Florence’s 2017 Thanksgiving Choices

One of the few, but largest downsides of being abroad in Italy in the fall is missing out on eating a grandiose Thanksgiving meal with your family. Thankfully, there are number of restaurants around the Florence area offering a traditional holiday meal to indulge in. The Most Economical PINO’S SANDWICHES – SALUMERIA VERDI, via Giuseppe Verdi, 36/r.  Tel. 055/244517. Pino’s is a 20 plus year old panino shop and deli that is a [...]

Art on Film at ‘Lo Schermo dell’Arte’ 2017

Florence’s Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival, held from November 15 – 19, will comprise exhibitions, talks, workshops and above all film premieres on contemporary art (Cinema La Compagnia, Via Cavour 50/r). A whole day ticket costs €10 and allows the public to attend all events taking place that day, alternatively it is possible to purchase a five-day ticket for the price of €40 (opening night costs €14). All events below will be in English. SCREENINGS [...]

A Festival to Celebrate Women in Cinema

The Festival Internazionale di Cinema e Donne (Women’s International Film Festival) is a five-day event of Italian as well as foreign film and documentary screenings. (Cinema La Compagnia, via Cavour 50/r) Beginning on November 8 through to 12 it will provide an opportunity for audiences to appreciate the importance of female roles – glimpsed through stars, directors and storylines – in a male-dominated cinematic world. All films will be shown in their original [...]

A Florence Show: Keith Haring & Street Art

Until February 4, 2018: MADE IN NEW YORK & THE TRUE ORIGIN OF STREET ART. Palazzo del Medici Riccardi, via Cavour 3. Open daily (closed Wednesday) from 9 am – 7 pm. Free admission. A Renaissance building is hosting a combination retrospective focused on Paolo Buggiani with, The True Origin of Street Art and Keith Haring, Made in New York (Subway Drawings) close to the Duomo Cathedral complex. Paolo Buggiani, a Tuscan native, [...]

Lego-Size Duomo in the Cathedral Museum

A crowd of around 100 people, coming from all over the world, gathered to create the first Lego model of the Duomo Cathederal. Available to the public to view for free from until November 9 in the Cathedral (Opera del Duomo) Museum, the entire model had been designed electronically by a 17-year-old student from Puglia, Giacinto Consiglio. A lover of architecture and passionate about Lego, Giacinto was particularly impressed with the Duomo’s architecture [...]

Bookbinding & Marbled Paper by the Gianninis

The shop display windows testify to the simple beauty of handmade crafts specific to the tradition of Florence’s Oltrarno neighborhood; for over 150 years the Giannini family has left an impression—artistically and symbolically—on the Florentine artisan community. In 1856, Pietro Giannini, the owner of a modest stationary shop, located at its current Piazza Pitti address at #37, endeavored to expand his craft to include leather bookbinding, which would eventually lead to the firm’s [...]

Festival dei Popoli’s International Documentaries

Screening an extensive program of films on subjects as varied as President John F. Kennedy, political corruption in countries including Germany, Brazil and Japan, and Beatlemania, the Festival dei Popoli will present its 59th annual showcase of international documentaries October 10 – 17 at the La Compagnia and Spazio Alfieri theatres. The festival is traditionally a haven for cultural representation, echoed in this year’s theme “Domino Effect – Dreams and Nightmares of Contemporary [...]

Florence Festivities for “A Room With a View”

An iconic film set in turn of the century Florence is in the public eye this week thanks to the anniversary celebrations for “A Room With a View.” The low-budget film adaption of the E.M. Forster novel, “A Room With a View,” was a sleeper, which became an Academy-award winning smash hit, one that has entered into universal consciousness. A line from the book may sum up the premise: “One doesn’t come to [...]

Antiques Show: History, Modernity & Elegance

Until October 1: INTERNATIONAL BIENNAL ANTIQUES FAIR (Biennale Internazionale di Antiquariato di Firenze). Palazzo Corsini, Via del Parione 11, Florence. Open from 10:30 am to 8 pm daily, except on September 28, when it will close at 7 pm. Admission: €15. Readers will be given a 30% discount at the Antiques Biennale show (€10 instead of €15) at Palazzo Corsini and a 20% discount at the new exhibition Il Cinquecento a Firenze at [...]

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 [...]