A Florence Food Festival: the ‘Biennale Enogastronomica’

November 16 – 19: BIENNALE ENOGASTRONOMICA.  Fortezza da Basso. Open noon – 9 pm. Free entrance to the exhibition area. The Biennale Enogastromica offers an occasion to learn about the origin and quality of Italian ingredients and how to use them from the best in the business.  The entrance to the exhibition area is free, emphasizing the Biennale’s accessibility. The festival was established in 2008 exclusively as a Florentine food and wine festival. [...]

Art & Artists at Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival

November 13 – 18: SCHERMO DELL’ARTE. International festival screening films in English at Cinema La Compagnia, Le Murate, Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Palazzo Strozzi, and Cango Cantieri Goldonetta. The 11th edition of Lo Schermo dell’Arte is dedicated to the relationship between cinema and art and will feature a diverse selection of feature films, short films and documentaries made by artists. or about artists.  All films will be screened in English and some [...]

‘Notebook of a Genius’: Da Vinci Exhibition at the Uffizi

Until Jan. 20:  WATER AS A MICROSCOPE OF NATURE: LEONARDO DA VINCI’S LEICESTER CODEX.  Uffizi, Aula Magliabechiana. Open Tuesday through Sunday 8:15 am—6:50 pm (ticket office closes 6:20 pm).  Admission to exhibition is included in ticket purchase to the Uffizi. The Leicester Codex of Leonardo da Vinci returns to Florence on the 500th anniversary of the death of the great scientist, artist and thinker.  This collection of scientific writings and drawings, purchased by American Bill [...]

A Week of Documentaries at ‘Festival dei Popoli’ 2018

Until Nov. 10:  FESTIVAL DEI POPOLI documentary film festival held at Cinema La Compagnia (via Cavour 50/r), Spazio Alfieri (via dell’Ulivo 6) and the French Institute of Florence (piazza Ognissanti 2/r). The event will host 88 documentary films along with special events and a retrospective dedicated to Italian director and screenwriter Roberto Minervini and French director Dominique Marchais. The festival is chaired by Vittorio Iervese and directed by Alberto Lastrucci and will bring [...]

Florence Flood Documentary Screenings at the Zeffirelli Foundation

On Sunday, November 4, the Zeffirelli Foundation will host a special viewing of the documentary Florence: Days of Destruction to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the flood that devastated Florence in 1966. The event will take place at the Complex of San Firenze (Piazza di S. Firenze, 5), with two screenings scheduled for 3 and 5 pm and archive tours to follow. Due to popular request, the showing and archive visit is also offered [...]

A Family Halloween in Florence

Halloween in Florence is different than Halloween in America. In Florence, kids do not dress up and walk through the narrow streets knocking on neighbor’s doors saying “trick or treat?” but instead parks and various places organize special events. All ages are invited to come to these festive events and dress up. Cheap and entertaining, activities such as crafts and races are included.  Join the fun and experience a Florence Halloween!   Saturday, [...]

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 villa.lapietra@nyu.edu. 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 [...]