Best events in Florence this week September 21-28, 2023

Here’s our round-up for September 21-28, 2023.

From film fests to ones dedicated to rivers and urban regeneration, Florence fills with an ample offering of things to do this week. Here’s your line-up for September 21-28.

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22 September 2023

Firenze Film Festival

The Astra Cinema in piazza Beccaria hosts the sixth edition of the Firenze Film Festival, the annual event dedicated to independent cinema, on September 22. The diverse selection of indie films from around the world draws both the passionate and the curious, with the wide-range of free-entry films appealing to all. Read more about the Firenze Film Festival.

28 September 2023 - 30 September 2023

Many Possible Cities

Urban regeneration and climate activism are the themes of the fifth edition, taking place from September 28-30 and curated by LAMA Impresa Sociale. Created with the aim of building an open and diverse space for dialogue and thought on urban transformation and the related challenges, the free-entry talks (in Italian) are bound to stimulate interesting discussion around the topical themes. With 64 national and international speakers, there will be talks, workshops, children’s workshops, an exhibition and DJ sets.

22 September 2023 - 24 September 2023

Festival del Fiume

The first edition of the River Festival will be held in Pontassieve, with the three days of the fest featuring talks, music, and activities for all ages around the themes of care and protection for water and the environment.

21 September 2023 - 24 September 2023

Japanese Film Festival

The first edition of the Japanese Film Festival in Tuscany is made up of a packed free-entry programme with screenings, tastings and more creating a cultural bridge between Italy and Japan.

23 September 2023 - 24 September 2023

Market in Borgo Pinti

Organized by Ortinterrazza cultural organization, committed to greenery and all things natural, quality craftsmanship will be on display as well as delectable bio products. There’ll be a portraitist on-site in addition to the local wines, honey, and extra virgin olive oil available. Creative workshops, a ‘Repair party’ for clothes needing a little love, a Kamishibai show and Vivoli gelato add even more interest. Free entry with booking and prices for workshops at T:3483348144. IG: @ortinterrazza

21 September 2023 - 8 October 2023

Fortissimissimo Firenze Festival

The lyrical melodies of Mozart, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Scarlatti and Esdì can be heard throughout the city and beyond as skilled musicians mesmerize audiences in locations like the Murate Art District, Institut Français Firenze and the Cherubini Conservatory of Florence.

22 September 2023 - 28 January 2024

Pezzi di Pace

From September 22 to January 28, the Renaissance courtyard of the palazzo housing the Roberto Casamonti Collection will see a site-specific creation by Felice Limosani, titled Pezzi di Pace (Pieces of Peace). The historical architecture will be contrasted by a dramatic obelisk rising up to the height of the arches, pointing towards the sky while suspended above a body of water.

28 September 2023

September at Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel

The spectacular venue is filled with high-calibre music performed by musicians from the Fiesole Music School, Chiara Giommetti and Rayan Kamagoda,  from 6.30pm on September 28. Composers featured include Jacques Ibert, Mauro Giuliani, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Astor Piazzola. A welcome drink adds to the experience, with an aperitivo overlooking the glorious gardens forming part of the unforgettable experience. Cost: 50 euro. To book, email: or call 055 5678200.

23 September 2023 - 14 February 2024

Robert Mapplethorpe and Wilhelm von Gloeden - Beauty and Desire

Works by one of the greatest exponents of 20th-century photography, Robert Mapplethorpe, are on display alongside shots by Wilhelm von Gloeden, among the pioneers of stage photography, with a selection of photographs from the Alinari archive.

22 September 2023 - 24 September 2023

Firenze RiVista

Three days dedicated to magazines and publishing houses brings a broad range of literature, cinema, journalism and more to the Tuscan capital. With free-entry, the programme is under the theme of the elements, earth, wind, water, and fire.

25 September 2023

Dream Day Drinks Party

Dream bigger and better! Celebrate World Dream Day by taking the time to explore your goals at Hotel Savoy’s Irene Bar with themed finger foods, drinks and artwork by the artist behind this month’s cover of The Florentine, Inna Morozova. Using artificial intelligence to craft oneiric and surreal depictions of Florence and the Hotel Savoy in oil paintings and video art, the A Florentine Dream exhibition will continue for a month. Book your spot (26 euro, 6.30-8.30pm):


Corri la Vita

Sport, culture and solidarity are together again for the latest edition of the fundraising event dedicated to the treatment of breast cancer. Depart from viale Lincoln alle Cascine and get to piazza della Signoria, undertaking either the 6km or 11km courses, with a 10-euro donation requested. Wearers of the t-shirts will have free access to many cultural destinations.

September 22+29

Black Bells and Drones perform at Hard Rock Cafe Florence

From 9pm on September 22, the Black Bells will take to the stage of the Hard Rock Cafe in piazza della Repubblica for an evening dedicated to AC/DC. September 29, on the other hand, will see Drones perform a Muse tribute. See what else is lined up this September.

28 September 2023 - 30 September 2023

Genius Loci

Concerts, talks and performances are in dialogue with the serene setting. This year’s theme is hospitality, with the likes of rapper Ghemon, geologist Mario Tozzi, Japanese band Taiko Drummers and American singer-songwriter Zola Jesus allowing audiences to discover the beautiful basilica in a whole new way. With workshops, performances, tours, and lectures, all events are free of charge with reservations required.

28 September 2023 - 30 September 2023

I Poeti del piano solo

The fourth edition of the festival dedicated to solo piano performances features international talents Yaron Herman, Nik Bärtsch and Isfar Sarabski playing in atmospheric settings.

28 September 2023

Trio Interval play Mozart and Mendelssohn

At 7pm on September 28, the Trio Interval, currently completing their training at Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover, will be playing an exciting programme at the Fondazione Mascarade Opera. The trio created in October 2022 is composed by Mariia Kostogryz (violin), Anvar Nasriddinov-Bitson (cello) and pianist Oleksandra Kiktenko. The musicians will perform A. Mozart Piano Trio C-dur K.548, Bridge Miniatures for Piano Trio: Set 1: Minuet, Gavotte, Allegretto, Mendelssohn Piano Trio c-Moll and Kreisler Viennese Miniature March. The concert lasts 60 minutes, with tickets purchasable at

Until October 15

Luca Coclite: Concerto di Fabbrica

The Toast Project Space at Manifattura Tabacchi presents the contemporary art project by Luca Coclite that uniquely unites culture and nature, with text by Enrico Camprini. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 3-9pm, with free entry.

7 September 2023 - 20 December 2023

Wang Guangqi - Obscured Existence

The world-famous Chinese artist deals with the meeting of western and eastern pictorial traditions with 28 paintings never before exhibited in this hemisphere. Some paintings have even been specially created for the occasion, with reinterpretations of masterpieces from the Uffizi Galleries such as Caravaggio’s Medusa.

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