L’OV Vegetarian Restaurant

A new gourmet restaurant, which offers vegetable friendly renditions of traditional meat based dishes, has added shades of green to Florence. Open just over a month, L’OV (L’ Osteria Vegetariana), piazza del Carmine 4/r), provides diners with healthy alternatives to complement a vegetarian diet, and with certain menu options, a vegan diet. Click here to see a slide show. Previously a fish market, customers can enjoy L’OV’s rustic atmosphere. Laced with hanging plants, [...]

June Book Readings for Kids in English

As the vacation approaches, and the pace begins to slow down, the events aimed at children do as well.  The Children’s Lending Library, located below the American Church, will close its doors for the summer on June 14, but offer a final reading on June 10 from 10 am to 12 noon for kids of all ages.  The book is Creatures of the Ocean, Big and Small, following by fun activities for all ages. The [...]

Florence’s First Vietnamese Restaurant

Florence’s newest restaurant, Com Saigon (via dell’Agnolo 93/r), which means “Saigon’s Rice,” offers a variety of Vietnamese specialties to the Florentine community following its grand opening on June 1, 2017.  Click to see a slide show. The kitchen, located in the entrance in order to display food preparation, is run by three Vietnamese women. Upon entering, customers will be able to taste popular “finger-food” dishes. In the lounge on Via de Pepi, guests [...]

‘Firenze dei Bambini’ Children’s Festival

Firenze dei Bambini, a two-day program just for kids, will take place from May 19 to 21. Curious children will be able to discover, learn, explore, and most importantly: have fun with music, technology, art, and more. Learning workshops, courses, and events for every interest are open to girls, boys and their families; all are free. The festival begins Friday at 6 pm at the Opera di Firenze where children and their families [...]

Peter Rabbit Reading in English

The Harold Acton Library of the British Institute of Florence (Lungarno Guiccardini 9) is hosting an English reading of a Beatrix Potter classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit at 5 pm on April 20. The children’s classic is the story of how, despite the warnings of his mother, the rebellious young Peter Rabbit enters the garden of Mrs McGregor to snack on some vegetables.  Listeners can discover how the story ends, which is intended for [...]

Gourmet Southern Italy at ‘Gourmettino’

A gourmet restaurant with a homemade twist is a new addition in the center of Florence. Il Gourmettino (Via Matteo Palmieri 31, not from Santa Croce), inaugurated in November 2016 and continues to please customers well into the new year. Customers can find Southern Italian delicacies at affordable prices and a chic atmosphere to accompany it. Local artists’ works are displayed on the walls for the customers to enjoy, cushions line the seats, and [...]

AILO Donation Day, April 6

On April 6, Florence’s American International League of Florence Onlus (AILO) will be hosting their most important event of the year, “Donation Day,” on Thursday, April 6.  Hosted by Palagio di Parte Guelfa in the Piazza di Parte Guelfa (near Piazza Repubblica), the ceremony will start at 4 pm. Sara Funaro, councilor for Welfare of the City of Florence, Abby Rupp, U.S. Consul General and AILO’s president, Jocelyn Fitzgerald, will be there to [...]

A Breath of Spring — Easter Egg Fun

Any child can tell you that the best part about Spring is decorating Easter eggs with the whole family and Easter egg hunts. Luckily, the Children’s Lending Library’s annual Easter egg decorating party and fundraiser is back this year on Saturday April 8 on via Rucellai 9, near the Santa Maria Novella train station. The non-profit volunteer-run association has a collection of books for kids up to age 16. The organization is able [...]

Miss Moppet at the B.I. Storytime

Storytime at the British Institute is back! On March 16 at 5 pm, families are invited to spend an afternoon with Beatrix Potter’s tale of a mischievous kitten and brave mouse with a reading of The Story of Miss Moppet. The program is designed for children ages 3 – 8 but everyone is welcome.  The event will be held in English in the Children’s Room of the Harold Acton Library at the British [...]

Florence Carnival Celebrations for the Kids

This Saturday, February 25 from 2 to 6 pm, Piazza Ognissanti will once again host its free Children’s Carnival. The Borgognissanti street association in partnership with the city of Florence will provide a festive day full of food, games and entertainment for adults and kids alike. This year an electric train will take passengers on a scenic tour of Lungarno Vespucci. There will be sweets like cotton candy, peanut brittle, and brigidini, games, cartoons, face [...]