Best events in Florence this week May 23-30, 2024

Here’s our round-up for May 23-30, 2024.

Operatic performances and contemporary circus are just a taste of the events getting us out and about this week.

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30 May 2024 - 2 June 2024


The Festivalino (“little festival”) kicks off with a gala evening on May 30 at Florence’s Palazzo Corsini al Prato, the headquarters of the Fondazione Mascarade opera training and performance programme, including a young all-stars alumni concert in one of the garden’s magnificent Limonaie and a majestic opening dinner set at a tavolo imperiale running down the palazzo’s famous avenue of statues. The subsequent events will be held in some of Florence’s most beautiful locations, featuring opera, ballet, and lots of art. Tickets from 15 euro (10 euro for under 35s).

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From May 25

InStabile Culture in Movimento

From live music to contemporary circus with world music, a bistro and pizzeria, the summer stage is open from May 25, a place where the arts and sociability come together.

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24 May 2024 - 26 May 2024

Antani Humour Festival in Livorno

Three days of live shows, panels, satire and book presentations are spread across Livorno, all to tickle your funny bone. Guests include Massimiliano Loizzi, Francesca Schianchi, Paolo Jannacci and Brenda Lodigiani.

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Until July 20

Stephan Zimmerli 'Studiolo dell'esilio'

Stephan Zimmerli’s Study of exile, is dedicated to the collective memory of migrants, exiles and travellers. The free-entry exhibition takes the form of drawings which depict the memories of twelve particiaptns, brought together in the Sala Laura Oriveto. A wooden scenography – similar to that of a Renaissance study – consists of words and memories that have been translated into images.

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Every Thursday from May 16

Thursdays in Manifattura

Music, art and design, shopping, sport, talks and workshops, food and drinks and kids’ activities all come together in a new weekly event at Manifattura Tabacchi. Every Thursday from 6pm, a wide ranging programme will sees something for everyone, with this Thursday including a tasting of Tuscan organic products offered by the producers themselves and Fàbera hosts a workshop called Create Your Jewelry Using the Lost-Wax Technique. Of course, there will be excellent aperitivos on offer, with DJ sets, yoga classes, art exhibition and manicures forming part of the varied offering.

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30 May 2024

Leadership in Energy

The Florence Leadership Academy is hosting their final event of the semester: Leadership in Energy on May 30. Two talented speakers will be teaching their knowledge of nuclear energy and energy conservation. The presentation is followed by a workshop and networking dinner, creating an opportunity for students to step out into the professional world and learn how to be a leader. The 10 euro fee includes the discussion, workshop, dinner, and starter kit. Held in English from 6.30-10.30pm.
Until May 31

The Magazine Club at The Kitchen Table

A space that describes itself as dedicated everything “from live creation to restful reading that takes you on a voyage from magazine consumer to creator”. Everyday from midday to 7pm, with tours and private viewings upon request.

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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.
With the financial support of the Ministry of Tourism “UNESCO Sites and Creative Cities Fund.

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29 May 2024

Consultations for Americans on taxes and finances

On Wednesday, May 29, Chase Buchanan USA, in collaboration with Bright!Tax, is offering complimentary 30-minute, 1:1 consultations at the MH Florence Hotel & Spa. All Americans in Florence are welcome to come and ask any questions related to tax and financial planning situations as Americans living in Italy. Alex Ingrim, Chartered MCSI and Nicolas Castillo, CPA, the meeting facilitators, are expats themselves, enabling them to provide even more nuanced professional insight as fellow Americans abroad. Register through Eventbrite.

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Until May 30

L’ Arno Autrement

Natacha Barth is behind the photographs portraying reflections of the beloved river that flows through Florence.

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23 May 2024 - 25 May 2024

The State of the Union

World leaders, policymakers and field experts gather at the European University Institute and the Palazzo Vecchio for the 14th State of the Union conference from May 23 to 25. The schedule of events promises to be enlightening and informative, focusing on sustainability, Europe’s digital transformation and how to strengthen democracy across the continent, coming on the eve of the European elections, which adds to the importance of these issues. Throughout the conference, the EUI will host some of Europe’s most high-profile political and academic names, including current and former national politicians, members of the European Commission and renowned scholars, to discuss the most pressing issues that face Europe today. Speakers include the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo di Sousa, and Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalisation in Ghana, as well as Nadia Calviño, President of the European Investment Bank. The talks and roundtables will centre on in-person sessions and simultaneously live-streamed online. With speakers from all over Europe, as well as beyond, the event will demonstrate the EU’s collaborative efforts in addressing issues as diverse as artificial intelligence, the path to sustainability and industrial policy. Networking and social opportunities will accompany the more educational aspects of the event, which will take place mostly at the EUI Campus in the hills to the north of Florence, while on the afternoon of Friday, May 24, the talks move to Palazzo Vecchio. On the final day, May 25, the Historical Archives of the European Union and Villa Salviati open to the public, with guided tours upon registration. From circus activities for all ages to concerts by musicians from the Fiesole School of Music, the occasion also sees readings of selected archival documents.


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29 May 2024

Olympiakos vs Fiorentina

The boys in purple take on Olympiakos in the conference league final. Big screens will be up in Stadio Artemio Franchi and Viola Park to come together to watch the away match.

23 May 2024 - 24 May 2024

Frank sings Fred Buscaglione

Legendary Frank Conforti sings Fred Buscaglione on May 23 and 24 in the rich background of House of Nine as diners enjoy a chic dinner and eclectic cocktails. There’s also access to the billiard and cigar room, for an evening of exceptional music and culinary artistry.

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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. This week sees stand-up comedy by Galligani and Raco on May 23, Deliranza on May 11 and 12, an aperitivo with DJ set on May 24 and 31, and ‘Creator Wiz Live’ with Edoardo Prati on May 30.

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Concert, art and photography

Concert of classical music by the string orchestra Accademia Degli Assetati followed by the opening of an Art & Photography Show in the Limonaia of Villa La Pietra, by artists and NYU lecturers Alessandra Capodacqua, Jacopo Santini, and Andrew Smaldone. 6pm, reserve by emailing or T: 055 5007 210.

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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. 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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Musical May at the British Institute

Four evenings of fine music in the riverside heritage library


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.


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.

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