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Museo di Casa Martelli, Giardino d'inverno

text Martina Olivieri

What to do this week in Florence and surroundings

Events, exhibitions and appointments not to be missed from May 23 to 29, 2022

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


  • 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. The third event will be on Monday, May 23, 2022, with Cristina Acidini, art historian, president of the Opera di Santa Croce, the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno and the Casa Buonarroti and Roberto Longhi Foundations, who will get to the heart of the story of the David with a talk entitled Beams and Rails. The transportation of the David to the Accademia Gallery in 1873.

Cristina Acidini

  • Sundays in May and June are spent at the Bargello Museums. A series of special openings at the Casa Martelli and Orsanmichele museums offer visitors the chance to discover these two jewels of the Bargello Museums group. To visit the Casa Martelli Museum, in addition to the usual free openings on Saturday mornings (the museum is accessible, to groups of up to ten people every Saturday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.) is May 29 when the museum will remain open and accessible with guided tours and in-depth talks by the Bargello Museums' operators and supervisory assistants. Admission is free but limited, with a maximum of 10 people per group. There are five slots for visits and admission times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. (the visit lasts about 45 minutes).

Museo di Casa Martelli, Giardino d'inverno

  • The Florence ArtCulture Garden opens its new season on Saturday, May 28, 2022 with a calendar full of events for all ages. On June 1 there will be an opening party with free art workshops for children and a Swing Jazz concert. The Garden Cafeteria also reopens from 10 a.m. until midnight for breakfasts, lunches, aperitifs and dinners.

  • The history of Palazzo Medici Riccardi is a layered and rich history, which finds a mirror in its architecture, all related to each other, as if to manifest the different moments and periods that have characterized it. The Metropolitan City of Florence and the Biblioteca Riccardiana, in collaboration with MUS.E, are offering the public a special event, scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2022: at 2:30 and 4. 00 there will be visits that, starting from the original nucleus of the palace, the courtyard of the columns, will continue among the rooms of the museum itinerary, until reaching the Biblioteca Riccardiana; here, exceptionally, it will be possible to access the specular Library thanks to one of the passages concealed by the carved and gilded cupboards, to delve into its history, appreciate its collection and conclude the tour with the equally precious rooms and funds of the Biblioteca Riccardiana.

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Room of Luca Giordano

  • From 21 May 2022 comes the first edition of Green Factory: an event conceived by the Heyart Cultural Association dedicated to the circular economy and the promotion of a culture of sustainability. Eight appointments from May to December in the Tepidarium of the Roster, inside the Horticultural Garden.

  • Matteo Baroni's monumental installation Opera viva is located in the Serre Torrigiani, in the Italian garden of the same name in the heart of Florence. The work, a sort of 'living' kiosk because it was created to integrate with the surrounding environment, has been open to the public since 4 May. Opera viva' is a living structure in continuous evolution, which, thanks to the greenery that surrounds and inhabits it, never looks the same, but evolves with the passing of the seasons.

  • Thirteen days from April 3 to May 29, 2022 to get closer to Jewish culture and discover places usually inaccessible such as the Monumental Cemetery in Viale Ariosto.


  • On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., Yan Blusseau of B.east Gallery promotes the conversation between Carlo Sisi and Il Sedicente Moradi on the occasion of the exhibition Diario di Manifattura.

  • Florence is among the most famous and well-known cities in the world, but not everyone, not even Italians, knows the history and uniqueness of "buchette." That's why on Saturday, May 28, the Club Maledetto Toscano, in collaboration with the Buchette del Vino Association, is organizing a slow, staged (gourmet) walk through the city's historic center. In addition to uncovering corners of Florence unknown to most, as well as recounting this historic recovery of the ritual of flask pouring through the buchette, the pas-seggiata will be accompanied by two historic Florentine-inspired cigars: the Cosimo I De Medici and the Oltrarno. The program will start Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. with a meeting at La Pergola Wine Bar, 39 Via della Pergola, where as well it will end at lunchtime with an all-Florentine menu prepared by Oste&Cuoco Alessandro Torini.


I due Foscari ©Michele Monasta

  • Until 14 July we find the 84th edition of the Maggio Festival with a rich programme of 6 operas, five of which are new productions, and 10 symphonic concerts.

  • On Monday, May 23, 2022 at 6 p.m. actor Sandro Lombardi will perform excerpts from The Birthday of the Infanta, one of the sweetest and most fairy-tale-like works of short fiction by the iconic Irish author. The initiative, hosted by the exhibition space chaired by Patrizia Asproni, is curated by critic Roberto Incerti.

  • On Monday 23 May 2022, at 9.15 p.m., the world premiere of Oltre l'azzurro. Il sogno di Brunelleschi (Brunelleschi's Dream), the new score with music by Silvia Colasanti and text by Maria Grazia Calandrone that was specially conceived to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of Brunelleschi's dome for the Cathedral of Florence.

