Tips for Strangers in The City: May Guide

A selection of Florence and Tuscany Art and Entertainment for MAY 2022

Art & Exhibitions

Festival d’Europa - various venues - info and complete program:
From Thu 5 to Thu 12 The city becomes a place of meeting, sharing and reflection on Europe, its citizens and its future, a living-lab for communicating the values ​​and policies of the European Union.

Bologna Fiera - 051 282111 - opening hours: Fri 12pm-8pm; Sat and Sun 11am-8pm -
From Fri 13 to Sun 15 in Bologna The longest-running Italian art fair (it was founded in 1974) remains faithful to its vocation: to be the reference event for galleries and Italian art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Piazza di Santo Stefano, 5 - info 055 217418 - opening hours: every day 11.30am-6.30pm -
From Sun 1 to Sun 22 Almost a month of installations, performances and meetings at the Cathedral of the Image (former Church of Santo Stefano al Ponte). Free festival dedicated to digital arts, new media and crypto art organized by Crossmedia Group.

Palazzo Strozzi - piazza Strozzi - 055 2645155 - every day 10am-8pm, Thu 23 - 16 euro (with Bargello ticket 13 euro; Museo Del Bargello - Via del Proconsolo, 4 - 055 2388606 - 8.45am-1.30pm (closed Tues and 2° and 4th Sun of the month) - 8 euro -
Donatello, The Renaissance - until July 31st
Donatello's most important masterpieces compared with works by Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Michelangelo and Raphael. It is the great retrospective presented by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation and the Bargello Museums

Via Ricasoli, 58/60 - 055 0987100 - Tue-Sun 9am-6.45pm (close on Mon) - 12 euro, red. 2 -
I Bronzi di Michelangelo - Unitl 19 June
For the first time on display, in a single location, all the ancient examples of Michelangelo's bronze busts, attributed to Daniele da Volterra, from various international museums.

PALAZZO PITTI Pitti, 1 - 055 294883 – ore 13.30-18.50 (chiuso lun) – 16 euro
From Hell to the Empire. Dante's world between science and poetry - until 29 May
Science and poetry come together in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. For the first time, an exhibition is dedicated to “Dante the scientist” which leverages the visual dimension evoked by Dante's verses

Piazza San Giovanni – info 055 2645789 – open on  Mon-Sun (close first Tue) – 10 euro, Battistero included -
The Three Pietas of Michelangelo – fino al 1° agosto

Via Cavour, 3 - 055 2760552 - 9 am-7pm (closed Wed) - 10 euro -
Oscar Ghiglia. The years of the twentieth century - Until 13 September
One of the greatest Italian artists of the twentieth century, student of Fattori and inspired by Cezanne.

Piazza San Pancrazio - 055 219432 - Sat, Sun and Mon 10 am-7pm - 6 euro, reduction 4 -
Pas de deux: Marino Marini Igor Stravinskij - Unitl 30 May
50 works to tell the partnership between two of the most iconic artistic personalities of the twentieth century.
The adventures of Pinocchio - installation by Stefano Rovai - Until 23 May
Peter Brandes, Maja Lisa Engelhardt, Susan Kanaga and Filippo Rossi. Fons Vitae - Until 6 June
Installation by four contemporary artists in dialogue with the Holy Sepulcher by Leon Battista Alberti, kept in the Museum.

Via Ricasoli, 68 - Tue-Sat 10-13 / 17-19, Sun 10-13 (closed Mon) - free admission
Marison Ray. Vertigo - Until May 29
A monumental work created by the Italian artist, inspired by the attraction that Michelangelo's Last Judgment exercised on artists for almost five centuries -

Piazza S. M. Novella, 10 - 055 286132 - fri-mon 11am-8pm (closed tue-thu) - 9.50 euros - reservations recommended
Filippo de Pisis. The illusion of superficiality - Giulio Paolini. When is the present? - Luca Vitone. D’après (De Pisis - Paolini) - Until 7 Sept

Salone Donatello - Piazza San Lorenzo, 9 - 055 2756444 - lun-sab 10.30-16 - 7 euro -
Natura collecta, Natura exhibita - Until September 2022
Cultural itinerary on naturalistic collecting in Florence from the Medici to the Natural History Museum.

