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 [...]

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 [...]

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’ [...]

‘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 [...]

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 [...]

‘Truth is Truth’: Measure for Measure at the B.I.’s Shakespeare Week

Start spring with a celebration of the well renowned playwright through unique events at the British Institute here in FlorenceFrom April 16 to 20 at the Harold Acton Library of the British Institute of Florence (Lungarno Guicciardini 9) will celebrate the 16th century playwright’s work Measure for Measure. A lively program of events is offered, including a reading, film screening, and even afternoon tea. Attendance outside of the reading on Tuesday and the [...]

Florence’s Bike Festival: A Two-Wheeled World

With a brand-new emphasis, the sixth edition of the Florence Bike Festival at the Cascine Park from April 13 – 15 brings a brand new element to the table this year, as 2018 marks the first addition of the E-bike section. The park is one of few places near the historic center that can host the thousands of bicycle enthusiasts in attendance. The traditional Race Village will receive a face-lift with the addition [...]

Florence’s Street & Finger Food Festival at the Cascine

Friday, April 6 – Sunday, April 8:  FINGER FOOD FESTIVAL. Ippodromo del Visarno (Cascine Park). Open Friday from 6 pm – midnight, Saturday from noon – midnight, Sunday from noon – 11 pm. Free admission. Bring an appetite to the Visarno racetrack at the Cascine: street trucks will offer craft beers and regional specialties from Emilia Romagna to Sicily with some vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for all to taste while enjoying music and [...]

Easter Week Church Services in English

If you are looking for an English mass this Holy Week, fear not. Florence offers a few different types of options in English. Santi Apostoli is a Catholic church in Florence located at Piazza Limbo 1 that offers a variety of church services in English. On Good Friday (March 30) there will be a 5 pm English mass, followed by Easter Vigil on Saturday at 7 pm. On Easter Sunday, Santi Apostoli will [...]