Things to do in Florence 11/10-11/16

By Emily Hurley, MA, 2018

Inside American Politics
November 12-13
Full Day Conference
NYU Florence, Villa Sassetti, Via Bolognese 120

This upcoming lecture hosted by the NYU Florence branch campus as part of their La Pietra Dialogues lecture series, will discuss American politics. This full day conference will feature lectures and dialogues with top American political experts and insiders. For more information about this event, visit or send an email to the above address.

Odeon Cinema, Piazza degli Strozzi

November 12-14
Various Times

La Bayadere
November 13

Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams
November 14

“Bernini” is an art film dedicated to one of the greatest artists in history, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The film features an exhibition of more than 60 works by Bernini which were on display in Villa Borghese in Rome, showing pieces in high definition and accompanied by commentary of the creators of the exhibition. This film is in Italian with English subtitles. The third live broadcast at the Odeon from the Royal Opera House in London will be “La Bayadere”, the ballet by Marius Petipa. Set in India, the story of a temple dancer and a prince who are in love, but the prince marries another woman and is then haunted by images of his lost love. “A Head Full of Dreams” tells of the twenty year history of the band Coldplay, documenting their rise to fame. This film is presented in its original English version with subtitles in Italian. For more information about these films, other films at the Odeon, or to purchase tickets, visit

Shame: Dances against Violence
November 14
Teatro Puccini, Via del Cascine, 41

Ahead of the UN-declared International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which takes place on November 25, Florence’s Teatro Puccini will host “Shame”. This eight-piece dance performance illustrates gender-based violence and shows the difficulty with coming forward about it. The inspiration for the show came from Artemisia Gentileschi, a painter who in 1612 brought her rapist, Agostino Tossi, a family friend and fellow painter, to justice. To learn more about this performance, please click here.

Je vois de la lumière noire
November 15-December 5
SACI’s Maidoff Gallery, Via Sant’Egidio 14

This is a double art exhibition featuring the work of mixed media artists Raffaele Di Vaia and Rachel Morellet, who are exhibiting together for the first time. They juxtapose the themes of presence and absence in their work, oftentimes shown with light and dark. Even the title of the exhibition, which means “I see black light”, speaks to these themes, as black is obscure and light reveals. The opening reception is on November 15 at 6:00pm. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Biennale Enogastronmica
November 16-19
Fortezza da Basso, Viale Filippo Strozzi

The 2018 edition of Florence’s Biennale Enogastronomica (Food and Wine Biennale) will feature a wide range of talks and tastings. This year’s theme is on accessibility so they are focusing heavily on lower-cost food items like pizza and beer. Breweries will have tasting stands and be hosting workshops while the pizza stands have their own piazza inside the event. While the focus may be on pizza and beer, there will be many other food and wine stands with products like pasta, oil, and cheese. To learn more about this event or to view the program, click here.

Museums in Florence

Museo Stibbert
Via Federico Stibbert, 26
Open: Monday-Wednesday 10am-2pm, Friday-Sunday 10am-6pm
Tickets: €8

This museum was created by Frederick Stibbert, who inherited a large fortune and used it to collect objects and art pieces. He turned his home into a museum for his pieces, and when he died in 1906, Stibbert left the museum to the municipality of Florence. Today, it houses objects such as archaeological items, a collection of arms and armor, historical costumes, as well as paintings and applied arts. For more information about this museum, visit their website at

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