Sala Vanni’s New Season of Contemporary Music

Sala Vanni is one of the hippest and most important musical venues in Florence. Situated at Piazza del Carmine in Oltrano, Sala Vanni has starting hosting the new season of Network Sonoro—a diverse series of Tuscan concerts put on by the organizations Musicus Concentus and Music Pool. The concerts will be held all throughout Tuscany and the goal of the project is to showcase diverse and unique talent. From February to May over [...]

A Florence New Year’s Eve at Pino’s

The Salumeria Verdi deli (via Verdi 36/r), known by all as “Pino’s” because of the kind proprietor, will remain open all night on January 31 until 5 am on New Year’s Day.  Pino, wife Antonella and daughter Martina are offering smoked salmon, potato salad, truffle pasta, in addition to lentils, cotechino (pork sausage) and much more.  A pasta dish costs €4 euro and a main course €6. A selection of wines and bubbly is also [...]

Ideas for Last-Minute Christmas Shopping

Christmas time is surely wonderful anywhere in the world, with invitingly decorated shops to entice people in from the cold and magically lit-streets to celebrate the best season of all, however, we sometimes forget the stress that also comes with this period of the year.  It is sometimes hard knowing what to give as a present to our relatives and friends, but fear not – as it is always worth trying a local [...]

‘Oltrarno su Misura,’ Florence Neighorhood Guide

‘Oltrarno Su Misura,’ a newly published guide and App available on Apple and Android has just landed in Florence. The guide written in Italian and translated into English will take tourists as well as Florentines through the area known as the Oltrarno, located just beyond Ponte Vecchio. The neighbourhood, deemed by Lonely Planet (travel guide publisher) as one of the coolest in the world, will encompass the districts of San Frediano, Porta Romana, [...]

Wine & Art for a Cause in Ognissanti

Tuscany is known for its delectable wines, and this weekend brings a rare opportunity to sample wines and see Renaissance art. A nonprofit association “Obiettivo Francesco” which offers many children healthcare, food and schooling has organized the Wine&Art Charity event in the church of Ognissanti on Saturday, October 7.  Tickets cost €10 and all proceeds will contribute to building a playground for children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Bethlehem. The public will have the [...]

€1 Florence Museum Ticket for ‘European Heritage Day’

September 23 & 24; European Heritage Days 2017.  Florence museums. This coming Saturday and Sunday, residents and tourists in Florence are welcome at the event ‘European Heritage Days.’ A series of thematic tours and free and nearly free admission along with special initiatives is scheduled in all state run museums and other public spaces in the city. Promoted yearly by the European Council and the European Commission since 1991, this year’s theme is [...]

Personalized Perfumes at San Simone

The fragrance of an essential oil is about more than just its scent.  It is chemistry, and Dr. Fernanda Russo, creator of an independent perfume line, has the nose for the business. At her renowned San Simone Pharmacy, originally opened at the beginning of the 1700s, Russo uses over 500 types of plants for herbal teas, fragrances and other preparations in her own line of all-natural products as not only medicines and health-promoting agents, but also self-enhancing fragrances. [...]

Fiesole’s ‘Festa della Music’ Music Marathon

Hundreds of young musicians from the Fiesole Music School, both young and young at heart will perform in Fiesole’s Villa la Torraccia park (via delle Fontanelle 24) for this year’s “Festa della Musica.” Throughout the festive day of June 24, ensembles and soloists, in addition to the Florence Vocal Ensemble, led by Ennio Cari and the newly-founded multi-cultural chorus, “Libere Voci dal Mondo, will flood the Villa and the San Domenico Church open spaces [...]

The San Niccolò Tower Reopens

  The San Niccolò tower, the city’s only medieval gate to retain its original height, reopened for the season on June 24.  Tours of this ancient landmark with a unique view of Florence (€4) will be offered every half hour from 5 to 8 pm in English, Italian, French and Spanish through August 31, and 4 to 7 pm between September 1 – 30. Just below Piazzale Michelangelo in the Oltrarno quarter of [...]

Balabrunch: Food & Literature at the Synagogue

The Synagogue of Florence hosts a series of author talks and brunches called the Balabrunch ending in mid-June. Balabrunch is a continuation of the synagogue’s summer festival, Balagan Cafe, and strives to create an empathetic relationship with the public through the exchange of ideas. The Synagogue of Florence will host a Pulitzer Award winner Michael Chabon and his wife and novelist Ayelet Waldman on Sunday, April 9 starting at 11:15 am.  Chabon’s prize [...]