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What to do this week in Florence and surroundings

Events, exhibitions and must-see events from 20 to 26 May

Art, concerts, shows and good food. Here are the events not to be missed this week in and around Florence.

Cantine Aperte returns throughout Tuscany from 25 to 26 May. For this edition, it is the culture of bread that will invade wine cellars throughout the region, with bread-making demonstrations, tastings, and stories of how one of the simplest products, bread, has always represented Tuscan character, just like wine. To do this, the Tuscan Wine Tourism Movement, promoter of the event, together with the Consortium for the Protection of Pane Toscano Dop (Tuscan PDO Bread), have set up a promotional itinerary that will involve not only open cellars throughout the region, but also bakers, products to go with bread, and tales of the past.

CASTELFALFI

Italy's largest diffuse museum reopens its doors. Sunday 26 May sees the return of the National Day of the Italian Historic Houses Association, this year in its 14th edition. More than 450 monuments including castles, fortresses, villas, parks and gardens along the peninsula will welcome free of charge all those who want to immerse themselves in timeless places, surrounded by the wonders of Italy's artistic and cultural heritage. Here all the places open and how to book.

  • APOTHECA - EXHIBITION AND MARKET IN BORGO SAN LORENZO

The territory's artisan and food and wine excellences return on 25 and 26 May to the Monastery of Santa Caterina, in the heart of Borgo San Lorenzo's historical centre, for a new edition of Apotheca - Exhibition and Market. For the entire weekend, in the cloister and in the interior spaces of the monastery complex, more than 40 artisans and local producers will tell their stories through their 'making'. A food area will also be set up.

  • MAURO REPETTO AT THE PUCCINI THEATRE

On Monday 20 May, at 9 pm, the Puccini Theatre will stage the show Alla ricerca dell'uomo ragno. La fiaba degli 883 with Mauro Repetto, Angelon Célie and Marco Guarnerio. The performance is directed by Stefano Salvati and Maurizio Colombi.

  • PERFORMANTE, EDOARDO FERRARIO'S STAND UP COMEDY AT THE PUCCINI THEATRE

On Sunday 26 May, at 9 pm, at the Teatro Puccini in Florence (Via delle Cascine, 41), Edoardo Ferrario returns to the stage with 'Performante', his new stand up comedy show.

  • L'HOMME ARMÉ AND UTFASOL ENSEMBLE IN CONCERT AT THE MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO

On Tuesday 21 May, at 8.00 p.m., at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino the L'Homme Armé Ensemble and UtFaSol ensemble perform in the concert In terra pax. Music for the Lords of Florence and Ferrara.

L'HOMME ARMÉ E UTFASOL ENSEMBLE

  • VINTAGE MARKET IN PIAZZA DEI CIOMPI

Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 May, from 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., the customary market in Piazza dei Ciompi returns dedicated to comics, vinyl, clothing, vintage and collectibles with many stalls from many parts of Italy.

  • SYMPHONIC TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL JACKSON AT LA COMPAGNIA THEATRE

Symphonic Tribute to Michael Jackson is the tribute in symphonic version that the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina pays to the unforgettable singer-songwriter, dancer and record producer, on Tuesday 21 May at 9 p.m. at the Teatro La Compagnia. Pianist soloist and concertmaster Fernando Díaz, who is also responsible for the orchestral arrangements.

  • BAROQUE FESTIVAL FLORENCE

Until June 30, the eighth edition of Baroque Festival Florence, the only Baroque music festival in Florence, comes to life. 16 concerts with internationally renowned musicians, in a place of great artistic value normally closed to the public: the Sala Capitolare of Santa Felicita, with frescoes of the Giotto school, as well as in other places of great historical-artistic interest in Florence, such as the Church of Santa Felicita, and the Marucelliana Library; two will be outdoors in the cloister of Santa Felicita (in case of rain, they will pass in the adjoining Sala Capitolare). Among the concerts not to be missed: Wednesday, May 29, 9 p.m. - Admission free of charge - Church of Santa Felicita The Golden Age of the Baroque Trumpet, from Fantini to Händel. Friday, June 28, 6 p.m. - Admission free of charge -Biblioteca Marucelliana, Florence The golden age of the mandolin in Florence.

  • PIMP MY VINTAGE'S VINTAGE & ART MARKET AT THE PIER

The warm weather turns on Sunday 26 May with the Pimp My Vintage Vintage Vintage & Art Market at the Florence Pier. Appointment from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. amidst deckchairs, sunsets, cocktails, a sea of clothes and accessories, bags and vinyls, jewellery and eyewear, design and creative craftsmanship, and emerging brands. A whole day to discover unique garments, new brands, collectors' items and works by young artists.

Pimp my Vintage

  • LA TRAVIATA IN IMMERSIVE VERSION AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE IMAGE

The Cathedral of the Image hosts every Thursday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., until Sept. 26, the world's most performed opera La Traviata, for the first time in an unprecedented immersive, semi-staged version produced by Opera Laboratori, Sillabe Editore, Modigliani Productions and Crossmedia. A narrator, Paolo Noseda, accompanies the audience (in Italian and English) through the most poignant love story of all time.

  • CELESTIAL DIALOGUES: PLANETARIUM MEETINGS

In the dome of the Digital Planetarium of the Science and Technology Foundation in Florence, the rich program of meetings continues, which for six Wednesdays, at 9 p.m., allow visitors to learn more about the Universe. Astrophysicists guide the visitor's gaze in space and time through astronomy, astrophysics, history, literature, and music, to bring an audience of young people and adults closer to the knowledge of the Heavens, with the illustration of the most recent scientific discoveries, in an unprecedented and multidisciplinary perspective. On Wednesday, June 5 at 9 p.m., Alessandro Marconi in the meeting ELT and ANDES: new frontiers of optical and infrared astronomy, and finally, on Wednesday, June 19 at 9 p.m., astrophysicist Emiliano Ricci journalist and science author in the meeting Harmonic Spheres: a journey between astronomy and music.

  • MINI CRUISE ON THE ARNO WITH ARNOBOAT

After the success of last season, Arnoboat, the mini-cruise on the Arno inspired by the Parisian model, returns to ply the waters of the city. This year the environmentally friendly electric boat will depart from its usual mooring point in Via Lungarno Diaz (height Piazza Mentana). The 2024 Arnoboat season runs until Monday 30 September.

  • ULTRATRAIL MUGELLO 2024

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April are the days eagerly awaited by athletes and volunteers alike. In fact, the ninth edition of the UltraTrail Mugello returns. Soldout for the new route, an intermediate of 43.5 km and about 2300 m of positive height gain, with the evocative name of Mugello Marathon Trail (MMT), as well as for the Ultra Trail Mugello (UTM) 60 km and the Mugello Trail (MT) 23.5 km respectively with 3200 and 1280 m of positive height gain. Side events include the Trekking and the BioDiversity Walk, open to all, which will enliven Saturday 27 April.

  • STARRY NIGHT, IMMERSIVE CONCERTS AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE IMAGE

The immersive concerts of the Starry Night initiative continue at the Cathedral of the Image, featuring pop music reinterpreted in a classical key with a starry sky enveloping the audience in the deconsecrated church of Santo Stefano al Ponte. The program: May 12 Tribute to Michael Jackson; Saturday, June 1 Tribute to Lady Gaga.

 Starry Night alla Cattedrale dell'Immagine

There are many exhibitions around the city not to be missed in these first months of the year: let's discover them together!

“Anselm Kiefer. Angeli caduti”, Palazzo Strozzi. Photo Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio Ⓒ Anselm Kiefer

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