Two Summer Cool Spots near Florence’s Station

VILLA VITTORIA — Multifaceted Nightlife Spot. Viale Filippo Strozzi, 2. Open from 7 pm to 3 am every day except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, when it is closed. Free entry. Tables can be reserved at +39 3477077014 or at info@villavittoriafirenze.com. This new nightlife spot, steps away from the Santa Maria Novella train station, is indisputably unique. The heart of the venue is set back a bit from its entrance by a sort of [...]

Ballet Star Polunin and Tango at Florence Dance Festival’s Week 4

The penultimate week of the Florence Dance Festival welcomes one of the most talented male ballet dancers the world has ever seen, on a par with the likes of Nijinsky, Baryshnikov and Nureyev. Despite his polarising character and scandalous behaviour that have made his professional trajectory far from straightforward, Sergei Polunin will go down in history as one of the greatest ballet dancers, making his appearance at the Florence Dance Festival a must-see [...]

Week 3 of the Florence Dance Festival: Choreography & Young Talent

Monday, July 15, 9.30 pm  To open its third week, the Florence Dance Festival will host an evening entitled ‘Spotlight on Choreography’ that will showcase the unique choreographic visions of three world-renowned dancers. The first of the trio is Italo-Finnish dancer and choreographer Irina Baldini who will perform ‘7 ways to begin without knowing where to start,’ a show presented at the Biennale Danza di Venezia 2017 and 2018.  The piece explores of [...]

Florence Celebrates the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Though it has no festival dedicated to 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Florence is hosting multiple events in commemoration this week, and all of them are connected to the arts.  Neil Armstrong’s self-described “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” took place on July 20, 1969. Individual music performances, both new and old, have been worked into festivals to pay tribute to Apollo 11. On Wednesday is the [...]

Vive La France! Bastille Day Celebrations in Florence

July 14, 2019: BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATIONS, Piazza Ognissanti. 8 pm – midnight. Free entry. In honour of France’s national holiday on July 14, from 8 pm – midnight Piazza Ognissanti will revel in all things French, from pétanque (boules or bocce) to crêpes. As always, this year’s Bastille Day celebrations is organised by the French Institute of Florence, located in the square. There will be food and drink stands set up in the [...]

The 2019 Florence Dance Festival, Week 2

The second installment of the Florence Dance Festival at the Great Cloister of Santa Maria Novella welcomes a variety of special performances and events, from parodic ballet to experimental dance. Artists and dance companies have come from the world over to take part in the diverse festival and showcase the unique styles they bring to the arena of modern dance. Monday, July 8, 7 pm A screening of ‘Rebels on Pointe,’ a documentary [...]

‘Firenze dall’Alto’ Events with a View

Thursdays from now to August 1: FIRENZE DALL’ALTO, ALTRI PUNTI DI VISTA (Florence from above, other points of view). Venues vary. All events are free, but spots are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting firenzedallalto1@gmail.com.  The simple and uncomplicated desire for a relaxing seat with a view after a scorching hot Florentine day has been taken to new heights with this summer series. Sponsored by the Florence Summer Festival (Estate [...]

A 4th of July 2019 Celebration in Downtown Florence

July 4:  INDEPENDENCE DAY.  Cloister of Santa Maria Novella, Florence. Pull out your red, white, and blue attire for this year’s 4th of July festivities in a green space near the Florence train station. From 7:30 pm until 12:30 am, enjoy the music and other events including a concert by the chorus “Vocal Blue Trains” which will perform at 8:30 pm, bringing a unique mix of gospel, rock and funk enriched with jazz [...]

Florence Dance Festival’s Exciting 30th Edition

A sensory journey weaving in music, dance, theatre and art, the Florence Dance Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer.  To mark this milestone beginning July 1, the five-week festival will welcome world-class dance companies from far and wide.  The program, which will follow will follow the theme ‘30 Years Florentine,’ will unfold in the Great Cloister of Santa Maria Novella, and will end August 3 with the Russian State Ballet. What makes [...]

Firenze dall’Alto Hits High Notes with Concerts & Presentations

Firenze dall'Alto

Thursdays June 27 — August 1: FIRENZE DALL’ALTO, ALTRI PUNTI DI VISTA (Florence from above, other points of view). Venues vary. All events are free, but spots are limited and must be reserved in advance. The simple and uncomplicated desire for a relaxing seat with a view after a scorching hot Florentine day has been taken to new heights with this summer series. Sponsored by L’Estate Fiorentina 2019, the project consists of six [...]