Florence’s World War 2 Liberation Day Events, 2022

Every year on August 11, Florentines celebrate the liberation of the city from the Nazi and Fascist forces during World War II.  The focus is the return of democracy to the city in the wake of the 1944 retreat of the German army.  A number of commemorative events, therefore, will be taking place. Wednesday, August 10 A ceremony will be held to honor Sikh casualties, who died in the fighting for the liberation [...]

The 2022 Von Rezzori Literary Prize Honors Foreign Authors

  A literary festival culminating in the Von Rezzori award ceremony will return to the city of Florence from May 30 – June 1, 2022. In its 16th edition, the festival, organized by the Santa Maddalena Foundation, will announce the winner of the Gregor von Rezzori prize, established in honor of the late author, Gregor von Rezzori, by his wife, Beatrice Monti della Corte in 2007.  Finalists, and interested writers, may also apply [...]

‘Volare’ – A Flight Festival for Children at the Cascine

  The new event focussed on flying, “Volare,” is coming to Florence for the first time, from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15 at the Ultravox Firenze summer space, Prato delle Cornacchie in the Parco delle Cascine. Hours: Friday: 5 – 10 pm, Saturday: 10 am – midnight, Sunday: 10 am – 10 pm. Free entrance. Many iconic figures and characters—like Icarus to Leonardo da Vinci and Jules Verne to Frank Herbert­—have [...]

Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at the Cascine

Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10:  FINGER FOOD FESTIVAL. Ippodromo del Visarno (Cascine Park). Open Friday from 6 pm – midnight, Saturday & Sunday noon – midnight.  Free admission.  Green pass not required as the festival is held outdoors. Bring an appetite to the Visarno racetrack at the Cascine: street trucks will offer craft beers and regional specialties from Emilia Romagna to Sicily with some vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for all to [...]

ORT Benefit Concert for the Ukraine

  The Orchestra della Toscana String Ensemble is holding a special benefit concert for the Ukraine in Teatro Verdi (via Ghibellina 99) on March 25 at 9 pm.  The musicians will play the music of Mozart, Schubert in Mahler’s transcription and the world premiere of Bach pieces modernized by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The performance is being held to support members and family of the nearby Ukrainian parish. It is located in the Church of [...]

Special Women’s Day Exhibition, Openings & Illumination

There are additional special events in Florence for International Women’s Day to add to the already announced museum openings. Uffizi Gallery A virtual exhibition of self-portraits of great women artists will be visible on the Uffizi Gallery website starting on March 8.  Spanning the time period from the 18th century to today, the artists include Angelica Kauffmann, Elisabeth Chaplin, Niki de Saint Phalle, Patti Smith and Yayoi Kusama. The self-portraits of women in [...]

‘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 [...]