March 25, the Traditional Florentine New Year

The traditional Florentine New Year has been always celebrated on the date of the feast of the Annunciation, March 25.  Following time-honored custom, from the years 1250 to 1750, Florentines would gather on that date in piazza Santissima Annunziata. They welcomed the arrival of spring as well as commemorating the anniversary of the Annunciation, or the conversation between Gabriel and Mary when the angel shared with Mary the news of her divine pregnancy, [...]

‘Vecchie Glorie’ Calcio Storico Re-enactment

Mon. 17: CALCIO STORICO HISTORICAL GAME RE-ENACTMENT. Piazza Santa Croce. Historical parade leave the Palagio di Parte Guelfa at 2:30 pm; blessing in the Basilica of Santa Croce at 2:45 pm; match at 3 pm. Florence will once again commemorate the historic 1530 Calcio Storico match played in defiance of the siege posed by Charles V of Spain with a reenactment featuring the “Vecchie Glorie” in the same venue, offering a spectacle of men, [...]

The 2020 Women’s March in Florence

Florence is one of the many locations of the Women’s March, which will be held on the fourth anniversary of the first event. United by concurrent Women’s Marches throughout the world and the common hash tag #WomenRising2020,  all are invited to gather in Florence’s Piazza San Lorenzo on January 18 from 2:30 – 5 pm to voice their respect for women who have a right to live a life free of violence. Participants [...]

1966 Florence Flood Documentary Screening

The Zeffirelli Foundation will host a special viewing of the documentary Florence: Days of Destruction to commemorate the 53nd anniversary of the flood that devastated Florence in 1966. The event will take place at the Complex of San Firenze (Piazza di S. Firenze, 5), on November 23 at 4 pm.  The cost is €10, with an archive tour to follow and aperitivo in the Zeffirelli Tea Room. The 49-minute film is a testament [...]

Corri La Vita: Solidarity and Sustainability

  Sunday, Sept 29:  CORRI LA VITA (Run for Life) 17th annual fundraiser for breast cancer treatment and research. The race starts at 8:45 am.  Participants are invited to meet at the starting line before 8:30 am in Piazza Vittorio Veneto (located in the Parco delle Cascine, Florence). Corri La Vita offers a walk of approx. 5.5 km (3.5 miles) open to all, or a run of approximately 11 km (nearly 7 miles) [...]

Florence’s European Day of Jewish Culture

Balagan Cafe

Sept. 22: FLORENCE’S EUROPEAN DAY OF JEWISH CULTURE: DREAMS, A LADDER TO HEAVEN. 11 am onwards.  Synagogue, via Farini 6, Florence. Florence’s European Day of Jewish Culture, with free admission, includes events that will allow visitors to learn more about the history and the modern life of the Jewish community, the importance of dreams and how national traditions are organically integrated into modernity. Of course, guests won’t want to miss a chance to [...]

Florence Hosts Multifaceted Folks Festival

July 24, 25, 26, and 27: FLORENCE FOLKS FESTIVAL. Manifattura Tabacchi Firenze, Via delle Cascine, 33-35. Free entrance.  Florence Folks Festival attempts to unite music with people, culture, literature, and the energy of the city. What better location than the Manifattura Tabacchi — once an abandoned warehouse, and now a hip and spacious venue for the arts, surrounded by the vegetation of the Cascine Park.  On July 24, Davide Toffolo, author of comic [...]

Reimaging Michelangelo via Art, Dance & Music

  Thursday, July 4: FIRST COMMISSIONS. Fine Arts Academy (Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze), Via Ricasoli 66. Open 11 am – 7 pm with live performances at 11 am, 12.30 am and 6 pm. Free entry. Florence’s Fine Arts Academy has reached across oceans and continents to form a strong bond with the University of Melbourne, strengthening their ever-increasing focus on internationalisation and cultural exchange.  The University of Melbourne has curated a [...]

Public Movement Dances in Novecento

Many works of art were lost, stolen or destroyed during the Second World War, but this week, a new performance emerges to fill the void they left behind. On July 2 & 3, the Israeli dance company Public Movement will bring their most recent exhibition inspired by lost Italian art, Choreography for a Collection, to Florence’s Museo Novecento (Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 10). In a journey both spatial and temporal, small groups [...]

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 [...]