Best events in Florence this week October 13-20, 2022

Here’s our round-up for October 13-20.

Florence’s fairs and festivals draw locals and more to the piazzas and palazzi of the city, with autumnal markets, classical concerts, and high-calibre exhibitions making up our picks of the week. Here’s your round-up for October 13-20.


15 October 2022

The Very Best of John Williams

The enchanting soundtracks of John Williams will be performed in Teatro Verdi in Florence, with music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List and more performed by the K&K Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Matthias G. Kendliger. Tickets from 34.50 euro.

16 October 2022

Autumn Scantinando

From 9am to 6pm on October 1, locals in Quartiere 3 come together to exchange and/or sell their used objects, giving them a second life. Open to residents of the area, information on the non-profit initiative can be found by calling 055 276 7732 or by emailing

15 October 2022 - 16 October 2022

FAI Autumn Days in Florence

The 11th edition of FAI Autumn Days takes place on October 15-16, with 700 sites across 350 Italian cities accessible for visits upon donation for members (sign-up available online). Palaces, villas, churches, castles, archaeological areas, museums, military sites and more will open their doors for the occasion, as well as nature trails, visits to parks and gardens and various itineraries. Florentine venues include Villa Favard, Villa del Poggio Imperiale and Castello Montauto.

16 October 2022


From 8am to 7.30pm on October 16, viale Paoli and via Fanti in the stadium area of Campo di Marte fill with street vendors from all over Tuscany. With clothing, accessories, footwear, food, wine, local crafts and items for the home, hundreds of stalls display their wares in the 36th edition of the event. For the occasion, US Affrico will bring their food stands (open from midday) dedicated to mushrooms and fried foods, organized as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the sports association.

20 October 2022 - 22 January 2023

Elliott Erwitt

The long professional life of the renowned photographer is celebrated with his most poignant shots, selected by the curator Biba Giacchetti together with the French-American photographer. Around 70 photographs will be on display, including shots of Marilyn Monroe, his iconic dogs, and the well-known work titled California Kiss.

20 October 2022 - 7 December 2022

Eco-existences exhibition: Forms of the Natural and the Artificial

7 artists (Leone Contini, Simone Donati, Claudia Losi, Elena Mazzi, Eléna Nemkova, Caterina Sbrana and Nicola Toffolini) investigate the merging of natural and artificial spaces, with the project on display at IED Firenze created in collaboration between the IED Masters in Curatorial Practice and the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation on the occasion of the Olafur Eliasson exhibition.

20 October 2022 - 26 March 2023


Over 200 works by the Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis come to the complex designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, displaying engravings and lithographs intertwining art, mathematics, science, physics and design.

Until October 16

UnChained '22 Festival

Seven events, five concerts and two talks form the programme for the festival, playing with the genres of classical and jazz and involving highly skilled musicians. Players from the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory perform while surrounded in the nature of the Giardino della Catena in Cascine Park, with discussion around various topics such as climate change, inclusivity, and the role of music and art in today’s society. All concerts are free. In the case of rain, events will take place at the PARC Performing Arts Research Center.

Until January 31

Antonio Signorini Attraverso

Piazza San Firenze and piazza del Carmine fill with the elegant figures of warriors, dancers and horses by the Tuscany-born artist Antonio Signorini. The sculptures also mark the arrival of the new Florence seat of the global contemporary art gallery, OBLONG.