For many connoisseurs of the finer things in life, Italy is a top destination for fabulous food and mesmerising music. The event Serata all’italiana in Florence offers the perfect combination of the two. It begins with a delicious Mediterranean dinner that tickles the palate and satisfies the body. Then it moves into the artistic realm with the Italian Opera Florence concert. The performance is a local staple that features a classy selection of arias from the masterpieces of Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A more complete Florentine experience was hardly ever conceived.
Serata all’italiana begins at 7:15 pm at Trattoria Napoleone in Piazza del Carmine. A delicious dinner of four courses with a choice of vegetarian or meat main dishes as well as local wines and non-alcoholic drinks gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the flavours of Italy. The authentic cuisine combines a home-style, comfort streak with aesthetic and creativity that are the quintessence of Southern-European hospitality.
After you have thoroughly enjoyed your Mediterranean dinner, it is time to head over to Chiesa di Santa Monaca, which will serve as your musical venue for the night. Established in the 15th century, the historic church bears all the markings of the bold and inspiring Italian Renaissance period. The works of famous artists like Giovanni Maria Butteri, Baccio da Montelupo, or Cosimo Ulivelli beautify the setting. Majestic and intimate all at once, the Church of Santa Monaca has served as a performance venue for over two centuries. Between its storied walls, audiences get the unique opportunity to experience grand opera at an arm’s length. Talented vocalists take turns interpreting the famous arias and duets from classic operas like The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata, and Madama Butterfly. Serata all’italiana thus brings together Italian classics that cater to the palate and to musical taste in equal measure.