Artemisia Gentileschi & Da Vinci Discoveries

“Hidden in plain sight” is a phrase that is thrown around freely nowadays. Paintings like “Saint Catherine of Alexandria” by Artemisia Gentileschi and Leonardo da Vinci’s Sketch 8P, located in two separate sections of the Uffizi Gallery, however, prove that the saying is not to be taken lightly. Secrets concerning the artists as well as their techniques have just been uncovered in both works and the discoveries made public.  Gentileschi Artemisia Gentileschi had [...]

Florence Museums Open on Labor Day, May 1

Visitors and residents alike looking to experience the wonders of Florence’s museums can still do so on the May 1 public holiday. The following is a compiled list of participating museums which will be open. The Accademia. Via Ricasoli, 58-60. 8:15 am – 6:50 pm. The Uffizi Gallery. Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6. ­8:15 am – 6:50 pm. Boboli Gardens. Piazza Pitti, 1. 8:15 am – 6:30 pm. Brancacci Chapel. Piazza del Carmine, 14. [...]

‘Centro Ippico’ Open Days Offer Free Horseback Rides

Fun for the whole family continues throughout spring with “Open Days” at Centro Ippico Toscano the first Sunday of every month. Located in the middle of Cascine Park (via Vespucci 5), the center will open its doors to Florence residents from 3 pm to 6 pm and will provide children with free rides as well as information about lessons, riding courses and other activities. Admission will be free to those who make reservations [...]

A Chagall Exhibit Stands With Notre Dame

In the aftermath of the fire at Paris’s the Notre-Dame Cathedral on April 15, a renowned self-portrait by Russian-French artist Marc Chagall has been put on display in the entrance of the Palatine Gallery at Florence’s Pitti Palace in solidarity on behalf of the Uffizi Galleries.  Formerly housed in the Vasari Corridor, the painting had been moved to storage as renovation of the corridor begins. Chagall himself donated this spectacular piece in 1976. The [...]

Cycling at FBC, the 2019 Florence Bike Festival

The Florence Bike Festival will be returning to the Parco delle Cascine from April 12 – 14 for its seventh edition and a weekend full of activities, races and various cycling festivities. On Friday, April 12 at 2 pm, the park will be transformed into the traditional FBF Village and a party at the Florence Out Of Ordinary bistro, housed in The Student Hotel complex (via Spartaco Lavagnini 70), will kick off the [...]

March 17 Open House at the Pitti Museums & Boboli

All the museums in the Pitti Palace in addition to the Boboli Gardens will be accessible at no cost on Sunday, March 17 to commemorate the period when Florence was the capital of Italy.  The Kingdom of Italy’s rulers, of the House of Savoy, resided in the complex. From 8:15 am to 6:50 pm, guests can tour, for free:  the Palatine Gallery; the Fashion and Costume Gallery; the Modern Art Museum: the Porcelain [...]

All-in-One Ticket for Five Florence Museums

Now, for the price of one ticket, guests can visit five of Florence’s most prominent museums including the Bargello National Sculpture Museum, the Medici Chapels, Palazzo Davanzati Renaissance Home Museum, Casa Martelli Historical House Museum and the Orsanmichele. The new Uam Pass costs 50 euros and is good for a whole year, making access to some of the most iconic art collections, world class museums and top attractions effortless. The ticket will also [...]

Free City Museums for Gen Z & Under

Young people ages 18 – 25 with passports issued by countries belonging to the European Union are granted free admission to Florence’s city-run museums on Monday beginning on January 21.  Whether resident of Florence or not, those falling in that age bracket who display identification that fulfills the requirement will be waived ticket fees at Palazzo Vecchio, the Brancacci Chapel, the Bardini Museum, the Novecento Museum of 20th Century Art as well as [...]

A Race for Everyone at Firenze Marathon

Over 10,000 participants are expected for the 35th Firenze Marathon: athletes from all over the world will come together for the event on Sunday, Nov. 25. This year, new initiatives have been organized in hopes to broaden the array of people who participate. Along with the main marathon, the weekend will contain the Huawei Relay, the Ginky Family Run, and offer Marathonabile. The marathon, which will start at 8:30 am in Piazza Duomo, [...]

Raphael & Rubens Show Extended at the Horne

Until September 30, 2018: Raphael, Rubens , Tiepolo and Others: Studies from the 16th to the 18th Centuries.  Horne Museum, via de’ Benci 6.  Open daily 10 am – 2 pm, closed Wednesday and holidays. Admission € 7, € 5. While tourists may flood the Uffizi’s hallowed halls, Florence is host to a number of treasure-filled, lesser-known museums. Inside Florence’s historic Horne Museum is the late English architect and art historian Herbert Percy Horne’s extensive [...]