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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

Colorful Bricks of Florence: the Lego Festival

Teatro Obihall (Lungarno Aldo Moro/via Fabrizio de’ Andrè) will be drenched in the colors of the rainbow with the arrival of the first Bricks in Florence Festival, a two-day exhibition for enthusiasts of the famous Lego constructions on November 11 – 12 (10 am – 7 pm). Fans from all over Italy will congregate in the hall for creative activities, competitions, and to enjoy freely building with other admirers of the famous bricks. [...]

An Evening of Supreme Jazz at Sala Vanni

Musicus Concentus in collaboration with Siena Jazz present famed musicians Rob Mazurek and Jeff Parker in ‘A Jazz Supreme’ on November 10 (9:15 pm) in Sala Vanni, Piazza del Carmine. Mazurek’s voice will work with the guitar skills of Parker to showcase their soulful rhythms. Rudra Quartet will be the opening act of the night, promising to exhibit all elements of jazz. Hailed as modern innovators of jazz music, the international musicians began [...]

An Evening with Master Cellist Dindo & ORT

Sharing the stage for the first time with Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) to conduct the evening as well as to provide a solo performance, well-known cellist Enrico Dindo will be in the spotlight at Teatro Verdi on Wednesday, November 8 beginning at 9 pm. Dindo is a well-known cellist, emerging in 1997 from the Rostropovich Contest in France where he won first prize. The contest, which is named after Mstislav Rostroprovich, one of [...]

Handwoven Goods at Pzz. SS Annunziata

La Fierucola will be in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata to host skilled weavers, artisans, and organic products on November 4  – 5  (9 am – 7 pm), while celebrating the local, skilled artisans of the region. The piazza will be overflowing with vibrant textiles created from natural dyes. Demonstrating the use of sustainable methods, products being sold at the market will be colored from organic materials, like berries, bark, turmeric, and onions. Sweaters, [...]

Theatre in English Inspired by Dostoevsky

Teatro della Pergola (via della Pergola, 30) will host a one-of-a-kind performance on November 2 and 3 at 8:45 pm. The Underground: a Response to Dostoevsky is a play in English with Italian subtitles directed by Thomas Richards. The plot focuses on the hidden feelings that exist buried within every one of us: a hellish realm where needs, actions and thoughts live quietly, fermenting. Somehow worry and fear seep into our daily lives, [...]

A World of Art at the Florence Biennale

Through October 16, this year’s Florence Biennale contemporary art fair at the Fortezza da Basso will host more than 400 artists from over 70 countries around the world, all competing against each other for the international prize “Lorenzo il Magnifico.” Not in the competition but on display will be the jewelry collection known as Quietude. Funded by the European Union and made by the research and innovation project H2020-Wear Sustain-2017, these accessories are [...]