Falciani’s Memorial Day 2024 & WW2 Heroes

The 2024 Memorial Day observance on May 27 at the Florence American cemetery in Falciani will be a prelude to the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Florence (August 1944) from Nazi-Fascist forces in the presence of the U.S. Ambassador to Italy Jack Markell and Florence U.S. Consul General Daniela Ballard. Against a backdrop of white crosses and Judaic stars that systematically denote the gravesites of 4,402 Americans who died on Italian battlefields [...]

A Classical & Contemporary Weekend by ‘Amici’

This weekend, Amici della Musica presents two events: a piano recital by Nelson Goerner on Saturday, March 23 (4 pm) at Teatro della Pergola, and a musical portrait of contemporary composer Claudio Ambrosini on Sunday, March 24 (9 pm) at “Luigi Cherubini” Conservatory. Gracing the stage of Teatro della Pergola, Nelson Goerner’s performance is carefully curated to showcase his remarkable artistry and interpretive depth. Goerner is said to create poetry with his musical [...]

Florence’s 2023 WWII Liberation Day Commemorations

August 11 marks the date of Florence’s liberation in 1944 from the retreating German army and Fascist sympathizers during World War II by the Tuscan resistance fighters (partigiani) with the arrival of Allied forces.  On that day, members of the Comitato Toscana di Liberazione Nazionale (the Tuscan Committee for National Liberation) had established a new city government in Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Earlier, on night of August 3 and early hours of August 4, all the [...]

Balagan Café’s Jewish Cuisine & Afro Semitic Music

Balagàn Café, a charming initiative established 11 years ago through the collaboration of musician Enrico Fink and the Jewish Community of Florence, has officially opened its doors this summer. Nestled in the serene garden of the Synagogue in Florence (via Luigi Carlo Farini 6), this unique cafè offers a series of weekly events until August 31, culminating in the celebration of the European Day of Jewish Culture on September 10. With a rich [...]

Poetry Readings: Voices from Across the World

The celebrated international poetry event, ‘Distant Voices, Sister Voices,’ will be taking place in Florence in June and September this year. Now in its 21st edition, the annual festival will host a number of poetry readings, by poets both alive and dead, from around the world. Entrance is free but reservations are required at the following email: perchepoeti@gmail.com. Opening the festival at Palazzo Medici-Riccardi (via Cavour 3) on June 6 at 5 pm [...]

Remembering the Georgofili Victims 30 Years On

SUNSET The afternoon is on its way The sunset is approaching – a moment of wonder The sun is heading to bed It is already night, all is finished TRAMONTO Il pomeriggio se ne va il tramonto si avvicina un momento stupendo Il sole sta andando via (a letto) È già sera tutto è finito Written only a few days before her death, these are the words of a nine year old girl [...]

In Conversation with Bona Frescobaldi

  The evening before the Coronation, the director of the British Institute in Florence, Simon Gammell, held a timely conversation with Bona Marchi Frescobaldi, the wife of Vittorio Frescobaldi, about the family’s long-established ties to the monarchy of the United Kingdom. Guests assembled in the Harold Acton Library at the Institute at around 4:30 pm, enjoying tea and cake in typical British style. Bona arrived with her husband not long before the talk, [...]

Confessions of a Murderer in the Pazzi Conspiracy

The written confession of Antonio Maffei da Volterra, the would-be assassin who attempted the murder of Lorenzo de’ Medici, was recently discovered in the State Archives of Florence by Marcello Simonetta, New York University professor of history. On the 545th anniversary of the confession, May 3, 2023, the confession will be exhibited and presented by Professor Simonetta at Archivio di Stato di Firenze, (State Archives) Viale della Giovine Italia 6 at 11:30 am.  [...]

March 25: Florence Celebrates its Second New Year

  March 25: FLORENTINE NEW YEAR.  The main event will begin at 3:15 pm this Saturday, but there is a multitude of other activities. The history behind Florentine New Year starts in the mid-thirteenth century. From 1250 to 1750, Florence’s New Year was on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation. People could be seen coming together in the SS Annunziata to ring in the spring season and to commemorate the moment when [...]

The 2023 Black History Month Florence Program

  Black History Month is being celebrated for the eighth year this month in Florence with art exhibitions, talks, screenings of short films, a concert series, and more. This year’s theme is sforzando, which holds two meanings in the context of Black History Month. Sforzando is traditionally a musical term that means playing a single note suddenly and with strong emphasis. This edition’s events dedicated to celebrating Black culture and history will bring [...]