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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

The ORT’s Carnival Concert with a Special Soloist

The overwhelming energy of violinist Nemanja Radulovic will be unleashed in Florence at the Orchestra della Toscana Mardi Gras concert on February 13. Radulovic returns to city to stretch the boundaries of classical music thanks to a combination of exciting virtuosity, depth of expression and daring programs. Nemanja Radulovic has played at many concert halls and orchestras across the world. He believes that, “music has the power to unite people with its unique [...]

A Taste of the ‘Chianti Lovers’ 2018 Preview

Much in the spirit of viewing a trailer for an upcoming movie, this month brings the chance for trade professionals and the public alike to sample and judge Tuscan wines just before they are placed on the market. Previewing wines before they are released to retail is guaranteed makes everyone feel special.  Chianti Lovers Anteprima 2018 in Florence provides just this opportunity. The Fortezza da Basso’s Cavaniglia Pavilion will once again host Chianti [...]

Florence’s Black History Month Movies

Communities in the United States began celebrating Black History Month in the 1970s to recognize and celebrate the often unacknowledged, but multi-faceted and central role of African Americans in United States history. Recently, the month has become an official celebration in a handful of countries and cities outside of the United States. Black History Month Florence began in February 2016 and set out with a mission to celebrate the diversity of Afro-descendent Cultures [...]

A Evening of Mozart with ORT & Michele Campanella

For Mozart lovers, the Orchestra della Toscana will perform a program dedicated entirely to the composer on Tuesday, January 30.  Michele Campanella who is also the piano soloist, will conduct the evening.  The concert will focus on Mozart compositions created after he abandoned his job as a court musician in his native Salzburg, preferring to live in Vienna. The concertos — n. 23 and n. 24 — were written while the composer was [...]

Never Forget: Florence’s 2018 Holocaust Remembrance Events

Since 2006, Tuscany has commemorated the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Allied forces on January 27.  This year, however, there is a slight change. The year the racial, anti-Semitic laws that were passed by Vittorio Emanuele III in 1938 will be also be acknowledged. For that reason, the commemoration will start one day earlier on January 26, 2018 and continue through the 27th. THE PREQUEL The prequel to Holocaust Remembrance Day [...]