Tips for foreigners in The City: MAY Guide

A selection of Florence and Tuscany Art and Entertainment.

Art & Exhibitions

Villa Bardini - Costa San Giorgio, 2 - 055 294883 - every day 10am-7pm - 10 euro, rid 5 - – Until 8 October
From Wed 3 monographic exhibition dedicated to Lisetta Carmi, curated by Giovanni Battista Martini, curator of the photographer's archive.

Treasury of the Grand Dukes - Pitti, 1 - 055 294883 – 8.15-18.50 (closed on Mon) – 10 euro – Until 16 May
Uffizi Galleries dedicate an important exhibition to Eleonora di Toledo at the Treasury of the Grand Dukes of Palazzo Pitti.

Piazza Strozzi – 055 2645155 – every day 10am-8pm, gio 10am-11pm – 15 euro, rid 12 -
The exhibition 'Reaching for the Stars. From Maurizio Cattelan to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye', created on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, with over 70 works by the most important Italian and international contemporary artists.

Piazza Signoria - 055 2768224 - ore 9am-7pm, Thu at 9am-2pm - 12,50 euro – Until 4 June
Giacometti-Fontana. The search for the absolute' on display works from the collection of the Museo del Novecento.

Piazza S. M. Novella, 10 - 055 286132 - fri-mon 11am-8pm (closed tue-thu) - 9.50 euros - reservations recommended - Until 3 September
Two floors dedicated to the sculptures and drawings by Lucio Fontana in the exhibition Lucio Fontana. The origin of the world.

Dissemination of art" project by the Uffizi Galleries and the CR Firenze Foundation.
Until 1 October Museo della Ceramica di Montelupo the exhibition Ceramics of Montelupo and the Uffizi: a "gallery" of comparisons.
Until 29 October at the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of San Pietro in Mercato di Montespertoli the exhibition Filippo Lippi in Valdelsa.

Lucca - Monumental complex of San Micheletto - Via San Micheletto, 3 - 0583 4672056 - 7 euro, rid 4 - Until 25 June
Fausto Melotti's ceramics. He was a refined ceramist and, from the second post-war period up to the early 1960s, in this technique he found a tool for the invention and transformation of his sculpture. The itinerary presents the different types of ceramics by Melotti, in comparison with the ceramics of artists and designers directly or indirectly linked to him.

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

Piazza San Pancrazio – 055 219432 - Sat, Sun, Mon 10am-7pm (closed 1st Jan) -
Look and wait: Enrique Martínez Celaya - Selected Sculptures 2005-2023', first solo show in Italy by the Cuban artist.

Prato - Via Puccetti, 3 – Tue-Thu 10-15, Fri-Sat 10-19, Sun 15-19 (closed Mon) 10 euro, rid 8 -
Unitl 19 November KIMONO - Reflections of art between Japan and the West, on display fifty Kimonos, for men and women, from the first half of the 20th century from the exclusive Manavell private collection.

Montalcino (Si) - Sant'Agostino Complex - Via Ricasoli, 31 - 0577 286300 - every day 10.30-7pm - 10 euro -
An immersive and emotional journey to discover one of the most famous red wines in the world, Brunello di Montalcino.

MUSIC, THEATRE and more...

Piazza Vittorio Gui - 055 2001278 – timetables and prices on:
Wed 3, Sat 6, Mar 9, Fri 12 Mozart's Don Giovanni, conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Fri 5 Myung-Whun Chung conducts music by Beethoven.
Wed 10 Daniele Gatti conducts music by Giuseppe Verdi.
Fri 19 Andrés Orozco-Estrada in music by Elgar, Dvorak.
Sat 20, Mar 23, Fri 26, Wed 31 the second opera title is Verdi's Otello on the podium Zubin Mehta.
Thu 25 Zubin Mehta conducts music by Beethoven and Wagner.

Teatro Verdi – via Ghibellina, 99 (unless otherwise indicated) - 055 212320 - concerts at 9pm -
Thu 4 Vincenzo Milletarì conducts music by Del Corno, Weber, Strauss, Mozart
Fri 12 Francesca Dego directed by Jordan De Souza.
Sat 13 at Porcari (LU) The Brass of the ORT in Jazz Sebastian B(ach)rass.
Tue 23 Andrea Battistoni in music by Schubert.
Fri 26 at Teatri degli Animosi in Carrara, Bruno Nicoli conducts music by Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi, Mascagni and Puccini.

