‘Corri La Vita’s’ Run for Life on Sept. 24

Sunday, Sept. 24 (9:30 am): CORRI LA VITA.   Piazzale Vittorio Veneto, Cascine Park.  Donation Fee: €10. While the fight against breast cancer has always been a treacherous one, it is one that is supported by the annual Corri La Vita fundraising event. Open to both runners and walkers, all can make a difference by enrolling since fees are given to oncology programs that study prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Participants can register at the many [...]

The 2017 ‘Festival of Religions’ & the Dalai Lama

With the guest superstar His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exploration of personal and cultural roots is the focus of this week’s Festival of Religions on September 19, 22, 23. To see a a video of the Dalai Lama’s speech, visit Florence’s La Repubblica news site. Among many reasons, the Festival of Religions was founded to counterbalance the reality that today’s world is one where identity, culture and religion are losing value and [...]

Gelato Championships Finale: Taste the Winner

Four hundred and fifty-eight years after Bernardo Buontalenti first served gelato in the Court of the Medici, lovers of the creamy treat will flock to Piazzale Michelangelo to sample the best of the best. In its eighth year, the Gelato Festival will be back in Florence from September 14 – 17 for the competition’s finale. After touring Italy, England, Poland, and Germany, the top two finalists from each city will vie for the [...]

The Florence Jazz Fringe Festival’s Swinging Nights

  September 13-17: Florence Jazz Fringe Festival. Various venues. Free admission. The Jazz Fringe Festival arrives as the end-of-summer event in the streets and squares of the Oltrarno area of Florence, south of the river Arno. It will take place in 21 different areas and with 200 international guest artists in the 50 performances scheduled. The Santo Spirito square, however, will be the main hub throughout the five consecutive days.  Music will enliven [...]

Florence’s Film Scene: A New Beginning

  Cinema La Compagnia (Via Cavour 50/r) opens its doors once again this autumn in Florence with a brand new film series schedule. At the start, the public can look forward to some of American director James Ivory’s most impressive works, and later on to the Toscana Film Network, a weekly showing of local, Tuscan movies. To kick-start the month of October, La Compagnia, a theater-converted-cinema will run a three-day viewing of some [...]

Migrations: Florence’s Jewish Heritage Day

Sunday, Sept. 10:  EUROPEAN JEWISH HERITAGE DAY:  Diaspora, Identity and Dialogue. Florence Synagogue, via Farini 6.  Free admission. The public of Florence is welcome at a series of events organized by the Jewish Community of Florence. In a world were Jews have been persecuted in almost every country, this year’s theme is centered on the diaspora (historical migration of Jews from their homeland, ancient Palestine). Jewish suffering dates back to 733 BCE, when Tiglath [...]

Florence’s ‘Rificolona’ Paper Lantern 2017 Fest

Thurs. 7: RIFICOLONA (Paper Lantern Festival). Every year, Catholics commemorate September 8 as the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. In Florence, there is a special tradition associated with feast: on the eve of the Nativity, residents celebrate the Festa della Rificolona, the Festival of Paper Lanterns. In Renaissance times, peasant farmers and craftsmen from neighboring villages would travel into the city to celebrate, and to sell their produce and wares at feast day [...]

Weekend Festivals: New Generation & Fierucola

August will end and September will begin with a bang in Florence. The Fierucola organic market expands to two days and another location, Piazza Santissima Annunziata, with a special focus on bread made with natural, biological leavening agents. In contrast, a modern-day princess offers a decidedly more upscale option: a series of concerts in her Italian garden. FIERUCOLA DEL PANE Piazza Santissima Annunziata will come alive with rows of farmers, bakers and artisans [...]

Florence’s 2017 Ancient Tower Visits

An annual tradition since 2011, public visits of the eight kilometer long (5 mile) Florentine defensive border, specifically Torre San Niccolò, Torre della Zecca, and Porta Romana, will be available to the public. This year, the Baluardo a San Giorgio will be added as a new fourth destination. From the San Niccolò, tower, guests can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city. Built around 1345, it was of strategic importance when French [...]

Llewelyn Lloyd: The Natural Beauty of Tuscany at Villa Bardini

At the Villa Bardini, ‘Lloyd: Tuscan Landscapes of the Twentieth Century’ is a key example of how modern pays tribute to the beauty of Italy just as well as the ancient does. This exhibition features 60 paintings by Llewelyn Lloyd from 27 different collections that show the country’s natural splendor far more masterfully than a 21st century filtered Instagram photo. Lloyd, Welsh in origin but Livornese by birth, arrived in Florence at the threshold [...]