Florence Dance Festival Week 3: Contemporary Companies & Orchestral Evenings

At the halfway point of Florence Dance Performing Arts festival, Santa Maria Novella welcomes back the Florence Chamber Orchestra in addition to the FloDance 2.0, The Milan Ballet, Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, and a special evening, New Generation, including works from the Toscana Dance Hub, Compagnia DNA, and Antitesi. On both Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17 at 9 pm., the Florence Chamber Orchestra will present Musica Dal Grande Schermo (Music from the Big [...]

New Leonardo Room Opens at the Uffizi

The Uffizi has just opened another room in a brand-new chronological layout along the second-floor corridor: a space dedicated entirely to the early works of Leonardo da Vinci. This room, spotlighting three pieces the artist painted before he left for Milan in 1482, is the pinnacle of the Uffizi’s 2018 reorganization efforts. In the works Baptism of Christ, Annunciation, and Adoration of the Magi, da Vinci’s artistic experiments and endeavors are clearly illustrated. Each painting [...]

International Dance in Santa Maria Novella

During the second week of July, the Florence Dance Performing Arts Festival headlines Italian and Argentine artists, and even a world-famous American-based company that has been an influential component in the history of dance itself.  The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Danielle Cipriani Entertainment, The Ballet Theater of Turin, Company Blu, plus the Yanina Bassi & Lucas Ameijeiras and Company with Tango Florido, are set to grace the stage in the cloister of [...]

The Florence Dance Festival 2018’s Inaugural Week at Santa Maria Novella

The Florence Dance Festival is a collective of dance, music, theatre, and art that explores the inner-connectedness of contemporary dance. The festival, in its 29th edition, is being heartedly welcomed to its new stage of the Santa Maria Novella cloister. From July 3 – August 2, the Florentine community will have tangible access to view contemporary companies from all across Europe and the United States. Under the artistic direction of Keith Ferrone and Marga [...]

Florence’s 2018 IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival

Every four years, rowers gather in one location to take part in a non-competitive event known as the IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival that commends and challenges breast cancer survivors.  Marking its Italian debut, from July 6 – 8, Florence has the honor of hosting the 2018 international edition on the Arno below the Cascine Park. This week, as the daily influx of tourists begin to line up at the Uffizi Gallery or crowd [...]

Fashion Trends at Vintage Selection & Pitti Filati

An exciting event combination of sartorial archives and raw materials, Vintage Selection 32 and Pitti Immagine Filati are sure to excite fashionistas and designers alike.  June 27 – 29: VINTAGE SELECTION 32. Medici Pavilion of the Fortezza da Basso, Florence. Open to the public 9 am – 7 pm Wed. 27, 9 am – 4 pm Thurs. 28 and Fri. 29. Admission: €5. Reduced admission coupon can be found on the website. Everything [...]

The Kickoff of Apriti Cinema’s Free Florence Outdoor Movies

For the second time, Italy’s Apriti Cinema will embrace Uffizi Square to screen nearly two months of nationally and internationally acclaimed titles for this summer’s film festival. Previously held in Piazza SS. Annunziata, the film series transferred to Uffizi Square in 2017 and is now in its seventh year of summer programming. Expanding upon last year’s 23 day showing, this year’s itinerary boasts 48 consecutive showings, beginning June 25 and concluding August 11. [...]

All-Day Festivities for San Giovanni 2018

A centuries-old tradition enjoyed by Florentine locals and international tourists alike, the celebration of San Giovanni (St. John the Baptist, Florence’s patron saint) offers lots of special events on June 24. To open the festivities, there will be a ceremonial procession throughout the historic center. After a candle ceremony in the Santa Maria Fiore Cathedral’s baptistery, the Maggio Fiorentino and Santa Maria del Fiore children’s choirs will perform in the Duomo at 10:30 [...]

The Colors of ‘Pitti Bimbo 87’ Fashion for Kids

There is no doubt that children paint using all the colors of the rainbow; even when they draw with just a black pencil on a white sheet, the range of patterns and motifs that they create is often astonishing.  The upcoming Pitti Bimbo is fittingly dedicated to P.O.P., PITTI OPTICAL POWER, the kaleidoscopic theme of the summer edition of the Pitti Immagine fairs, conceived by lifestyler Sergio Colantuoni that perfectly expresses a child’s [...]

San Miniato al Monte’s June Millennium Program

  Perched on the city’s highest hilltop in Florence, Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, turns 1,000 this year. Even from the base of the dramatic stone steps, the golden mosaic crowning the church’s façade peeks out and shimmers in the sun as it has for centuries, evoking a dreamlike effect. The otherworldly quality of the city’s loftiest landmark will soften in a series of special celebrations this week, with commissioned music, workshops, [...]