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 parking area around Fiesole is limited, you may find some difficulty in placing your car 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.
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 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 2019 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.
The program kicks off on Thursday, June 20th with Simone Cristicchi, following his much-merited success at this year's Festival di San Remo held every February.
Friday the 28th of June the amphitheater will celebrate the legend of Enrico Morricone who has written the music for more than 500 films and TV series, as well as contemporary music. You will be sure to recognize quite a few of these pieces, especially if you are a fan of the "spaghetti westerns."
The antique theater rings out with so many cultural activities ranging from theater, history lessons to dance and it even entertains some famous and popular foreigners like the rock group America, on July 8th with some of the more recognizable pieces like Horse with no Name and the Tin Man. Or like the sounds of Joe Jackson with his top hit "Fool", who will be playing Monday July 22nd at the theater in Fiesole.
Even Leonardo da Vinci has his place in Fiesole, and not just the mountain where he experimented with flight. On Friday, July 12th, "Leonardo, the musical" will be performed. This show was born from an idea by Fabrizio Checcacci, performer, singer, author and Florentine director with decades of theater experience with dozens of active shows.
But the above events don't even begin to touch on the wide variety which will be showing during the summer!
THE PILGRIMS GOSPEL CHOIR on Friday, July 5th with a musical journey that embraces different genres, ages, and styles, from gospel to musical, through pop, rock and even baroque music
TANGO Y JAZZ on Friday, July 19th presents Jugadores de Tango - Tuscan Big Band composed of 17 musicians from the Pietro Borgognoni Philharmonic Orchestra of Pistoia, directed by Maestro Carlo Cini - "Città di Pistoia" Choir: 30 singers directed by the maestro Gianfranco Tolve - Ruben Mercado Argentine singer - Michele Vigilante actor
The proceeds of the evening will be donated to the AIP - Associazione Immunodeficiency Primitive onlus
LUDOVICO EINAUDI on Tuesday, July 23rd highlighting "Seven Days Walking", the new recording project
LYRIC DANCE COMPANY on Wednesday, July 31st featuring PIAF, HYMNE À L’AMOUR choreography, and costumes by Alberto Canestro
There's More to Fiesole
The Best Way to Enjoy Fiesole?
Stay in an accommodation close-by!
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, viewing the remains of their antique walls, to the Roman epoch and the archeological park filled with remnants of the famous thermal water spa. Or you could visit the caves where the stone that built Florence came from 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).