Timeless Fashion at Vintage Selection & Pitti Filati

With the history of fashion both exhibited and being built upon by the designers of tomorrow, this is an inspirational week at the Fortezza for both members of the industry and the general public to experience.  It’s time to get ready to shop, because the 33rd edition of the Vintage Selection is making its grand return to the city of Florence.  Though only open to buyers and press, the Pitti Filati will display [...]

Inside Santa Maria Novella with Special, Low-Cost Sunday Tours

Starting January 20, for the next four Sundays, the Civic Museums and MUSE Fiorentini will offer guided tours and activities of the gothic style church, Santa Maria Novella, built over 700 years ago. From Giotto’s to Brunelleschi’s Crucifix, Masaccio’s Trinity fresco, to the Strozzi and Tornabuoni Chapels of Filippino Lippi and Ghirlandaio, the event offers an an incredible opportunity to see a more in depth view of the basilica. On the first Sunday, [...]

Florence’s 2019 Global Women’s March

On January 19, 2019, millions of people around the world will unite for the third annual Global Women’s March. Here in Florence, women and men alike are invited to gather that day at Piazza San Lorenzo between 2:30 and 4:30 pm in order to show support for equal rights for women.  The group responsible for organizing the Florence event, “Indivisible TUScany” (which is working in conjunction with Democrats Abroad Florence and U.S. Citizens [...]

Naughty or Nice? Pitti Bimbo is Coming to Town

January 17-19: PITTI BIMBO 88.  Fortezza da Basso and other venues, Florence The only thing better than a birthday party is a double birthday celebration.  The Pitti Immagine Bimbo kid’s fashion fair will celebrate the anniversary debut of two children’s icons: Barbie and Hello Kitty. Pitti Bimbo is an international semi-annual salon for children’s clothing and, together with Pitti Filati fabrics and yarns (January 23 – 25), it is a stage for the [...]

Uffizi Shows to Visit in the New Year

The stars have aligned again –  the city’s major museums have reversed their price hike for low tourist season months. Tickets to the Uffizi Gallery will reduce in price until February 28, special promotions to the Pitti Palace have been established, and a new PassePartout system has been established for families.  This is the moment to see exhibitions hosted by these two major Florentine galleries: Flora Commedia at the Uffizi and Fragile Treasures [...]

Eco Fashion is the Word at Pitti Uomo 95

After years of fast fashion, targeted to follow the trends in the quickest and cheapest way possible, the industry’s standards are rising.  Eco fashion is gaining growing attention worldwide, as shown by Because there is no Planet B, the eco-friendly mission of Ecoalf, a pioneer in the world of sustainable fashion; at the Pitti Uomo men’s trade show (January 8 – 11), the company will be presenting a made in Italy genderless capsule [...]

Epiphany’s Three Kings & Befana in Florence

A legal holiday in Italy (major museums will also be open on a holiday schedule), Epiphany (January 6) commemorates the arrival of the Three Kings (Re Magi) in Bethlehem. It is also the day of la Befana, when gifts are exchanged according to local custom. La Befana is an old, witch-like woman, who, like Santa Claus, knows if children have been good or bad. Stockings are hung out on the night of the 5th, waiting [...]

Florence New Year’s Day 2019 Happenings

SPECIAL EVENT The prior of San Miniato al Monte, Padre Bernardo, will personally conduct a tour of the 1000-year-old church and abbey to explain its symbolism and theological significance beginning at 3:30 pm.  The meeting point is in front of the church. TRADITIONS Some Florentines will literally ‘make a splash’ to begin 2019. Members of the Florentine Rowing Club, the Societa’ Canottieri Firenze, have for more than 125 years initiated the New Year [...]

Ringing in a Florence New Year, 2019

With this year coming to a close, plans to ring in 2019 with joy and festivities are being finalized throughout Florence.  Classical and rock music, comedy shows, medieval spectaculars, gourmet and traditional dining and, of course, the midnight brindisi, or toast of bubbly for the new year. Florentines begin the celebrations with a cenone or sumptuous dinner usually with four, five or even seven courses.  Many restaurants serve special menus; your table is [...]

Movies in English During Christmas Week

  The Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, will be shown at the Cinema Odeon (piazza Strozzi) on December 25 and 26 at 4, 6:45 and 9:15 pm.  Read all about the movie in English here. The holiday season also features a highly acclaimed film directed by David Lowery based on a true-life story: The Old Man and the Gun.  Starring Robert Redford in his declared final role, the long-time actor truly ‘goes out in style.’  The film [...]