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A magical view of Florence  from the hills that surround it like a ring.  In particular, this viewpoint  is located near the Basilica of San Miniato (ph. Lorenzo Cotrozzi)

text Martina Olivieri

June 20, 2022

What to do this week in Florence and surroundings

Events, exhibitions and appointments not to be missed from 27 June to 3 July 2022

Art, exhibitions, festivals and much more. Let's discover together the unmissable appointments of the week.


  • Florence from Above reaches its third edition and continues on its path of narrating other points of view from incredible places in the city. Concerts, talks, performances and guided tours with the stratigraphic tale of Florence from 30 June to 22 September 2022 with 10 sunset meetings, 10 viewpoints, 10 transformative experiences of cultural production and fruition. Florentine and non-Florentine personalities have been involved in this edition, to give the right mix of insider and outsider visions, while observing the city of Florence from above, at the foot of the rooftops or towards the horizon. On Thursday 30 June, the terrace of the Palazzo della Borsa will be the backdrop for the storytelling of Cooperativa Archeologia's archaeologists and specialised tour guides.

  • Towers, gates and fortresses: from 24 June the Torre di San Niccolò, the queen of Florentine towers, reopens to the public. But that's not all, the other city fortifications will also be open again, from Forte Belvedere (from 19) to the Baluardo di San Giorgio (from 25 June), from Porta Romana (from 2 July) to the Fortezza da Basso (from 7 July) and the Torre della Zecca (from 9 July).

  • Balagàn Café from 30 June to 1 September, every Thursday, ten appointments scheduled in the garden of the Synagogue. The formula of the 'Balagan Café' is the well-established one: opening at 7 p.m., guided tours of the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum, tastings of delicious dishes from the Jewish world; music, meetings with authors and personalities from the world of culture and entertainment, and to conclude the evening, a concert that sees national and international exponents of the Jewish world and beyond perform every evening in the fascinating setting of the steps of the Temple Major. Guided tours of the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum, at a cost of €10 from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m., will be held by dedicated operators; to participate, reservations are required on 055290383.


  • The Accademia Gallery in Florence is celebrating 140 years since the Tribuna, built specifically to house and protect Michelangelo's David, was inaugurated in the summer of 1882. And it does so with DAVID 140 a program, conceived by director Cecilie Hollberg, that will feature musicians, art historians, and intellectuals, both Italian and international, bringing their personal tribute to one of the world's most beloved sculptures. Firenze patria morale degli italiani is the title of the meeting that will feature, on June 13, Aldo Cazzullo, a well-known Italian journalist and writer, correspondent and columnist for "Corriere della Sera." DAVID 140 closes on June 27 with another contemporary icon, Patti Smith, who will perform a special musical reading, a tribute to the genius of Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Patti Smith Photo credits Paolo Brillo

  • On the occasion of the centenary of the death of the Prince of Antiquaries, which occurred in 1922, a programme of special meetings at Villa Bardini aimed at delving into the figure of the antiquarian, his extraordinary collections and the artistic system that gravitated around him: it begins on Wednesday 28 June, with an initial meeting involving the main proponents of this initiative and allowing the participants to 'open the doors' of this evocative and lively antiquarian world.

  • From 27 June to 7 August, Apriti cinema, the films under seven o'clock in the Piazzale degli Uffizi returns.

Cinema Uffizi

  • Extraordinary openings at the Medici Chapels: in July and August, in addition to the ordinary openings, the museum will remain open to the public every Sunday morning (and not, as usual, every other week) and every Monday from 8.45 am to 7 pm. New opportunities for those who wish to visit the Medici Chapels in the two central months of the summer of 2022, when the museum will be open every day except Tuesday.

  • Seventy days of cinema, meetings, music, theatre. Sixty films (a third of which will be in the original language with subtitles), 20 guests, 200 seats including some deckchairs and sun loungers. Non solo cinema in Manifattura is back, the Stensen Foundation's summer event in Manifattura Tabacchi's Piazza dell'Orologio, scheduled from 28 June to 8 September 2022.