  • On Tuesday 24 May 2022, at 9 p.m., Paolo Vallesi will be in concert at the Teatro Puccini.

paolo vallesi
  • On Tuesday 24 May 2022, at 21.00, the Nelson Mandela Forum will host a concert by Brunori SAS.

  • Tuesday 24 May 2022, at 21.00, Mahmood will be in concert at Tuscany Hall.

  • Tuesday 24 May 2022, at 8.45 p.m., Roby Facchinetti will present his new recording project Symphony in concert at Teatro Verdi.

Roby Facchinetti foto cover symphony pic

  • On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., the Conventino will host Carnai. Più che 'l dolor potè 'l digiuno, the Underwear Theatre Company's performance freely open to citizenship dedicated to Dante's Inferno.

  • From Wednesday, May 25 to Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 3 p.m., comes Shen Yun. China Before Communism at the Verdi Theater.

    On Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 9:30 p.m., Michele Crestacci will star in the play Modigliani, for a dramaturgy by Alessandro Brucioni and Michele Crestacci, at the Laboratorio Puccini - the Puccini Theater's ridotto.

  • On Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 8:45 p.m., Laboratorio Arca offers the play Delitto a Villa Albani. The Strange Cases of Commissario Alberti by Raffaele Totaro, directed by Samuel Osman, with Raffaele Totaro, Iacopo Biagioni, Samuel Osman and Antonio Timpano, at the Teatro di Cestello, in the square of the same name in the Florentine Oltrarno.

  • A concert by Brunori SAS is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 9 p.m. at the Nelson Mandela Forum.

Brunori Sas, Palazzo dello Sport

  • On Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 5 p.m., the 4th Lorenzo de' Medici International Choral Festival, organized by the 'Florence Choral' Association chaired and directed by Florentine bass-baritone Leonardo Sagliocca, will officially begin in the Church of Santa Monaca. The Festival will host the prestigious Bethel Choir from the United States and four other choirs from Tuscany, including the Vocal Blue Trains and the Menura Vocal Ensemble.

  • On Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27, 2022, at 9 p.m., Tuscany Hall Sangiovanni, the new pop star of Italian music, will present live her musical world entitled "Mondo Sangio.

  • Gianna from the stadium! With her unique voice and unmistakable stage presence, on Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 9 p.m., Gianna Nannini returns live to Italy with a big concert at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Gianna Nannini


  • From May 18 to 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

  • On Sunday, May 29, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., HZero, the unprecedented museum project dedicated to the imagery of the train, opens its doors to the public: an extraordinary narrative device conceived from the famous model railway by Giuseppe di San Giuliano. To celebrate the opening, admission to the museum will be free. To participate, it is necessary to book the time slot for access directly on the official website.

  • Until 26 June and 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.

  • Fabrizio Plessi's exhibition Oro (Gold) can be seen in Florence at the new Rifugio Digitale until 31 May: in Via della Fornace 41, below Piazzale Michelangelo and a stone's throw from the Arno. A new exhibition space inside an old gallery that was used as an air-raid shelter in 1943, as a place of defence for civilians from the bombings of the Second World War, and which now presents itself as a place dedicated to the promotion of digital art, where architecture, design, photography, cinema, literature and all the other multiple artistic and expressive forms find their own dimension, dialoguing with each other

Rifugio Digitale - Mostra Oro di Fabrizio Plessi

  • 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

  • Sedicente Moradi's latest collection, Diario di Manifattura, is a veritable diary of days spent contemplating and sketching the architectural details of the former cigar factory in Florence. This observation led to a series of thirty works that represent, from various angles and at different times of day, some perspectives of the Manifattura buildings during a period of fundamental transformation and development of its extensive area. In the artist's workshop in the Manifattura, from 14 to 22 April, some of the thirty works that will make up the complete exhibition will be shown from 9 to 29 May 2022 in the B.east Gallery.

Manifattura dalla mia finestra - 2022, collage su tavola, ph. Giulio Guidi

  • On Thursday 5 May 2022, Galleria Cartavetra will inaugurate TRE.E, works by Marco Paoli, curated by Marcella Cangioli and Antonella Nicola, at its premises in Via Maggio. Paoli has always worked with photography, travelling the world, recounting distant lands and places close to home: from the forests of Amazonia, with its indigenous tribes, to Ethiopia, which he explored for five years, from the horizons of the Mediterranean seas to Tuscany, his home region, portrayed in one of his latest publications, Hallelujah Toscana, in an unrecognised, sometimes painful and mysterious guise.

©Marco Paoli TRE.E

  • 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

  • Until 19 June, an exhibition curated by Cecilie Hollberg that revolves around the bronze effigy of Daniele da Volterra is on view through mid-June.

  • 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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