‘F-Light’s’ Holiday Magic

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of sparkle. Adding such a touch this year in Florence, is the F-Light Festival 2017, running from December to January 7, 2018. Festivities comprise video mappings and image projections as well as guided visits for families around many local museums. The tower of Palazzo Vecchio, known as the Arnolfo Tower will become a ‘light house’ every evening from 6 pm for the duration of the [...]

A Contemporary Take on a Classic Fairytale

The start of December brings a promising new interpretation of a well-known classic fable “The Sleeping Beauty.” Re-adapted as a ballet, “Sleeping Beauty,” is a new dance performance set to take place at the Opera di Firenze (Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1) on Thurs. 7 (8 pm), Sat. 9 (3:30 & 8 pm) and Sun. 10 (3:30 pm). Directed by the young dancer Diego Tortelli and presented by The Junior Tuscan Ballet Company comprised [...]

Duomo’s Ancient Mosaic Floor Uncovered

If you have never heard of the church of Santa Reparata in Florence—you are not alone. Most tourists that visit Florence do not realize that the ruins of the oldest Christian church in Florence lie beneath the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as il Duomo. Situated underneath the main nave, visitors are welcome to explore The Crypt of Santa Reparata as they tour the most iconic church in Florence. [...]

Experiencing the 2017 ‘Food & Wine in Progress’

Interested in Tuscany’s locally sourced produce? Intrigued by new exciting flavours and tastes? The festival entitled “Food & Wine in Progress” may be just what you are searching for. Returning for its third edition, “Food & Wine in Progress” will be hosted by the Stazione Leopolda on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3. Tickets cost €20 at the entrance or alternatively the public can purchase early-bird tickets online for €15 per person. [...]

AILO’s Christmas Bazaar & FILE’s Holiday Market

  Aiming to benefit a multitude of aid organizations, money spent at the American International League of Florence (AILO) Christmas Bazaar goes directly to helping selected charities. The event will be hosted at the Convitto della Calza (Piazza della Calza, 6, Porta Romana) December 2 (3:30 pm – 7 pm) and 3 (10:30 am – 7 pm). In the 1970s, the expatriate founders of this association started the Christmas Bazaar to help as [...]

The 2017 ‘Strings City’ Free Music Marathon

Many cultural venues around Florence will transform into a stage for string instruments on December 2-3, 2017, when 50 hours of music will float through the air during a music marathon. All String City festival concerts have free admission with booking required via email: info@stringscity.it, no later than midnight, November 30. Museums, libraries, churches, theaters, and other historical buildings will host these musical moments that are organized by city administration, with the participation [...]

Sunday, Nov. 26: The Return of the Florence Marathon

For many, running the length of 42 kilometres (26 miles) seems impossible or perhaps unthinkable, however, Florence Marathon is a yearly occurrence that brings thousands of athletes and enthusiasts from not only Italy, but all over the world. Not only are there newcomers, but many previous participators to return again for another chance. The total number of those who signed up is 10,000. The race will begin at 8:30 am from Piazza Duomo [...]

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 deli that is a favorite of many college students in the [...]

Florence’s Wine Tasting Event at Vecchio Conventino

This weekend only, the public will be able to attend the ‘Florence Wine Event,’ one of the city’s oldest wine events in the field. November 18 and 19 will bring winemakers and producers from the surrounding Tuscan areas to Il Vecchio Conventino (Via Giano della Bella, 20) to showcase their vintages.  The fair is open Saturday 3 – 11 pm, Sunday noon – 9 pm. Located at stands will be the wine producers [...]

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 [...]