Fiesole’s Musical Summer Solstice

A free musical celebration of the summer solstice in the historic Roman Theater crowns Fiesole’s annual music festival on Thursday, June 21 starting at 9 pm. The Italian Youth Orchestra (OGI) will perform in the midst of ancient ruins and natural beauty, taking the beautiful hilltop amphitheater as its stage and the rolling hills of Tuscany as a backdrop. The young ensemble is to be joined by the renowned Romanian-Sardinian violinist Anna Tifu [...]

May 19 Florence’s European Museum Night Openings

To celebrate the cultural aspects of the EU, the third Saturday in May is designated European Museum Night (Notte dei Musei), offering dinnertime visiting hours and discounted admission. This year, the following art sites can be visited for €1 on May 19 during the following hours:  the Bargello National Sculpture Museum and the Medici Chapels (5 – 8 pm) in addition to: the Uffizi Gallery,  the Accademia and the San Marco Museum (7 [...]

E.U.I. Open Day at Villa Salviati

The European University Institute (EUI) invites the public to visit the estate hosting the Historical Archives of the European Union on the annual Open Day, which will take place on Saturday May 12, 2018.  The archives are housed at Villa Salviati (via Bolognese 156, Florence). The Open Day, celebrates Europe Day and organizers have planned a schedule filled with free cultural, artistic and educational activities for families and children. At 10 am, the [...]

Organic Market with a Focus on Honey

Florence’s La Fierucola organic market is offering an expanded version on May 5 – 6 in Piazza Santissima Annunziata from 9 am to 6 pm.  The theme is honey, so expect to find jars of it in different flavors reflecting the Tuscan landscape from clover, acacia, heather, chestnut, thistle and a blend of flowers in addition to beeswax polish and candles.  Beekeepers will be on hand to talk about their profession and there [...]

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 [...]