  • On Thursday 30 June 2022, at 5 p.m., the MAD - Murate Art District in Florence will host the presentation and world premiere screening of the film "The masters of architecture and design: Enzo Zacchiroli", by Alberto Di Cintio.

  • The summer cultural events of the Opera del Duomo di Siena are back. The first appointment is for Thursday, 23 June, at 9 p.m. in the Cathedral with Musica per la Pace - fundraising for the support of Ukrainian families sheltered in the Diocese. The Guido Chigi Saracini Choir will perform a repertoire entitled Come Stelle in Terra (Like Stars on Earth), music and texts dedicated to the theme of light and the search for harmony among people. The following day, Friday 24 June at 10.30 a.m. in the Piccolomini Bookshop, a conference entitled Art and Faith for St. John the Baptist - The commissioning at the time of Aringhieri; speakers will be Prof. Barbara Gelli: Siena, Alberto Aringhieri and Pius II and Prof. Bruno Carabellese: The pictorial and sculptural apparatus in the Chapel of St. John the Baptist in Siena Cathedral. Every Tuesday in July and August, on the other hand, Good Morning Siena - a visit with the Clavigero del Duomo: a tour that starts at 7.15 a.m. and ends at 8.30 a.m. following the work of opening, switching on the lights, organising and preparing to welcome visitors together with those who work daily to 'wake up' the Cathedral. The visit will end with a breakfast in Piazza San Giovanni.


  • La Fabbrica della Comicità.Comici o Miseria is back, the national comedy competition now in its ninth edition and organised by the Cultural Association SPManagement ACS Arte Cultura e Spettacolo. Included in the Florentine Summer calendar, it is a way for many talented artists to perform in front of a jury as well as the public. The semi-finals, presented by Stefano Baragli, will take place on 24 June and 3 July 2022 at Le Murate Literary Café in Florence.

  • The Teatro di Rifredi is back on the road with the show event: Walking Thérapie, the urban psycho-walk conceived for the Avignon Festival by Nicolas Buysse, Fabrice Murgia and Fabio Zenoni, three imaginative Belgian theatrical artists who wrote the text and directed it. Immersed in the setting of the historical centre of Florence, Gregory Eve and Luca Avagliano will lead the spectators/patients in urban walks scheduled from 28 June to 23 July 2022 (Tuesdays to Saturdays at 9 pm) starting from the Quinoa-Zap (vicolo Santa Maria Maggiore 1, - corner of via De' Vecchietti).

  • Until 14 July the 84th edition of the May Festival with a rich programme.

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

  • Francesco Renga, Álvaro Soler, Luigi Strangis, Ana Mena and Riki. These are the first names of Radio Bruno Estate a Firenze, the great musical event scheduled for Monday 27 June 2022 in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata that will feature 15 big names of Italian and international music and the hits of the summer.

  • On Sunday 3, 10, 24 and 31 July 2022, at 6.15 p.m., the Compagnia delle Seggiole will present the world premiere of the show The First Experiment, freely adapted from Mark Twain's The Diary of Adam and the Diary of Eve, in the Villa Peyron al Bosco di Fontelucente . Evening programme: from 6.15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit to the Park of Villa Peyron - Spectators will be able to freely visit the park, exceptionally open for this event at sunset, deciding which route they prefer; at 7 p.m. - Performance in the Courtyard of the Villa. "The First Experiment.

  • Tuesday 6 and Friday 8 July 2022, at 9 p.m., Murmuris proposes "Being Don Quixote" with the Compagnia di Sollicciano at the Casa Circondariale.


  • On Wednesday 29 June 2022, at 5 p.m., the public programme signed LWCircus - in collaboration with MAD Murate Art District - continues within the RIVA Project: this last appointment can be followed, unlike the previous ones, only at the Sala Ketty La Rocca of MAD Murate Art District.

  • Until 2 October 2022 at Forte di Belvedere two beautiful exhibitions, The Fort remains open to visitors free of charge, every day except Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Forte Belvedere

  • Until July 31, 2022, Palazzo Strozzi presents Let's Get Digital!, a new exhibition project that brings to the spaces of the Strozzina and the courtyard the art revolution of NFTs and the new frontiers between real and digital through the works of international artists such as Refik Anadol, Anyma, Daniel Arsham, Beeple, Krista Kim and Andrés Reisinger.

