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Hostel Santa Monaca advises: November 25th – Florence Marathon 2018


The Florence Marathon, now in issue n. 35, will take place on Sunday 25 November 2018.
Also confirmed for this edition the route with departure and arrival in the heart of the city, in Piazza Duomo. Other squares, such as Piazza della Repubblica and Piazza Santa Maria Novella, will instead be committed to support services for runners, such as refreshments, preheating, massage service and storage of race bags. The historic center of Florence will therefore be a real party on the day of the marathon.

November 13th, 2018 – Free concert dedicated to Rossini in the Basilica of Santa Croce


To commemorate Gioachino Rossini in the year in which the 150th anniversary of his death is celebrated, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theater will perform in a celebratory concert set for November 13th, the date of his death, which will be performed in front of the composer’s tomb in the Basilica of Santa Croce.

Photo by Basilica Santa Croce official website

Sunday 4 November 2018 – Free museums


Sunday, November 4 returns the Sunday Metropolitan offering a program of visits and activities particularly broad, because the proposals of the Florentine Civic Museums, are flanked by visits to Palazzo Medici Riccardi and the complex of Sant’Orsola, exceptionally open to the public.
In addition to these, young people and adults will be able to enjoy in Palazzo Vecchio some paths dedicated to the Medici Palace and the fountains and aqueducts of the mid-sixteenth century, as are scheduled guided tours in Santa Maria Novella and exhibitions:
“Only. Piero Manzoni “at the Museo Novecento and” Paolo Masi. Here “in Le Murate.

photo by Mus.e Florence

Halloween Run in Florence on October 31, 2018

In Florence, on Wednesday 31 October, the third edition of the “Florence Halloween Run” will take place, a 5 km fun-motor event within the Parco delle Cascine.
There is also a Family Run on a 3 km course, suitable for children and teenagers accompanied by at least one adult.
Competitors can participate in masquerades, with costumes on the theme of Halloween.
The best costumes will be awarded.

In Florence the Balloon Festival 2018 returns to the Visarno Hippodrome until October 21st


The Balloon Festival is a great festival dedicated to the giants of the air. The hot air balloons will color the sky of Florence for the second year, exciting families who want to spend a day full of fun.
The event suitable for everyone, will take place from the early hours of the morning, the balloons of all shapes and colors will be inflated and dedicated to the bound flight, then tied with a strong rope on the ground, for all the people who want to experience the emotion to see the city from the height of twenty meters.

The International Ceramics Fair from 6th to 7th October 2018 – Florence – Piazza Santissima Annunziata


The International Ceramic Fair comes back to Santissima Annunziata.
Now in its 19th edition, the fair will bring to the streets the best craftsmen with their creations to admire and buy.
90 artists will exhibit their creations in the most varied and innovative techniques and ceramic materials: you can find objects of use, furniture, sculptures, jewels.
In addition to the exhibition market there will be a space dedicated to teaching with clay: will be proposed workshops of manipulation and modeling of clay, laboratory of whistles.
In the Palazzo Budini Gattai will host Matthew Tyas, coordinator of the Leach Foundation for exhibitions and collections.

In particular, one of the shops will host a tribute to Lindsay Kemp, recently deceased: some of Kemp’s drawings have been selected to decorate five ceramic plates, unique pieces that will be exhibited together with the artist’s original sketches during the two days.

From September 29th to 30th the Wired Next Fest comes back to Florence


The Wired Next Fest, which will be held in Palazzo Vecchio from September 28th to 30th, arrives in Florence for the third time. This year’s theme will be “Simplicity”. The aim is to tell how innovation, new technologies, the use of big data and artificial intelligences are able to make life – of individuals, companies and organizations – simpler.
Digital is indeed a perfect tool to put people at the center, giving them more freedom and opportunities.
Among the guests Negramaro and Mika

Admission to the WNF18 in Florence is free but registration is required on the site.

“Steve McCurry, icons” – Villa Bardini – Florence


In 100 shots the great journey in humanity of Steve McCurry (Darby, PA, 1950). It’s the theme of the retrospective ‘Steve McCurry. Icons’ that from June 15 to September 16 at Villa Bardini brings together the most striking images of one of the greatest masters of contemporary photography that exhibits for the first time in the Tuscan capital.

Ferragosto 2018, museums open in Florence


Ferragosto to the museum: the civic museums of Florence will open the doors even the day of August 15th. The Palazzo Vecchio museum can be visited from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.
It will be possible to get on the Tower of Arnolfo from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm (the ticket office closes at 8.00 pm). The complex of Santa Maria Novella opens from 12 to 18.30. In the square Santa Maria Novella, the Museo Novecento will be open from 11:00 to 20:00.
Forte Belvedere is also open, currently hosting the “Gong” exhibition by Eliseo Mattiacci, from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm (last access at 7.00 pm).
The Bigallo museum will be open from 10:00 and 12:00 (reservation required)

Photo by: Nardia Plumridge

5 August 2018 – Free visits to the Museums and to the state archeological areas


On the first Sunday of each month the museums and the state archaeological sites will be open for free.

The State Museums of Florence are as follows:

Uffizi Gallery
Accademy’s Gallery
Museum of the Medici Chapels
Palazzo Pitti Museums (Palatina Gallery and Royal Apartments, Gallery of Modern Art, Museo degli Argenti, Costume Gallery, Porcelain Museum, Boboli Gardens)
National Bargello Museum
Cenacle of Andrea del Sarto
Museum of the Ancient Florentine House of Palazzo Davanzati
National archeologic museum
Museum of Casa Martelli
Orsanmichele Museum
Garden of the Medicean Villa of Castello
Park of Villa il Ventaglio
Villa Corsini in Castello
Medici Villa of Petraia

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