Tips for Foreigners in The City: MAY Guide

A selection of Florence and Tuscany Art and Entertainment.

Art & Exhibitions

Piazza Strozzi – 055 2645155 - every day 10am-8pm, Thu 10am-11pm – 15 euro, rid 12 - - until 21 July
Anselm Kiefer's Fallen Angels, a major exhibition conceived and created together with one of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Costa San Giorgio, 2 - 055 2989816 – Tue-Sun 10am-7.30pm – 10 euro, reduced 5, free up to 17 years – - until 14 July
Mimmo Jodice, Timeless. Great photography returns to Villa Bardini with the works of Mimmo Jodice for the first time in Florence.

Info, timetables and reservations:
Until Sept 15 the new exhibition “Ritorni. From Modigliani to Morandi", on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the museum's inauguration, showcasing one of its most prized collections: the Alberto Della Ragione Collection.

Palazzo Medici Riccardi - Via Cavour, 3 – 055 2760552 - every day 9am-7pm (closed Wed) – 10 euro - - until 8 September
The Enchantment of Orpheus exhibition dedicated to the key figure of Greek mythology. Edited by Sergio Risaliti and Valentina Zucchi.

Via Romana, 17 –- Tue-Sun 9am-5pm (closed Mon) – 10 euro, reduced 5 - info on guided tours 055 2756444 -
After important redevelopment works, the La Specola Museum reopens with new routes - botanical waxes and mineralogy - and the historic collections of zoology and anatomical waxes.

P.le degli Uffizi, 1 - 055 294883 - 8.15am - 6.30pm (closed on Mondays) - 25 euro
Divina Simulacra. Capolavori di scultura classica della Galleria - Until 30 June

Prato, Piazza del Comune - 0574 1837859 - every day 10.30am-6.30pm (closed Tue) - 8 euros, reduced 6 -
On Fri 12 the 10th anniversary celebrations culminate with the inauguration of the new exhibition hall in which 15th and 16th century works from the deposits are placed.

Pistoia - via de’ Rossi 7 - 0573 974267 - tickets: 10 euros, reduced 7; exhibition + locations Pistoia Museums Foundation 12 euros, reduced - – until 14 July
'60 Pop Art Italia, an exhibition that explores the pop art movement in the Bel Paese which experienced a golden period in Pistoia.

Municipality of Arezzo, Fondazione CR Firenze with Fondazione Guido D' Arezzo present a program of itineraries and exhibitions, from May 2024 to February 2025, to celebrate the genius of the great Arezzo artist, 450 years after his death. 10 exhibitions including monumental works and rare documents, in his city of origin.
The centerpiece of the initiative is a major international exhibition, “Giorgio Vasari. The theater of Virtues”, in September at the Municipal Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.
The itinerary opens in May with the exhibition "For the glory of art and honor of the artists: Vasari, immortal writer and artist" at the Municipal Library (until July).

In & Out Of The Town
weekend and more

Real Collegio - Piazza del Collegio, 13, Lucca – Fri 3pm-8pm, Sat 4 and Sun 5 10am-8pm - free entry -
Fri 3, Sat 4 and Sun 5 15th edition of the Made in Italy craftsmanship exhibition: fashion, beauty, design, food. The two cloisters and the rooms on the ground floor, together with the external garden, host 120 selected craft exhibitors.

Church of Santa Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi - Borgo Pinti 58 - free entry
Sat 4, Sun 5, two days of shopping with exhibitors focused on the environment and the love of greenery, quality craftsmanship that respects the environment. But also workshops for children and a refreshment point.

La Versiliana - Marina di Pietrasanta - 0584 650029 - free entry 2pm-7pm - tasting stands open until 11pm - free tastings at the tasting stands 10 euros -
Sun 5, Mon 6 the great artisans of Tuscan taste: cocktails, gin, bitters, vermouth, bitters, liqueurs and spirits. Meetings, masterclasses and drinking culture, aperitif at sunset and evening with DJ set.

Tue 14, the 100th anniversary of the first consortium founded in all of Europe will be celebrated in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence with a conference in the Salone dei Cinquecento.

San Gimignano - Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm - basic entry 20 euros with 5 tastings -
Sat 18 and Sun 19, tastings, workshops and entertainment featuring Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

Firenze, 25Hours Hotel, Piazza San Paolino – ticket 40 euros – info and reservation - 055 212911 –
Thu 23 7,31pm-11.30pm - The wine festival organized by Firenze Spettacolo and directed by Andrea Gori returns to Rome with a special selection of over 60 wines.

Villa Gerini Colonnata, viale XX Settembre 259 Sesto Fiorentino (FI) – free entry – from 10.30am to 8pm - Strana.mente events Facebook page, Strana.mente_events Ig page -
Sat 25, Sun 26 A weekend of quality shopping with Tuscan artisans and beyond, enriched by collateral events and food trucks.

