New Exhibitions Coming to Florence

The spring and summer hold the promise of a full spectrum of upcoming art shows, with an emphasis on contemporary and modern. The scene will change in the fall with the arrival of exhibitions and events marking the celebrations in honor of the quintessential Renaissance genius, Leonardo da Vinci. The following is a preview. PALAZZO STROZZI March 16 – July 22 Birth of a Nation World War II left Italy in poverty; the [...]

The Flavors of ‘Taste’ Food Festival 2018

This week brings a focus on fine contemporary food and wine at the annual Taste food fair. Sat. 10 – Mon. 12: TASTE. Stazione Leopolda, Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 5.  Open to the general public Saturday & Sunday from 2:30 – 7:30 pm, Monday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Admission: €20; children under 10 free. Known for showcasing the widest variety and highest quality of foods of Italy, and Pitti Taste this year will [...]

A Pricing Revolution at Florence’s Museums

In many cases, prices will rise at the city’s major museums with added benefits this week. In an effort to better manage the seemingly endless number of tourists that crowd the beautiful and historic museums of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery has adopted a new admissions pricing system as announced by director Eike Schmidt on July 31, 2017, with a new wave of changes starting on March 1. Through February 28, museumgoers will still [...]

DanzainFiera’s 2018 World of Dance

February 22-25: DANZAINFIERA. Fortezza da Basso Florence. Open Thursday 3 – 8 pm; Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 8 pm. Admission: 1 day €15, 4 days €40; free for children under 8; €10 for 8 – 10 year olds. Florence becomes the stage of world dance at WOW! organized by Danzainfiera.  With an emphasis on Modern and Contemporary, the four days on the program offer workshops, exhibitions and videos, auditions, showcases, [...]

Free Museums for Anna Maria de’ Medici Day

Thanks to a timeless gift by Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici to future generations, her family’s art collections are now on exhibit for posterity at the Uffizi, the Pitti Palace and the Medici villas. February 18 is full of historical significance and celebration in Florence with free museum openings in recognition of Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici (1667-1743) on the anniversary of her death.  After many years in Germany as the wife of [...]

A Romantic Florence Valentine’s Day 2018

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Sonnet 43, written by famous 19th century expatriate and Florence resident Elizabeth Barrett Browning, exemplifies the colorful choices to celebrate the week of Valentine’s Day in the city of the Renaissance. The offerings vary from a toast with a view; Valentine meals; and art events. SPECIAL EVENTS Climb the tower of Palazzo Vecchio to enjoy an elegant toast and the incredible nighttime panorama [...]

Florence’s 2018 Black History Month Events

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

Della Robbia Restoration Unveiled at Santa Croce

A Virgin and Child with Saints by Giovanni della Robbia is on display again at the Pulci Berardi Chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce. Initially commissioned by the Dominican convent of Santa Lucia di Camporeggi in the 1520s, the work acquired its new home in Santa Croce in 1808. The glazed terra cotta altarpiece, along with thousands of other significant artistic and literary works, had been displaced after suffering pollution and damage [...]

Vintage Selection 31: A Blast from the Past

Jan. 24–28:  VINTAGE SELECTION 31: FASHION AND DESIGN FAIR. Stazione Leopolda, Viale Fratelli Rosselli, 5. Open 10 am – 9 pm.  Admission:  €5. Old-time fashion is the star attraction at Vintage Selection. The fair is a creative laboratory that serves as a venue for big names in couture to showcase the trendiest of garments from the past to buyers, fashion designers and the general public. Last winter’s exhibition welcomed 13,500 visitors hailing from [...]

Bad is the New Good: Pitti Bimbo 86

January 18-20: PITTI BIMBO 86. Fortezza da Basso and other venues.  Even the most disciplined kids misbehave once in a while – that’s part of their charm, as every adult knows. The renowned photographer Oliviero Toscani catches this occasional naughtiness in a show titled “Non fate i bravi. Le bambine e i bambini Benetton di Oliviero Toscani” (Don’t be Good: Benetton Girls and Boys) showcased during the 86th edition of Pitti Bimbo from [...]