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Fiesole Activities

A Summer Under the Stars

in the splendid back drop of the Roman Amphitheater

The event “Estate Fiesolana” is the oldest multi-facet festival organised “en plein air“ in Italy and in in 2017 it will celebrate its 70th birthday.

The festival takes place between June and July and proposes a calendar of musical and theatre events which are truly interesting; there are 30 events already fixed on the program, including classical and not so classical concerts, as well as comic shows and classical theatre.

Fiesole, just a short distance from Florence, makes the most of its Roman urban architecture which is the perfect stage for an evening “under the stars”. Since the area around Fiesole is limited, you may find some difficulty in parking during the events, therefore we suggest that you look at moving around with the public transport system (ATAF bus line number 7, leaving from the center of Florence).

estate fiesolana

Even though the organization of the Estate Fiesolana originated in 1947, the city has hosted important theater, opera, ballet and concerts - in this very unique and exclusive environment - since 1911. They have done this with an absolute dedication and passion for creating a place where the arts could flourish and be easily assessable to the general public.

The program for the 2017 Estate Fiesolana is available at the website BIT Concerti, where you can buy the tickets for the concerts. The site is available only in Italian, but the procedure for purchasing online is pretty straightforward and easy to navigate.

June is a month rich in wonderful opportunities but, July offers nothing less than the best! We have looked over the calendar and listed below a few of our favorite events which might be just what you are looking for during you holiday in Florence.

There are 6 evenings dedicated to a literary classic: The Odyssey. Every Thursday on the stage of the Roman theatre in Fiesole you can relive the 6 episodes of the antique poem by Homer who narrates the adventures of Ulysses at the end of the war in Troy.

The Orchestra della Toscana, also known as ORT, will be the protagonist for two evenings of classical music on the 27 of June and the 14 of July. For those who love orchestral music, you can listen to Richard Galliano & Ensemble Symphony Orchestra (July 7). Jazz will take center stage on July 16 with 50 years of John Coltrane with a quartet of international acclaimed musicians. On July 19 you will find the Mike Stern & Randy Brecker Band featuring Lenny White & Teymur Phell.


If you like the idea of listening to Jimi Hendrix in a Roman Theatre, they you need to reserve for July 17 where the Purple Whales, inspired by the great artist Hendrix, will be performing.

This is just a sampling of the events on the program in Fiesole this summer, which will end with the season. But the doors of the magical treasure and antique civilisation are always available for your enjoyment. With so many things to explore and visit, you can easily program an entire day moving from the Roman epoch with the remains of the famous thermal water spa, to that of the Etruscans with the antique walls still in takes; or you could visit the caves where the stone came from that built Florence or learn more about the convent where Albert Einstein would go for inspiration … last but absolutely not the least of its secrets, you could climb to the top of the hill where Leonardo da Vinci convinced his apprentice to verify his theories on flight…with just a few consequences, like a broken bone … or two.

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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