Events, concerts, movies, and festivals happening between October 13 to October 19 in and near Florence.

By: Emily Hurley, MA, 2018


Apologia della Creatività
October 13
Museo Novecento, Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10

Artisan Marina Calamai has created a new experiential performance which combines music, dance, sound, scent, and traditional Florentine crafts. The soundtrack will be recorded from artisan workshops, their tools acting as instruments, which will be complimented by the smells of wood, bronze and wrought iron. The Opus Ballet Company will be performing choreography inspired by craft traditions in the museums courtyard during the second half of the show. For more information about this event, email


Open Week: Villa La Pietra
October 15-20
Villa La Pietra, via Bolognese 120, Florence

Formerly the home of British writer and and scholar Sir Harold and Acton and his family, Villa La Pietra is now the home of the New York University Florence Branch Campus. Open week gives us the rare opportunity to have free guided visits, in both Italian and English, led by highly informed staff and scholars. See not only the beautiful garden and rooms of the villa, but the permanent art collection of the Acton Family and the current exhibition Harold in China,1932-39: Photographs from the Acton Collection. While the visit is free, reservations are required. To schedule your visit, call 055.5007210 or email


The Royal Ballet- Macmillan: Mayerling
October 15

Odeon Cinema, Piazza degli Strozzi 

The Odeon Cinema has begun a new series of operas and ballets which will be broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in London. The series starts with Kenneth Macmillan’s classic “Mayerling” which tells the story of the tormented heir to the throne of the Habsburg Empire, Prince Rudolf, and his lover Maria Vetsera. This show is characterized by its emotional depth, political intrigues, and includes one of the most challenging male roles created for a ballet. For more information on these films, other films at the Odeon, or to purchase tickets, visit


NYU Florence, Villa Sassetti, Via Bolognese 120

Tea with Poet Yang Lian
October 17

From Tuscany to Harlem: James Baldwin and Yoran Cazac’s Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood
October 18

New York University’s Florence branch campus is hosting two lectures this upcoming week as part of their La Pietra Dialogues lecture series. First, award-winning poet Yang Lian, who has published thirteen volumes of poetry and had his work translated into twenty-five languages, will be in Florence discussing his work with poet Elisa Biagini of NYU Florence. Second, Nicholas Boggs of the Department of English from New York University will give a lecture on James Baldwin and Yoran Cazac’s book “Little Man, Little Man: A story of Childhood”.  For more information about these lectures or other lectures in the series, please visit


RADIOGRAFIE AFFETIVE by Vanessa Costantini 
October 18
SACI’s Maidoff Gallery, Via Sant’Egidio 14

The SACI Gallery is hosting the opening reception of a new exhibition by Vanessa Costantini which will run from October 18 to November 9. Constantini is a mixed media artist based in Florence who attempts to communicate with the soul of those viewing her work. There are many different ways to interpret her pieces, but she wants them to be understood by all. For more information on this exhibition, please click here.

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