Ferragosto Week ’22 Concerts & Museum Openings


A performance at the Giardino dell’Artecultura (photo by Olivia Synek)

Ferragosto, an official holiday in all of Italy, is celebrated in honor of the Assumption of Mary on August 15. While most of the locals leave Florence, exhibitions, outdoor events, museum openings and dining await those still in town.

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The “Tuttoposto a Ferragosto” is an exciting (plus free) festival, offering a series of musical events featuring a diverse range of music artists from jazz musicians and blues artists to traditional Cuban singers. Each performance begins at 8:30 pm at the Giardino dell’Artecultura, best known as a summer spot for hosting artistic and cultural events.

Surrounded by numerous trees, the space feels ten degrees cooler than anywhere in Florence, which makes it a great summer escape.  While not a vibrant late-night destination, the Giardino is perfectly suitable as a location to socialize, relax and beat the heat.  Located at Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4, the garden is open between May and August from 9 am to 12 midnight.

In the 10th edition, the venue will host a special series of musical events held through August 22. Below is the program in detail.

Friday, August 13

Jazz concert by PICCIOLI QUARTET at 8:30 pm

Maurizio Piccioli (guitar), Leonardo Baggiani (bass), and Riccardo Bartolozzi (drums) will play songs inspired by swing, indie rock, reggae and dub (the latter is a subcategory of reggae).

Sunday, August 14

Screening of the match Fiorentina vs Cremonese at 6:30 pm

​Rock concert by SLIMECELLOS at 8:30 pm

A fun night awaits the audience on August 14. A performance will be given by MarCello Salveti (guitar), Matteo Pizzotto Bisceglia (bass), Giovanni Gasparoni (drums), Flavio Salveti (lead vocals, harmonica, and flute)

Monday, August 15

Swing concert by TALKING TIES at 8:30 pm

The show promises to be sparkling and fun, thanks to the talent of its members: Giovanni Gargini (vocals, washboard and drums), Bernardo Sacconi (vocals, guitar, double bass, piano) and Glauco Benedetti (tuba).


The Chille de la Balanza theater company invites Florentines and visitors to San Salvi, in the relatively cool green of the former city insane asylum  to experience a concert session by Riccardo Tesi and Banditaliana. Admission costs €15 or € 12.00 reduced. Reservations are recommended.

The concert is scheduled  on Monday, August 15 at 9:30 pm with Riccardo Tesi, Banditaliana: that is Claudio Carboni, Maurizio Geri and Marzio Del Testa.

For many years now, on the day of August 15, Tesi and his companions have been a tradition at San Salvi for Ferragosto.  The group first started out in a province of Pistoia and now is known nationally and internationally.

For reservations, call 335 6270739 or mail info@chille.it.


During the day, a number of museums will be open to visitors. The Galleria dell’Accademia, home of works by Michelangelo including the sculpture David, will be open on August 15 from 8:15 am to 6:50 pm (last admission is at 6:20 pm). The Bargello Museum will also be exceptionally open on Sunday 14 (from 9 to 13) while on August 15 the site will be open from 8:15 to 13:50 (last admission 50 minutes before closing). It will be an opportunity to admire the Donatello Hall, with some changes in layout, after the conclusion of the recent exhibition.

Exceptionally open to the public for the whole day of Ferragosto are the Medici Chapels (8:15 to 6 pm), which contains sculptures by Michelangelo above the tombs of the Medici Grand Dukes (last admission is 40 minutes before closing).

The city-run museums can also be visited all day. These include the Museum of Palazzo Vecchio (9 am to 7 pm), the Stefano Bardini Museum (11 am to 5 pm), the Museo Novecento of 20th and 21st Art (11 am to 8 pm), the Brancacci Chapel from (1  to 5 pm, last admission at 4:15 pm and reservation required), Fondazione Romano (1 to 5 pm), the San Niccolò Tower (5 to 8 pm), Forte Belvedere (10 am to 8 pm) and the Santa Maria Novella complex (12 noon to 5:30 pm). Palazzo Medici Riccardi and the Oscar Ghiglia show will also be accessible from 9 am to 7 pm.  (elif aytemiz)


Tuesday, August 16

Acoustic rock concert by FRATELLI RAUDO at 8:30 pm

This explosive duo offers an original, powerful, and international pop rock rock’n’roll repertoire.

Wednesday, August 17

Bossanova concert by TODO MODO at 8:30 pm

Another duo offers South American music including Brazilian Samba and Son Cuban.

Thursday, August 18

Soul Funk concert by LED KAYAL at 8:30 pm

Friday, August 19

Rock concert by the RICK HUTTON BAND

A refined show with the great Rick Hutton with the acoustic reinterpretation of classic blues and rock compositions.

Saturday, August 20

Dixieland concert by the OLD FLORENCE DIXIE BAND

A street band of real Dixie musicians arrive at the Garden with a diversity of sounds in New Orleans jazz style

Sunday, August 21

Grand finale concert by the FREDDIE MAGUIRE BAND

The Italian American singer Freddie Maguire, accompanied by other American musicians of the American scene, will perform with his band in a repertoire composed of funk, R&B, soul and ballads.