There are plenty of things going on in the open air in Florence this summer
Anyone taking a city break to Florence this month will find no shortage of events taking place in different parts of the city centre. If the weather is fine there is certainly plenty going on outside for visitors who prefer to stay in the fresh air.
For music lovers the Bargello Courtyard hosts different open air classical music concerts on a number of evenings throughout the month. Tickets can be booked in advance for these concerts.
On 26th July Florence celebrates The Feast of Saint Anne. It was on this date in 1343 when the citizens of Florence finally rose up against the tyrant ruler who was running the city at the time, Walter of Brienne, the Duke of Athens. Ever since this historical event, the figure of Saint Anne has been linked to Florence regaining its freedom. Festivities include a procession which starts at 8.30pm at the Palazzo Vecchio and winds its way to the church of Orsanmichele, site of the altar Saint Anne. An iconographic fresco representing St Anne and the expulsion of the Duke of Athens, painted by a follower of Orcagna can be seen in the museum of Palazzo Vecchio.
On various dates in the month of July jazz fans flock to one of the city’s most beautiful parks, the Parco Mediceo di Pratolino – Demidoff. The park lies in the hills above Florence and used to be home to one of the many Medici villas. The Loggia serves as a stage for the live jazz concerts which take place throughout the summer – entry free charge. The park can be reached by taking bus: no. 25 from Piazza San Marco (approx. 20 mins)
Whatever you decide to do during the day, you can make a point of enjoying an evening aperitif in a bar or café with an open air patio. Relax over a cocktail with the locals at one of the city’s most popular spots, Piazza G. Poggi (on the south side of the Arno just below Piazzale Michelangelo). If you’re lucky there’ll also be live music to add to your enjoyment of a summer’s evening.