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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Relaxing at Florence’s River Urban Beach

There are a series of three pop-up cafés near the San Niccolò Tower, one on the shore: River Urban Beach; another is a terrace, Terrazza Marasco, overlooking the beach and the Arno river for perfect sunset views and delicious sit-down food. The third is stylish, laid-back spot—a Parisian style kiosk—is further down the Arno across from the two and offers killer cocktails with aperitivo food for a reasonable price (cocktail and snacks starting at €6). The following [...]

Extended Summer Hours at Florence’s Museums

Several of Florence’s major museums will close later than usual during the summer season.  The Accademia, the setting of Michelangelo’s David and a collection of medieval triptychs, will be open to the public until 10 pm every business day through September 28. The ticket office closes half an hour earlier, at 9:30 pm. The Uffizi Gallery– home to Botticelli’s Primavera and Birth of Venus, Piero della Francesca’s Dukes of Urbino, Caravaggio’s Medusa, Rembrandt’s [...]

Ferragosto Week 2018 in Florence

A summer holiday that is the official break between Easter and Christmas, on Ferragosto (August 15), it is hard to find a museum, shop or restaurant open to the public.  The following is a guide to places that are accessible during the vacation week. MUSEUMS A number of city museums are open on Ferragosto: Forte Belvedere, venue of the Eliseo Mattiacci sculpture show (11 am – 8 pm); the Novecento museum of twentieth [...]

Flower: Piazzale Michelangelo in Full Bloom

Piazzale Michelangelo is more than a pretty panorama with this summer’s resurgence of Flower. Through October, a rotation of speakers, musicians, and authors will provide the temporary mid-piazza eatery with entertainment best appreciated at sunset. Designed by architect Chiara Fanigliulo, Flower welcomes guests to its pop-up café. As the intersection of a square and a cosmopolitan crossing ground, Flower draws inspiration from nineteenth century architecture to create an open and inviting space. Entering [...]

Hot Summer, Florence’s Cool Riverside Scene

Nestled along the Arno are pockets of festive summertime pop-up cafes. Far away from the touristy riverside joints near Ponte Vecchio, these temporary eateries boast a relaxing ambience indicative of a local Florentine experience. Along the Lungarno, visitors can find a medley of food trucks, bars, and outdoor stages: the perfect formula for a date night or a summer evening spent with friends and family. First in line for the nighttime cafés, Il [...]

Toes in the Sand, Nose in a Book

Summer reading is, ideally, the time during which you can catch up on those stacks of books at your bedside that you didn’t have either the time or stamina to get through during the workweek. From fluffy beach reading to trashy romance novels, from sparse poetry collections to finally attempting to digest Infinite Jest, now is the time to explore the titles you’re curious about but to which you could never fully devote [...]