Dance, Theater, and Music
Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori
Music society devoted to classical chamber concerts with original instruments; generally hosts a fall season of recitals. Tip: For an up-to-date listing of the city’s classical-music concerts, visit www.nuovieventimusicali.it. Via di Camaldoli 7R; tel. 39 055 221 646; www.accademiacristofori.it
Promotes concerts by young musicians in a variety of venues. Via della Piazzola 7R; tel. 39 055 580 996. www.agimusfirenze.it
Amici della Musica
Top national and international performers; many concerts staged at Teatro della Pergola (www.teatrodellapergola.com). Teatro: Via della Pergola 18/32; tel. 39 055 226 4333. Box office: Via Alamanni 39; tel. 39 055 210 804. www.amicimusica.fi.it
Stages concerts of classical and contemporary music by the Orchestra Florence Symphonietta, but also hosts visiting soloists; main venue is church of Santo Stefano near the Ponte Vecchio. Tip: Buy tickets in advance from Via Alamanni 39 (tel. 39 055 210 804) or on the day of from Santo Stefano. www.florencesymphonietta.org
Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina
Chamber orchestra; most concerts held in church of the Orsanmichele; season runs March to October. Tip: To book tickets online for a wide range of events across the performing arts, visit www.boxol.it. Via Monferrato 2; tel. 39 055 783 374; www.orcafi.it
Orchestra della Toscana
Leading regional orchestra; stages one or two classical concerts a month between May and September, usually at the Teatro Verdi (www.teatroverdifirenze.it). Via Verdi 5; tel. 39 055 234 0710. Teatro Verdi: Via Ghibellina 99; tel. 39 055 212 320. www.orchestradellatoscana.it
Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
City’s main performing arts venue; hosts classical music concerts, opera, classical and contemporary dance, and theater. Corso Italia 16; tel. 39 055 277 9350. www.maggiofiorentino.com
Long-established venue for live music—mostly local indie, rock, or punk bands, plus the occasional international touring act; outlying location in northern suburbs; popular with Florentine students. Via Michele Mercanti 24B; tel. 39 055 487 145. www.flog.it
One of several dance clubs (no live music) whose DJs play a wide range of often adventurous dance music in the Parco delle Cascine west of the city center; big and popular, with outdoor space in summer. Tip: Take a cab to the club, and don’t wander around the park—it’s unsafe at night. Viale degli Olmi 1/Parco delle Cascine; tel. 39 055 331 371.
Venerable jazz club in medieval brick vault basement on northeast edge of the city center; laid-back vibe and good food and drinks. Tip: For a current listing of all the jazz and contemporary music concerts in Florence, visit www.musicusconcentus.com. Via Nuova de’ Caccini 3; tel. 39 055 247 9700.
Funky, friendly bar north of Santa Croce; meet locals sharing an aperitivo or early evening rendezvous; some live local music plus DJs in the late evening and usually on weekends. Via Fiesolana 25R; tel. 39 055 248 0331.
Classic dance club; hardly cutting edge, but popular; DJs play rhythm and blues, hip-hop, and other mainstream dance music; some karaoke and theme nights. Via Palazzuolo 37; tel. 39 055 293 082. http://www.spaceclubfirenze.com/
One of only a handful of dance clubs (no live music) in the historic city center; relaxed atmosphere; popular with expats, college students, and young visitors; house, hip-hop, rhythm and blues, and other dance music. Tip: Check the latest club news, events, openings, and entertainment listings at www.firenzespettacolo.it. Via Sassetti 5R; tel. 39 055 215 160. www.yab.it
June 24. Held to mark the feast day of St. John the Baptist, Florence’s patron saint. Involves a three-match soccer tournament played between vast teams drawn from four city districts. Participants dress in medieval costumes. There is also a fireworks display in Piazzale Michelangelo.
June to September. Major arts festival held in and around Fiesole, five miles (eight kilometers) from the city center. www.estatefiesolana.it
Festa delle Rificolone/“The Rificolona”
September 7. Celebrates the birthday of the Virgin. Children walk in a procession to Piazza Santissima Annunziata carrying colored paper lanterns and lighted candles. A procession of floats and street parties follow.
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Late April to late July. Italy’s oldest and most prestigious festival of classical music. Held in a variety of venues. Local and international performers. www.maggiofiorentino.com
Scoppio del Carro
Easter Sunday. A carro (cart) full of fireworks is hauled through the streets to the Duomo. There, during noonday mass, a mechanical “dove” runs down a wire from the high altar and ignites the fireworks.
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