Drama, Thrillers & Documentaries at the Odeon

This month audiences at the Odeon theatre (piazza Strozzi) can expect a wide-ranging selection of films in English based on true stories from Dunkirk, to Marc Francis’s documentary on Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Add to the mix thrillers like The Beguiled directed by Sofia Coppola and the action packed Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Below is a preview of the films playing through the end of the month. Sun. 17 (4:10 pm): Dunkirk [...]

A Concert Series for Art and Music Enthusiasts

The inaugural performances of a series of six concerts with selected classical music pieces by the Orchestra della Toscana, set in the refectory of Santa Croce, will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 (9 pm) and Friday, September 15, 2017 (6 pm) with the recently restored Last Supper by Giorgio Vasari as the backdrop. While music from composers such as Rossini, Weber, and Beethoven flow through the hall of the refectory, the [...]

Michelangelo’s ‘River God’ Returns to Casa Buonarroti

Thanks to the Friends of Florence, another gem from the city’s artistic treasure chest has been newly restored. “River God,” a preparatory rendition of a human torso by Michelangelo Buonarroti, was created between 1526 and 1527. Made of raw clay and fiber on a wooden base, pieces such as this were used as reference models for collaborators and to garner approval from customers prior to creating the marble sculpture. The sculpture was intended [...]

‘The International Brass Week’s’ Creative Concerts

Florence’s International Brass Week offers a series of concerts – some free – in out-of-the-ordinary settings: afloat in the Arno River, in the basilica of Santa Maria Novella and, in tandem with the Opera di Firenze’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (MMF) orchestra, at the Pitti Palace courtyard. Founded by Luca Benucci, principal French horn of the Maggio Musicale Orchestra, this year’s festival has invited some of today’s most brilliant stars of the brass world [...]

Michelangelo Exhibition & Music at Casa Buonarroti

This month Casa Buonarroti (via Ghibellina 70, Florence) invites guests to an annual event, “The Words and The Music:” in the gorgeous courtyard of the museum, people can enjoy five summer evenings of classical music starting at 9 pm. The program commences July 7 with violinist Michael Stüve and pianist Monique Ciola playing works by Leburn, Ladurner, and Beethoven. Picking up where it left off, the program on July 12 begins with Beethoven, and [...]

A Contemporary ‘Odyssey’ & Tango at the FDF

The Florence Dance Festival opens on June 27, welcoming audiences at the Bargello Museum courtyard at 9:15 pm. There will be 11 full length performances by innovative companies saturated with diversities, ranging from the sophisticated physicality of contemporary ballet, to the sultry, skin tingling libido of tango. The artists are seeking to test the boundaries of dance and the creative experience by incorporating live music, design, and thought-provoking concepts in the works presented [...]

Music & Food from Livorno at Balagan Café

Thursday, June 22: Livorno, Crossroads of Culture Between Europe and the Mediterranean. Balagan Café.  Synagogue garden, via Farini 6.  7:30 pm. Free admission. Kosher Apertivo,  8 pm.  €10 for food and beverages. The Jewish Community of Florence, in collaboration with the City of Florence, presents the fifth edition of the Balagan Café,  this summer on the theme of “Travel, Migration, and Diasporas.” There will be six free entrance events reflecting on the relationship between [...]

Sangallo Crucifix Restored Thanks to ‘Friends of Florence’

After two and a half years of laborious restoration, a 16th century Crucifix by Sangallo has re-emerged anew. The project was funded by the Friends of Florence, a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to restore works of art in Florence and Tuscany and enrich the public’s appreciation of its rich cultural history. Observing the work now, one can see the impressive artistic details of the painted surface which were completely obscured by a dark [...]

The Multimedia Da Vinci Experience

Until October 8: THE DA VINCI EXPERIENCE.  Church of Santo Stefano al Ponte.  Open daily 10 am – 7 pm. Just a few steps from Ponte Vecchio lies the old Romanesque church of Santo Stefano al Ponte which is hosting newest exhibition in Florence, the Da Vinci Experience, produced by the cross-media Group. At a reduced price of 10 euros for students and 65+, and a full price of 12 euros, visitors can [...]

May Movies in English

During the last half of May the Odeon Cinema (piazza Strozzi) offers films filled with action, fantasy and science fiction with the latest Alien movie and the continuing saga of Pirates of the Caribbean. As part of the yearlong celebration of the British Institute’s 100-year anniversary in Florence, two British films are on the bill—Orson Welles The Third Man and It Was 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s and Beyond, another [...]