Prato - Via Puccetti, 3 - Tue-Thu 10am-3pm, Fri and Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 3pm-7pm - 8 euro, red 6 -
Novecento Elegante - Until May 29
80 objects including clothing and accessories for women and men that belonged to the Fineschi family - among the most active of the Prato entrepreneurial bourgeoisie since the mid-nineteenth century - collected in the last twenty years with care and passion by Ada Tirinnanzi, wife of Antonio Fineschi, holder of family memory.

Events, Weekend and more
In & Out of the Town

Terme del Tettuccio - Piazza Domenico Giusti, Montecatini – ticket 20 euro with 5 tastings, flute and flute holder included -
Sat 7 and Sun 8 at Terme Tettuccio for two days in the company of French bubbles.

Ultravox - Parco delle Cascine - free admission - Fri from 5pm to 10pm, Sat from 10am to 12am, Sun from 10am to 10pm -
From Fri 13 to Sun 15 At the Cascine park, at the Ultravox space at the amphitheater, "Volare - Festival of flight": protagonists are flights, hot air balloons, kites, model airplanes, meetings and much more.

UNA Esventure Versilia Lido - via Sergio Bernardini ex Viale Colombo 337 Lido di Camaiore - Sun 11.30am-7pm, Mon 11.30am-6.30pm – ticket 25 euro - info 335 6814021 -
Sun 22 and Mon 23 at the Hotel Una Esventure Versilia Lido a selection of Italian wineries for two days of tastings and comparisons with the winemakers.

XXVI Medieval Festival Malmantile - Sat 28 and Tue 3 and Thu 4 June from 7pm - Sun 29 and Thu 2 and Fri 5 June from 4pm -
Sat 28 and Sun 29 and then from 2 to 5 June, in the ancient walls of the Castle, the XXVII edition of the Medieval Festival of Malmantile. Enchanting ladies, brave knights, musicians, acrobats, brave archers await us in the charming Tuscan village.

Serre Torrigiani - via di Gusciana 21 - from 11am to 20pm - free admission -
Sat 28 and Sun 29 two days dedicated to shopping among fine craftsmanship, fashion, accessories and much more.

Events, motors, food and wine, markets and nature. Spring explodes in Mugello. Info
VICCHIO - Until Sun 29 at Le Piscine Word of Dinosaurs, traveling exhibition. Every Sun Snack in Vicchio with popcorn, donuts, chocolate & more.
SCARPERIA - Sun 1 Collectors in the Piazza, Scarperia Wine, 1st edition Mugello road circuit. Sun 8 Merchandise in the square and painting competition Primo Salvafari. Sun 22 Infiorata, floral mosaics for streets and squares. Fri 27 and Sat 28 Mugello Speed Sound Festival. Sun 29 Italian Grand Prix MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.
BORGO SAN LORENZO - Mon 9 and Sun 15 at Villa Pecori Giraldi Mugello da Fiaba festival dedicated to children. From Fri 20 to Sun 22 at the Monastery of Santa Caterina Fabrica 32 ceramic festival.
DICOMANO - From Fri 6 to Sun 8 May Fair, Sun 15 Market “A second opportunity”.
PALAZZUOLO SUL SENIO - Sun 8 Walking the Apennines excursion to Rocca San Michele.
BARBERINO - From Thu 19 to Sun 22 Palio dei Rioni.

From Fri 6 to Sun 8 at Stazione Leopolda in Pisa, protagonists of high quality Italian craft beers - Fri from 7pm to 1am, Sat from 6pm to 1am, Sun from 11am to 11pm, ticket 11 euro with glass and 3 tokens

From Wed 11 to Sun 15 in Piazza del Mercato Nuovo in Prato beer and music flow freely with protagonists among others Bobo Rondelli, Modena City Ramblers, I Ministri together with craft beers and street food - from 9pm, free admission

From Wed 18 to Sun 22 at the Holy Family Parish in via Gioberti 33, the spring edition of the solidarity market with products made entirely by hand. Profit in charity - from 9.30 to 7pm - free admission

