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 [...]

New Leonardo Room Opens at the Uffizi

The Uffizi has just opened another room in a brand-new chronological layout along the second-floor corridor: a space dedicated entirely to the early works of Leonardo da Vinci. This room, spotlighting three pieces the artist painted before he left for Milan in 1482, is the pinnacle of the Uffizi’s 2018 reorganization efforts. In the works Baptism of Christ, Annunciation, and Adoration of the Magi, da Vinci’s artistic experiments and endeavors are clearly illustrated. Each painting [...]

International Dance in Santa Maria Novella

During the second week of July, the Florence Dance Performing Arts Festival headlines Italian and Argentine artists, and even a world-famous American-based company that has been an influential component in the history of dance itself.  The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Danielle Cipriani Entertainment, The Ballet Theater of Turin, Company Blu, plus the Yanina Bassi & Lucas Ameijeiras and Company with Tango Florido, are set to grace the stage in the cloister of [...]

Florence’s 2018 IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival

Every four years, rowers gather in one location to take part in a non-competitive event known as the IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival that commends and challenges breast cancer survivors.  Marking its Italian debut, from July 6 – 8, Florence has the honor of hosting the 2018 international edition on the Arno below the Cascine Park. This week, as the daily influx of tourists begin to line up at the Uffizi Gallery or crowd [...]

Fashion Trends at Vintage Selection & Pitti Filati

An exciting event combination of sartorial archives and raw materials, Vintage Selection 32 and Pitti Immagine Filati are sure to excite fashionistas and designers alike.  June 27 – 29: VINTAGE SELECTION 32. Medici Pavilion of the Fortezza da Basso, Florence. Open to the public 9 am – 7 pm Wed. 27, 9 am – 4 pm Thurs. 28 and Fri. 29. Admission: €5. Reduced admission coupon can be found on the website. Everything [...]

All-Day Festivities for San Giovanni 2018

A centuries-old tradition enjoyed by Florentine locals and international tourists alike, the celebration of San Giovanni (St. John the Baptist, Florence’s patron saint) offers lots of special events on June 24. To open the festivities, there will be a ceremonial procession throughout the historic center. After a candle ceremony in the Santa Maria Fiore Cathedral’s baptistery, the Maggio Fiorentino and Santa Maria del Fiore children’s choirs will perform in the Duomo at 10:30 [...]

San Miniato al Monte’s June Millennium Program

  Perched on the city’s highest hilltop in Florence, Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, turns 1,000 this year. Even from the base of the dramatic stone steps, the golden mosaic crowning the church’s façade peeks out and shimmers in the sun as it has for centuries, evoking a dreamlike effect. The otherworldly quality of the city’s loftiest landmark will soften in a series of special celebrations this week, with commissioned music, workshops, [...]

The Technicolor Agenda of Pitti Uomo 94

If Emilio Pucci brought vibrancy to fashion through the use of color and geometric design, this upcoming edition of Pitti Immagine based on the Technicolor theme of P.O.P. PITTI OPTICAL POWER promises to be one of the most joyous ever. The semi-annual international event will turn Florence into an international platform for the latest trends and the creativity of the fashion industry thanks to three traditional trade fairs: Pitti Uomo 94 (June 12-15), [...]

The Cool Arts Scene of Secret Florence 2018

Secret Florence, a festival aiming to present the historical essence of the city through a contemporary lens, will be open to the public from June 9 – 16.  Events will include site-specific performances, projections, and concerts, all taking place in the less known pockets of the city. Through innovative art, and designed for the Florentine community, the festival seeks to revitalize less known venues. Admission is free, or at a reduced price. The [...]

2018 Florence Summer Festival’s Outdoor Magic

The weather is heating up and that can only mean one thing: the Florence Summer Festival (Estate Fiorentina) is back to take the city by storm. The celebrated event, which will occur from June to early October, will fill the entire city with music, dance, theatre, film, literature, and live performances.  Also including venues in Florence’s suburbs, the festival is one of a kind due to its emphasis upon creativity and innovation. The [...]