From Africa to Florence: July’s Festival of the Desert

Back for a ninth time, Florence’s Festival of the Desert’s annual free celebration begins this Saturday at the Manifattura Tabacchi. From June 30 through July 3, the city welcomes a synthesis of musical styles and origins, embracing a cross-cultural event that extends from heart of Africa to the streets of Italy. Interpreting these themes, the four-day musical marathon will mix conventional acts with contemporary forms, merging jazz and reggae musicians with electronic DJs. [...]

ICOMOS Heritage Day: Complimentary Tours

In conjunction with the ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Sites) Global Day, an event is scheduled on April 18 called Heritage for Generations. The program includes two free guided walks offered at 2:30 and 4 pm designed for people of all ages. The meeting point is Museo di Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria. The tours will focus on the historical center which was made a UNESCO cultural heritage site in 1982, [...]

The Easter Cart Explodes, the Dove Fails to Return

During Florence’s traditional Easter event on April 1, lo Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart), part of the Easter Mass at the Cathedral (Duomo), the dove-shaped rocket set off without a hitch down a wire to set off a series of fireworks attached to the cart.  On its return trip, however, the dove stopped and did not return back to the altar inside the Cathedral.  According to popular belief, this means there will not be [...]

‘March for Our Lives’ Florence Protest

Saturday, March 24, 2:30 – 5 pm: MARCH FOR OUR LIVES. In Florence’s piazza San Lorenzo, join the group Indivisible TUScany and locals in solidarity with over 800 other groups around the world urging the United States Government to urgently address gun violence through legislation in light of recent mass shootings. The march will also focus on denouncing the NRA’s political power in the U.S. and it will symbolize international support of the [...]

An Author Q&A in English and Brunch

The Jewish Community in Florence is continuing second, annual, Balabrunch with author series, a chance to meet and dine with internationally acclaimed authors and intellectuals.  The idea for the Balabrunch hatched after the positive summer experience of the Balagan Cafè, a summer event conceived by the Jewish Community of Florence to open the doors of its Synagogue to the city, its tourists and visitors while introducing Hebrew culture, traditions, music and cuisine. This [...]

Women’s Rights January & March Rallies

On January 21, 2018, millions of women around the world gathered to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Global Women’s March. Here in Florence, about 100 women and men alike gathered that day at Piazza San Lorenzo in order to show support for equal rights for women. The group responsible for organizing the event, “Indivisible TUScany U.S. Citizens for Peace and Justice,” translated every speech into Italian so that the substantial Italian audience [...]

La Befana Comes to Florence

Much like Santa, the elderly Italian witch, La Befana, who fills the stockings of children on the night of January 5, has the power of appearing simultaneously in different places.  This is true in Florence on Epiphany, January 6, which is simultaneously the feast of the Three Kings and La Befana.  She will continue her generosity to children all day in the city of the Renaissance. Here are her scheduled appearances: Vintage cars [...]

A Christmas Treat: Fierucola dell’Immacolata

Fri. December 8 – Sun. 10: FIERUCOLA DELL’IMMACOLATA. Piazza SS. Annunziata, 9 am – 7 pm. Now that December is here, it is finally the time to begin our Christmas count down. While people are rushing around searching for a special and alternative gift, the traditional Fierucola dell’Immacolata Market could provide the perfect idea. Making its yearly appearance is the ‘Fierucola’ with hand-made crafts of home and Christmas decorations, accessories, ceramics, leather shoes [...]

The 2017 ‘Corri La Vita’ Roundup

The 15th edition of Corri La Vita race, which took place on Sunday, September 24, was another success, despite the bad weather. More than 30,000 people participated, from all over Tuscany as well as Italy, raising around €500.000 to be used in the fight against breast cancer. The winner amongst the women runners was Tiziana Gianotti and among the male runners, Massimo Mei. Tiziani achieved a time of 0:40:27 and Massimo arrived at [...]

Outdoors Concert by the Orchestra della Toscana

Wednesday, July 19: ORCHESTRA DELLA TOSCANA. Piazza Santissima Annunziata. 9:15 pm. Regular admission: €20. Two beloved 19th century works will be performed in a Renaissance square in downtown Florence: Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” Both compositions are extremely popular among the general public. Inspired by the 19th century Spanish dance of the same name, “Bolero” originated as ballet music, while “Carmina Burana” is based on 24 medieval poems. The pieces will [...]