Alan Friedman Speaks on Italian Economics

Journalist Alan Friedman is next to speak in the Oltrarno neighborhood with this summer’s “Talk at Villa Bardini” series. The series continues tonight, June 18, with Freidman’s analysis of the Italian economy. Adopting the style of both a meeting room and an informal TED-style talk, Freidman will open tonight’s discussion with a brief speech, before creating a dialogue about Italy’s present state of affairs with a participatory audience. Beginning work under the Jimmy [...]

Piazza del Carmine’s Celebratory Re-Opening

The city of Florence will hold an art and music celebration for residents and visitors this Saturday, June 16, to inaugurate the renovations and restorations to Piazza del Carmine. The Brancacci chapel, which features visually stunning frescoes by Masaccio and Masolino, will have special hours from 5-11 pm, with final entry at 10:30 pm with free admission. Reservations are required and groups may not exceed 30 people. Images of Masaccio’s frescoes will be [...]

Free Puccini Opera to Remember Mafia Victims

On May 26, the day before the 25th anniversary of the Mafia bombing in Via dei Georgofili behind the Uffizi museum, in which five people were killed, there will be a performance of Puccini’s beloved opera, Madama Butterfly. Soprano Silvana Froli takes the lead role as Cio-cio-san, tenor Enrico Nenci is Pinkerton. The Orchestra del Carmine will be conducted by Fabiano Fiorenzani and the Chorus of Montughi by Enrico Rotoli. The opera begins [...]

Bilingual Literary Event at Le Murate

The public is invited to to listen to American poet Zack Rogow at Le Murate Literary Café (via Ghibellina) on Wednesday, May 9 from 6:30 to 8 pm.  He will read his work in English, followed by an Italian translation. Zack Rogow is a poet, translator, playwright, and editor. He has published eight collections of poems, including Talking with the Radio (2015), My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers (2012), and The Number Before Infinity (2008). Since 2007, Rogow has been [...]

Free Concert in Tribute to Franco Zeffirelli

A world premiere by a contemporary composer along with a selection from time-honored classics by Puccini are on the program on Saturday, May 5 (3:30 pm) in a free event at the concert hall of Zeffirelli Foundation in piazza San Firenze 5. The concert, in homage to the filmmaker internationally known for “Romeo and Juliet,” (1968), “The Taming of the Shrew,” (1967), “Brother Sun, Sister Moon,” (1972) and “The Champ” (1979), “Hamlet” (1990)  [...]

Liberation Day Concert at Teatro Verdi

This week offers the chance to reserve tickets to a free concert at Teatro Verdi in Florence. The Orchestra della Toscana commemorates April 25, a national holiday to recognize the role that resistance fighters (partigiani) had in liberating Italy from Nazi and Fascist forces with an event titled “Peace & Love: Dreaming for a Better World” at 9 pm. The performance provides an opportunity to relive the liberation through the sounds that characterized [...]

A Dialogue with Angela Davis & Gina Dent

A dialogue with Angela Davis and Gina Dent will take place on April 23 (6 pm) at Spazio Alfieri, via dell’Ulivo 6. Angela Davis is a political activist, author and scholar. Davis is distinctly recognized for her role in The Black Panther Party throughout the Civil Rights Movement, although has been involved in various movements for social justice around the world. Gina Dent is a professor of Feminist Studies at the University of [...]

Writers and Human Rights: A Talk in English

Writers and Human Rights is a free talk in English that will take place on Friday, April 20 (5 pm) at the Altana in Palazzo Strozzi. The public is welcome to this event organized by PEN International, a global association of writers who promote freedom of expression and the safety of writers who defend human rights worldwide. At Writers and Human Rights, The Board of PEN International will conduct a series of public [...]

Free Voice and Organ Concert at the Duomo

A free musical event entitled “The human voice and the voice of the organ” will take place on Friday, April 13 at 9:15 pm. The concert will be held at the Duomo with free admission. Musical artists Henry Zanovello (organist) and Gemma Bertagnolli (singer) will be featured. Zanovello is an award-winning musician and Bertagnolli is known for her Baroque style, including a repertoire that reaches from Bach to Mahler. The evening will include a [...]

Lectures in English: Inside Italian Politics

Friday, April 13: Inside Italian Politics: The 2018 Election and Its Aftermath. NYU Florence, Villa Sassetti, Via Bolognese 120. New York University’s La Pietra Dialogue is hosting a daylong event with a variety of guest speakers involved in the 2018 election in Italy. The event will highlight the electoral campaign and the election results in the morning beginning at 9:30 am. The 2018 Electoral Campaign discussion will be led by Nicolò Conti of Sapienza [...]