Pinocchio, Kid’s Lit Show & Movie Festival

Until June 6: PINOCCHIO, HARRY POTTER, MICKEY MOUSE, HEIDI, AND OTHERS. Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2, Florence. Open daily except for Monday from 10 am – 7 pm. Admission €8, reduced €6, and Coop members €4. Free on the first Sunday of every month. Parking is reserved at Forte di Belvedere (Via San Leonardo 1, Florence). This exhibition is the real Disney for children of all ages featuring illustrations of beloved iconic characters [...]

Local Kids Carnivals in Florence & Prato

February 10 FLORENCE CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL, Piazza Ognissanti. 2 – 6 pm. The Florence Children’s Carnival will be held for the 11th year in Piazza Ognissanti. Children and parents alike, in costumes or masks, will spend a carefree afternoon enjoying entertainment and games. Fun activities, such as inflatable toys, cotton candy and face painting will be provided throughout the carnival. In addition, rides on an electric train will be offered to kids for an [...]

From ‘Old England’ Comes ‘Souvenir’

Old England, an independent historical clothing store located on Via dei Vecchietti, 28, once popular among many Florentines, re-opened under new management on Sept. 8 as Souvenir, a contemporary women’s clothing boutique. The new store will continue Old England’s up-scale styles while adding a contemporary twist. First established in 1924, Old England was like no other in the city, known for its English wool sweaters and other English-style clothing, fabrics and umbrellas. Aside [...]

Seafood & More Seafood

Il Ristorantino di Pesce, Piazza Giorgini 20/r. Open every day except Monday. Tel. 055/0351155. Info: Ristorantino di Pesce is a small Florentine seafood restaurant focused on serving a mixture of tasty fish-based dishes. Available for walk-in meals and aperitivos, Tuesday through Thursday between 12-3 pm and 7-11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7-11 pm. Owner Samuele Gallori, founder of Panino Tondo in 2010, is behind this new establishment and demands only the most fresh and [...]

A New American Brunch Spot in Florence

Hotel Helvetia&Bristol, via dei Pescioni 2, Florence. Sunday from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm. In recent years, brunch has become an important part of the Florence food scene, with more and more American-style venues appearing across the city offering alternatives to the traditional cappuccino and croissant colazione. Florence’s latest contributor to this brunch phenomenon is Hotel Helvetia&Bristol. This 19th century palazzo stands elegantly in the heart one of the city’s most prestigious areas [...]

Cirk Fantastik Circus: Entertainment for All Ages

September 14-24: Cirk Fantastik. International Contemporary Circus Festival. Parco delle Cascine, Viale degli Olmi/Piazzale del Re. Daily from 3 pm – 1 am. The Parco delle Cascine would like to welcome families to the 12th edition of Cirk Fantastik: the International Contemporary Circus Festival, which is returning after an 11th successful edition. Two tents will be the location for many circus acts, with over 60 performances interpreted by contemporary national and international companies, [...]

Bar e Cucina: Modern & Bold Dining

A new wind of change has arrived on the local restaurant scene (see video) with the recent inauguration of Bar e Cucina (via dei Neri 12/R). The establishment represents a homecoming for owners Matteo Mechelli and Matteo Boglione—both of whom returned to their birthplace, Florence, after a career in New York. Both share a modern and bold vision, one reflected in Bar e Cucina. “We wanted simplicity in a city layered with history,” [...]

L’OV Vegetarian Restaurant

A new gourmet restaurant, which offers vegetable friendly renditions of traditional meat based dishes, has added shades of green to Florence. Open just over a month, L’OV (L’ Osteria Vegetariana), piazza del Carmine 4/r), provides diners with healthy alternatives to complement a vegetarian diet, and with certain menu options, a vegan diet. Click here to see a slide show. Previously a fish market, customers can enjoy L’OV’s rustic atmosphere. Laced with hanging plants, [...]

June Book Readings for Kids in English

As the vacation approaches, and the pace begins to slow down, the events aimed at children do as well.  The Children’s Lending Library, located below the American Church, will close its doors for the summer on June 14, but offer a final reading on June 10 from 10 am to 12 noon for kids of all ages.  The book is Creatures of the Ocean, Big and Small, following by fun activities for all ages. The [...]

Florence’s First Vietnamese Restaurant

Florence’s newest restaurant, Com Saigon (via dell’Agnolo 93/r), which means “Saigon’s Rice,” offers a variety of Vietnamese specialties to the Florentine community following its grand opening on June 1, 2017.  Click to see a slide show. The kitchen, located in the entrance in order to display food preparation, is run by three Vietnamese women. Upon entering, customers will be able to taste popular “finger-food” dishes. In the lounge on Via de Pepi, guests [...]