28 Feb EVENTS IN FLORENCE – MARCH
Even if we haven’t really had a deep winter, it’s always good to welcome the spring in Florence. It’s a good time to discover the best aperitivo bars with a open “veranda” and to have looooong walks along the Arno river waiting for the sunset. It is nice to stay outside and enjoy the open air beauty Florence has to offer but is still pleasent to spend a night at the theatre or at the cinema. In this short list I offer you my best selection for the events of the month.
4-9-10 & 11 March – Quaderni at Teatro della Pergola
Share good stories it is an anthropological rite that still gives us escapes in other lives and other worlds. It helps us to reflect on our existence or simply relaxes us, making us abandon the sound of the words. If you like to hear italian this is your chance to spend quiet time in a splendid location. Each evening the audience arrives, carrying a cup from home, you can enjoy tea, hot chocolate and pastries, and listen to two or more stories chosen and introduced by Marco Vichi and read by Lorenzo Degl’Innocenti.
4/03 Georges Simenon _ Divier Nelli
9/03 Giacomo Leopardi _ Elisa Biagini
10/03 Curzio Malaparte _ Stefania Catallo
11/03 Hans Fallada _ Sandro Veronesi
All the weekends of March – XXIV SAGRA DEL TARTUFO MARZUOLO at Certaldo
What could be more inviting than the combination of a fascinating landscape and the tastes of the local food? Certaldo, and its picturesque streets, setup the tables with a rich menu based on seasonal specialties and excellences, all made with the Marzuolo truffles. Do not forget to enter this appointment in your itinerary in Tuscany this March!
4 & 5 March – Myung-Whun Chung at Opera House di Firenze
Music by Giuseppe Verdi – Messa da Requiem for soloists, choir and orchestra.
Alessandro Manzoni died on 22 May 1873. Giuseppe Verdi wept alone, in his villa in Sant’Agata, for the loss of a friend. One year later, on 22 May 1874, Verdi conducted a grand orchestra with 110 professors and 120 choir members in the Basilica of San Marco in Milan. It was the first performance of his Requiem Mass, composed in memory of the great writer. Myung-Whun Chung will be leading the Orchestra and Choir of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
5 March – Free entrance to all the State Museums in town
Museums in Florence are can be divided into 3 types: those run by the Italian national government, which are called State museums, those run by the city which fall under the Florentine Civic Museums office or private (such as the Palazzo Strozzi, the Horne museum, the Stibbert Museum).
4 & 5 March – City Center Urban Trails
Saturday 4th March at 9pm a splendid 13 km night run through places that have made Florence the most well-known art city in the world and, at 9:05pm, the Firenze Urban Walking, a 10 km Nordic walking conducted by Franziskus Vendrame, Master Trainer of the Italian Nordic Walking School. The morning of Sunday 5th March a 30 km race which enables tasting a real medium-level trail that unwinds up to Settignano. A 45 km beautiful race from the centre of Florence that climbs up the hills of Fiesole and Monte Ceceri and then returns to the heart of the fixture: Piazza Santa Croce.
Starting from 10 March – Bill Viola at Palazzo Strozzi
From 10 March to 23 July 2017 the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi will be introducing the Florentine public to Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance, a significant exhibition celebrating this unchallenged master of video art. A single, comprehensive exhibition occupying both the Piano Nobile and the Strozzina will immerse you in space, music and sound as you track the career of this artist from his early experimental work in the 1970s right up to his monumental installations of the 21st century.
12-11 & 13 March – Fuori di Taste
The fair dedicated to excellence in taste and food lifestyles. Taste is the Italian fair dedicated to good eating and good living attended by the top figures in the international gastronomic and catering trade as well as an increasingly growing public of passionate foodies.
