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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

World Crafts at Florence’s Mostra dell’Artigianato

Through May 1: INTERNATIONAL ARTISAN TRADE FAIR. Fortezza da Basso. Open daily from 10 am – 10:30 pm (last day 8 pm). Admission: weekends €6, weekdays €4, Children under 12 free. Adjacent parking. The 81st edition of Florence’s International Artisan Fair offers visitors a full slate of ideas, inspiration, shopping and tasting opportunities. The first certified event in Italy of its kind offers over 55,000 square meters of space presenting handcraft traditions from 800 exhibitors [...]

Dragon Film Fest in Florence & Prato

The fourth annual Dragon Festival of Chinese Film in Italy from April 19 – 23 brings together animation, adventure, and martial arts to two different locations this year, the Textile Museum of Prato and Cinema La Compagnia on via Cavour. All films will be in their original languages with English and Italian subtitles. Several movies have made the rounds at other prestigious film festivals in the past year including Toronto and San Sebastian. [...]

A Florence Easter & Michelangelo’s Crucifix

Easter week in Florence and Tuscany brings time-honored traditions: Grassina’s Passion Play on Good Friday (April 14) and the Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart) in piazza Duomo on Easter Sunday (April 16). This year, the commemorations and festivities also offer a special opportunity to admire Michelangelo’s work in Florence – beyond his iconic David – at the church of Santo Spirito and Casa Buonarroti. RITUAL, MUSEUM & CHURCH OPENINGS An evening Good [...]

Garden Tours at the Bardini & Chalet Fontana

Sunday, April 9:  Guided Visits at the Bardini Garden.  The first signs of life are starting to show after a cold Florentine winter. First to welcome the warmer weather and longer days are the wisterias now blooming throughout Tuscany. The Bardini Garden offers a pop of purple and it is opening its doors at 3 & 4:30 pm with several guided tours led by a landscape architect to admire the blossoms against the [...]

Richard III & Florence’s Shakespeare Week 2017

Shakespeare Week, April 4 – 7 at the British Institute Library (Lungarno Guicciardini 9), offers a public reading, an exhibition, film and music to celebrate England’s greatest poet and playwright, of course, with afternoon tea. The theme this year is Richard III, showcased with a public reading on Tuesday, April 4 (3 pm). Join in reading the play aloud or sit back and immerse yourself in a story of tyranny and manipulation set [...]