A Florence New Year’s Eve at Pino’s

The Salumeria Verdi deli (via Verdi 36/r), known by all as “Pino’s” because of the kind proprietor, will remain open all night on January 31 until 5 am on New Year’s Day.  Pino, wife Antonella and daughter Martina are offering smoked salmon, potato salad, truffle pasta, in addition to lentils, cotechino (pork sausage) and much more.  A pasta dish costs €4 euro and a main course €6. A selection of wines and bubbly is also [...]

Ideas for Last-Minute Christmas Shopping

Christmas time is surely wonderful anywhere in the world, with invitingly decorated shops to entice people in from the cold and magically lit-streets to celebrate the best season of all, however, we sometimes forget the stress that also comes with this period of the year.  It is sometimes hard knowing what to give as a present to our relatives and friends, but fear not – as it is always worth trying a local [...]

A.T.T. Designer & Boboli Christmas Markets

The Boboli area becomes a street market on December 10 from 10 am to 6 pm, with via Romana closed to traffic streets and alleys selling art, crafts, clothing and locally made gift items. Over 70 neighborhood shops will be open and Christmas music will be performed live all day. There are plenty of small bars and cafes the visitor can pop into for a quick drink or tasty lunch. The annual Christmas [...]

‘Oltrarno su Misura,’ Florence Neighorhood Guide

‘Oltrarno Su Misura,’ a newly published guide and App available on Apple and Android has just landed in Florence. The guide written in Italian and translated into English will take tourists as well as Florentines through the area known as the Oltrarno, located just beyond Ponte Vecchio. The neighbourhood, deemed by Lonely Planet (travel guide publisher) as one of the coolest in the world, will encompass the districts of San Frediano, Porta Romana, [...]

Wine & Art for a Cause in Ognissanti

Tuscany is known for its delectable wines, and this weekend brings a rare opportunity to sample wines and see Renaissance art. A nonprofit association “Obiettivo Francesco” which offers many children healthcare, food and schooling has organized the Wine&Art Charity event in the church of Ognissanti on Saturday, October 7.  Tickets cost €10 and all proceeds will contribute to building a playground for children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Bethlehem. The public will have the [...]

‘Bellissima’ Celebrates Via Maggio

In honor of the 30th edition of the Biennale Internazionale di Antiquariato di Firenze (Antiques Fair or BIAF), a special edition of Bellissima, Via Maggio per BIAF will occur until October 1 on Via Maggio.  Celebrations of the street’s unique personality will occur and bring attention to the antique center of Florence. Most galleries and demonstrations will be open daily, unless specified. During this week, the charm and soul of Via Maggio will be on [...]

€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 [...]

Personalized Perfumes at San Simone

The fragrance of an essential oil is about more than just its scent.  It is chemistry, and Dr. Fernanda Russo, creator of an independent perfume line, has the nose for the business. At her renowned San Simone Pharmacy, originally opened at the beginning of the 1700s, Russo uses over 500 types of plants for herbal teas, fragrances and other preparations in her own line of all-natural products as not only medicines and health-promoting agents, but also self-enhancing fragrances. [...]

Fiesole’s ‘Festa della Music’ Music Marathon

Hundreds of young musicians from the Fiesole Music School, both young and young at heart will perform in Fiesole’s Villa la Torraccia park (via delle Fontanelle 24) for this year’s “Festa della Musica.” Throughout the festive day of June 24, ensembles and soloists, in addition to the Florence Vocal Ensemble, led by Ennio Cari and the newly-founded multi-cultural chorus, “Libere Voci dal Mondo, will flood the Villa and the San Domenico Church open spaces [...]

The San Niccolò Tower Reopens

  The San Niccolò tower, the city’s only medieval gate to retain its original height, reopened for the season on June 24.  Tours of this ancient landmark with a unique view of Florence (€4) will be offered every half hour from 5 to 8 pm in English, Italian, French and Spanish through August 31, and 4 to 7 pm between September 1 – 30. Just below Piazzale Michelangelo in the Oltrarno quarter of [...]