The Accademia Gallery’s New Summer Hours

The Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s sculpture David, his Prisoners and medieval paintings, will be open from 8:15 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. starting on June 21.  Extended summer evening hours on Tuesdays also return on the 21st, during which the museum will stay open until 10 p.m. The museum will stay closed on Mondays. Because of the new hours, visitors can now fully experience the gallery’s upgraded LED lighting as it illuminates the [...]

2022 AILO Donation Day at the British Institute

    Thousands of euros raised at the American-International League (AILO) mini Christmas bazaar were given to several non-profit organizations during an official Donation Day ceremony on May 3, 2022 at the British Institute of Florence. Each of the recipients — the Oratorio di San Filippo Neri (neighborhood center); AIL Firenze (leukemia patients), Crescere Insieme (people with learning difficulties and physical challenges), Associazione Pantagruel (women prison inmates) and VivaVittoria Firenze (victims of domestic [...]

New Single Ticket for the Pitti Palace & Boboli

The Palazzo Pitti complex and Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli) have always been accessible via the means of separate tickets, but from May 3, it will be possible for visitors to buy single admission for Palazzo Pitti (which houses multiple galleries and museums) and the Boboli Gardens. In the summer season, the ticket will be available for €22 (€4 less when compared to two individual tickets), and in the winter season for €14 [...]

Franchi Stadium Redevelopment Project Unveiled

The winning project for the redevelopment of the Artemio Franchi stadium (Stadio Franchi), home to the A.C. Fiorentina soccer team, was recently presented in Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio. The stadium, created by renowned Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi (✞ 1979), is one of the most significant examples of 20th-century architecture in the city.  Located in the Campo di Marte neighborhood, the Franchi stadium, boasting a capacity for a capacity of 45,000 [...]

Free March 6 Museum Access & Activities

The ‘Domenica Metropolitana’ returns on March 6, a day in which all residents of the Greater Florence Metropolitan area have the opportunity to visit local city-run museums for free. Thanks to the support of GIOTTO, a brand from F.I.L.A. (Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini), citizens will also be able to take part in the numerous visits and activities scheduled in various places. Cost-free entrance to the Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Santa Maria [...]

The 2022 Return of the ‘DanzainFiera’ Festival

Feb. 25 – 27: DANZAINFIERA, Fortezza da Basso. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 8 pm. Admission: 1 day €18, 3 days €40; free for children 5 and under; €12 for 6 – 12-year-olds. The event follows current Covid-19 regulations and a valid Super Green Pass is required for entrance. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, all things dance-related come together once more at the DanzainFiera event in the Fortezza [...]

The Accademia’s Renovated ‘Sala del Colosso’ Unveiled

  The Accademia Gallery has presented the newest layout of the Sala del Colosso, the first room in the historic museum. This room was previously closed for renovation for months, and has finally reopened to the public on Tuesday, February 8. Some of the changes include a vibrant hue of deep blue painted on the walls and improvements in lighting. Compared to the previous single bright light, the room is now overall darker [...]

The ‘Duomo,’ Florence’s Cathedral, Closes to the Public

Due to lack of personnel, a number of whom are diagnosed with COVID-19 or in quarantine because of the virus, Florence’s Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, will be off-limits to tourists beginning December 27, 2021 through rest of the holiday season and extending into the New Year. The Duomo will continue to be accessible to both residents and visitors for Mass, celebrated Monday to Saturday according to following schedule: 8:30 [...]

Sant’Edigio’s Christmas Solidarity Lunch: How to Help

A Christmas Solidarity Lunch is being organized by the community of Sant’Egidio, all to provide a festive meal to those struggling during the holiday season as part of an annual tradition. This event, thanks to the implementation of vaccinations and health regulations, is being  held once again after a pause in 2020. The lunch will be set up for December 25 from 12 to 2:30 pm under a large heated tent with spaced [...]

Free Museums for the Dec. 5 ‘Domenica Metropolitana’

Thanks to the return of the “Domenica Metropolitana” initiative, residents in and around Florence will have free admission to civic museums; this includes 41 towns and cities of greater Florence metropolitan area.  Guests can visit these sites on Sunday, December 5 if a reservation is made beforehand, which must be done by December 4 as the telephone (055 2768224) and email service ( are not available on Sunday. More information on each museum [...]