Santo Stefano al Ponte Auditorium; Musical Wednesdays: Auditorium CR Firenze, free admission - Info and reservations 055 783374 or 333 7883225 (also via whatsapp) - concerts at 21 - tickets 15/20 euros (promotion carnet at 12 euros each, discount on students, over 65s and Unicoop Firenze members ) pre-sales on
Mon 1 Florentine Wind Quintet performs the Overture from Rossini's "Barber of Seville", Prokofiev's Peter and the wolf Peer Gynt by Grieg.
Sun 7 and Mon 8 evenings in homage to Vivaldi with I Solisti di Toscana Classica.
Wed 10 Arturo Barba in music by Bach, Anonymous espanol, Sir Thalben-Ball, Mendelssohn, Glass.
Wed 17 Josef Miltschitzky, organ and Susanne Jutz Miltschitzky soprano in South German music.
Sun 14 and Mon 15 the bassoon by Francesco Bossone in music by Contini, Vivaldi and Mozart.
Thu 18 Elleboros Quartet with music by Haydn and Schumann.
Sun 21 and Mon 22 Alberto Bocini conducts music by Bottesinie and Bocini.
Wed 24 Susana G. Lastra in music by Sweelinck, Pasquini, Buxtehude, JS Bach, JChF Bach, Mendelssohn, Bartolucci.
Sun 28 and Mon 29 Giuseppe Lanzetta conducts music by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
Wed 31 The Opera in the Church with music from Mozart, Bellini, Rossini, Verdi with the organists Mara Fanelli and Olimpio Medori

Piazza Santa Trinita – info 06 68805816 – 9 pm -
Tue 9 the Asbury University Chorale will be the protagonist, directed by Vicki Bell.

WEEKEND and more... in & out of the town

Lucca - Villa Bottini, Via Elisa 9 - Fri 5 at 3pm-8pm, Sat 6 and Sun 7 at 10am-8pm - admission free - info
Florence - Serre Torrigiani, Via di Gusciana 21 – 11am-8pm - free admission - info
Fri 5, Sat 6 and Sun 7 at Villa Bottini, Lucca and Sat 27 and Sun 28 at Serre Torrigiani, Florence. In the region where craftsmanship and creativity have always played an important role on an economic level and in the socio-cultural fabric, this beautiful market exhibition dedicated to Made in Italy craftsmanship is back.

Il Bronzetto and La Brasserie by Bronzetto – Via Romana 151-153 r - free admission –10.30am-8.30pm - Strana.mente Events - - Real Taste of Tuscany by COMMUNICART.IT -
Sat 13 and Sun 14 weekend dedicated to the excellence of the handmade at the Bronzetto in Florence. Two days of shopping dedicated to Italian craftsmanship and food and wine in the elegant context of the Bronzetto in Florence, an artisan reality that is included in the "list of Florentine activities of excellence".

Morellino di Scansano DOCG Protection Consortium - Via XX Settembre 36 Scansano (GR) – 0564 507710 – –
Sun 14 and Mon 15 in Scansano. The event this year is also open to the public of wine lovers. The big news of the spring event promoted by the Morellino di Scansano Consortium is the opening to the public of enthusiasts with the producers as protagonists in an important tasting counter.

Radda in Chianti - info and booking at limited number tastings 0577 738494 or at - designer glass 25 euros and entitles you to taste all the labels at the producers' stalls -
Sat 20 and Sun 21 in the streets of the Chianti village of Radda in Chianti, 34 participating companies will be the protagonists with over one hundred labels available to wine tourists and enthusiasts, such a high participation has never been recorded!

For information: Penna Blu Edizioni 0584 650029- free entrance to the lawns of the splendid park, from 12pm to 8pm (Mon  until 7pm) - entrance to the tasting counter area with a 20 euro ticket for free tastings (possibility to purchase bottles) – on 2 tickets for the price of 1 reserved for readers of Firenze Spettacolo
Sun 21 and Mon 22 a festival with the master craftsmen of Tuscan liqueur and distillation. in the park and in the evocative settings of the former Convent of San Francesco tasting tables with the best and selected producers from all over the region. You can have lunch like a big picnic, taking advantage of the tempting catering outlets.

Malmantile Historic Center - Sat 27 May and 3 June from 7 pm, Sun 28 May and 2, 4 June from 4 pm –
Sat 27 and Sun 28 May and 2, 3, 4 June Enchanting ladies, brave knights, musicians, acrobats, brave archers protagonists in the evocative setting of the ancient walls of the Castle for the traditional Malmantile Medieval Festival.

San Gimignano – more info, detailed programme, reservations and costs >
Sat 3 and Sun 4 June between the Rocca di Montestaffoli, Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Cisterna the first festival dedicated to the Rebel Queen of Tuscan wines.

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 8-9 in the magazine).

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