‘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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Florence’s Ferragosto Holiday Weekend 2017

Since Tuesday, August 15 is the national Ferragosto holiday and banks, most shops will be shut although many museums will have special openings. Ferragosto also brings free initiatives at the city’s Lungarno Beach and ArtCultura in the Giardino di Orticoltura park (via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4). Normally on Monday state-run museums have their closing day, but during the upcoming long weekend, the Uffizi, the Accademia (both from 8:15 am – 6:50 pm) and [...]

WW2’s August 11 Liberation Day in Florence

Festivities to honor the 1944 retreat of the German army after and the return of democracy to Florence. During this month, all the bridges except Ponte Vecchio had been mined and blown up in the retreat, and were not reconstructed until the 1950s. Palazzo Vecchio’s Martinella bell will ring at 7 am, as it did 73 years ago to announce the arrival of the liberating Allied troops. Laurel wreathes will be laid below [...]

Florence’s Feast of San Lorenzo 2017

Florence’s San Lorenzo church, up the street from the Cathedral (Duomo), located in a characteristic Florentine neighborhood near the Mercato Centrale, will celebrate its namesake, St. Lawrence on his feast day, August 10. The festivities include a free band concert by Filarmonica Otello Benelli of Vergaio in the square in front of the church (8 pm). This will be followed by free dinner offered to all comers starting around 9 pm.. The San [...]

August ’17 Free Museum Sunday

On Sunday, August 6, 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. [...]

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 [...]

‘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 [...]