Summer ’17 Florence’s Coolest Summer Spots, II

SERRE TORRIGIANI IN PIAZZETTA.  Piazza de Tre Re. Open from mid May to September 30 from 10 am to 12 30 am Monday-Sunday. Live music from Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 10 pm. In Florence’s current climate of blistering heat, strolling through the city center’s congested central streets is no easy feat. Just off of Via Calazuoli, however, appears sign luring the comer with promises of a garden, cold drinks, and [...]

Florence’s Costoli & Bellariva Swimming Pools

When the heat in Florence becomes overwhelming, an alternative for cooling off is to head to a public swimming pool. From luxurious resorts to complexes with a family-like atmosphere, there are varying options to swim and sunbathe under the Florentine sun.  Click here to see Part 1 of Magenta’s pool series. For those who crave variety, Costoli, located in Campo di Marte, offers a fun, aquatic experience perfect for families. It features three [...]

Tango, ‘Dreamscape’ & ‘Cinderella’ at the FDF

The fourth and last week of the Florence Dance Festival at the Bargello will begin with a performance by Naturalis Labor on July 18 (9:15 pm). The company will interpret “Piazolla Tango” featuring the music of one of the greatest tango composers, Astor Piazolla. The work is a tribute to his music. Sultry, romantic, and daring, “Piazolla Tango” is nice shift into the sultry world of dance, while recognizing a musical icon. The [...]

Summer ’17 Coolest Florence Summer Spots, I

As the sun descends behind Florence’s renowned buildings, string lights illuminate tables of young couples and friends filling the space with lively conversation in the coolest venues — many of which are new including Molo 5 and Wood — along the Arno River. Below is Part 1 of Magenta Florence’s top choices to relax after work or study hours. MOLO 5 Lively and exciting, Molo 5 acts as both a sunset aperitivo haven, [...]

‘Bolero,’ ‘eVOLUTION’ & ‘Feeling’ at the FDF

The Florence Dance Festival continues this week at the Bargello national museum courtyard (via del Pronconsolo, 9:15 pm). The opener comes with DaCru Dance Company’s “TheKitchenTheory” (July 11). The work describes the significance of a kitchen, showing that it may leave a bigger impact on our lives than imagined. The pairing of urban-influenced movement and deep intellect makes for a powerful performance. Molissa Fenley and Company and the Kinesis Contemporary Dance Company will present [...]

Week 2 at the 2017 Florence Dance Festival

The Bargello museum courtyard is hosting a spectrum of contemporary dance companies with productions that also examine classical themes. The Florence Dance Festival continues into July with performances at the Bargello by a number of reputable companies, diverse in their styles. The popular imPerfect Dancers Company begins the second week of the festival with “Hamlet” (July 4), an eclectic work based on the struggles intrinsic to human relationships as well as death. Based on [...]

July 2 Free Museum Sunday

On Sunday, July 2, no admission will be charged at Florence’s state-run museums, while city-run museums are also accessible at no cost to residents of the greater metropolitan area. So, take the opportunity to visit, for free: the Uffizi Gallery; the Palatine Gallery, the Porcelain Museum, the Costume Gallery and the Silver Museum in the Pitti Palace; the Academy Gallery; the Bargello (National Sculpture Museum), the Archeological Museum; the Medici Chapels and Palazzo [...]

Florence’s Pavoniere & FLOG Swimming Pools

As temperatures in Florence hover near 100 degrees, all everyone wants is to flee to the beach. If work is keeping you in the city, four public pools provide the option for anyone to cool off and swim. Whether you choose Piscina Costoli, Bellariva, Pavoniere, or Flog, residents and visitors can visit any of the following pools at a daily cost of €10 or less. All pools require swim caps, serve food and [...]

Back to the Future at ‘Vintage Selection’

Designers, buyers, and retro enthusiasts will gather at the Fortezza da Basso from June 28 – 30 to sift through today’s cherished styles: oversized-geometric sunglasses, vibrant silk scarves, and small-scale designer shoulder bags from previous Gucci, Coach, and Prada collections. Designers, buyers, and retro enthusiasts will gather at the Fortezza da Basso from June 28 – 30 to sift through yesterday’s cherished styles: oversized geometric sunglasses, vibrant silk scarves, and small-scale designer shoulder [...]

‘Apriti Cinema’: Free Films at the Uffizi

Florence’s summer film festival, Apriti Cinema, has always been celebrated for the diversity of the films that it features. This year’s festival will include all of the elements that have made this event a success: free entrance until 285 available seats have been filled, original language films with Italian or English subtitles, from last fall’s 50 Days of International Cinema Festival and the 2017 Asian Spring Festival. One notable aspect, however, has changed: [...]