The ‘Artemisia at Michelangelo Museum’ Show

  Artemisia Gentileschi’s master painting, The Allegory of Inclination, is on view in a small-scale but fascinating exhibition, Artemisia in the Museum of Michelangelo, at Casa Buonarroti on Via Ghibellina 70 until January 8, 2023. The newly restored painting and the results of the complex conservation and study project, Artemisia UpClose, which took place from Sept 2022 to May 2023, are the main attractions of the show. The show also focuses on Artemisia’s [...]

Discovering Santa Croce: The Free Performances of ‘Genius Loci’ 2023

“Genuis Loci: Discovering Santa Croce” returns for its sixth year on September 28 through September 30. Consisting of two night and one dawn of performances in one of Florence’s most historical and spiritual places, this year the festival takes a look at theme of hospitality, focusing on the importance of welcoming and being welcomed in a foreign place. Consisting of concerts and talks that interact with the spirit of Santa Croce, “Genius Loci” [...]

€ 2 Museum Ticket for European Heritage Days

September 23: European Heritage Days.  Florence museums. This coming Saturday, residents and visitors in Florence are welcome to enjoy the offerings of ‘European Heritage Days.’  Evening hours and nearly free admission along with special initiatives are scheduled in several state run museums and other public spaces in the city. Promoted yearly by the European Council and the European Commission since 1991, this year’s theme is ‘culture and nature.’  It will attempt to encourage people to visit as [...]

Florence’s 2024 ‘Corri La Vita’ Cancer Benefit Event

Sunday, Sept. 24:  CORRI LA VITA (Run for Life) walk and run. Start at Viale Lincoln, Cascine Park.  9:15 am. Since its inception in 2003, CORRI LA VITA has been a remarkable non-competitive sports event dedicated to raising funds for projects focused on breast cancer treatment, with a specific focus on prevention, reducing waiting lists, and providing psychological support to affected women. The annual event has made a significant impact in the fight [...]

A Look Through Florence’s Wine Windows at a Current Show

Until September 16: LE BUCHETTE DEL VINO IN MOSTRA. Palagio di Parte Guelfa – Sala Brunelleschi. Open daily 10 am to 6 pm. Free admission. From allowing social distancing during the bubonic plague, to permitting the sale of wine without tax, to even helping people get food during the pandemic, wine windows, or buchette del vino, have enjoyed a varied history in Tuscany.  Invented as a safe means of vending wine, they are [...]

The Joyful Sounds of the Florence Jazz Festival

The Florence Jazz Festival returns to Tuscany in September bringing the best of Italian and international jazz.  Jazz aficionados, spoiled for choice of more than 30 concerts and 100 artists, can revel in the music set in some of Florence’s most iconic locations. Most of the events draw participants to the Oltrarno with the organizers’ goal of creating a “street event” during the days of fair autumn weather.  The main stage of the [...]

Florence’s European Day of Jewish Culture 2023

Sun. 10: EUROPEAN DAY OF JEWISH CULTURE. Synagogue, via Farini 6, Florence. 10:30 am – 7 pm. Florence’s European Day of Jewish Culture, with free admission, offers events that will allow visitors to learn more about the history and the modern life of the Jewish community, examining the theme of beauty in Hebrew art, theater, music, literature and as part of the legacy of Jewish antique dealers and collectors.  The rich program includes [...]

Nativity of the Virgin Mary 2023 Celebrations

  Sept. 8: Special events for the Nativity of the Virgin Mary.  Piazza del Duomo, Florence. Florence’s Cathedral, or Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore (St. Mary of the Flower), is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The cornerstone of the present Cathedral was laid on Sept. 8, 1296, the Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. The residents of the Florence metropolitan area can and the towns in the greater metropolitan area can [...]

Summer Shows to See: Yan Pei-Ming

Until September 3: YAN PEI-MING. Palazzo Strozzi. Open daily 10 am to 8 pm, extended hours until 11 pm on Thursday.  Admission: €16. A retrospective dedicated to Yan Pei-Ming, born in Shanghai in 1960 and later relocating to France in 1980, opened at Palazzo Strozzi as the largest Italian exhibition ever dedicated to the Franco-Chinese artist. Known primarily for his oil paintings, Pei-Ming also branches into watercolor, as evidenced by his notable TIME magazine [...]

Florence’s Tower, Fortresses & Medieval Gates Tours

The towers, fortresses and medieval gates that populate Florence’s historical cityscape welcome visitors to explore the landmarks during the summer months.  Visitors will deepen their understanding of Florence by the tours. The wide array of locations vary in historical significance, size and role today, allowing guests to view the city’s history and historic buildings from a new perspective. The Porta Romana borders the Giardino di Boboli, south of the city center. The gate [...]