17 & 18 March – Hankook 12H at Circuito del Mugello
The race is split up into two parts, with four hours of racing on the Friday and the remaining eight hours on the Saturday, giving all team members the possibility to have some time off in between the action. A new addition to the event programme for both races is the GT Retro Series, a series for GT cars built before 2015. The race will have live streaming in HD quality on the series’ website with commentary by Radiolemans.com as well as live broadcasts on Motor Trend. The race track is right outside of Scarperia, a pretty small but charming town in the Mugello valley, about 32 km north of Florence. The entrance to the racetrack is less than 1.5km from the Scarperia, so less than a mile walking distance.
7- 14- 21 & 28 March – Sorsi di musica a Villa Bardini
The music festival take place every Tuesday night, with a program that ranges from Bach to Chopin. An event that combines the classical music concerts of the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory with the romantic atmosphere of Villa Bardini.
Click HERE for full the program.
19 March – Fierucolina di S.Giuseppe e dei legnaioli in Piazza Santo Spirito
Here you can still feel the mood of the past, find fine handcrafts and that special food that no one makes anymore (organic and fair).
19 Feb – Flea market in Piazza Vittorio Veneto
A really nice big antiques market perfect for people looking for furnishings, precious objects, vintage and much more.
23 to 26 March – Vicchio GIOTTO JAZZ FESTIVAL
A good opportunity to visit the beautiful surroundings of Florence and to listen good music. Giotto Jazz Festival is a jazz impression festival full of initiatives. Organized by Jazz Club of Vicchio, the City of Vicchio and Music Pool, the festival is realized in the month of March at the Teatro Giotto in Vicchio (FI) and is about to celebrate its twentieth edition.
26 March – Flea Market in Piazza Ghiberti
This market takes place every last Sunday of the month. In exhibition of antiques, books, paintings, collectibles and much more.
31 March – Riccardo Muti at Opera House di Firenze
Maestro Muti returns to the Opera in Florence to guide Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with a special concert on the occasion of the G7 of the culture. Music by Gioachino Rossini (Ouverture from Guillaume Tell), Giuseppe Verdi (Stabat Mater) and Johannes Brahms (Symphony n. 2 in D major op. 73)
I have some places covering my personal interests in Florence. Please have a look to their calendar and make a reservation if you like to take part to it.
Teatro del Sale – Via dei Macci 118/red
Good brunch/buffet for lunch (since 12am for € 20) and bohémien dinner with theatre performances. The chef is quite famous in Italy and is interesting to see him cooking from the huge wall glass between the kitchen and the dining room.
Opera del Maggio Fiorentino – Via Vittorio Gui 1
The realization of the new Opera House fitted out with the most innovative and technical scenery equipment and the endowment of a modern and efficient auditorium established for the city of Florence. The perfect location to enjoy the best performances of classical and contemporary music, where Italy has historically held undisputed supremacy.
Teatro della Pergola – Via della Pergola 12/32
The Pergola is much more than a theater, it is a living cultural center. It has multifaceted activity, which finds its culmination in the great season of prose, but is home to hundreds of different and important events. It is extremely exciting to breathe in a theatre have exceeded 350 years after the inauguration and is still vibrant.
Cinema Stensen – Viale Don Minzoni 25/C
Movie since the early morning. This cultural association is run by excellent, smart people. The usual program include restored classics Japanese to new less popular releases.
Cinema Odeon – Piazza Strozzi
One of the oldest movie theatre in Florence. The program always take care of original version movies.
Spazio Alfieri – Via dell’Ulivo 6
This theater is super close to Cuckoo Florence apartments. They have a cultural approach showing movies, theatre, music and visual arts.
Quelli della Compagnia – Via Cavour 50/r
A new (re-open) cinema in the heart of the city where to join a good selection of documentaries and events.
Le Murate – Piazza delle Murate
Located within the complex of the Murate, the super old former prison in Florence, returned to the city after a restoration whose guidelines have been drawn by Renzo Piano, the Literary Cafe Le Murate is inserted in a context of multiple cultural initiatives, serving as a landmark of international scope. Le Murate is a place of confrontation between opinions, the meeting of different cultures and originality of the proposals: literary, artistic, gastronomic.