Bach & Improvisation in the Duomo

Tuesday, May 23: O FLOS COLENDE 2017. Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, piazza del Duomo. 9:15 pm.  Free admission. O Flos Colende – Sacred Music in Florence, celebrating its 21st year, is back with another concert at the Duomo. Founded in 1997 to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the laying of the first cornerstone of Santa Maria del Fiore, the main purpose of the concert series is to acquaint the public with forgotten [...]

Free Romantic Music Concert in Florence’s Cathedral

The 21st edition of O Flos Colende series of sacred music concerts is sponsoring a classical music event on Tuesday, May 9 at 9:15 pm in the Duomo. The program features Maometto II by Gioachino Rossini, an Ave Maria from Giuseppe Verdi’s Othello, Ridonami la Calma by Fracesco Paolo Tosti, and other spiritual songs by Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Reger, and Charles Gounod. Featured soloists include soprano Alessandra Rezza, who has performed at the Opera of [...]

Open Day at the Fiesole Music School

The Fiesole Music School invites the public to attend an ‘Open Day’ at their headquarters in the historic Villa La Torraccia (Via delle Fontanelle 4, San Domenico di Fiesole) on Saturday, May 6 beginning at 3 pm. The classes of the wind and brass instruments will open their doors to all interested and potential students who wish to give these fascinating orchestral instruments a try. The teachers, many of whom are principal players [...]

Classical Music & Guided Tours in Santa Maria Nuova

The first weeks of May bring two free concerts for Florentine classical music fans. The association Musica Ricercata will be putting on musical events in the museum of Santa Maria Nuova, the oldest hospital still in operation, every Friday evening at 5:30 pm in the Salone Martino V. Each concert will be included by a guided tour of the cloisters that frame the hospital. The evening of Friday, May 5 at 5:30 pm [...]

May 1 Pzz. Signoria Flag Throwing Competition

May 1, 2017 will be the 23rd time that the best flag-throwing teams (sbandieratori) of Italy will be competing with great artistic flair in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria. The prize will be the Marzocco Trophy, commemorating the symbol of power (Marzocco, depicted in art and sculpture by a lion), of the Florentine Republic. Based on time-honored military signaling by throwing a sequence of flags into the air in synchronized movements, the annual contest highlights this [...]

An Evening of Cinema & Music in Florence’s Cathedral

A giant screen will be set up in the Florence Cathedral to host an April 21 showing of a 1923 silent film classic by Cecil B. DeMille: The Ten Commandments (Part 1) starting at 9:15 pm. Focusing on the Exodus, the installment is especially famous for the Red Sea sequence. According to tradition, the movie will be accompanied by live music, untraditional organ music in an interpretation by Italian virtuoso Ferruccio Bartoletti.  He [...]

Free Indie, Pop & Electronic Music Overlooking Florence

The spring music season is off to a rockin’ start with a week of free concerts atop Piazzale Michelangelo through April 13.  Each performance of “Piazzale Soundset” will begin at sunset (around 7 pm) and continue into the night as the city begins to light up below. Landlord the band rolls into town on Tuesday, April 11. Slated to break into the international music scene very soon, the group from Rimini (who competed [...]

April 14 Tuscan Food & Wine Tasting Class

GIVEAWAY: We are teaming up with Pino’s Pozzo Divino wine shop to give away two things. Those who sign up for the April 14 food and wine tasting class (6 pm) by sending a email to info@magentaflorence.com will qualify for a FREE wine tasting held at the shop. Second prize, a FREE bottle of wine of your choice to send home. Rules: after signing up, like this post as well as our Facebook [...]

An Easter Gift Concert in Santa Trinita

The Easter edition of the Fiesole Music School’s Momenti Musicali free concert series will take place this year on April 8 at 9 pm at the gorgeous Basilica Santa Trinita on the corner of via Tornabuoni. The program for this year’s event showcases the Francesco Landini Schola Choir conducted by Fabio Lombardo, various soprano soloists, and the TAAG Quartet. The well known Francesco Landini School Choir will be interpreting Franz Schubert’s An die [...]

Talk in English on Food Systems

On Tuesday April 4 at 6 pm, CEA Study Center (Piazza della Repubblica 6) invites the public to the third installment of their Spring 17 Lecture Series, Why We Must Change the Way We Think About Food with Peter Fischer, Ph.D. Fischer is the director of a new interdisciplinary program on “Sustainable Food Systems.” He is a well-known food historian and professor in food studies who teaches primarily at US study abroad programs [...]