Best events in Florence this week November 30-December 7, 2023

Here’s our round-up for November 30-December 7, 2023.

The annual lighting up of the Christmas trees takes place on December 7 and myriad markets pop up all over as Florence gets festive.

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December 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17

Natale in Manifattura

Three weekends of Christmas-themed workshops, shows and performances come to the creative space with free admission. From Christmas brunches to artisanal objects for sale, there’s truly something for everyone with dozens of activities for all ages. This weekend is dedicated to Christmas flowers and plants, with 10 workshops on offer and live presentations. Don’t miss the treasure hunt for little ones and skateboarding in piazza della Ciminiera. Children can also take part in a toy swap and readings.

29 November 2023 - 28 January 2024

Inside Van Gogh

Immerse yourself in the world of the renowned artist with this multimedia exhibition, which surrounds you in his colours and scenes. A fascinating 35-minute digital story created through 360° multi-projections and a suitably atmospheric soundtrack takes you through the tumultuous story of Vincent Van Gogh. Don’t miss the Oculus VR stations that transport you into a 3D sensory journey through some of his famous paintings and the enchanting “hall of mirrors”.

30 November 2023

Wired next fest

The festival focused on innovation and digital technologies features special guests such as Lucrezia Reichlin, Yoko Yamada, Tiberio Cosmin and more. Free entry upon registration.

Until January 12

Adolfo Coppedè

Over 100 drawings, projects, prints and photos are at the centre of this exhibition dedicated to the noted figure in Italian civil architecture, Ardolfo Coppedè (1871-1951).

2 December 2023 - 3 December 2023

International Ceramics Fair

35 artists display their ceramic creations in this exhibition-market dedicated to talented artisans. 10am to 7pm.

2 December 2023 - 3 December 2023

Mercato di Natale nordico

Decorations, crafts and sweets from Northern Europe form this intriguing addition to the Christmas calendar, with creative workshops and even fairy tales under the trees. There’ll be an exhibition of works by Finnish artists and a performance of traditional songs, with Santa Claus making a special trip. 10am-7pm.

7 December 2023

The Mascarade Concert Series - Christmas Opera Gala

A Christmas Opera Gala at the Fondazione Mascarde Opera (Palazzo Corsini al Prato) takes place at 7pm on December 7. Audiences will be treated to Puccini’s La Bohème, ‘Stars’ from Les Miserables, Stauss’ Die Fledermaus, and many memorable works. Your ticket also gives you access to the Fondazione and Corsini Gardens, weather permitting from 6pm, including a glass of wine.

1 December 2023 - 3 December 2023

Florence Tattoo Convention

Over 300 world-famous tattoo artists get their machines buzzing to share their skillful skin art, with names like Cristian Casas, Villapando, Donkoke, Pina Pain and Diamante Murru forming the line-up. The vast exhibition area presents a highly curated selection of works, including a photographic section by French journalist Pascal Bagot who repurposes images by the criminologist Akimitsu Takagi (1920-1995), and a collection of ancient and vintage tattoo memorabilia by Trad Tattoo.

3 December 2023 - 28 December 2023

TERNURA - Homage to Gabriela Mistral

The final exhibition of 2023 as part of the ‘Rooms with a view’ project curated by Eleonora Botticelli and Ester Di Leo is hosted in the very rooms where the famous English writer Elizabeth Barrett lived with her writer husband Robert Browning. The Chilean painter Daniela Meza Sigala displays works in homage to Gabriela Mistral, rediscovering the colours and emotions of childhood.

18 November 2023 - 17 December 2023

Mercato di Natale

Signs of Christmas commence with the popping up of this much-loved German-inspired market, bringing street food stalls, sweet gift ideas, and a whole lot of atmosphere.

Until February 18

The Strangest and Most Beautiful Inventions in the World

For the first time in the 500 years since his birth, Flemish artist Giovanni Stradano is being featured in his own exhibition in Florence, the city in which he died. Titled The Strangest and Most Beautiful Inventions in the World, the show at the Palazzo Vecchio until February 18 showcases a selection of 80 paintings, drawings, prints, books, tapestries and instruments that express the rich variety of Stradano’s work.

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