A Tale of Trolls for Kids at the British Institute

Kids and parents are welcome to listen to the wonderful tale of “Troll Swap” at the Library of the British Institute (Lungarno Guicciardini, 9, Florence) on Thursday, November 15. The library holds Storytime about twice a month for ages 3 to 8, but everyone is welcome. The reading will take place in their cozy children’s room. The reading will start at 5 pm and their Afternoon Tea upstairs is open from 4:30 to 6 [...]

Spooky Storytime at the British Institute

Frankenstein is the focus for the October 25 “Storytime,” a monthly children’s event at Florence’s British Institute library. The English reading and workshop will take place at 5 pm. Children ages 4-8 are the ideal audience to hear the delightful story “Do Not Build a Frankenstein,” but guests of all ages are welcome to attend. After the reading, kids can bring to the story to life by making spooky Frankenstein masks just in time [...]

The Uffizi’s New Acquisition

The Uffizi recently purchased Daniele Ricciarelli’s (the artist better known as Daniele da Volterra) Elijah in the Desert. The painting was completed between 1543-1547, under the papacy of Paul II Farnese. A masterpiece of 16th century Italian painting, the work depicts the prophet Elijah in a moment of meditation. The influence of Michelangelo’s monumental figures in the Sistine Chapel is evident in Elijah’s musculature and pose, as well as the work’s rich tonality. [...]

TSH: A New Kind of Hotel in Florence

Opening on July 1, The Student Hotel‘s (TSH) first Florence location will bring 390 modern, stylishly designed rooms to the city, targeted to an ever-growing population of global and digital “nomads.” Complete with a state-of-the-art gym, extensive collaborative spaces for co-working, and a rooftop bar and pool with staggering views of the Duomo, The Student Hotel holds to true to its tag phrase: “Completely Connected Community.” It is a model with an undeniable [...]

A Kid’s Reading & Art Workshop in English

Katie Eadie, the author of the amusing short story “The Whistling Fish” will be reading it aloud in a family event on Saturday, May 5 in the Children’s Lending Library (undercroft of St. James American Church, via B. Rucellai 9) starting at 11 am.  Designed for 3 – 8 year olds, the event, free and open to all ages, will be followed by an activity where kids imitate and draw the protagonist of [...]

A Harry Potter Movie Marathon in English

Every Sunday through June 3: HARRY POTTER FILM FESTIVAL. Cinema La Compagnia (via Cavour 50/r, Florence) in conjunction with Villa Bardini’s “Pinocchio, Harry Potter, Topolino, Heidi and Many More…” art exhibition. Admission is €5, with a reduced price of €4 for Villa Bardini exhibition ticketholders. The Harry Potter film adaptations are based on J.K. Rowling’s incredibly popular seven book series about a young boy who discovers he is a wizard at the age of [...]

Easter Egg Hunt, Tea & Reading at the British Institute

An Easter tea will be served in the British Institute Library (via Guicciardini 9) on March 29 at 4:30 pm, followed by an Easter egg hunt for kids.  Last on the program is a reading in English of the book. “Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt.” The tale begins with Grandpa Pig setting up an Easter egg hunt for Peppa Pig and her friends who, besides the chocolate delights, also find baby chicks hatching in [...]

Pinocchio, Kid’s Lit Show & Movie Festival

Until June 6: PINOCCHIO, HARRY POTTER, MICKEY MOUSE, HEIDI, AND OTHERS. Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2, Florence. Open daily except for Monday from 10 am – 7 pm. Admission €8, reduced €6, and Coop members €4. Free on the first Sunday of every month. Parking is reserved at Forte di Belvedere (Via San Leonardo 1, Florence). This exhibition is the real Disney for children of all ages featuring illustrations of beloved iconic characters [...]

Local Kids Carnivals in Florence & Prato

February 10 FLORENCE CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL, Piazza Ognissanti. 2 – 6 pm. The Florence Children’s Carnival will be held for the 11th year in Piazza Ognissanti. Children and parents alike, in costumes or masks, will spend a carefree afternoon enjoying entertainment and games. Fun activities, such as inflatable toys, cotton candy and face painting will be provided throughout the carnival. In addition, rides on an electric train will be offered to kids for an [...]

From ‘Old England’ Comes ‘Souvenir’

Old England, an independent historical clothing store located on Via dei Vecchietti, 28, once popular among many Florentines, re-opened under new management on Sept. 8 as Souvenir, a contemporary women’s clothing boutique. The new store will continue Old England’s up-scale styles while adding a contemporary twist. First established in 1924, Old England was like no other in the city, known for its English wool sweaters and other English-style clothing, fabrics and umbrellas. Aside [...]