Festival of Tuscany Celebrated with Music and Art

November 30: FESTA DELLA TOSCANA (Festival of Tuscany). Cinema La Compagnia, Via Cavour, 50/R; Bargello National Museum, the Medici Chapels Museum, and the Palazzo Davanzati Museum; Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina, 99. On November 30, 1786,  an unprecedented development in civil rights took place in Tuscany which became the first state in the world to abolish the death penalty. In honor of this landmark decision, the Festival of Tuscany has been a reoccurring commemoration [...]

Christmas Cheer at Florence’s Charity Fairs

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here, with fairs and markets that all contribute to noble causes. Here is how to extend a hand to those in need, and feel fulfilled knowing that each personal contribution is part of something grand. Friday 2: CHRISTMAS FAIR. British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.  3 – 6 pm. Free admission. Tables will display books, gifts, and unique handmade products for sale. People of any age [...]

Santa Croce’s International Christmas Market

It’s the Yule time of year! Christmastime is slowly but surely taking over Florence. More than a holiday, it’s a time of year and an entire season of cheer. The city is already decorated with lights and ornaments in the streets and sales in the stores. It is once again time for the opening of Florence’s annual holiday markets. The German Christmas market in piazza Santa Croce is one of the most popular [...]

The 2022 Return of ‘Cinema e Donne’ (Women’s International Film Festival)

  Nov. 23 – 27: CINEMA E DONNE (WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL). Cinema la Compagnia (Via Cavour 50R), the German Institute  (Borgo Ognissanti 9) and the French Institute l’Istituto Francese (Piazza Ognissanti 2).  Screenings in the original language with Italian subtitles.  Single tickets are €5 or €4 (reduced). Daily passes are €8 or €7 (reduced) while a pass to all films costs €20 or €15. Back this year in theaters is the Women’s [...]

The Calidore String Quartet: American Musicians at Teatro della Pergola

  The critically acclaimed and award-winning Calidore String Quartet will perform with Czech pianist Ivo Kahánek at Saloncino of Teatro della Pergola (via della Pergola) at 9 pm on November 20, 2022. The ensemble was founded in 2010 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. The name “Calidore” derives from a combination of their home city “California” and the French world for gold, “doré” to represent the focus on diversity and gratitude toward [...]

Florence’s Complete Thanksgiving Experience ’22

  Turkey, family, autumn, and pie—all of the signs that Thanksgiving is just around the corner! There are many DIY, takeout, and dine-in restaurant options in Florence for the many who celebrate this warm holiday. Thanksgiving is a time for being appreciative of the people you care about, and giving thanks for everyone and everything that may be overlooked in daily life. It is a truly a festivity centered around an extraordinary dinner. [...]

Cinematography and Contemporary Art at ‘Lo Schermo dell’Arte’

November 16 – 20: LO SCHERMO DELL’ARTE (ART ON SCREEN). Films are presented at the Cinema La Compagnia (via Cavour 50/r), while the Visio exhibition is found at Palazzo Strozzi (Piazza Strozzi). Streaming service through MYmovies until November 27 is €9.90. Movies are screened in the original language with English and Italian subtitles. Theater tickets range from €6 to €35; admission is free for those under 30.  Festival talks are free. An annual [...]

Remembering Richard Serrin, U.S. Florence Artist

  Magenta Publishing and Vista magazine would like to commemorate Richard Serrin, who passed recently, a local resident who called the city of the Renaissance home for over a half a century. He was one of the first post-war American artists to make a life and career in Florence.  Like others before him, he chose to come to Europe where he could find traditional means of artistic expression still in practice and on [...]

Designer Clothes & Other Bargains at the Florence Vintage Charity Market

  Friday 11 – Sunday 13:  FLORENCE VINTAGE MARKET.  Lungarno Corsini 8.  Open 11 am –  6 pm.  Free admission. The Florence Vintage Market, with proceeds donated to the home and hospice care of the terminally ill, will take place at Palazzo Corsini (Lungarno Corsini 8) this weekend. The organizer is FILE (Fondazione Italiana Leniterapia), which offers free care to patients, including hospital medical exams, and support to their families. The guest will find [...]

A World of Documentaries at ‘Festival dei Popoli’

  The 63rd annual Festival dei Popoli, Italy’s leading International Documentary Film Festival, is returning to Florence in presence from November 5-13 at the La Compagnia Cinema (via Cavour 50/r). The oldest film festival in Europe, the Festival dei Popoli will highlight the work of a number of talented filmmakers, including tributes to Sinead O’Connor, and brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne  Movies will be screened in their original language with English and Italian [...]