10 events not to be missed this week in Florence and Tuscany
What to do in and around Florence from 26 September to 2 October 2022
Art, concerts, shows and good food. Here are the events not to be missed this week in and around Florence.
Corri la Vita turns 20 and celebrates this milestone by returning to run through the streets of Florence on Sunday 2 October. Participants will be able to choose from new routes varying in degrees of difficulty - one of about 11 km for those who want to run and a second of 6 km for those who prefer to enjoy the cultural sights along the way. Both wind through unprecedented scenery and breathtaking views designed specifically to enjoy the unique beauty of Florence. In addition to this, as per tradition, there will be the opportunity to visit free of charge in the afternoon many cultural destinations scattered throughout the city and its surroundings, including museums and exhibitions, simply by wearing the CORRI LA VITA 2022 jersey or showing the donation receipt.
Until 2 October in the sumptuous Palazzo Corsini the Biennale Internazionale dell'Antiquariato, the oldest market exhibition in the world and an absolute reference point for great Italian art. The halls of Palazzo Corsini will host around 80 galleries with a new layout by interior designer Matteo Corvino. Many Italian and international antique dealers bring the best of paintings from every era, drawings, sculptures and much more.
IL TROVATORE AT THE MAGGIO MUSICALE
From 29 September to 7 October, at the Auditorium Zubin Mehta's Il Trovatore by Verdi conducted by Zubin Mehta opens the opera season of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
Sunday 2 October sees the return of Metropolitan Sunday, a day on which all residents of the Metropolitan City of Florence can enjoy the city's museums free of charge. Citizens will also be able to take part in the numerous scheduled visits and activities. The Museo Novecento will host the large monographic exhibition Tony Cragg.Transfer, which allows visitors to appreciate the artist's marvellous sculptures and drawings; this will be counterbalanced by the exhibition Passione Novecento. From Paul Klee to Damien Hirst, at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, which exhibits prestigious works by several 20th-century masters, acquired from private Florentine and Tuscan collectors. Also on display at the MAD Murate Art District in Florence is the exhibition Il Respiro dei sogni (The Breath of Dreams): the work of Jacopo Baboni Schilingi, which evocatively and dreamily collects the dreams of the citizens who have joined the artist's call. At Forte di Belvedere it is the last day of opening for the exhibitions dedicated to women artists: on the one hand the personal Play It Again by the young and talented Rä di Martino and on the other the exhibition Fotografe! presented and promoted by the Fondazione Alinari per la Fotografia. On the occasion of the centenary of the death of Stefano Bardini, thanks to the support of Aquila Energie, it is possible to visit the exhibition Officina Bardini. Admission to the individual museums will be available subject to availability, except for the Cappella Brancacci, where reservations are compulsory.
TWELVE SUNDAYS TO DISCOVER THE SYNAGOGUE, THE MUSEUM AND THE JEWISH MONUMENTAL CEMETERY
Twelve Sundays from 2 October to 8 with several rounds of visits to get closer to Jewish culture and discover usually inaccessible places such as the Monumental Cemetery in Viale Ariosto. Appointments in October: The Synagogue of Florence in its history and rituals, Sunday 2 October (at 11 am, 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm), Sunday 23 October (at 11 am and 3.30 pm), Sunday 30 October (at 11 am, 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm). Visit to the Jewish Monumental Cemetery, Sunday 9 October (at 11 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.); The figure and role of women in Judaism, Sunday 23 October (at 12.30 p.m.). The cost of the guided tours will be €10 per person; to participate, booking is required on 055290383.
CHERUBINI'S REQUIEM IN SANTO STEFANO AL PONTE WITH FLORENTINE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND HARMONIA CANTATA CHOIR
Protagonists of the concert that inaugurated the season, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina and Coro Harmonia Cantata return together on Sunday 2 and Monday 3 October at the Auditorium of Santo Stefano al Ponte in Florence, (9 p.m. - Piazza S. Stefano - access from Via Por S. Maria - Florence) for two evenings dedicated to Luigi Cherubini's "Requiem", composed to commemorate the death of Louis XVI.
