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Best Florence Summer Activities

Living the City with "Estate Fiorentina" (currently updating for 2018)

Florence shines with cultural events all year long, but when summer starts to show its true colors, and outdoor activities are possible, it seems like the city explodes with rhythm and color. The museums, the local government and the art centers all compete with extraordinary calendars of activities. A full list of can be found under the name EstateFiorentina (in Italian only).

But for those of you who are looking for a few pointers (and don't read Italian) we have listed below some extra special moments that you can easily incorporate into your itinerary while touring art exhibits, national monuments and walking the via and viale of the city center of Florence.

The Italian Brass Week

The International Brass Festival will take place from 22 to 29 July 2018 in some of the most evocative areas of the city, such as the Bargello, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and the Cenacolo of Santa Croce.
Among the scheduled concerts, on Saturday July 28th appointment on the banks of the Arno to enjoy the opera played by a brass ensemble on the historic boats of the Renaioli.
Complete calendar available on the official website.

Cinema & Live shows

In a majestic setting like that of Piazzale degli Uffizi, Apriti Cinema has become one of the most eagerly awaited events of the Estate Fiorentina rich calendar. Popular and high quality movies will be offered in their original language with subtitles in Italian, so it's the perfect kind of event that you may want to attend to if you have free time (every night from 10pm from June 26 to August 11, 2018). Free entrance while seats last. Full calendar to be announced.

Even the Uffizi Gallery is one of the protagonists of the Florentine summer with Uffizi live: a series of live shows inside the museum every Tuesday from 7pm to 9 pm from June to September.

Can you Feel the Rhythm?

Summer in Florence always includes making music under the stars. And this year’s headlines will have your head spinning with the beat! The Visarno Arena in the Cascine Park will host the Firenze Rocks Festival from June 14 to 17,2018 with international artists and music groups of the likes of the Foo Fighters, Guns’n’Roses, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne (more info on the official web site). 

But the season of the great live concerts of the Visarno Arena does not end here: Decibel Open Air Festival returns on Sunday 24 June 2018. The Visarno Arena confirms the ideal location for this fourth edition that promises to be the biggest ever, 12 hours of music from 12pm to 12am with the biggest DJs of the global electronic scene.

The beautiful Piazza SS Annunziata is also playing a major role providing a truly spectacular backdrop to the the Musart Festival. Artists such as Roberto Bolle, Francesco de Gregori and the Tuscan Orchestra will alternate on stage from 17 to 28 July 2018. Along with these great music and entertainment events, special buffets will be offered in unique art locations in the world like the Museo degli Innocenti. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Take a look at the exciting presentation of the Fabbrica Europa Foundation at the Stazione Leopolda and in other city locations from May 4th to June 10th 2018.

These highlights of the Florence summer calendar are just a few of the exciting events that will be available. Check in regularly with our updated list of select activities for July, August and September and a list of the best exhibits to visit.  Another good place to check for music and activities near Florence is EstateFiesolana, read our article to find out what is happening in Fiesole.


Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been more than 25 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. It didn't take long to learn that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.



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