New Exhibitions Coming to Florence

The spring and summer hold the promise of a full spectrum of upcoming art shows, with an emphasis on contemporary and modern. The scene will change in the fall with the arrival of exhibitions and events marking the celebrations in honor of the quintessential Renaissance genius, Leonardo da Vinci. The following is a preview. PALAZZO STROZZI March 16 – July 22 Birth of a Nation World War II left Italy in poverty; the [...]

In Time for St. Patrick’s Day: Florence’s Irish Festival

Saturday, March 17:  ST. PATRICK DAY AT THE HARD ROCK CAFE.  Via Brunelleschi 1.  From 12 noon to 12 midnight the café will greet diners with themed decorations, DJ sets featuring Irish folk music, British rock in addition to live performance of Irish folk dancing on stage.  The special is the St. Paddy’s burger: a cheeseburger with a whiskey and bacon sauce served with slice of tomato and a side of French fries.  Guinness [...]

The Timeless Charm of the ‘Goldberg Variations’ & Tchaikovsky

As a special treat, the Goldberg Variations will be performed by Orchestra della Toscana which will conducted by Dmitry Sitkovetsky for the first time on Saturday, March 10 at Verdi in Florence and on Tuesday, March 13 at Verdi Theatre in Pisa, starting at 9 pm. The second half of the ORT program will be dedicated to an interpretation of the Serenade for String Orchestra Opus 48 by Tchaikovsky. As the story of [...]

The Flavors of ‘Taste’ Food Festival 2018

This week brings a focus on fine contemporary food and wine at the annual Taste food fair. Sat. 10 – Mon. 12: TASTE. Stazione Leopolda, Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 5.  Open to the general public Saturday & Sunday from 2:30 – 7:30 pm, Monday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Admission: €20; children under 10 free. Known for showcasing the widest variety and highest quality of foods of Italy, and Pitti Taste this year will [...]

International Women’s Day in Florence, 2018

Watch out for events and free museums marking International Women’s Day (March 8), universally signaled by gifting a bouquet of mimosa. IN HONOR OF WOMEN This week, an exhibition displaying the work of a historically significant Italian woman artist will open at the Uffizi, a lecture and discussion will focus on another Italian woman painter, perhaps the most famous of all, Artemisia Gentileschi. On March 8, both sexes will take to the streets [...]

A Weekend for Runners in Florence

Runners will be taking on the historical streets of Florence for a full weekend of activities from Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4 including the Urban Trail and the brand new Maratona Mentana. When it comes to picturesque runs, it’s tough to beat the 13km which provides participants with a truly unique experience as they run past historical landmarks such as, San Miniato, Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery Lodge, Ponte Vecchio, [...]

A Pricing Revolution at Florence’s Museums

In many cases, prices will rise at the city’s major museums with added benefits this week. In an effort to better manage the seemingly endless number of tourists that crowd the beautiful and historic museums of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery has adopted a new admissions pricing system as announced by director Eike Schmidt on July 31, 2017, with a new wave of changes starting on March 1. Through February 28, museumgoers will still [...]

New Uffizi Rooms Dedicated to Caravaggio & Baroque Art

In honor of the 275th anniversary of Anna Maria Luisa de’Medici’s death on February 18, who willed her family’s art collection that became the Uffizi Gallery, Florentine museums celebrated the importance of the Medici family with special shows, opening times, and new exhibits. The Uffizi inaugurated eight new rooms on February 19, devoted to Caravaggio and accompanying 17th century paintings. The director of the Uffizi, Eike Schmidt, wants to show Florentines and visitors [...]

DanzainFiera’s 2018 World of Dance

February 22-25: DANZAINFIERA. Fortezza da Basso Florence. Open Thursday 3 – 8 pm; Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 8 pm. Admission: 1 day €15, 4 days €40; free for children under 8; €10 for 8 – 10 year olds. Florence becomes the stage of world dance at WOW! organized by Danzainfiera.  With an emphasis on Modern and Contemporary, the four days on the program offer workshops, exhibitions and videos, auditions, showcases, [...]

Free Museums for Anna Maria de’ Medici Day

Thanks to a timeless gift by Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici to future generations, her family’s art collections are now on exhibit for posterity at the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and the Medici villas. February 18 is full of historical significance and celebration in Florence with free museum openings in recognition of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici (1667-1743) on the anniversary of her death.  After many years in Germany as the wife of [...]