Digital Postcards from the Duomo

From reality to virtual to back to reality, the Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore has made another untraditional move to prevent vandalism on the tops of Brunelleschi’s Duomo and Giotto’s Bell Tower. When the accumulation of graffiti at the tops of some of Florence’s most historical monuments were cleaned about a year and a half ago, a modern and stainless era of graffiti was introduced.  Read details on the project’s launch here. A [...]

Guided Tours at an Unbeatable Price

With the arrival of autumn, the association MUS.E is offering residents and tourists guided tours at many state-run museums in Santo Spirito, San Frediano and Santa Maria Novella every day in October except Tuesday at a nominal fee. The tour costs €2 for residents and €4 for non-residents, in addition to the standard entry price. The Brancacci Chapel (Santa Maria del Carmine, Piazza del Carmine) is a true and authentic treasure reflecting the [...]

‘Notturna di San Giovanni’ Night Race

Sat. 17:  NOTTURNA DI SAN GIOVANNI 4 & 10K RACE. Race starts and finishes in Piazza del Duomo. 9 pm.  Registration fee: €10. Runners, walkers, joggers, and their families are welcome to come explore and appreciate the exquisite views of Florence at night in a race to celebrate the patron saint of Florence, St. John the Baptist. Two races will be offered this year, a competitive 10k open to adults over 18 who [...]

Qi Gong in Florence’s Botanical Garden

Saturdays, May 27, June 10 and 24:  Qi Gong at the Botanical Garden, via Micheli 3.  11 am – noon.  €10, includes admission to the park. The Botanical Garden at the Giardino dei Semplici near Piazza San Marco is a green lush oasis in the heart of the bustling city. Patricia Muller, T’ai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong instructor will be holding classes among the wildflowers and bush lined paths every other Saturday [...]

Guarda Firenze, A Race with a View

April 30: GUARDA FIRENZE. Piazza San Giovanni. 9:30 am. The 45th annual Guarda Firenze is a 10km run around some of the most historic landmarks in Florence. With a course that provides moments to appreciate these monuments and sensational views of Tuscan countryside, the Guarda Firenze is a unique way to see Florence. The run begins near the Baptistery and the Duomo in the Piazza San Giovanni, crossing over the Ponte Vecchio to climb [...]

The Florence BiciFi 2017 Bicycle Festival

April 21 – 23: BiciFI The festival promises a jam-packed weekend focused on the human-powered vehicle. Starting on Friday, April 21 the Expo Village Cascine Park will open, displaying all the latest bicycle accessories, frames, and clothing along with food for sale. For the curious onlooker or enthusiast there will also be bike shows and tests. Kids are also welcome as there will be a children’s area with a sporting course designed for [...]

Vivicittà Half Marathon, Relay & Walk

Runners take your marks; the 34th edition of the Vivicittà International Half Marathon Firenze is this Sunday April 9.  Buses 6, 11, 12, 13, 23, 36, 37, C1, C2, C3 and D will be deviated from their normal routes that morning until early afternoon. The organization strives to be as eco-friendly as possible, and supports a charity each year. The popular Vivicittà Village, full of sports themed events and information booths, will be [...]

Calling All Ladies to the Rosamimosa Race

Saturday, March 11: The Rosamimosa is the oldest women’s race in Italy in honor of celebrating women, equal rights, the fight against oppression, femicide, and violence—a prominent social problem here in Italy. Starting at 4 pm this 8k (5 mi) race offers a scenic route through the hills and a small clump of woods after departing from Betti athletics stadium on via Soffiano where the course also ends. The itinerary leads up the hill to Boschetto [...]

Florence’s Urban Trail: Runners Unite by Night

Saturday, March 4 – Sunday, March 5: URBAN TRAIL RACE AND WALK  See the beauty of Florence in a different perspective and get lost among the city lights by participating in the 13k (8.08 mi) race on March 4 starting in Piazza Santa Croce at 9 pm. The course will lead runners through Florence’s most historical and popular sights: Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery portico, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, up the San [...]

Renaissance Running: Florence Marathon 2016


Sunday, Nov. 27: FLORENCE MARATHON. Piazza Duomo. 8:30 am start time. By previous registration only. For many running 42.2 kilometers (26 miles) would be a grueling endeavor but Italy’s second largest marathon anticipates a record crowd with close to 10,000 participants, one third of whom are non-Italians. The Florence Marathon, commemorating its 33rd year, takes place Sunday November 27. The event begins at Piazza Duomo, with runners collecting there early in the morning for an [...]