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 [...]

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 [...]

A Musical Tribute to Andrea Tacchi

To honor the one-year anniversary of his death, there will be a special festival for Andrea Tacchi on September 17, 2017 in his memory at the Teatro Verdi (via Ghibellina, 10:30 am – 7:30 pm). Andrea was a superb violinist whose presence is still missed. With his position as concertmaster and first violin of the Orchestra della Toscana, Andrea had a major role in not only the orchestra, but also the lives of [...]

The Sounds of ‘Markets in Music’ 2017

The “Arte e Mercati” Association seeks to paint the Sant’ Ambrogio Market, Loggia del Porcellino/Mercato Nuovo of Florence with music and culture. The free events of “Markets in Music” will strengthen the bonds the community has with these locations, encouraging native pride. The markets attract multitudes of diverse visitors daily, but these night time events will add a fresh creative initiative to make it more than a daytime tourist attraction. Performances will be [...]