Historical & Contemporary Films at the Odeon

The Odeon (Piazza degli Strozzi) this month will showcase a variety of films, as always presented in English. The offerings range from romantic comedies such as The Big Sick, to the journey of self-discovery for a young man tasked with a delivery for a famous painter in Loving Vincent, and finally a film dedicated to the time before the independence of India in Viceroy’s House. Below is a preview of the films playing [...]

A Pian de’ Guillari Photo Book by Marangoni

As part of initiatives by Contemporary Photography, the inaugural event of “Tea Time with a Beautiful Book” begins with Martino Marangoni’s photographical memoir (with sections in English and Italian), “Nonni’s Paradiso, an Olive Tree Story,” at Chalet Fontana (viale Galileo 7, Literary Cafe) on November 5, 2017 (6 pm).  The public is welcome to attend. Born in Florence to an American mother and an Italian father, Marangoni’s childhood was a mixture of the [...]

A New Life for the Cloister of the Vows’ Frescoes

What has been a four-year project, to restore the frescoes in the Cloister of the Vows of the church of Santissima Annunziata made possible by the non-profit organization ‘Friends of Florence’, has finally reached its completion. Restorers Alessandra Popple and Cristiana Conti from S.A.R., and Gioia Germani have impeded the deterioration of the murals while restoring their original luminosity. La chiesa della madre di tutti fiorentini, as the mother church of the Servite order [...]

A Musical Evening from Russia to Florence

The ORT (Orchestra della Toscana) begins 2017-2018 musical season with a concert centered on Russia. Daniele Rustioni will conduct the inaugural evening, and animate selected Russian works. Rustioni will express the themes present in pieces from composers Sergei Prokofiev, Alexander Borodin, and Igor Stravinsky. Violin soloist Roman Simović will interpret French composer Maurice Ravel’s 1924 creation, Tzigane.  A challenging, but rhapsodic piece, it is an exciting choice that allow Simović the opportunity to express [...]

‘Amici della Musica’: The Arrival of a New Season

The Amici della Musica Firenze launch their 2017-2018 concert season this Saturday, October 14 (4 pm) at the Teatro della Pergola, with a repertoire of great classical pieces for the inaugural event. Throughout the concert season, special attention will be bestowed on chamber music in series of cycles entitled “The World of the Quartet,” “Solopiano,” and “The Art of Singing” and the “Bach Odyssey.” To add a more modern element, the stage will [...]

Fortissimissimo: A Festival to Honor Fledging Talent

To celebrate the musical talents of young people across the globe, the Amici della Musica Firenze is presenting a new classical competition, the Fortissimissimo Firenze Festival (FFF), that will run until October 11. The festival will take place under the artistic direction of Andrea Lucchesini in Sala del Buonumore of the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory, and will include a variety of classical pieces interpreted on an assortment of instruments. The historical hall was provided [...]

Urs Fischer’s Contemporary Art in Piazza Signoria

The newest additions to one of Florence’s most historical squares have come crashing down. Concurrently with Biennial Antiques Fair, Urs Fisher, brought three statues to Piazza Signoria in effort to incorporate temporary works of art into Florence. His sculptures in the square include the large metal work, Big Clay and two wax statues of the curator of the exhibition, Francesco Bonami and the chairman of the antiques show, Fabrizio Moretti. One of the [...]

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 [...]