Refik Anadol ©photo Ela Bialkowska OKNO studio

Donatello Madonna col Bambino Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

Donne in equilibrio, mostra Ferragamo

  • From 6 September to 27 November the Andito degli Angiolini at Palazzo Pitti will host K(C)ongo, Fragments of Interlaced Dialogues. Subversive Classifications, Sammy Baloji's first solo exhibition in Italy. The exhibition - enriched by the production of two new site-specific works for the halls of the Andito degli Angiolini, Palazzo Pitti - interweaves motifs and narratives taken from objects that arrived from the Kongo Kingdoms (today's Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Angola) from the 16th century onwards, now housed in Palazzo Pitti and various museums.

  • Tornabuoni Arte - Arte Antica presents the collection of Paintings and Antique Furniture 2022, displaying a selection of the most significant works of the catalog and the new location in Via de' Tornabuoni, 5. Many are the masterpieces that are part of the exhibition, we point out some as a Eucharistic Tabernacle in glazed terracotta, made around 1440 and traced by Giancarlo Gentilini to Andrea della Robbia, one of the major sculptors of the time.

  • Palazzo Medici Riccardi hosts, until 13 September 2022, the exhibition Oscar Ghiglia. The years of the Novecento. Promoted by the Metropolitan City of Florence and organised by MUS.E in collaboration with the Matteucci Institute of Viareggio, the exhibition offers the public the chance to get to know and appreciate the works of a great Italian twentieth-century artist with eminently Tuscan roots, yet profoundly linked to the European artistic events of his time.

Oscar Ghiglia Tavola imbandita 1908

  • In the heart of Palazzo Vecchio, in the Salone dei Cinquecento, Pelizza da Volpedo's large canvas The Fourth Estate (1898-1902), one of the most famous paintings of the 19th and 20th centuries, is on display until 30 June.

Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo The Fourth Estate -Il Quarto Stato

Filippo De Pisis, Natura morta, 1926, olio su cartone, Courtesy Gerolamo e Roberta Etro, Photo credit Manusardi Studio Fotografico Milano

  • Until August 1, 2022 in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Florence the exhibition The three Pietà sculpted by Michelangelo. For the first time an exhibition compares, close to each other, in the room of the Tribune of Michelangelo of the Museum, the original of the Pietà Bandini, whose restoration is recently completed, and the casts of the Vatican Pietà and the Rondanini Pietà from the Vatican Museums.

Pietà Bandini

  • The exhibition Michelangelo: the bronze effigy of Daniele da Volterra curated by Cecilie Hollberg is on until 31 July at the Galleria dell'Accademia.

  • The city of Florence welcomes Antonio Canova's Peace, the famous plaster version of the marble kept in the Khanenko National Museum in Kiev and currently hidden to protect it from bombing during the war between Russia and Ukraine. The plaster model of Canova's Peace will be on display until 18 September 2022 in the Sala Leone X in Palazzo Vecchio.


  • Until 5 October 2022, the inner loggia of the Museo Novecento will be transformed for the exhibition Architecture and Generosity, a project exploring the intimate and design world of Alfonso Femia and his Atelier(s) starting with the representation of the Whale. About 30 works including models and ceramic maquettes, as well as the Mediterranean Bestiary conceived by Alfonso Femia in 2011 for the OGR project in Turin and made by master ceramist Danilo Trogu, who has always accompanied this journey.

Alfonso Femia - Museo del Novecento

  • Until November 26, 2022, except for temporary exhibitions, Tornabuoni Arte brings to the stage Modern and Contemporary Art. Selected Anthology 2022, an annual appointment that takes the form of an exhibition in the two Italian venues of Florence and Milan (from December 16, 2021), and of a volume, the result of a careful selection of works, that highlights the spirit of careful research and refined knowledge that the gallery has developed over time. The exhibition Modern and Contemporary Art. Antologia scelta 2022, set up in the Florentine seat, with over fifty works, is divided into thematic areas.

Lucio Fontana, Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1965-66

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