AILO’s 2018 Christmas Charity Bazaar on Dec. 1 & 2

The 43rd edition of the AILO Christmas Bazaar will be held in a new location: the Tepidarium of the Orticoltura garden (via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4) on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 – 7 pm and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10:30 am to 7 pm.  The venue, the largest greenhouse in Italy, will have a magical ambiance filled with lights and music – a true Christmas wonderland. The AILO, or American International League, [...]

Cartoon Week at Hard Rock

With Halloween on the horizon, many look forward to the moment when Lucca becomes the entertainment capital for comics, animation, TV series and videogame lovers thanks to its iconic festival beginning on October 31. Beforehand, expect a week of entertainment for video game enthusiasts: from October 22 – 26, Florence’s Hard Rock Cafe will host a series of entertaining events in honor of the Lucca Comics & Games. The program begins on Monday, [...]

Brilliant Minds Gather for Wired Next Fest 2018

Wired Next Fest 2018 will convene in Florence from Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30 at Palazzo Vecchio. The convention of science and innovation is the largest of its kind and will welcome prolific speakers from many countries, professions and walks of life.  The theme of this year’s installation will be “Simplicity.” Discussions will address how new technologies, big data and artificial intelligence can make life easier by providing more freedom and [...]

Rificolona & Nativity of Mary: Florence Festivities

Friday, Sept. 7:  RIFICOLONA (Paper Lantern Festival).  Various venues in Florence. Saturday, Sept. 8:  NATIVITY OF THE VIRGIN MARY. Saturday, Sept. 8 & Sunday 9: SAN MINIATO MILLENNIUM CELEBRATIONS Rificolona History provides the cornerstone, like that placed on September 8, 1296 for Florence’s Cathedral (Duomo) underlying Florence’s annual Rificolona festivities. In medieval times, Tuscan farmers and shepherds would arrive in Florence on the evening of Sept. 7. Often traveling from the countryside and mountains [...]

Florence’s Feast of San Lorenzo & Liberation Day

In Florence, August 10 is celebrated as the feast day of St. Lawrence (San Lorenzo), which is a trademark of the characteristic neighborhood around the church of San Lorenzo near the Central Market. The day will start with a parade of residents in the traditional dress of the medieval republic of Florence walking from the Palagio di Parte Guelfa to Piazza Signoria (9:45 am), to end in Piazza San Lorenzo where city officials [...]

From Africa to Florence: July’s Festival of the Desert

Back for a ninth time, Florence’s Festival of the Desert’s annual free celebration begins this Saturday at the Manifattura Tabacchi. From June 30 through July 3, the city welcomes a synthesis of musical styles and origins, embracing a cross-cultural event that extends from heart of Africa to the streets of Italy. Interpreting these themes, the four-day musical marathon will mix conventional acts with contemporary forms, merging jazz and reggae musicians with electronic DJs. [...]

ICOMOS Heritage Day: Complimentary Tours

In conjunction with the ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Sites) Global Day, an event is scheduled on April 18 called Heritage for Generations. The program includes two free guided walks offered at 2:30 and 4 pm designed for people of all ages. The meeting point is Museo di Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria. The tours will focus on the historical center which was made a UNESCO cultural heritage site in 1982, [...]

The Easter Cart Explodes, the Dove Fails to Return

During Florence’s traditional Easter event on April 1, lo Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart), part of the Easter Mass at the Cathedral (Duomo), the dove-shaped rocket set off without a hitch down a wire to set off a series of fireworks attached to the cart.  On its return trip, however, the dove stopped and did not return back to the altar inside the Cathedral.  According to popular belief, this means there will not be [...]

‘March for Our Lives’ Florence Protest

Saturday, March 24, 2:30 – 5 pm: MARCH FOR OUR LIVES. In Florence’s piazza San Lorenzo, join the group Indivisible TUScany and locals in solidarity with over 800 other groups around the world urging the United States Government to urgently address gun violence through legislation in light of recent mass shootings. The march will also focus on denouncing the NRA’s political power in the U.S. and it will symbolize international support of the [...]

An Author Q&A in English and Brunch

The Jewish Community in Florence is continuing second, annual, Balabrunch with author series, a chance to meet and dine with internationally acclaimed authors and intellectuals.  The idea for the Balabrunch hatched after the positive summer experience of the Balagan Cafè, a summer event conceived by the Jewish Community of Florence to open the doors of its Synagogue to the city, its tourists and visitors while introducing Hebrew culture, traditions, music and cuisine. This [...]