‘Corri la Vita’s’ Run for Life in the Fight against Breast Cancer

Over 30,000 people are expected for the 15th edition of Corri La Vita—a renowned run for breast cancer research and prevention— on Sunday, September 30.  The starting line is in piazza Vittorio Veneto (Cascine Park); the race will begin for runners and walks at 9:30 am.  Up to an hour beforehand, it will be possible to sign up to receive a t-shirt to wear at the event. As always, the route of the race [...]

Celebrating Books & Music at ‘Libro Aperto’

“Books,” Stephen King likes to say, “are a uniquely portable magic.”  Luckily, for the booklovers of Florence, the Firenze Libro Aperto literary festival will temporarily settle in the city in late September, bringing its own brand of bookish sorcery with it. The Festival’s second year of celebrating Italian literature. From September 28 to September 30, the Florence book fair Libro Aperto will play host to over 500 publishing houses. Situated in the Fortezza [...]

‘Genius Loci’: Free Santa Croce Performances from Dusk to Dawn

The Basilica di Santa Croce will welcome a diverse and talented lineup of performers for a series of free events beginning on the evening of Thursday, September 20 and concluding at dawn on the morning of Saturday, September 22. The Genius Loci festival will encompass a wide variety of entertainment including individual vocalists and musicians, instrumental groups, skits, talk shows and more. Guests can reserve spots online for the events they wish to [...]

Women’s Festival Hosted by Florence Landmarks

Many women of note —often overlooked — are the focus of the coming weekend program: Eredità delle Donne (The Legacy of Women) on September 21 – 23.  All events are free; reservations required on the web site. “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” – Virginia Woolf Festival Woman forgotten. It’s a tale as old as time. Mothers, daughters, friends and sisters whose names evaporate into thin air as soon as their bodies [...]

Firenze Gelato Festival 2018 European Final

Friday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, 16: FIRENZE GELATO FESTIVAL 2018 EUROPEAN FINAL. Piazzale Michelangelo. Noon – 8 pm. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the ninth edition of the European Gelato Festival at Piazzale Michelangelo. A continent-wide tour of gelato artisans and their original flavors, the Gelato Festival comes to a climax with its All-Star competition in Florence this September, during which previous festival winners from 2011 onward will be pitted against each other [...]

Swinging Nights of Music & Art at ‘Settembre in Piazza della Passera’

The Oltrarno neighborhood air will be filled with music this week for the 17th installation of Settembre in piazza della Passera, a free four-night jazz festival from September 11 – 14.  Piazza della Passera, close to Santo Spirito, will serve as the stage for a variety of artists and groups, playing primarily jazz music but also rock, folk, blues, hip hop, and more. Organized by Stefano Di Puccio (owner of the esteemed 4 [...]

The Fragrance Path of ‘Città delle Fragranze’

An exclusive event for the elite of the perfume industry has taken to the streets, filling this Renaissance city with its intoxicating fragrances from September 14 – 16. Perfume designers, curators, connoisseurs and aficionados will convene in Florence for the 2018 installment of Pitti Fragranze, a three-day cosmetic industry exhibition taking place from Friday to Sunday at the Stazione Leopolda. While the trade show itself is closed to the public, residents and visitors [...]

The Swinging Rhythms of the ‘Florence Jazz Fringe Festival’ 2018

The Oltrarno neighborhood will echo with the sounds of the Florence Jazz Fringe (FJFF) festival. Taking place from September 5 – 9, the festival promises original music and site-specific performances by renowned artists. Jazz double bass player Furio di Castri conceived the idea for the event, and this year marks FJFF’s second edition. Included in the line-up are renowned Italian jazz artists Enrico Rava, Francesco Bearzatti, Peppe Servillo, Javier Girotto, Natalio Magalavite, Fabio [...]

Florence’s 2018 Historic Gate & Fort Visits

Keeping with tradition, the city of Florence is offering access to restricted towers, gates, and fortresses that the city will again open to the public well into the fall. This year’s program features a range of buildings and monuments closed to the public during most of of the year. Many structures can be visited every day, whereas others open only on select dates. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 055-2768224 [...]

Bread & Organic Products at the ‘Fierucola del Pane’

FIERUCOLA DEL PANE organic market, Sept. 1 – 2.  Piazza Santissima Annunizata, Florence.  9 am – 7 pm. Free admission. The unmistakable aroma of bread hot out of a Tuscan wood-burning oven will fill the air at Piazza Santissima Annunizata on both days from 9 am – 8 pm.  Each loaf will reflect a regional recipe and the creative use of flour – whether made with whole wheat, gluten-free such as buckwheat, soy, emmer [...]