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Where to enjoy downtime during the upcoming men’s exhibitions in Florence.
This contemporary jewelry shop is an experimental 196-square-foot shop-laboratory for those who love jewelry without splurging. Every piece is created by Negar Azhar-Azari, a young Florentine designer of Persian origins, who employs materials such as bronze, iron and wood for more accessible jewels.
Via dei Serragli, 59 a/r, Florence.
Monday: 3:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed from 1 to 3:30 p.m.).
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At the core of the exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi are paintings by Francis Bacon (1909-1992), whose work is associated with that of five contemporary artists of international renown: Nathalie Djurberg, Adrian Ghenie, Arcangelo Sassolino, Chiharu Shiota and Annegret Soltau. These artists share Bacon’s reflections on man’s existential condition and on the depiction of the human figure.
Piazza Strozzi, Florence.
“Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art,” featuring Nathalie Djurberg| Adrian Ghenie| Arcangelo Sassolino| Chiharu Shiota| Annegret Soltau.
Oct. 5 to Jan. 27, Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday: 6 to 11 p.m. Free entrance on Thursday; closed Monday.
Tickets: 5 euros, or $6.50 at current exchange.
Kick off the evening at the two-story cocktail bar and disco with a typical Italian “aperitivo” that includes a full choice of Tuscan food combined with a wide selection of cocktails. The option of reserving a VIP room with a personal DJ makes this club the perfect location to party in Florence. Furthermore, a big terrace and a cozy garden also are a great backdrop for summer parties.
Life Club Firenze
Via dell’Erta Canina, 12/r, Florence.
Thursday to Saturday: 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
SE•STO on Arno
Food and art blend at the SE•STO Restaurant at the Roof Terrace of The Westin Excelsior Hotel, which has started offering brunch every Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Florence while dining on a selection of tidbits from caviar to sweet Italian prosciutto served with cocktails and Champagne. There is also an à la carte menu, all prepared by resident chef Entiana Osmenzeza.
SE•STO on Arno, Piazza Ognissanti 3, Florence. Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Winter Park Firenze
Winter Park Firenze is a winter theme park close to the river Arno, which allows visitors to practice winter sports and much more. Cases in point: the ice-skating rink and the 229-foot ice ski slope. To navigate the slippery slope, first-timers may turn to one of several ski instructors on hand. Those who would rather stay warm indoors can enjoy a hot chocolate or a panino at one of the cafes or shops at the stores in the village within the park.
Winter Park Firenze
Obihall – ex area Kontiki, Lungarno Aldo Moro, Florence.
Dec. 1 to Jan. 27, Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to midnight. Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to midnight.
NEXT: Palazzo Davanzati >>
Every Friday night, museum Palazzo Davanzati opens its doors to celebrate Ancient Florence with “Aperitivo ad Arte.” Cocktails and appetizers are served in the 12th century building from 7 to 10:30 p.m. in the museum of Ancient Houses of Florence, where it’s possible to visit the museum and enjoy historical plays staged by theater company Compagnia delle Seggiole.
Palazzo Davanzati, Via Porta Rossa 13, Florence.
Until Feb. 1, tickets at 15 euros, or $19 at current exchange. Entry by reservation only
Fridays from 7 to 10:30 p.m.