‘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 [...]

‘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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

The 2018 New Generation Festival in the Corsini Garden

The New Generation Festival, headlining young talents, is set in the park of Princess Giorgiana Corsini’s villa at via del Prato 58 from August 29 – September 1. The atmosphere promises to be reminiscent of “Room with a View” as formal dress is requested. Depending how much one wants to spend, the ticket price can include a gala dinner; alternatives are provided by restaurants scattered in park and the Limonaia bar-café.  A 75-minute [...]

‘The Boundaries of Eden’ Show at the Botanical Garden

A display of contemporary sculpture as well as installations, aptly named Flowers, is being hosted by Florence’s Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico, via P. Micheli 3) through September 3.  The creations of the Garden’s annual series were contributed by second and third year students of Florence’s Fine Arts Academy (Accademia delle Belle Arti).  The works, in a variety of mediums, all reflect the theme of this third edition: The Boundaries of Eden.   Obscured by the [...]

Free Concerts at Piazzale Michelangelo’s ‘Flower’

‘Flower,’ piazzale Michelangelo’s pop-up café run by the city of Florence, is offering several free performances in the evenings following the Ferragosto midsummer holiday. As part of the ‘Street Artists’ series, the concerts will be held on August 16, 17 and 18.  The program features jazz and blues by the Maurizio Piccioli Duo on the 16th (8 pm); American and English pop and folk music on the 17th (9 pm) interpreted by David Vaggelli, followed [...]

Florence State-Run Museums Open for Ferragosto 2018

Many Florence landmarks and museums will be closed for the Italian mid-summer holiday, August 15, but the following will be accessible to visitor that day in the city of the Renaissance: The Uffizi, the Accademia and two Pitti Palace museums (Palatine Gallery, Modern Art Gallery) – will be open from 8:15 am to 6:50 pm, while the Fashion and Costume Gallery will remain closed. Bargello National Sculpture Museum, San Marco and the Medici [...]