Florence has a lively classical music scene. The internationally famous annual Maggio Musicale lights up the musical calendar in early spring, and continues throughout most of the rest of the year. Fans of rock, pop, and hip-hop might be somewhat surprised by the absence of live acts that make it to town (for such offerings, traveling to Rome or Milan is often a necessity). What it lacks in contemporary music, however, it makes up for with its many theatrical offerings.

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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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