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June Events in Florence, Italy

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This girl is finally back in Florence after a whirlwind trip back to the states to visit family, friends and generally create mayhem {kidding}. I returned not only to some nice fun jetlag {anyone else sleep 12 hours?} and cool weather that is so very much not normal this time of year. Global warming is ensuring that you never know what to expect from weather in Italy so I plan to enjoy this before the humidity and mosquitoes strike. Let’s see whats hot in June this year!

  • PUBLIC HOLIDAY: Festa della Repubblica – Fest of the Republic. June 2nd (Sunday). An important public holiday which unfortunately falls on a Sunday this year.  The day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of government, following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism.

  • CONCERTS: Opera in historical churches all over Florence. If you love Italian opera and beautiful settings, then this might just be the perfect night out for you. This June, many operas will be held in local churches, mainly St. Marks. Check out the program of events and more here.

  • MOVIES: Summer at the movies! June English original program at the Odeon cinehall in the historical center of Florence. Are you as excited to see The Great Gatsby as I am? Check out which showing works best for you from June 5-8th. Oher great movies playing this month include French favorite playing June 9-11th (which I loved and saw on the plane) Populaire set in the  1950’s  and featuring stars Romain Duris, Deborah Francois and Berenice Bejo. Also hot is Will Smith’s latest ‘After Earth’ playing June 18-20th – a sci-fi thriller. 

  • MUSIC: MTV Awards extravaganze – June 15th, Piazzale Michelangelo at 9pm. The TRL Italia awards are back and bigger than ever so take advantage of this free concert on to of the city and see which artists win awards! A little too crazy for me, I might spy on the activities from my favorite spot above the piazza.

  • SPORTS: Calcio Storico/Historical Football and Fireworks! June 24th, Florence, Italy’s most famous sport happens to be quite dangerous and a little crazy but everyone loves it anyway! See the different districts in town compete in a transformed Piazza Santa Croce square with a grand ending including impressive fireworks to celebrate the cities patron Saint Giovanni! Check out ticket prices and times here at their official (impressive website) site.

  • DOCUMENTARY Premiere: Invisible Women at the Odeon Cinehall, June 25th. The PBS documentary Invisible Women, based on the book by Jane Fortune published by The Florentine Press has won an Emmy for best documentary. How cool is that! The documentary is about a group of modern day ‘art detectives’ who explore the lives of female painters through the archives and storage areas of Florentine museums.The premiere of this documentary, which lasts half an hour, will be held on Tuesday June 25 at 7pm at the Odeon Theatre in Florence. Proceeds from the 6 euro ticket go to the Advancing Women Arts Foundation. There is an optional toast with bubbly afterwards (4 euro) with an opportunity to catch up with members of The Florentine’s community.

  • Taste Fair with Yelp Firenze! June 25th. Limonaia di Villa Strozzi, Via Pisana 77.  7:30-9:30pm. Really cool event organized by Yelp Firenze: two hours of food tastings, DJ set, and even a special fun photo event. The event is free, you just need to send an email to firenze@yelp.it with your first name, last name, and a link to your YELP profile (complete with photo & real name). Don’t worry if you are new to Yelp, just make an account. I personally have been involved in the community quite a bit and I find all of the Florence yelpers a really cool fun, international group!

More events will be added throughout the month so check back regularly to see what might be going on any given day in this fantastic city. At the very least we hope that summer {minus the blood-sucking mosquitoes} actually arrives so we can escape time to time to the seaside or local lakes!

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  1. Carol Schroeder
    01.06.2013 at 15:30

    I just got home in Maryland from 2 months in Florence in a rented apartment. I took a four week class at the British Institute of Florence, which would be a great subject to write about. The classes were great and of high quality and I highly recommend them. Let me know if you want more info.
    Weather very cool and rainy for many days before I left Florence. It is sunny and in the 90’s here now so I have to get used to that as well as overcome the jet lag. No complaints after 2 wonderful months. I even shook the mayor’s hand during the commemoration of Savonarola’s execution.
    I found so much info on this site that helped me while I was there that I want to thank you profusely for the work you do to produce this site.
    Cheers, Carol

    1. ggnitaly84
      01.06.2013 at 17:04

      Dear Carol, thank you so much for sharing your own experience in Florence and for taking the time to check out this blog. Your words mean everything to me! Grazie e torni presto! xoxo Georgette

  2. bundleofbooks
    02.06.2013 at 18:39

    That photo with the beautiful view and flowers – where is it and can anyone go there? It looks so perfect!

    1. ggnitaly84
      02.06.2013 at 20:52

      anyone sure can! It’s the rose garden near Piazzale Michelangelo!

      1. bundleofbooks
        02.06.2013 at 22:08

        Thanks! Will have to put it on my list of things to see when I come later in the month! 🙂 Getting very excited now and reading through your blog to find more to do.

  3. Gil
    05.06.2013 at 8:30

    Glad to see you back after your unbelievable trip to the USA. I think that you crammed more activities in that trip than most people do in ten trips!

    1. ggnitaly84
      05.06.2013 at 10:01

      thanks GIL! It was a little crazy but I had to get the most out of being there since a month is a long time 😀