‘The Future of Democracy’ & Patrick Zaki at 2022’s Wired Next Fest

Saturday, May 28: WIRED Next Fest: “THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY.”  Palazzo Vecchio. Hours: 9:45 am – 7:45 pm. Reservation required: https://nextfest2022-firenze.wired.it/. Note: registration does not guarantee entry to the event. Places are limited, so visitors must book early to secure a spot. Free admission. After an absence of two years, the WIRED Next Fest is coming to Florence again. With noticeable speakers, lively music, and an outstanding program, the festival promises to be [...]

A Visit to the Oscar Ghiglia Art Exhibition

Until September 13, 2022: OSCAR GHIGLIA. GLI ANNI DI NOVECENTO (20th century art). Museo di Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Open daily 9 am – 7 pm, closed Wednesday. Admission to exhibition and museum is €10, reduced price is €6. For more information, visit Palazzo Medici Riccardi website at http://www.palazzomediciriccardi.it/.  Curated by Leonardo Ghiglia, Lucia Mannini, and Stefano Zampieri, this show consists of still lives, portraits, and figure paintings by the talented artist Oscar Ghiglia, who lived [...]

Florence May 22 Private Historic Home Openings

Sunday, 22: OPEN COURTYARDS & GARDENS (CORTILI E GIARDINI APERTI). Locations open from 10 am – 1 pm, 2:30 – 6 pm (unless otherwise stated). Free admission, reservation might be required depending on the venue. Walking down the timeless Florentine streets, attention is often drawn to a majestic doorway, barred windows with a faint view of frescoed ceilings, and wisteria vines climbing the balconies of a private courtyard. All this and more, such [...]

The Conventino Hosts the AILO Spring Fair May 21-22

  The AILO (American International League of Florence) Spring Fair will be held at Il Conventino (Via Giano della Bella, 20), Florence, on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. For sale is fashion, white elephant vintage goods and handmade items.  Hours: Sat. 12 noon – 6 pm, Sun. 10 am – 6 pm.  Free admission. At AILO’s annual spring  fair, visitors can find some special gems. With mid-end to high-end products of [...]

‘Peace’ from Kyiv Displayed in Palazzo Vecchio

  The plaster cast version of “La Pace di Kyiv”—“Peace”— by Antonio Canova, has arrived in Florence and is being exhibited at Palazzo Vecchio, in the Sala di Leone X, through September 18. The sculpture is surrounded by stories of war and peace, illustrated by frescoes depicting the life of Giovanni de’ Medici found in the room. The cast is a plaster version of the original marble statue normally hosted by the Khanenko [...]

Food and Crafts at ‘Enogastronomica’ 2022

May 13-15: Enogastronomica 2022, Food & Design; various locations. Enogastronomica aims to, in three eventful days, celebrate the tradition of Tuscan cuisine in a varying, unprecedented venue; artisans’ workspaces. The current version of Enogastronomica has undergone a makeover, keeping the heart of its practice the same with a new and improved format. The food and wine component acts as a complement, with its inspiration centered on the significant artisan presence in the Tuscan [...]

The 2022 Reopening of Florence’s Iris Garden

  An exceptional bloom of flowers can be seen through May 20 below Piazzale Michelangelo in the Iris Garden. Over 10,000 varieties of iris in a full spectrum of colors from all over the world are planted there. Visitors are welcomed to walk through the five-acre park to admire the flourishing garden. Gardening courses, events and guided tours will be offered during this annual opening. The garden is open free of charge from [...]

The 2022 ‘State of the Union’ in Florence and Fiesole

Since the formation of the European Union in 1993, Florence has celebrated this historical event by hosting the Festival of Europe, which includes the State of the Union. Held from May 5 – 7, 2022, the 12th edition of The State of the Union will focus on the future of the European Union. Titled “A Europe Fit for the Next Generation?”, the conference will take place in a hybrid format. Attendees from around [...]

‘The Fourth Estate’, May 1 Labor Day & Free Museums

On loan from the Museo del Novecento in Milan, ‘The Quarto Stato’ (the Fourth Estate), a painting by Pellizza da Volpedo, will be displayed in Palazzo Vecchio from Sunday, May 1.  It is not a coincidence that the exhibition will open on Italy’s national Labor Day—also known as Festa de Lavoratori. The national holiday was formally established in Italy at war’s end, in 1945. On May 1 (Primo Maggio), Italians celebrate and commemorate [...]

Contemporary Craftsmanship & Design at 2022’s Florence Jewellery Week

Florence Jewellery Week is offering a program of exhibitions, meetings and workshops free of charge in various locations throughout the city from April 28 to May 2. The event features jewellery in its various forms and applications, and will discuss artistic research, craftsmanship, new techniques and sustainability. The occasion, curated by Giò Carbone and Alice Rendon, gives jewellery designers and admirers the opportunity to meet and reflect on key themes connected to the [...]