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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Summer Salad Spot in Florence

Florence, the city of art and museums, offers no shortage in the way of food for the soul. But church exploring and gallery hopping should never be tackled on an empty stomach. Yet in the land of pizza and pasta, lighter, healthier options, particularly sought-after in the hot summer months, are often hard to come by. When searching for a fresh and cheap salad in Florence, look no further than Enoteca Natalino (Borgo degli [...]

Florence’s Best Mexican Happy Hour

l’Margaritaio, Via dell’Anguillara 70/R, Florence.. Open 5:30 pm – 2 am daily. Frozen margaritas in sugar-rimmed glasses adorned with pineapple slices, piles of tortilla chips covered in cheese and guacamole, walls lined with Mexican street art. The city filled to the brim with world class Italian fare does not sound like the home of this scene, yet somehow l’Margaritaio has been flourishing in Florence. This underground gem specializes in Mexican happy hour, doling [...]