€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 [...]

A Night with the Brownings at Casa Guidi

The Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning will be honored on September 15, 2017 at the Casa Guidi (Piazza San Felice, 6 pm) through a special reading of the first full publication of the Italian translation of her poem, “Casa Guidi Windows,” and at the ‘English Cemetery’ (Piazzale Donatello, 8:30 pm) in Florence with selected activities. These events will honor the English writer, her remarkable efforts to help support Italian unification, as well as [...]

Outdoors Concert by the Orchestra della Toscana

Wednesday, July 19: ORCHESTRA DELLA TOSCANA. Piazza Santissima Annunziata. 9:15 pm. Regular admission: €20. Two beloved 19th century works will be performed in a Renaissance square in downtown Florence: Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” Both compositions are extremely popular among the general public. Inspired by the 19th century Spanish dance of the same name, “Bolero” originated as ballet music, while “Carmina Burana” is based on 24 medieval poems. The pieces will [...]

‘Liberty, Equality, & Fraternity’ in Pzz. Ognissanti

July 14:  BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATIONS.  Piazza Ognissanti. 8:30 pm- 12 midnight.  Free admission. Every July 14, the French commemorate the birth of their nation with a holiday known as “Bastille Day.”  Since 2014, the French Institute has brought Bastille Day celebrations to Florence by hosting a free night of music and dance in the Piazza Ognissanti. The evening’s performances will be preceded by free artistic workshops conducted by French artists-in-residence at the Villa [...]

Three Days of ‘Firenze Rocks’ at the Cascine

Rock, pop, and metal music come blasting into Florence this summer with over a month of head-banging worthy good concerts. From June to July at the Visarno Arena and Hippodrome in the Park Cascine (just a little over a mile from the center of town) three different music festivals – Firenze Rocks, Firenze Summer Festival, and Decibel Open Air – will leave the town humming with acts like Aerosmith, Arcade Fire, and The [...]

New Trends for Kids at ‘Pitti Bimbo’ 85

The time when kids were dressed like dolls has evolved into an era where adults and the younger set wear matching outfits. It is a phenomenon that is gaining attention online and is comprehensively explored by Pitti Immagine Bimbo, an international fair dedicated to the new trends and the innovative brands in kids’ lifestyles at the Fortezza da Basso and other venues. This important fashion event for pre-adults offers a packed calendar of [...]

Four Days of Literary Festivities: Festival degli Scrittori

The first and only literary festival of Florence, the Festival degli Scrittori, will sweep through the city between June 14 and 17. The cornerstone event is the Gregor von Rezzori – City of Florence Prize, awarding the best work of foreign fiction published in Italy within the last year. Also included is a prize in honor of the best translator, and the Gregor von Rezzori Young Readers Award, a prize decided through the [...]

The Travel Festival’s Barefoot Walk

This year’s Festival del Viaggio (Travel Festival), running June 9 – 13, invites travel enthusiasts alike to take advantage of the art exhibitions, literary presentations, and theatrical experiences planned. The festival, in its 10th edition, offers educational and engaging ways to discuss the methods and values of travel. Festival events span from film to outdoor activities with a nonconventional approach to celebrate the multi-dimensions of traveling. In celebration of the Festival del Viaggio, [...]

A May 14 Balabrunch & Literary Talk

The Jewish Communities of Florence, Siena, Livorno, and Pisa are continuing their Balabrunch series this Sunday, May 14 at 11:15 am at the Great Synagogue of Florence on via Farini 6, in Sala Sadun. The Mediterranean-Middle Eastern brunch menu includes eggplant stew with bulgur, spinach dumplings with cinnamon, tuna bruschetta with herbs, fried cauliflower with chermoula sauce, golden tabbouleh with mixed vegetables, stuffed bourikas with cumin spiced potatoes, haminados style eggs, bean hummus [...]

Liberation Day Celebrations in Florence 2017

Although Italy went over to the Allied side in 1943 with a general armistice signed in September 1943, it was not until April 25, 1945 that the national committee of resistance fighters (partigiani) asked the Italian people to their help to overthrow the remnants of Mussolini’s government in northern Italy.  The call paved the way for the surrender of the Nazis and Fascist forces in Italy, which took place by May 1. Liberation [...]