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  • 1. Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori

    Santo Spirito | Music

    Also known as the Amici del Fortepiano (Friends of the Fortepiano), the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori sponsors fortepiano concerts throughout...Read More

  • 2. Amici della Musica


    This organization sponsors classical and contemporary concerts at the Teatro della Pergola ( Box office, Via Alamanni 39, Lungarno North 055...Read More

  • 3. British Institute of Florence

    Lungarno South | Film

    The British Institute of Florence runs several English-language film series; the programmer has a penchant for classic movies. Also on offer...Read More

  • 4. Estate Fiesolana


    From June through August, Estate Fiesolana, a festival of theater, music, dance, and film, takes place in Fiesole's churches and in the Roman...Read More

  • 5. Festa di San Giovanni


    On June 24 Florence mostly grinds to a halt to celebrate the Festa di San Giovanni in honor of its patron saint. Many shops and bars close,...Read More

  • 6. Festival dei Popoli

    Santa Croce | Film

    This weeklong documentary film festival happens in November or December with screenings at various venues around town. ...Read More

  • 7. La Nazione


    The daily Florentine newspaper La Nazione has movie listings. Note that most American films are dubbed into Italian rather than subtitled. ...Read More

  • 8. Maggio Musicale Fiorentino


    After some delay due to funding issues, a new music hall opened in 2014; the area is called the Parco della Musica (Music Park), and was designed...Read More

  • 9. OBIHALL

    Santa Maria Novella | Festivals

    This large exhibition space, formerly Teatro Saschall, hosts many events throughout the year, including a large Christmas bazaar run by the...Read More

  • 10. Odeon Firenze

    Piazza della Repubblica | Film

    This magnificent Art Deco theater shows first-run English-language films throughout the week. ...Read More

  • 11. Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina

    Piazza della Signoria | Music

    This orchestra performs various concerts of classical music throughout the year at Orsanmichele, the grain market–turned–church. ...Read More

  • 12. Orchestra della Toscana

    Santa Croce | Music

    The concert season of the Orchestra della Toscana runs from November to June. ...Read More

  • 13. Scoppio del Carro


    On Easter Sunday Florentines and foreigners alike flock to the Piazza del Duomo to watch as the Scoppio del Carro, a monstrosity of a carriage...Read More

  • 14. Teatro della Pergola

    Santissima Annunziata | Theater

    From mid-October to mid-April see Italian plays at this 1656 theater built by Ferdinando Tacca, once the private theater of the grand dukes...Read More

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