The historic church of Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio is now one of the most beautiful exhibition spaces in the heart of Florence. And with its excellent acoustics, and a blend of Romanesque, Gothic, and baroque architecture, the auditorium is the perfect place to take in a concert or opera.
Home to artwork and Buontalenti’s 16th-century marble staircase and balustrade, the deconsecrated church of Santo Stefano al Ponte is a dazzling backdrop for opera performances, chamber orchestra concerts, and musical events such as The Three Tenors. The auditorium is one of the most popular venues in Florence, and shows often sell out—be sure to buy your ticket in advance. Things to Know Before You Go
- The dress code for most performances is smart casual, but take a light sweater or jacket on cool evenings.
- The auditorium is accessible to wheelchairs.
- Tickets purchased in advance can be picked up at the box office located at the auditorium.
- There’s no auditorium café, but you’ll find a variety of dining options in the immediate vicinity.
How to Get There
The Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio sits on Piazza Santo Stefano—just steps from the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, and Uffizi Gallery. It’s an easy walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station and most major attractions in Florence.
When to Get There
Go in the evening for a musical performance. During the day, the auditorium occasionally hosts multimedia and interactive exhibits focusing on artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci. Check the auditorium’s schedule, and prebook your ticket.
Concerts at St. Mark’s Anglican Church
The center of Florence’s Anglican community, this 15th-century palazzo is another top venue for evening concerts by local and international artists. Catch an opera, choral, or instrumental performance.