TERRA DI SIENA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The 26th edition of the Terra di Siena International Film Festival, the festival chaired by Mariapia Corbelli and directed by Antonio Flamini, opens in Siena on 28 September. Until 2 October, 22 new works, an international competition for quality works and young authors, 6 documentaries and 30 short films will be on the programme. Among the retrospectives, the Festival's flagship is the celebration of three giants in the centenary year: Ugo Tognazzi, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Vittorio Gassman, who will be honoured with a conference in the Santa Maria della Scala museum complex attended by international film historians and critics.
Scheduled from Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October at the Prato delle Cornacchie in the Cascine Park, next to the Ernesto De Pascale Florence Cascine Amphitheatre, as part of the Ultravox Florence Summer Space. 12 metres of grill and 8 masters of steak at work to serve the queen of Tuscan cuisine. Also on the programme at the Florence Steak Festival are meetings with Tuscan breeders, chefs and nutritionists. And again, masterclasses by the Accademia della Fiorentina, shows and themed initiatives. On stage rock'n'roll by Partners in Crime, jazz by Dimitri Grechi Espinoza, traditional Tuscan songs revisited by La Nuova Pippolese. And Sunday at 6 p.m. Atalanta - Fiorentina on the big screen.
I POETI DEL PIANO SOLO, CONCERTS BY ENRICO PIERANUNZI, TANIA GIANNOULI AND TIGRAN HAMASYAN
From Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 September 2022, I Poeti del Piano Solo, the festival totally dedicated to solo piano recitals, returns. The great novelty of this third edition, a sign of the path of growth that animates the project, lies in the diffusion of the appointments in the city of Florence: each concert will take place in a different place, involving prestigious venues in an ideal tour of the city in music. The opening of this third edition, scheduled for Wednesday 28 September in the Sala Vanni, is entrusted to Enrico Pieranunzi (starting at 9.15 p.m.). A stop-off also at the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence, in the marvellous Sala del Paradiso is in fact the protagonist on Thursday 29 September, Tania Giannouli (free entrance with reservation from 21 September). The three-day Piano Solo recital closes on 30 September at the Teatro Puccini with a concert by Armenian Tigran Hamasyan.
The first edition of Florence Art Week officially opens the contemporary art season in Florence. From Henry Moore to Tony Cragg and Olafur Eliasson, here are all the exhibitions not to be missed this week and in the coming months in the city.
VINTAGE MARKET DI PIMP MY VINTAGE AT THE STELLAR
On Sunday, 2 October 2022, from 12 noon to 8 p.m., past and future meet in a special event: a journey to discover unique garments and original creations with the Pimp My Vintage Market, which will fill the spaces of The Stellar, in the Florentine Oltrarno on Lungarno Soderini, with colour, a galaxy that lights up in the morning and shines until late in the evening.
In Gaiole in Chianti the Holy Week begins, which on Saturday and Sunday brings some 9,000 cyclists to ride the white roads of Chianti and Val d'Orcia wearing woollen jerseys, riding vintage bicycles, i.e. built before 1987. The Eroica is a race, or rather five races, but it is not a competition. One pedals for passion, to feel the difficulty of the road, the sacrifice and the fatigue. Emotions often unique rewarded by a smile, a plate of ribollita, a slice of bread and oil, bread and sugar, bread and wine. And what wine, since we are in Chianti. HERE all the details on l'Eroica and HERE everything you can see in Gaiole in Chianti. HERE all the details on l'Eroica and HERE everything you can see in Gaiole in Chianti.
KNOCK - OR THE TRIUMPH OF MEDICINE' BY ROMAINS BY THE CHAIR COMPANY
On Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 September 2022, at 9 p.m., the Aula Magna of the N.I.C. will stage Knock - Ovvero il trionfo della medicina by Juels Romains, curated by the Compagnia delle Seggiole. All appointments are free admission.
Until 2 October, international cinema returns to Tuscany. Virzì (27 September) and Tornatore (26 September) will receive the Premio alla Carriera, Peter Greenaway the Dante Alighieri Cinema Award 2022 and will be in Lucca with his wife Saskia Boddeke, director of the documentary The Peter Greenaway alphabet, which will be screened for the occasion together with I misteri del giardino di Compton House, restored and screened at the recent Venice Film Festival (on 2 October).
From 1 October to 26 November the first edition of Suoni Riflessi in the Sala Vanni in Piazza del Carmine. Music, different arts and expressions, international soloists, young promises, contemporary creativity, consecrated authors, entertainment, musicological investigation, generations compared and more, all united in a cultural and emotional space of the highest quality and educational level. HERE the complete programme.