‘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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]