The Best Live Music Venues in Florence
While Florence is known for its opera houses and Renaissance art, few visitors know about its live music venues. Here are our top seven little-known spaces in which your clients can catch a live performance.
With its brick walls, neon lights and blues’ bands, Florence Jazz Club has an old-school vibe, which makes it a favourite among locals. Clients looking to discover new music can head here to listen to upcoming performers.
Located in a historic building in the neighbourhood of Via de’ Ginori, La Ménagère has a rustic charm, with unplastered walls, vintage furniture and a concrete floor brightened up by blooms from an in-house florist. While listening to local jazz bands and pianists, your clients can enjoy fruity cocktails and an experimental take on traditional dishes such as beef cheek and Black Forest cake.
A former convent and prison complex, Le Murate retains original features such as old cell doors and window bars. Architects removed a ceiling in a walkway to allow natural light to flow in while the courtyard has been revamped into a buzzing café. Your clients can catch live music, poetry readings and film screenings on an outdoor stage or wander through neighbouring streets which house independent boutiques and galleries.
Opera di Firenze in Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre: perfect for opera lovers
Inaugurated in 2011, Opera di Firenze in Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre is an award-winning theatre and opera venue that’s best known for hosting an eponymous arts festival every April to June.
Teatro Niccolini: perfect for theatre enthusiasts
Your clients can fuel their love for the stage with a visit to Florence’s oldest theatre, Teatro Niccolini, near Florence Cathedral. A 2016 restoration preserved the theatre’s original mid-1600s design, which features a dramatic staircase leading to a main hall.
Teatro della Pergola: perfect for architecture fans
When Teatro della Pergola was completed in 1656, it was the first opera house in Italy to feature boxes surrounding the auditorium. Declared a national monument in 1925, the theatre continues to cultivate Florence’s love for the arts.
Puccini Festival 2022: perfect for Puccini fans
The Great Open Air Theatre may be a 90-minute drive west of Florence, but your clients will find it worth making a detour for. The theatre is set on Massaciuccoli Lake in the coastal town of Torre del Lago, just steps from the house in which Puccini lived and composed masterpieces. From 15th July to 27th August 2022 your clients can listen to operas from Madama Butterfly, La Bohème and Tosca at the theatre during the Puccini Festival, which is hosted in honour of the eponymous composer.
Once your clients have tapped their feet to jazz, listened to Puccini and discovered upcoming bands, they can return to Hotel Savoy.