A 2021 Florence Cocktail Week Itinerary

Florence Cocktail Week is an incredibly fun and immersive event that started this past September 20th and will run through September 26. There are 45 participating spots ranging from a more casual cocktail bar to hotel bars to a more classy bar and each location has their own unique creation that allows the bartenders to display their mixology skills. Try them all or pick a route to get to all the ones that [...]

Santa Croce’s 2021 Genius Loci Festival

Genius Loci is back, and Florence is ready again to discover its genius.   The cultural festival that was cancelled last year returns on Thursday, September 23 through Saturday the 25th.  This year’s edition, offering a message of hope, with the theme Reflection on Memory and the Future, characterizes the need for people everywhere to reach a point of normalcy and optimism for the future. Two nights and a dawn of events allow the [...]

European Heritage Days Offer €1 and Free Museum Admission

Saturday, Sept. 25 & Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021: EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS This weekend, Florence museums will participate in European Heritage Days by offering special hours and events — in addition to free and €1 admission — across the city. Within Italy, the festival is coordinated by the Ministry for Patrimony with the aim of emphasizing the central role of cultural heritage in Italian society €1 ADMISSION Accademia Gallery, Saturday from  7 – 10 pm [...]

Artisans and Workshops at the 2021 ‘Artigianato e Palazzo’ Fair

Until Sun. 19:  ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO CRAFTS FAIR.  Corsini Palace and Garden.  There are two entrances: via della Scala 115 and via il Prato 58.  Open 10 am – 7:30 pm.  Admission:  €10, reduced, and no admission is charged for children under 12.  Free catalogue included.  Small lemon trees, manicured hedges and neoclassical statues line the path that leads to the Artigianato e Palazzo show where a select group of artisans from all over Italy annually display [...]

Italian Workplace To Require a ‘Green Pass’

No longer simply necessary to sit down at a café, restaurant, visit a museum or attend a concert or movie, all employees in Italy–totaling 23,000,000–whether in the private or public sector, must have a ‘Green Pass’ vaccine passport in order to go to work.  The new government decree, approved on September 16, 2021, will be in effect from October 15 to December 31, 2021. The obligation to have a “Green Pass” on the [...]

Serre Torrigiani & River Urban Beach Getaways

With day temperatures still in the 90s, and travel not easy due to COVID-19, but don’t let that prevent you from enjoying a staycation. There’s plenty of local getaway spots that are waiting to be explored. The first edition of this series (read here) explored the spots near Santa Maria Novella train station, the second edition for the August 15 Ferragosto holiday took us to the gardens of Florence and now we move [...]

The Talents of the 2021 ‘Firenze Jazz Festival’

Thursday 9 – Sun. 12:  FIRENZE JAZZ FESTIVAL.  Sala Vanni, Piazza del Carmine, Villa Strozzi, Villa Bardini.  Performances scheduled between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. The fifth annual Firenze Jazz Festival, kicking off Thursday, September 9, showcases 30 events featuring 100 artists in 10 locations.  Among this year’s starring performers are American saxophonists James Brandon Lewis and Grammy award winner David Murray.  Considered as cutting-edge musicians of the African American music scene, they will [...]

Fabbrica Europa 2021 Performing Arts Festival

Opening Sept. 2:  FABBRICA EUROPA avant-garde performing arts festival.  Various venues throughout Florence.  Tickets range from €5 to €12 and will be available via ticketone.it.  All events will follow health regulations including social distancing and capacity limits, so buy your tickets in advance to secure a spot.  At the entrance to each show it is necessary to display a “Green Pass” and photo ID.  For complete information on this year’s festival, visit http://www.fabbricaeuropa.net/. Fabbrica [...]

‘Firenze dall’Alto’: Free Concerts & Guided Tours at Vantage Points

Sept. 2 – 26: FIRENZE DALL’ALTO FESTIVAL.  Various venues.  Summer nights. Stunning spots. Spectacular experiences. The second edition of “Florence from Above” (“Firenze dall’Alto”) brings life to the rooftops and terraces of Florence. The initiative is full of concerts, talks, performances and guided tours. The venture, which began in July, will conclude in September with the final four nights. Events begin at 7 pm. Admission is free, but reservation is required. For more [...]

Tours, Talks, Music & an Ethnic Aperitivo at the ‘Balagan Cafè’

This summer, a cocktail hour with live music outdoors with free admission returns to Florence. The Synagogue gardens (via Farini 6, in the Sant’Ambrogio neighborhood) will once more be transformed on Thursday nights during August into a Balagan Café—Hebrew for “merry chaos,” in the spirit of the temple’s foundation.  In the 19th century, an appointed commission chose one Jewish architect and two Catholic architects to build the splendid, Moorish-style synagogue, which was inaugurated [...]