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Fiesole Activities

A Summer Under the Stars

in the splendid backdrop of the Roman Amphitheater

The event "Estate Fiesolana" is the oldest multi-facet festival organized "en plein air".

The festival takes place between June and August and proposes a calendar of musical and theatre events which are truly interesting; there are several events already fixed on the program, including classical and not so classical concerts, as well as comedy 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). As of 2018, for shows that will end between 11 -11:30 pm, a special shuttle service will also be activated to take viewers from Fiesole to Florence.

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Oldest Culture Festival in Italy

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 accessible to the general public.

The program for the 2018 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.

Something New in Fiesole

The EstateFiesolana doesn’t slide on its reputations, they are always looking for ways to make it more inviting to a wider audience. For example, this year when you present your ticket for the event of the evening, it will be possible to visit the Museo Civico Archeologico of Fiesole free of charge from 8:00 to 9:30 pm. If you can’t make any of the programmed events, you can enjoy the Fiesole Music School who will be performing "Concerti al Tramonto" every Thursday (before the theater production) with free admission, on the terrace of the Roman Theater.

The line up so far this summer includes a wide range of Italian musicians and performers. But check the program frequently, because there is more to come.

Make plans to attend Estate Fiesolana 2018


The program kicks off on Wednesday 27 June with Roberto Vecchioni, an Italian singer-songwriter, singer-lyricist, lyricist and writer and moves to a mix of rock, jazz and pop music with Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel (29 June).

A multifaceted artist, Neri Marcorè, is better known as an actor of cinema, theater, and television, but he also has a quartet (cello, violin, flute, viola) and a large symphony orchestra. They will be paying homage on 2 July to one of the greatest poets of Italian songwriting, starting from one of his most famous songs, "Il pescatore".

After the great success of Carioca, Stefano Bollani, returns to his great love for the Brazilian sounds with QUE BOM. He will be swaying the public with these rhythms on July 10th.

Marialy Pacheco, a fascinating and surprising pianist, passes from percussive to swing with the ease of a true artist on July 14th. The last programmed event features Calibro 35 is a cinematic funk Italian band formed in Milan. The band has released four albums and several movie soundtracks and will be rocking the theater on the 20th of July.

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

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This is just a sampling of the events on the program this summer, but the doors of Fiesole are always open to several magical treasures and antique civilizations. With so many things to explore and visit, you can easily program an entire day moving from the Etruscans with the antique walls to the Roman epoch and the remains of the famous thermal water spa 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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