Florence’s Historic Palaces: Open House & Music

Ordinarily closed to outsiders, the private gardens and palaces tucked behind centuries-old Florentine doors and gates will open again this Sunday, May 27, for the 23rd annual “Cortili e Giardini Aperti.”  This year, the event, hosted by ADSI (Association of Historic Homes) from 10 am – 1 pm and 2 – 7 pm, is expanding with musicians of all ages headlining in residences accessible to the public just one day a year. Guided [...]

May’s Finale at the Maggio Musicale Festival

The second lyric offering at this year’s Maggio Musicale Festival, a rarely performed opera by Giuseppe Verdi, La Battaglia di Legnano (The Battle of Legnano), was composed in 1848 when Verdi was living in Paris. The opera, a fictional tale of love, jealousy, heroism and patriotism, is set in 1176, during the actual battle of Legnano, when the rival cities of Milan and Como banded together as the Lombard League to defeat German [...]

Craftsmanship Comes Alive at ‘2018 Artigianato e Palazzo’

Thursday, May 17 – Sun. May 20: ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO.  Crafts fair.  Palazzo Corsini garden, via della Scala 115. Open 10 am – 8 pm.  Admission:  €8, € 6 reduced, and free for children under 12.  Free catalogue included. It is a rare occasion that artisans reveal the techniques of their craft, much less among the lush greenery and Baroque-style ornamentation of a 17th century garden. The 24th edition of the Artigianato e [...]

San Miniato & More at the Salone del Restauro

May 16 – 18.  SALONE DELL’ARTE E DEL RESTAURO.  Villa Vittoria, Palazzo dei Congressi, Piazza Adua, 1.  Hours: 9:30 am to 6 pm.  Admission: €10. The sixth annual International Fair of Art and Restoration in Florence brings together art conservation professionals, representatives from companies, museums and training institutions all dedicated to protecting and raising awareness of art treasures.  During the course of the three-day event, people in the restoration field can meet, network and [...]

A Race for a Cause: ‘Run for Michela’

Interested in running for a great cause? Sign up for the Run for Michela event on May 13. This non-competitive 7km (4.5mi) run and 5km (3.1mi) walk will begin at 9:30 am from the Michela Noli Garden on Via Torcicoda, located in the neighborhood where she lived. The race’s goal is to remember the life of Michela Noli, a victim of femicide in 2016, and to raise awareness about the violence against women [...]

OpenArtCode: A Contemporary Art Show in a Renaissance Space

OpenArtCode can be visited through May 8 at the Salon of Donatello in the Basilica of San Lorenzo.  The exhibition in Florence marks the 10-year anniversary of the OpenArtCode group and features the works of 52 avant-garde artists from all over the world including Sandra Muss, David Wiener, Etienne Pierart, and Sumio Inoue, to name a few. Curator Vito Abba says, “The strength of the OpenArtCode group lies in the quality of the artists’ [...]

Fabbrica Europa’s 2018 Multicultural Arts Festival

Friday, May 4 through Thurs. 31:  FABBRICA EUROPA PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL 2018. Stazione Leopolda, viale Fratelli Rosselini 5, with other varied locations in Florence. Times vary. To attend events of the festival, a Fabbri-card, valid for 5 or 10 events of your choosing, can be purchased for €35 or €50 respectively, while tickets are sold for individual events and can range from €5 – €25. To see the full schedule and purchase tickets, visit www.fabbricaeuropa.net.  For a video [...]

‘Firenze dei Bambini’: A Festival for Children

Looking for some informative, interactive family fun this spring?  Look no further than the newly revamped Firenze dei Bambini, sponsored by the city of Florence and organized by Mus.e. Watch the city transform into a mental playground with this year’s theme, “L’ingegno” (creativity). Each venue offers events around a theme.  The program is as follows: Friday, May 4 In Palazzo Vecchio’s Salone dei Cinquecento at 6 pm, Venti Lucenti and the Musicale Fiorentino Foundation [...]

Hands-On at Florence’s International Crafts Fair

Through May 1: INTERNATIONAL ARTISAN TRADE FAIR. Fortezza da Basso. Open daily from 10 am to 10:30 pm (last day closes 8 pm) Admission: weekends €7, weekdays €4, weekday special 2 persons for €7. Free entry after 7 pm. Children under 12 free. Adjacent parking. It’s springtime in Florence and the International Artisan Fair inaugurates its 82nd edition featuring 800 exhibitors from more than 50 countries. The entrance into a 16th century citadel [...]

Never Forget: Florence’s Liberation Day Celebrations 2018

A rich program — public ceremonies and speeches to themed picnics and concerts — will mark the April 25 national holiday Festa della Liberazione (Liberation Day) in Florence.  The commemoration marks the day in 1945 when, thanks to behind-the-scenes and front line work by resistance fighters (partisan or partigiani) the Italian people rose up to oust the remnants of occupation by Nazi-Fascist armed forces. Florence mayor Dario Nardella, in the presence of the [...]