Bastille Day Festivities Bring France to Florence

Friday the 13th is something to celebrate with this year’s Bastille Day festivities in Piazza Ognissanti. Offering free admission, the French holiday moves to Italy with an evening of dancing, dining, and drinking, commemorating 229 years of French democracy. Bastille Day honors July 14th, 1789: a day demarcating the end of absolute monarchy during the French Revolution. On this day, Parisians stormed the Bastille military fortress in a showdown against the traditional regime. [...]

2018 Florence Youth Orchestra Festival in Piazza Signoria

All month:  FLORENCE YOUTH ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL.  Free admission Youth orchestras from across the world will come to Florence and Tuscany, with countries such as the USA, Germany, Australia, South Korea, and the Netherlands represented. The festival, which organizes 50 to 70 concerts every July, was founded in Florence in 1999 with the intention of fostering the international musical community in Tuscany. The main venue is Loggia dei Lanzi, located in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria, but [...]

Free Concert in the Duomo: Voices of the Eastern Sacred Rite

A free concert will be hosted under Brunelleschi’s Dome on Thursday, July 5 at 9:15 pm, featuring the Tuscan premiere of the well-regarded St. Ephraim Men’s Choir. The performance will bring eastern sounds to a western venue in a pan-religious and pan-cultural program that demonstrates the versatility choral music across time and genre. Hailing from Budapest, the group spotlights a distinctly Eastern European religious repertoire, ranging from ancient to modern. Voices from various [...]

FSU Partners with RFK Center for Fundraiser

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” – Robert Kennedy Students of Florida State University and Texas A&M will be making [...]

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 [...]