the Astronomical Observatory of Arcetri and Palazzo della Borsa and guests such as Umberto Galimberti, Rachele Bastreghi and Pierpaolo Capovilla.

Until August 31

Pupi di Stac

Free entry puppetry between Villa Vogel and piazza dell’Isolotto takes place every Wednesday at 9.15pm, delighting audiences of all ages. Pupi di Stac bring classics like Hansel and Gretel and Snow White as well as some surprises.

Until September 16

Estate Fiesolana

Fiesole’s Roman Theatre hosts top tier performances of music, dance, cinema and theatre, celebrating the 75th edition of the popular fest. Estate Fiesolana includes sunset serenades, ballet, and classical concerts in the dramatic setting, with a wide-ranging programme.