Michelangelo’s ‘River God’ Returns to Casa Buonarotti

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Classical Evening with Garry Walker, ORT & Mozart

Acclaimed Scottish conductor Garry Walker will be returning to Florence to conduct the Orchestra della Toscana on Thursday, May 4 at Teatro Verdi (via Ghibellina, 9 pm). It will definitely be an evening of major musical names, both in the contemporary classical music scene as well as historically. The performance will largely be dedicated to Mozart but will also highlight the work of Jacques Ibert and Franz Schubert. The concert commences with Jacques [...]

Women’s Open Mic Night at St. Marks

NYU’s Picturing Women dialogue series, focused on the representation of women in the art world, continues this Thursday April 27 at 7 pm with a Picturing Woman Open Mic Night at St. Mark’s English Church, via Maggio 16. Past events in the series have included lectures on women in film, the struggles of working women, women and violence as well as their role in politics. Organized by third year undergraduate student Shelley Martin, [...]

Easter Week Movie Showings in English

The Easter weekend offers several film choices for the English speaking community in Florence.   A supernatural thriller, a no-holds-barred action flick and a sobering documentary about the future will be screened in local venues. Planetary. Odeon Cinema, Piazza Strozzi, Florence. Thursday April 13, 9:15 pm. This documentary issues a provocative warning exploring our planet’s origins and mankind’s future as a species. www.odeonfirenze.com/ Fast and Furious. Odeon Cinema, Piazza Strozzi, Florence. Multiple showings, Thur. [...]