Memorial Day 2017 at Florence American Cemetery

A traditional Memorial Day ceremony, open to the public, will take place on Monday, May 29 at the Florence American Cemetery (Falciani) in honor of the 4,402 American WWII casualties buried there. The public is welcome to join in the tribute. U.S. Consul General Abigail Rupp will read an official presidential proclamation at 11 am.  U.S. army officers as well as the commander of the Interforce Military Presidio of the Florence metropolitan area [...]

Uffizi Unveils Restored Medici Vase

In ancient times, the Greek vase form known as a krater was used to serve wine at celebrations; the Uffizi has just unveiled “a sculptural superstar,” as director Eike Schmidt calls it, the newly restored Medici Vase. This krater dates from 30 B.C, and once decorated the garden of a wealthy family living in the center of Imperial Rome. THE MEDICI VASE The huge vase (5 ft. 8 inches or 1.72m without its [...]

May 20 European Museum Night: €1 & Free Admission

Several major art sites in Florence can be visited for the symbolic admission of €1 on the evening of May 20 in conjunction with the European Museum Night. The Uffizi and Accademia Galleries will welcome guests from 7 to 11 pm on Saturday, along with – from 8 to 11 pm – the San Marco Museum and the Bargello National Sculpture Museum.  The latter includes admission to the exhibition “The Factory of Beauty: [...]

Florence’s Open Courtyards & Gardens 2017

Normally inaccessible private palaces and villas are unveiled to the public thanks to the efforts of A.D.S.I (Association of Historic Dwellings) on May 21. Hours for Sunday’s “Cortili e Giardini Aperti” event are 10 am – 1 pm and 3 – 7 pm. For the complete listing and times, see www.adsi.it. While admission to all venues is free, guided visits are available for €5 at four different locations in Florence; reservations required at [...]

The 2017 ‘Estate Fiorentina’ Summer Festival

The Florence Summer festival is back and bigger than ever this year. Over the span of six months, from May until October, there will be over 102 events in all five neighborhoods (quartieri) of the city. Florence’s Mayor Dario Nardella introduced the program himself at a press conference earlier this week, with venues ranging from the Uffizi square, to Piazzale Michelangelo, from the Lungarno beach to the Le Rampe, Piazza Tasso and the [...]

Some Fabbrica Europa 2017 Festival Highlights

Until June 15: FABBRICA EUROPA 2017. Stazione Leopolda, Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5. Times vary. Tickets range from €5-€25 depending on the event. To see the full schedule and purchase tickets, visit www.fabbricaeuropa.net.  The EU wide avant-garde performance festival, Fabbrica Europa, is back in Florence this spring and summer for its 24th edition. The festival is teeming with a wide range of performances that give audiences an insiders view to the evolution of experimental dance, [...]

A Visit to Florence’s Iris Garden

Until May 20: IRIS GARDEN. Piazzale Michelangelo (take bus 12 or 13). Open 10 am – 12:30 pm, 3 – 7 pm. Free admission. Tucked into the sheltered corner of Piazzale Michelangelo, an almost secret Iris garden with more than 2,500 different varieties is in full bloom most of May. Iris lovers of the world have donated a number of plants. The secluded area is a relaxing escape, filled with only distant echoes [...]

May 7 Free Museum Sunday

On Sunday, May 7, no admission will be charged at Florence’s state-run museums, while city-run museums are 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 Davanzati. [...]

The Festival of Europe & ‘The State of the Union’

The city of Florence again hosts the Festival of Europe program of cultural, artistic and educational offerings, sponsored by the European University Institute, regional government offices and private organizations, with a visit to 15th century villa and garden. In conjunction with the Festival of Europe, two days of talks, presentations and discussions “The State of the Union” are planned in the Badia Fiesolana and Palazzo Vecchio from May 4 – 6. Among the [...]

Florence’s Maggio Festival: Festive Spring Music

Calendimaggio, or May Day, is a celebration that had its origins in pagan festivals. The revelry took place throughout the entire month: Florence, la città dei fiori, was decorated in flags, flowers, and draperies, and the streets filled with song, theater, and dance.  The Maggio Musicale Festival was founded to continue the tradition of celebrating spring. Founded in April 1933 by conductor Vittorio Gui, the aim was to present both contemporary and forgotten [...]