The Inauguration of the ‘Note al Museo’ Free Concert Series

Florence’s first “Note al Museo” concert will be held Oct. 25 in the Sala del Paradiso of the Cathedral Museum (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo), the venue for all the performances. This free annual series, which regularly sells out available seating, started with the inauguration of the new museum in 2015 and has attracted many music lovers for the high artistic quality, variety, and individuality. The performances, which all take place at 9 pm, are [...]

Open House at NYU’s Villa La Pietra & Garden

NYU Florence (Via Bolognese 120, accessible via bus 25 from San Marco) will be offering the public free guided tours of the magnificent palace, Villa La Pietra, and the beautiful, adjacent gardens for six days:  Monday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 20. The opportunity will be in English and Italian, by appointment only; to reserve a spot call 055/5007210 or send an email to Along with the tours, guests can also visit a [...]

A Primo Conti Preview at Villa Bardini

Until January 13:  PRIMO CONTI:  FANFARE & SILENCE.  Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2.  Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 – 7 pm (visitors admitted until 6 pm). Tickets are available via online reservation for €10 (€5 reduced); free guided tours are included on Sunday are included in the price of admission. Visitors can park for free within Forte Belvedere at via San Leonardo, 1. Conti was born in Florence in 1900 and [...]

Fresu and Petrella: One-of-a-Kind Jazz Duo Comes to Florence

The second annual A Jazz Supreme music series, directed by Fernando Fanutti of Musicus Concentus and the pianist Simone Graziano, will begin Friday, Oct. 12, with a performance by Paolo Fresu and Gianluca Petrella in the Teatro Verdi in Florence. The festival, which will continue until Nov. 30, is inspired by John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme Jazz Festival held annually in the United Kingdom. The kick off of this eight-part concert dedicated to [...]

‘Imagine’: a John & Yoko Tribute at the Odeon

As part of worldwide celebrations to mark the anniversary of John Lennon’s birth (October 9, 1940), Florence’s Cinema Odeon (piazza Strozzi) is hosting a three-day screening of the restored version of “Imagine” on Monday, October 8 (4:30, 6:30 & 9 pm); Tuesday, October 9 (4:30, 6:30 & 9 pm) and Wednesday, October 10 at 4 pm.  The movie will be accompanied by the original English soundtrack with Italian subtitles.  The music was remixed [...]

October’s Ceramics Fair: ‘Fiera della Ceramica’ in SS Annunziata

With the goal of bringing together craftspeople and the public, the Fiera della Ceramica (Ceramics Fair) will be hosted by Piazza SS Annunziata on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 – 7 from 9 am to 7 pm. The event is part of an expanded monthly “Fierucola,” where Tuscan farmers normally display and sell their seasonal organic produce, dairy cheeses and home baked breads. Along with bounty for the table, the fair offers visitors [...]

Fall Classic & Opera Program Notes in Florence

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino had its beginning in 1928 as the Orchestra Stabile Fiorentino under the guidance of conductor Vittorio Gui at the Teatro Comunale. This fall sees the celebration of the 90th anniversary of this historical organization. The festivities begin on October 4 at the Teatro del MMF with the Symphony n.2, ‘Resurrection’ by Gustav Mahler. The composition of this symphony took many years, and finally had its premiere in 1895 in [...]

‘Corri la Vita’s’ Run for Life in the Fight against Breast Cancer

Over 30,000 people are expected for the 15th edition of Corri La Vita—a renowned run for breast cancer research and prevention— on Sunday, September 30.  The starting line is in piazza Vittorio Veneto (Cascine Park); the race will begin for runners and walks at 9:30 am.  Up to an hour beforehand, it will be possible to sign up to receive a t-shirt to wear at the event. As always, the route of the race [...]

Celebrating Books & Music at ‘Libro Aperto’

“Books,” Stephen King likes to say, “are a uniquely portable magic.”  Luckily, for the booklovers of Florence, the Firenze Libro Aperto literary festival will temporarily settle in the city in late September, bringing its own brand of bookish sorcery with it. This is the Festival’s second year of celebrating Italian literature. From September 28 to September 30, the Florence book fair Libro Aperto will play host to over 500 publishing houses. Situated in [...]

‘Genius Loci’: Free Santa Croce Performances from Dusk to Dawn

The Basilica di Santa Croce will welcome a diverse and talented lineup of performers for a series of free events beginning on the evening of Thursday, September 20 and concluding at dawn on the morning of Saturday, September 22. The Genius Loci festival will encompass a wide variety of entertainment including individual vocalists and musicians, instrumental groups, skits, talk shows and more. Guests can reserve spots online for the events they wish to [...]