Florence’s Best Outdoor Cinemas in 2023

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Open-Air Film Screenings Under the Stars

Sit back, relax, and let yourself be transported to a new world in Florence this summer with film screenings happening all around the city. With the birthplace of the Renaissance as your backdrop, you can watch new releases and auteur films in one-of-a-kind open air theaters. Piazzas, museums, and courtyards are transformed to accommodate screenings of a variety of international, Italian, and English films.

Here are our picks for the best places to catch a moonlit movie this summer.

Apriti Cinema – Piazzale degli Uffizi

From June 26 to August 7, the iconic Piazzale degli Uffizi is hosting its 11th edition of Apriti Cinema, showcasing films in their original languages with subtitles in Italian, and occasionally English. Organized by the Quelli dell’Alfieri Association, spectacular films from many of Florence’s notable film festivals will be shown across 40 evenings. In addition to screenings, Apriti Cinema has organized several special events, including reviews and guest appearances from directors and critics. Don’t miss out on an incredible night of cinema in one of Florence’s most historic locations!

from June 26th to August 7th

Piazzale Degli Uffizi

Films shown at 9.45pm

Admission is free – No reservation required

download the programme

Cinema nel Chiostro at Museo Novecento

Cinema nel Chiostro, presented by Museo Novecento and in collaboration with the M.Arte Association, will host film screenings for the third consecutive year from June 19 until Sept. 10 in an arena that can accommodate up to 230 viewers. Beginning at 9:30pm, the best films of the season will be presented each night. This summer, Cinema nell Chiostro will include an extensive review entitled Almodóvar: The Shape of Desire, which will honor renowned Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar with five of his iconic films: Stiletto Heels, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Law of Desire, What Have I Done to Deserve This?, and The Indiscreet Charm of Sin.

Italian and international films will be screened throughout the summer, along with appearances from special guests including director Marisa Vallone and actress Paola Simi. Screenings for a wide range of interests and viewers can be found at this summer-long event, reserve your tickets today!

from June 19th to September 10th

Museo Novecento – Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 10

Films shown at 9.30pm

Reduced price: € 3.50, full price: € 8.00


Cinema Chiardiluna in Oltrarno

Enjoy a magical night of movie-viewing in the beautiful outdoor summer theater at Via Monte Oliveto from June 16 to early September. Films from around the world will be screened at Cinema Chiardiluna, including some of the most successful pictures of the year: The Fabelmans, The Whale, and Triangle of Sadness, to name a few. Special guests will also make appearances, with scheduled visits from actors Rocco Papaleo, Giuseppe Fiorello and director Ivan de Matteo. Cinema Chiardiluna is screening something for everyone this summer, with Italian and European films being shown at a discounted rate of 3.50 euros.

from June 16th to July 31st

Via Monte Oliveto, 1

Films shown at 9.30pm

Reduced price €5.50, full price €7.00


Esterno Notte at Poggetto

Surrounded by lush vegetation, Esterno Notte at Poggetto is showing films from June 16 to August 31 beginning around 9:30. With over 50 of the season’s best films being screened, this is the perfect setting for a casual date or a fun night with friends and family. Be sure to stop by the ice cream and snack bar for a treat while you enjoy a film in the beautiful, verdant arena.

from June 16th to August 31st

Via Michele Mercati, 24/b

Films shown at 9.30pm

Reduced price € 5.50, full price €6,50, Italian and European films €3.50


Cinema in Manifattura Tabacchi

A new location for Manifattura Tabacchi’s open-air cinema is being showcased this year at Maker Street, curated by the Stensen Foundation. From May 31 to September 30, a number of events will be held at Manifattura Tabacchi; including music, art, books, festivals, and cinema. Exact dates and ticketing details for film screenings have yet to be announced, so stay updated through their website and social media pages for details.

from May 31st to September 30th

Via delle Cascine, 35


Cinema di Castello

Beginning June 15, the popular Cinema di Castello is screening films each night beginning at 9:30pm in the courtyard of the Arci Club, including special guest appearances and performances. European films are being shown Friday – Monday at a reduced rate of 3.50 euros. If you go between Thursday and Sunday, you can enjoy a pizza, beer, and film for just 12 euros. Don’t miss out!

from June 15th to July 20th

Via Reginaldo Giuliani, 374

Films shown at 9.30pm

Reduced price 5 euros, full price 6 euros


Cinema in Villa at Giardino Bardini

From July 4 to August 27, the Belvedere Terrace of Giardino Bardini will be the setting of the Cinema in Villa film festival for the fourth year, with around 50 screenings, reviews, and guest appearances being showcased. Films will be shown in their original languages, with most offering English subtitles. On Thursdays, families can enjoy free screenings with a reservation, and tickets for Italian and European films are only 3.50 euros. Relax and relish in a night of cinema in one of Florence’s most historical gardens with a breathtaking view of the city.

from July 4th to August 27th

Villa Bardini, entrance from Costa San Giorgio 2

Films shown at 9.15pm

Tickets 5 euro, Italian and European films 3.50 euro, free on Thursdays for families with reservation

download the programme

Estate Fiesolana – Cinema in Teatro Romano di Fiesole

outdoor cinema estate fiesolana

Curated by the Stensen Foundation, Teatro Romano di Fiesole is hosting film screenings from August 6 to August 23. One of Italy’s most impressive open-air cinemas, Teatro Romano di Fiesole has been showcasing films for many years, and is a one of a kind movie-going experience. The film program has not yet been announced, so stay updated for more details through their website.

from August 6th to August 23rd

Teatro Romano di Fiesole, Via Portigiani, 1


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