Things to do in Florence 2/16-2/22

By: Emily Hurley, MA, 2019

Events, concerts, movies, and festivals happening between February 16 to February 22 in and near Florence.

Morte Elettrice Palatina
February 18

February 18th is the anniversary of the death of Anna Maria Luisa de ‘Medici, the last heir to the Medici dynasty who donated the families’ collections to the city of Florence. To celebrate, a parade is held in the city that ends by placing flowers on Anna Maria Luisa’s grave in the Medici Chapel. Admission to certain museums is free throughout the entire day including at the Medici Chapel, Museum of Palazzo Vecchio, Museo Novecento, Santa Maria Novella, Brancacci Chapel, Salvatore Romano Foundation, Bigallo Museum, Gino Bartali Cycling Museum, and the Stefano Bardini Museum. For more information about this event, click here.

Immigration ‘Crises’ in Europe from 2000 to the Present
February 18

Who is in Control? Brexit and Executive/Legislative Relations
February 20

Villa Sassetti, Via Bolognese 120

The New York University Florence branch campus has begun their spring La Pietra Dialogues series, presenting lectures and dialogues with professionals in their fields. “Immigration Crises” features a lecture by Tiziana Caponio,  a Marie Curie Fellow and a Professor at the University of Turin. “Who is in control?” will be presented by Edoardo Bressanelli of King’s College London. To attend, you must RSVP to the email above. For more information about these lectures or others in the spring series, please click here.

Odeon Cinema, Piazza degli Strozzi

Leonardo 500
February 18-20

Don Chisciotte
February 19

The Mule
February 21-24

A Star is Born
February 21-23

“Leonardo 500” recomposes thousands of pages from da Vinci’s codes in a new perspective, showing the contemporary implications of his immense work. This film is presented in Italian with subtitles in English. “Don Chisciotte” will be broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in London and explores the themes of love, friendship, and adventure. “The Mule”, a film by Clint Eastwood, tells the story of Earl Stone, a Korean War veteran close to bankruptcy who starts working for a Mexican cartel as their mule. “A Star is Born” is about a famous musician who falls in love with struggling artist, Ally, and helps her into the entertainment world but the personal side of their relationship starts to decline. Both of these films are in English with Italian subtitles. For more information on these films or other films at the Odeon, visit

Notes at the Museum Concert
February 21
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

The museum is presenting another installment of their Notes at the Museum concert series titled “Wind instruments, from Europe to the new world”. The program includes classic jewels and skillful pieces, both originals and adaptations, performed by the Confluentes Ensemble for their first appearance in Italy. Admission to the concert is free, however a reservation is required and seats fill up quickly! Tickets are available beginning at 9:00am the Thursday of the week before the concert. Tickets can be reserved by either going to the concierge of the Art and Culture Center or by filling out the form online. For more information about this concert, please click here.

Bright Festival
February 21-23

Stazione Leopolda and the Student Hotel

This year is the inaugural edition of the Bright Festival, a celebration of digital arts, lighting design, and electronic music. Special guests will be in attendance such as Craig Caton- Largen who worked on special effects for films such as Ghostbusters, Apollo 13, Terminator 2, and Jurassic Park. Talks, demonstrations, and workshops will be hosted at the Student Hotel while nighttime DJ sets will be held at Stazione Leopolda. For more information about this event, ot view the fll program, or to purchase tickets, please click here.

Museums in Florence

Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18
Open: Monday-Thursday 9:00-5:30, Friday 11:00-5:30, Saturday 9:00-5:30, Sunday 1:00-5:30
Tickets: €7.50

Founded by monks of the Dominican Order in the first half of the twelfth century, the basilica had become an important point of of religious and artistic interest in Italy. It attracted artists such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, who all completed beautiful artworks inside. Today, you can visit the entirety of the church, including the sacristy, chapels, and Avelli Cemetery, as well as the cloisters, and the refectory. For more information, visit there website here.

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