From Thu 12 to Sun 15 in Piazza Napoleona in Lucca you will discover a corner of France, among Champagne, cheeses, biscuits, baguettes and croissants, crepes and macarons and typical handicrafts - Thu from 12pm to 9pm, from Fri to Sun from 9am to 9pm

From Thu 12 to Sat 14 in La Cattedrale di Pistoia in the foreground the world of do-it-yourself and bricolage with many protagonist exhibitors - from 9.30am to 7pm - ticket 10 euro

Sat 14 and Sun 15 in Piazza Ciompi handicraft market organized by the Heyart Association - from 9am to 8pm - free admission

Sat 14 and Sun 15 in Vicopisano in the historic center of the medieval village the 10th edition of the fair dedicated to flowers and nurseries that create an open-air garden not to be missed is staged - free admission

Sat 28 and Sun 29 in San Casciano Val di Pesa the districts Cavallo, Gallo, Giglio, Leone and Torre return to dress the town for a party of two days, full of events including exhibitions, conferences, games, markets and medieval tables.

Music, Theatre
Discounts here:

Piazza Vittorio Gui 1 - 055 2001278 - info tickets and season tickets:
Sat 7 at 7pm, Sat 14 and Sun 15 at 3.30pm, Thu 19 at 7pm Le Nozze di Figaro, directed by Mark Minkowski.
Sun 22, Wed 25, Tue 31 at 9pm, Sat 28 at 5pm I Due Foscari, directed by Carlo Rizzi.

Verdi Theater - via Ghibellina, 99 (unless otherwise indicated) - 055 0681726 - concerts at 9 pm (unless otherwise indicated); Enchanted Villas and Gardens: concerts start at 9.30 pm, tickets from 8 euro - Teatro Verdi Box Office, Box Office and on Ticketone -
Thu 5 Lorenza Borrani, Enrico Dindo, Pietro De Maria, in Ghedini music "Concerto dell’Albatro".
Fri 13 Erina Yashima in music by Beethoven and Bruch.
Sun 15 The brass of the ORT in music by Elfman, Morricone, Rota, Zimmer and others.
Sat 21 at Villa La Petraia, Beatrice Venezi in music by Puccini, Boccherini and Cherubini.

Various places - info and reservations 055 783374/333 7883225 - tickets 10/15/20 euro, online presales on TicketOne and Box Office Toscana (Reduction for students, over 65, holders of the “Firenze Card” of the Municipality of Florence and Unicoop Firenze members -
Sun 8, Mon 9 at Santo Stefano al Ponte, Giuseppe Andaloro and Giuseppe Lanzetta in music by Mozart.
Sun 15 at Orsanmichele Museum, Giovanni Nesi “Left Hand” in music by Bach, Scriabin, Shostakovich.
Mon 16 at Orsanmichele Museum, Christian Riganelli and Fabio Battistelli in music from Piazzolla to Morricone.
Thu 19 at Auditorium CR Firenze, Crazy Quartet with music by Fauré and Ravel.
Sun 29, Mon 30 at Santo Stefano al Ponte, tribute to Lucio Dalla and Pino Daniele.

Films & Festivals

Cinema La Compagnia - via Cavour, 50r - 055 268451 - full program:
From Mar 3 to Fri 6 Red Hell - Joe D'Amato on the way of excess by Manlio Gomarasca and Massimiliano Zanin
The doc tells of one of the most versatile and underrated Italian directors: Aristide Massaccesi alias Joe D'Amato.
Until Wed 4 Atlantis by Yuri Ancarani. Presented this year in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival and in the running for the David Awards as Best Documentary.
Until Sun 8 20th century the most beautiful invention, In May the protagonist is Howard Hawks.
Tue 3 and Mon 9 The scenography in the cinema, two lessons dedicated to the scenography in the cinema, held by Prof. Stefano Socci.
Mon 2 at 4.45 pm meeting on Archeology at the Cinema with the Firenze Archeofilm festival
Mon 9 at 4.45 pm Alessandro Lo Presti presents the book The healer warrior
From Mon 16 to Mon 6 June at 4 pm four lectures entitled Inside Korean cinema, in-depth meetings on South Korean cinema, in collaboration with the Florence Korea Film Fest.

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 (see below 'Carnet tagliandi').
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 (see contents page 3). 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 8-9).

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