Summer ’17 Florence’s Coolest Summer Spots, II

SERRE TORRIGIANI IN PIAZZETTA.  Piazza de Tre Re. Open from mid May to September 30 from 10 am to 12 30 am Monday-Sunday. Live music from Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 10 pm. In Florence’s current climate of blistering heat, strolling through the city center’s congested central streets is no easy feat. Just off of Via Calazuoli, however, appears sign luring the comer with promises of a garden, cold drinks, and [...]

Florence’s Costoli & Bellariva Swimming Pools

When the heat in Florence becomes overwhelming, an alternative for cooling off is to head to a public swimming pool. From luxurious resorts to complexes with a family-like atmosphere, there are varying options to swim and sunbathe under the Florentine sun.  Click here to see Part 1 of Magenta’s pool series. For those who crave variety, Costoli, located in Campo di Marte, offers a fun, aquatic experience perfect for families. It features three [...]

Summer ’17 Coolest Florence Summer Spots, I

As the sun descends behind Florence’s renowned buildings, string lights illuminate tables of young couples and friends filling the space with lively conversation in the coolest venues — many of which are new including Molo 5 and Wood — along the Arno River. Below is Part 1 of Magenta Florence’s top choices to relax after work or study hours. MOLO 5 Lively and exciting, Molo 5 acts as both a sunset aperitivo haven, [...]

Florence’s Pavoniere & FLOG Swimming Pools

As temperatures in Florence hover near 100 degrees, all everyone wants is to flee to the beach. If work is keeping you in the city, four public pools provide the option for anyone to cool off and swim. Whether you choose Piscina Costoli, Bellariva, Pavoniere, or Flog, residents and visitors can visit any of the following pools at a daily cost of €10 or less. All pools require swim caps, serve food and [...]

Back to the Future at ‘Vintage Selection’

Designers, buyers, and retro enthusiasts will gather at the Fortezza da Basso from June 28 – 30 to sift through today’s cherished styles: oversized-geometric sunglasses, vibrant silk scarves, and small-scale designer shoulder bags from previous Gucci, Coach, and Prada collections. Designers, buyers, and retro enthusiasts will gather at the Fortezza da Basso from June 28 – 30 to sift through yesterday’s cherished styles: oversized geometric sunglasses, vibrant silk scarves, and small-scale designer shoulder [...]

Florence’s San Giovanni Week Festivities 2017

The arrival of summer on the longest day of the year, June 21, brings festivities to Florence, including free music marathons, an image of the sun mirrored on Cathedral marble floor, and St. John’s Day traditions. There are also recent additions to the celebrations, including the Pitti Bimbo children’s fashion fair (June 22 – 24) and Cannes a Firenze. The film festival highlights 10 of this season’s critically acclaimed Cannes premieres – all [...]

Around Florence with Pitti Uomo 92

If “men are like bulls, they cannot resist red,” according to Christian Louboutin, then come prepared for even more temptation from the Parisian shoe designer at Pitti Immagine Uomo 92.  Famed for his red-soled stilettos, Louboutin has just unveiled a new collection of men’s sneakers inspired by ‘90s basketball athletic wear.  He will be the host of a special tournament in the center, featuring eight competing teams from around the world and a [...]

Four Florence Art Shows Not to Miss

Reminiscent of a scavenger hunt, exhibitions that the art lover can’t miss allow one to follow a trail in and around downtown Florence. Some such as Ytalia and 1927: Ferragamo’s Return to Italy draw immediate attention while others – Italian Hours and The Factory of Beauty: Ginori and His Statues – beg to be discovered. The following is an eclectic guide to this season’s best. CONTEMPORARY ART The scale of YTALIA: Energy, Thought, [...]

Summer Music in the Air at Pitti & Medici Villas

With June comes summer, when classical music ensembles relocate to a nearby park or garden to the relief of audience members and musicians alike; in Verona, performances are set at the ancient Roman Arena, Rome in the suggestive Caracalla Baths. Florence doesn’t lack in beautiful palaces and gardens and since the Maggio Musicale Festival was founded in 1933, it has been a tradition to move to various locations at the Pitti Palace and [...]

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 [...]