Best events in Florence this week May 2-9, 2024

Here’s our round-up for May 2-9, 2024.

Check out urban markets, memorable music programmes and don’t miss free entry to many museums this Sunday!

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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.


Uzbekistan: The Avant-garde in the Desert exhibition at Palazzo Pitti

Vivid colours and textile art come to the fore in the Andito degli Angiolini.


Neon Brush at The Social Hub

Budding artists use neon-coloured paints to decorate their canvases whichever way they choose.


How to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Florence

From the family friendly to fiery fiestas

Until May 26

Passeggiate Patrimoniali - 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 May 26 are aimed at young people and adults, and last two hours. Walks in Italian are held at 11am, with an English language version at 3pm. 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. 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.

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Welcome to Barerarerunga

Works by the indigenous Australian artist Maree Clarke come to the two venues as part of the centenary celebrations for the University of Florence. The site-specific installations converse with European colonial history, exploring topics such as memory, identity and sustainability.

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Creative Factory Urban Market

Contemporary crafts come to the rooftop bar, giving you the chance to encounter artisan brands while enjoying a delicious international brunch from midday to 3pm by chef Mor Michaeli ( mixed with music and art along with the market organized by the Heyart Association. The second edition at the venue designed by architect and interior designer Alex Meitlis curates a varied display, with jewellery, accessories, graphic design and home decor created by Tuscany-based artisans and designers such as Italian-Mexican designer Tatiana Mannelli who creates rugs and unique objects with the Tufting technique, using only left-over materials from factories and local companies. The artist will even weave one of her creations live.

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4 May 2024

La notte blu

The event created by Europe Direct Florence on the occasion of Europe Day sees a talk on artificial intelligence and its impact on the creativity sector. The series of talks is followed by Lo Stato Sociale DJ set.

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Until September 1

Ai Weiwei – Neither Nor

The exhibition dedicated to the noted contemporary artist traces back to 1995, with the wide selection of works encompassing pieces made using toy bricks, porcelain, wood, marble and bamboo. Ph. Andrea Paoletti

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Until May 16

450th anniversary of Cosimo I

Costumes reconstruct the clothes of the Medici, with relics such as the papal bull that announced Cosimo’s grand ducal title dating to 1569, and photographs by Massimo Sestini that testify to the importance of the Grand Duke in the numerous fortifications around Tuscany. Free entry upon reservation T: 055 4385616.

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4 May 2024 - 15 June 2024

Pollicino Verde

Pollicino Verde is a series of nature-themed free activities for 0-6-year olds in various sites in the city from May until June.

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4 May 2024

Candlelit dinner with a jazz and swing quartet

A formal candlelit dinner with popular jazz and swing quartet Daisy’s Firenze will be held at the stunning venue in aid of the American International League of Florence ONLUS. Since 1975, AILO has given Florentine charities more than 800,000 euro towards over 600 projects, with the fundraising event enabling them to continue to do so. Costing 200 euro per person, with a formal/chic dress code. 7.30pm-midnight. RSVP ‘Pucci Event’ to WhatsApp +39 331 589 1835.

8 May 2024 - 30 May 2024

Ciao Estate

The Social Hub (viale Spartaco Lavagnini 70-72) host a festive line-up in the courtyard titled Ciao Estate. The free entry programme includes poetry readings, book presentations, stand-up comedy and DJ sets.

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4 May 2024

Caring Lab inauguration

A creative corner/tailors opens at the secondhand store on via Faenza, where clothes are repaired, transformed and reused. To mark the occasion, there will be a series of free workshops from 10am, including making scrunchies and keychains, with an aperitivo from 5pm.

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Until May 4

The Journey is Everything

Street artist Kraita317 is the subject of a dedicated display. The self-taught artist is well-known in the Florentine urban artistic movement, and is an active member of the Romanian ANS crew, having left his hometown of Brașov in 2018 to move to Florence.

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Until June 13

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

The 86th edition of the classical music fest returns to the homonymous theatre, showcasing internationally renowned names in the series of operas and concerts. This edition features Turandot and Tosca by the Lucca-born maestro, Giacomo Puccini, on the centenary of his death.

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Sunday brunch at Villa La Massa

Villa La Massa welcomes its Sunday brunch menu, with the Il Verrocchio restaurant offering both guests and the public an unforgettable gourmet experience in the greenery of the Florentine countryside. to guests and the Florentine public. The exclusive buffet presents a selection of local culinary delights, focusing on fresh, high-quality products. There are even surprises planned involving food and wine producers, as well as special entertainment for kids, so keep an eye on their events lined up this season. 90 per person, drinks included, or 60 euro per child under 12. For further information and reservations, contact +39 05562611 or

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La Democrazia del Corpo

Jérôme Bel performs an “auto-bio-choreographic” piece on May 3 and 4, recounting their life through dance. The final performance in the series is on May 10, with Katie Duck, Alessandro Certini, Charlotte Zerbe and Virgilio Sieni performing ‘Tyranny of the present’, a game-like dance in which the visitor’s observance forms part of the performance. Full price 10 euro, with reductions available.

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5 May 2024

Concerto per stelle

The concept by Pierfrancesco Nannoni performed by dancers Valentina Sechi and Luca Tomao with live music brings viewers to discover the “symphony of the Cosmos”, as experimental music and original songs explore themes of ancient civilizations and the celestial sphere.

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4 May 2024 - 5 May 2024

In Cantina, Vino al Vino

Take part in a unique itinerary through the heart of Chianti Classico, discovering the scents and flavours of the wine cellars of Panzano. 22 wineries open to the public, giving the chance to taste a vast selection of wines, from Chianti Classico to Gran Selezione.

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May 4, 6, 12, 18+19

Fiorentina matches this month

Soccer fans will be keeping a keen eye on the action at Florence’s stadiums, with this month seeing Fiorentina vs Cagliari (Campionata Primavera) at Viola Park on May 4 with the women’s Serie A Fiorentina vs Juventus match on May 6. Fiorentina take on Monza (Serie A) at Stadio Artemio Franchi on May 12, with Fiorentina playing Sampdoria at Viola Park on May 18 as part of the Campionata Primavera. Fiorentina then play Napoli (Serie A) at the Stadio on May 19. We advise you to check the times online, as they are subject to change.

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