Cosimo I de’ Medici’s 500th Birthday Bash

The Medici year in Florence will be celebrated until the end of 2019 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of when Cosimo I de’ Medici and Catherine (Caterina) de’ Medici, two pivotal figures in European history, were born. The birthday of Cosimo I, Wednesday, June 12 figures prominently in this festive calendar. On that day, the city’s iconic Palazzo Vecchio will open the Sala di Cosimo I to the public for the day, from 9 [...]

English Writer Opens Balabrunch Series on April 14

In its third edition, Balabrunch with Author returns to the Synagogue in Florence starting in April. The Balabrunch series will feature Q&A-style meetings (free admission) exploring topics such as contemporary issues facing the Jewish community and the relationship between memory and identity.  Balabrunch is inspired by the Balagan Cafè, a summer series organised by the Jewish Community of Florence to introduce the public to Jewish culture, music and cuisine, in addition to opening [...]

U.S. Consulate Bicentennial Show & Readings

Florence’s American Consulate General will be kicking off its 2019 bicentennial anniversary program with two events— an exhibition and poetry readings— during the second week of March. The exhibition will open on March 14 at the Sala d’Arme in Palazzo Vecchio at 5 pm and will feature architect Gabriele Salimbeni’s drawings of Florence palaces and buildings that hosted the U.S Consulate up until 1947.  These include Palazzo Rosselli del Turco, via dei Serragli [...]

Murals, Music & Marches Celebrating Women’s Day

Powerful female images scattered throughout Florence shine life back into boarded up windows, all signed by the mysterious “#Le”. Found on Instagram as @lediesis, the artist’s work illustrates eight inspiring female icons with street art depicting the women as superheroes as a tribute to International Women’s Day on March 8.  There are other special events that day in honor of women as well. From artist and influencer Frida Kahlo, Egyptian queen Nefertiti, astrophysicist [...]

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. [...]