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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Florence’s Camellia Festival at Palazzo Gondi

One doesn’t have to go into the hills of the Tuscan countryside to witness camellia blooming season. This coming Sunday, March 26, between 10:30 am and 1 pm and 3:30 pm to 6 pm, Vittoria Gondi, president of Florence’s Garden Club, will open her palace’s Renaissance courtyard for the public to be able to wander in and become surrounded by dozens of camellia flowers of many different colors and varieties.  Admission is free. [...]

Santo Spirito Free Wine Tasting & Food

In conjunction with Sunday’s Chianti Lover’s fair at the Fortezza da Basso, a red ‘Ape’ farm vehicle parked in Florence’s Piazza Santo Spirito on Friday, February 10 will offer free samples of Chianti wine from participating vineyards and typical Tuscan fried food to all comers from 4 to 9 pm. Also distributed will be coupons that giving discounted admission to the February 12 wine event.

Open Day at the Innocenti’s ‘Bottega dei Ragazzi’

The final touches on the newborn Museum degli Innocenti (Piazza Santissima Annunziata) was presented this week to the press in Florence, including the newly-amplified Bottega dei Ragazzi, open to children and schools in the local community. Now families have an opportunity to visit the newly restored and larger space as well as to participate in activities on Sunday, February 4 from 11 am to 4 pm (free admission). Creative workshops designed for kids ages 3 [...]