‘Happy but Discontent’: the Festival of Religions

November 19 – 21: FESTIVAL OF RELIGIONS.  Basilica of San Miniato and the Church of San Salvatore al Monte. The biannual Festival of Religions is making its return with the theme of “happy, but discontent” throughout its program. Taking place from November 19 to November 21, the event will see members of Florence’s religious community give talks about finding true happiness, rather than remaining discontent because the privilege that some people have incentives them [...]

ORT’s Dante Tribute Concert

The Orchestra della Toscana Foundation has commissioned a concert for the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri, which will be fronted by the ORT debut of two guest musicians on the Teatro Verdi stage. Conductor Alpesh Chauhan and cellist Pablo Ferrández will lead the performance that will also include Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, two famous pieces from the Romantic period of classical music. On Friday, November 12, beginning at 9 [...]

Giant Screens for the European Soccer Championship

Sunday, July 11 offers the exciting UEFA European Soccer Championship final match between Italy and England starting at 9 pm.  For those looking for an alternative to watching the game on TV, here is a list of giant screens that will be set up for the occasion throughout Florence. FREE Arrive early to find a table on the sand of River Urban Beach below the San Niccolò tower, as reservations are not accepted [...]

Sustainable Products at February’s Fierucola Market

Despite the “orange zone,” designed to curb COVID contagions, the Fierucola Organic Market is still taking place on Sunday, February 21 between 9 am and 7 pm in piazza Santo Spirito.  Once upon a time, “organic” was the normal method of growing our produce, meaning no pesticides or artificial chemicals are used in the growing process. The good news is that this natural method can still be found even if only on a [...]

Join the Women’s March 2021 Virtual Event

  January 21, 2021 marks the fourth anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington, which took place in 2017, the day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Despite many of this year’s initiatives being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Women’s March Global, the leading organization of the initiative, is hosting a digital event that will begin on Thursday.  “According to human rights authorities, gender-based violence and inequities in the workplace were [...]

F-Light Special Light Show to Honor Frontline Workers

  The organizers of the Florence Light Festival (F-Light), which began December 8, have launched a new symbolic show titled “The Lights of the Resistance: Faith, Hope, and Generosity” which will debut Monday, December 21 from 5 to 10 pm and will remain on view nightly until Wednesday, December 23. “As we approach the end of 2020,” says mayor Dario Nardella, “we wish to illuminate the most meaningful spaces throughout the city in [...]

Elimination of Violence Against Women Day, Florence

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25, is in its 21st annual year, after an official recognition by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999. The day raises awareness for gender based violence and gender inequality. In typical years, Florence offers several events in solidarity with the movement: street art depictions, flash mobs, art exhibitions, and more. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts will look much different [...]

‘Black Lives Matter’ Protest in Florence

Residents are invited to gather peacefully outside the U.S. Consulate in Florence on Saturday, June 6 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm to protest the tragic death of George Floyd and the countless other people who have died from unnecessary race-based violence by police. Promoted by the U.S. community in Florence, participants will stand and kneel in silence for the duration of the hour and join a call for systematic change, social and economic [...]

Florence Nightingale and International Nurses Day

  For the first time, International Nurses Day will be celebrated exclusively online through social media and web platforms, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. May 12, 2020 will mark not just the annual celebration of the efforts of nurses from all around the world, but also the 200-year anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale; the influential woman dubbed the ‘mother of modern nursing’ and ‘the lady with the lamp.’ The celebrations will [...]

May 1 Labor Day News & Free Concert

On May 1, Labor Day, Italians commemorate the labor union movement and its social and economic achievements during a nationwide public holiday.  Beginning on this day, which currently falls during the Coronavirus health emergency, an ordinance signed by Tuscan governor Enrico Rossi will allow residents to exercise outdoors, take walks and bike rides within the limits of the town or city where they live (parks become accessible again starting May 4) all the [...]