Architecture & Design Talk in English at Cal State

A lecture in English, “Architecture + Design: Short Circuits” is free and open to the public on January 17 at California State University (via Leopardi 12) at 5 pm.  Works by the speaker, Gianni Pettena, are currently on display at the “Radical Utopias: 1966 – 1976” show in the Strozzina exhibition space in Palazzo Strozzi (through January 21; daily hours noon – 8 pm except Thursdays, open until 11 pm).  Pettena also curated [...]

Baptistery Now Free for Florence Residents

The Baptistery, part of the city’s Cathedral complex, is now free to residents of Florence and towns and villages of what was formerly known as the province of Florence starting on January 8, 2018.  Those eligible must show a valid ID card at the entrance.  Hours are 8:15 – 10:15 am, 11:15 am – 8 pm Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am – 2 pm on Sunday and the first Saturday of the month. [...]

Free Guided Tours at Innocenti Museum

Tour guides will provide guided visits at the Innocenti museum at no extra charge (excluding the normal admission price of €7, €15 for two adults and two children) through January 7 between 11 am and 5 pm.  This provides a savings on a €10 ticket that comprises a audio guide. Chartered in 1419 as the first lay organization in the world to provide a home for abandoned infants, the Foundling Hospital of the [...]

An Evening of Gregorian Chant in Santa Croce

To get into the Christmas mood, head down to Santa Croce on Saturday, December 16 for an evening dedicated to Gregorian chant at 9 pm. The concert is free to all until places filled. Stars of the performance are the Viri Galilaei Chorus conducted by master Enzo Ventroni who will perform well-known Christmas and advent themed songs, including the Ave Maria and Hallelujah. The Viri Galilaei Chorus is a musical group dedicated to [...]

A Sparkling Start to a Florentine Christmas

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of sparkle. Adding such a touch this year in Florence, is the F-Light Festival 2017, running from December 8 to January 7 2018. Festivities comprise video mappings and image projections as well as guided visits for families around many local museums. To mark the inauguration of the festival but also the Christmas festivities, a brightly lit Christmas tree will be put up in Piazza del [...]

Classical Notes of Beethoven in David’s Presence

A free concert initiative will take place this upcoming Monday, 11 (7 pm) at the Galleria dell’Accademia (doors open 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start). The statue of David by Michelangelo, will be a silent witness to the sounds of Beethoven at Russian pianist, Igor Levit’s recital. The event is in conjunction with the exhibition, ‘Tessuto e Ricchezza a Firenze nel Trecento: Lana, Seta e Pittura,’ (‘Sumptuous 14th century Florentine Fabrics: Wool, [...]

A Free Concert as Tribute to Mozart

The Florence Chamber Orchestra will perform in the Basilica of Santa Croce to mark the anniversary date of the great composer Mozart’s death on December 5 (9 pm). Santa Croce come alive with the sounds of Ave Verum Corpus (Hail True Body) K. 618 and Requiem in D minor K. 626, two great works by the musician (free entry until places are filled). The public will be able to pick up a free [...]

A Free Concert in Santa Croce on Thanksgiving

The Refectory of Santa Croce’s Basilica will come alive with the sound of classical music on Thursday, Nov. 23 at 9 pm at a free concert. Enjoy and share the enchanting energy brought by Quartet Elsa with family and friends as monastic suppers were once shared in the very same Refectory (Cenacolo or Cenaculum in Latin). The imposing, grand Last Supper fresco in the concert hall will amaze its visitors in context of musical [...]

A Rich Night of Poetry with Acclaimed Authors

New York University will be holding a poetry reading in English with specials guests Ishion Hutchinson, Valzhyna Mort, and Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa at Villa La Pietra on October 9, 2017 (7 pm) as part of their series, “In Dialogue with Writers.” The poets will be reading their works and detailing the meaning behind their creations. The audience will be able to earn a deeper understanding and appreciate the significance of these [...]

Using Music to Celebrate Life: A David Bellugi Tribute

A Bach Telemann concert to honor the memory of David Bellugi (1954–2017), with a performance of selected pieces from these baroque German composers, will be held on September 28 at Florence’s Church of Santa Felicita (9 pm). Georg Philipp Telemann’s Du aber, Daniel, gehe hin (Trauermusik) and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Gottes Zeit, ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus Tragicus) are some of the compositions included in this classical program and will be performed by [...]