Seeing Florence through the ‘Guarda Firenze’ Race

Do you want to learn about the history of Florence while also enjoying a run? Register for the annual Guarda Firenze race, taking place on Sunday, May 6 at 9:30 am. This run, which brings together over 3,000 people annually, focuses on teaching runners about the rich history of Florence while simultaneously promoting healthy lifestyles for all. This 10km (6.2mi) race will start at Piazza San Giovanni and take runners through some of the most important [...]

Holiday Weekend Museum & Park Openings

Through May 1, the Bardini Gardens is offering guided tours of the grounds with a special focus on its magnificent arbor of wisteria (see a Repubblica Firenze slide show) with an overlook of the city.  The hour-and-a-half visit, which starts at 5 pm, is guided by a landscape architect who will provide insight into the botany, design and history of the space.  Reservations at www.beemyguide.com. Wander through the grove of traditional Tuscan fruit trees, [...]

International Ambassadors for Dragon Boat Festival

Cascine Park (Piazzale delle Cascine), Florence’s largest public park on the famous Arno river. The city will welcome over 4,000 visitors from all over the world. Although the participants of the races consist mainly of women between the ages of 20 and 80 years old who engage in Dragon Boat paddling as a form of post-operative rehabilitation as breast cancer survivors, but they will also be accompanied by their family and friends who [...]

A Sports & Street Food Weekend at Campo di Marte

Piazza Campioni, next to the Franchi stadium in Campo di Marte, will host a three-day fair on April 6 – 8. Nine food trucks and a sports village comprised of 24 sports associations are set to provide a memorable experience for children and adults alike. Following a successful 2017 event with a record of over 20,000 visitors, this year’s edition has expanded to include even more sports activities. From golf to fencing, running and [...]

A ‘Rosamimosa’ Race to Prevent Violence Against Women

Named for two flowers inextricably connected with women, the rose and the mimosa, the “Rosamimosa” race, which is the oldest female race in Italy, will be celebrating its 33rd year this year on March 10 at 4:30 pm. This year’s theme, “Stop femicides,” will be in support of the fight against violence towards women, which is an ever present topic in Italy today. The competitive race will consist of an 8 km (5 [...]

Florence’s State-Run Museums Free to Women on Mar. 8

On International Women’s Day, state-run museums in Florence will be free of charge to women.  These include the Uffizi Gallery (8 am – 7 pm); the Palatine Gallery (8 am – 7 pm), the Porcelain Museum (8 am – 6:30 pm), the Costume Gallery and the Silver Museum in the Pitti Palace (8 am – 7 pm); the Academy Gallery (8 am – 6:30 pm); the Bargello (National Sculpture Museum) (8 am – [...]

Giotto Madonna Moved to the Cathedral Museum

After 25 years away from public display, Giotto’s work Madonna alla Costa has found a new home in Florence’s Cathedral Museum (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo). The Renaissance artist Giotto di Bondone (1270 – 1337), most commonly known as simply Giotto, has works that are exhibited also globally, reaching the MET gallery in New York. Giotto was not just a painter. He is famous for designing the bell tower of the Duomo and the [...]

Digital Postcards from the Duomo

From reality to virtual to back to reality, the Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore has made another untraditional move to prevent vandalism on the tops of Brunelleschi’s Duomo and Giotto’s Bell Tower. When the accumulation of graffiti at the tops of some of Florence’s most historical monuments were cleaned about a year and a half ago, a modern and stainless era of graffiti was introduced.  Read details on the project’s launch here. A [...]

Guided Tours at an Unbeatable Price

With the arrival of autumn, the association MUS.E is offering residents and tourists guided tours at many state-run museums in Santo Spirito, San Frediano and Santa Maria Novella every day in October except Tuesday at a nominal fee. The tour costs €2 for residents and €4 for non-residents, in addition to the standard entry price. The Brancacci Chapel (Santa Maria del Carmine, Piazza del Carmine) is a true and authentic treasure reflecting the [...]

‘Notturna di San Giovanni’ Night Race

Sat. 17:  NOTTURNA DI SAN GIOVANNI 4 & 10K RACE. Race starts and finishes in Piazza del Duomo. 9 pm.  Registration fee: €10. Runners, walkers, joggers, and their families are welcome to come explore and appreciate the exquisite views of Florence at night in a race to celebrate the patron saint of Florence, St. John the Baptist. Two races will be offered this year, a competitive 10k open to adults over 18 who [...]