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 [...]

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: [...]

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 Museums Open on the May 1 Holiday

May 1 is a national Italian holiday, and many museums will be closed.  A few, will welcome visitors in Florence on Europe’s Labor Day. State-run museums that will be open include the San Marco museum, which showcases frescoes by Beato Angelico; the San Salvi refectory, known for a Last Supper by Andrea del Sarto; the Orsanmichele and the Bardini Garden.  City-run museums which will be accessible comprise Palazzo Vecchio (9 am – 11 [...]

Cal State’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Florence mayor Dario Nardella, deputy mayor Cristina Giachi and US Consul General Abigail Rupp, along with the directors of the CSU International Programs and the Accademia delle Belli Arti, will preside over an April 26 Palazzo Vecchio ceremony (Salone dei Cinquecento, 9:30 pm) featuring speeches, videos and music to mark the 50th anniversary of the California State University campus in Florence. Guided visits in English of the Church of SS Annunziata, the square, [...]

The Scoop on the 2017 Gelato Festival

April 21 – 25:  GELATO FESTIVAL.  Piazzale Michelangelo. Here in Florence, the birthplace of gelato thanks to Bernardo Buontalenti, the best of the best makers from around the world will showdown in a summer long festival until one is finally be crowned the creator of the BEST gelato in Europe. The delicious and creamy delight has captured the heart of the whole world – salted caramels and rich fruit concoctions make tourists want [...]

Easter Church Services in English & Gregorian Chant

Those interested attending services in English during Easter Week can visit St. James American Church on via Rucellai 9, near Santa Maria Novella train station.  Although the church is Episcopalian, all faiths are invited. On Holy Saturday, April 15, the Great Vigil of Easter will take place at 6:30 pm. Easter Sunday offers two options: 9 am and 11 am, with an Easter egg hunt and champagne toast following the later Eucharist. Guests are [...]

The 2017 ‘Middle East Now’ Festival

From the amateur moviegoer to the film connoisseur, guests have the opportunity to experience life in the contemporary Middle East through cinema, music, fashion, architecture, food and more from April 4 – 9. “Urban Middle East,” the festival’s focal point, will feature unique perspectives to tell the stories of the area through its cities, the people and their daily lives. With 45 movies being shown, guests should expect a variety of genres, including [...]