Raphael & Rubens Show Extended at the Horne

Until September 30, 2018: Raphael, Rubens , Tiepolo and Others: Studies from the 16th to the 18th Centuries.  Horne Museum, via de’ Benci 6.  Open daily 10 am – 2 pm, closed Wednesday and holidays. Admission € 7, € 5. While tourists may flood the Uffizi’s hallowed halls, Florence is host to a number of treasure-filled, lesser-known museums. Inside Florence’s historic Horne Museum is the late English architect and art historian Herbert Percy Horne’s extensive [...]

Florence’s Pool Palooza: Le Pavoniere

Escape Florence’s summer heat at the Le Pavoniere swimming pool, located in the historic Cascine Park. Shaded by ages-old trees and tucked away from the hubbub of town, the pool is a refreshing spot to hang out with family and friends. Open seven days a week, the pool’s hours are 10 am to 6 pm, with free swim from 6:45 to 7:45 pm. Visitors can swim on weekdays during daytime hours for € [...]

Palazzo Pitti Celebrates “The Elegance of Speed”

A new exhibition exploring the 20th century fascination with speed and the automobile in Tuscany and Florence comes to Palazzo Pitti’s Andito degli Angiolini this week. The show, titled The Elegance of Speed, is predominantly comprised of 90 shots, dated 1934 – 1965, selected from the Foto Locchi archive. A graceful touch of Italian fashion permeates every photograph, from the beautiful grayscale composition to the tasteful curvature of the vehicles themselves. The evolution [...]

A New Room for Michelangelo & Raphael in the Uffizi

Michelangelo’s famous Tondo Doni and Raphael’s Madonna del Cardellino headline the opening of a new room on the second floor of the Uffizi Gallery dedicated to showcasing the greats of the Renaissance. In total, 11 masterworks from the 15th century are brought together, normally displayed in disparate areas of the museum, as well as in the Pitti Palace. The rich colors of the pieces stand out against the light grey walls of the [...]

Run, Drink, and Be Merry: Florence’s ‘Run & Wine’

Mark your calendars for the third annual Run&Wine event on Thursday, May 31. The race will take place at 8 pm starting from Le Vecchie Carceri in Piazza Madonna della Neve, towards Piazzale Michelangelo, past the old Florentine walls, past Piazza Pitti, Ponte alle Grazie, Santa Croce, and ending at the starting line. The 10 km (6.2mi) run and 5 km (3.1mi) walk are open to runners, walkers, and wine lovers alike! After [...]

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 [...]