Villa Salviati is accessible exclusively on foot from the entrances of Via Bolognese 156 and Via Faentina 261.
Sat 25 the Historical Archives Of The European Union (ASUE) open the headquarters of Villa Salviati in Florence, with a rich program of cultural and recreational activities for all ages. Entrance is free and open to the public in the historic spaces and gardens of the Villa.

Malmantile - 25 May and 1 June from 7pm, 26 May 2 June from 4pm - - FB and IG @festamedioevomalmantile
Sat 25, Sun 26 and 1st and 2nd June Knights, ladies, acrobats, musicians, brave archers await us in the setting of the ancient walls of Malmantile Castle for the XXIX edition of the Medieval Festival.

Sat 25, Sun 26 through the streets of the Renaissance village. A great celebration for the whole territory dedicated to Chianti Classico and Barbaresco as a special guest. Two ideal days for all wine enthusiasts.

Music, Cinema, Theatre and more

Piazza Vittorio Gui - 055 2001278 – shows at 8pm (unless otherwise indicated) - tickets:
Sun 5 Daniele Gatti in music by Petrassi and Shostakóvič.
From Tue 7 to Sat 11 with the Cherubini Conservatory and the Fiesole Music School, music by Schubert, Brahms, Ravel, JS Bach, Martin, Dutilleux, Poulenc, Piazzolla, McKennit, Powell.
Sun 12 Riccardo Muti in music by Mozart and Schubert.
Tue 14 Jeanne Dark, Alessandro Cadario directs.
Tue 14, Wed 15, Thu 16, Fri 17 at 9pm the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, in four art venues in the Metropolitan City of Florence.
Mar 21 is the turn of the musical association L'Homme armé in music by Isaac and Desprès.
Fri 24 Tosca, directed by Daniele Gatti.
Sat 25 Myung-Whun Chung in music by Schubert and Brahms.
Thu 30, Fri 31 (ballet) Après-midi d'un faune | Bolero | Le Sacre du Printemps (Ecstasy Trilogy).

Church and Chapter House of Santa Felicita - piazza di Santa Felicita, 3 - info 348 6928660, – concerts at 9pm – full program – until 30 June
Fri 3 Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Style, German Style.
Mon 8 Divine Beauties: Neapolitan motets for solo voice and continuo.
Wed 10 The Traversiere in European Baroque Music.
Thu 11 “Laudate Dominum: Sacred Seventeenth Century”. Seventeenth-century Italian vocal music.
Wed 17 Music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries on the harpsichord and organ.
Mon 22 Three Partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Wed 24 Musical inspirations from Italy in Germany between the 17th and 18th centuries.
Mon 29 The Golden Period of the baroque trumpet, from Fantini to Händel.
Wed 31 Johann Sebastian Bach and Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Music for Harpsichord and Lute.

Info 055 783374 / 333 7883225 also whatsapp – concerts at 9pm - tickets 15/20 euros (reduction for students, over 65s and Unicoop Firenze members); Musical Wednesdays: Church of San Carlo dei Lombardi free entry -
Sun 5, Mon 6 music by Busoni and Glazunov.
Wed 8 Ferruccio Bartoletti in music Dieterich, Buxtehude and Bach
Mon 13 Homage to Ennio Morricone.
Tue 14 Bruno Canino in music by Mozart and Brahms.
Wed 15 Federica Iannella in music by Buxtehude, Mendelssohn and Galuppi.
Tue 21 tribute to Michael Jackson.
Wed 22 pieces of music by Wagner, Schumann and Liszt.
Sun 26, Mon 27 on the podium Giovan Battista Varoli with music by Brahms and Beethoven.
Tue 28 Grzegorz Nowak conducts.

Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina, 99 (unless otherwise indicated) - info 055 212320 - concerts at 9pm - tickets:
Thu 9 Hossein Pishkar conducts music by Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart.
Thu 16 Erina Yashima in music by Tchaikovsky.the Arts Symphony Orchestra in music by Mendelssohn and Prokofiev.

How to use the listings
Listings are arranged thematically and offer a selection of the most interesting events each month.
Discounted or half priced tickets can be obtained directly at the theaters with Firenze Spettacolo's coupons
Events, prices and times listed are occasionally subject to change and cancellation, so phone ahead if you want to be absolutely sure.
For more details, (in Italian), of what's happening in Florence this month, Firenze Spettacolo listings are divided into sections. Days of the week are abbreviated as follows: lun (Mon); mar (Tue); mer (Wed); gio (Thu); ven (Fri); sab (Sat); dom (Sun). Times are always di the 24-hour clock.
Florence Night Map: Restaurants and clubs open around midnight (see contents page 4-5 in the magazine).

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