What to do in Florence - June 2016
June is an amazing month to visit Florence, the weather is warm but not sweltering, there are music festivals, art shows and fabulous food and drink events. We’re giving you a few tips on what to do in Florence this month, whether you’re new to the city or have visited before. If you have any questions or would like to stay with us contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Art and Culture
Florence is a city of art and culture. This year there are some amazing exhibitions including an exhibition from the Guggenheim collections at the Palazzo Strozzi. From Kandinsky to Pollock. The Art of the Guggenheim Collections is on till the 24th of July. Over 100 masterpieces from the 20’s to the 60’s tell the story of the birth of the Neo-Avant-Garde movements after World War II. The exhibition includes work from European masters of modern art such as Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Pablo Picasso and European masters of so-called Art Informel, or “Unformed Art,” such as Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana. It also features large paintings and sculptures by some of the most important personalities on the American art scene in the 1950s and 1960s such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Cy Twombly.
If you’re looking for more, take a trip to Villa La Pietra in the hills outside Florence.
The Season, a series of live readings, concerts and theatrical performances, all with free entry take place in the villa’s jaw-dropping surroundings every summer. You can view the full program here. Highlights include Music in the Villa – Trio of the Solisti Opera Italiana on the 14th of June and ‘Shakespeare in Italy: A Journey of the Mind’ on the 15th, which includes selections from The Comedy of Errors.
The biggest festival in June is the celebration of Florence’s Patron Saint, John The Baptist on the 24th of June. There is a magnificent fireworks display as well as the final of the uniquely Florentine Calcio Storico Fiorentino. The Calcio Storico Fiorentino has been described as ‘medieval football’ but it’s a bit more like rugby with a little wrestling thrown in than the modern game. Men in traditional match dress also walk through the city prior to the game, if you can’t get tickets. The official rules were written in 1580 by Giovanni de Bardi, a count from Florence. Four teams from the historical neighborhoods of the city play against each other, first in two semi-finals and then the final match on the 24th around 5pm, with the parade starting at 4pm. The match takes place at the Piazza Santa Croce, located directly in front of the church Santa Croce.
The fireworks take place between 10 and 11pm and are set off from dal Piazzale Michelangelo. There are lots of great places to watch from along the banks of the Arno, as well as terraces and viewing events around the city.
The Palazzo Pitti plays host to a photography exhibition dedicated to Karl Lagerford from the 14th of June. Over two hundred photographs, showcasing a range of different techniques and often many of which have been featured in fashion bibles such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, will be on show throughout the Palazzo. Find out more about the exhibition here.
You can also pick up some amazing vintage finds from the 29th of June at the Fortezza da Basso. Top vintage vendors from around Italy will be coming to town to showcase and sell the best of their collections. Read more here.