2020’s L’Eredità delle Donne (Legacy of Women)

“While man becomes a movie star, women are invisible and often remain so,” says artistic director of “The Legacy of Women” Festival (L’Eredità delle Donne) Serena Dandini. The festival returns for its third edition this year, with the recurring goal of promoting strong women across disciplines. Guests will participate in virtual discussions streamed on the website and in-person at the Manifattura Tabacchi from Friday, Oct. 23 to Sunday, Oct. 25. All events will be [...]

Florence Landmarks Illuminated in Pink for Breast Cancer Month

Florence is turning pink from tonight, October 19, until October 25. Various monuments, buildings, and historical gates in the city will be brightly lit in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to stress the importance of preventive action against cancer. The president of the non-profit organization Firenze in Rosa, Lucia De Ranieri, emphasized the importance of early diagnosis as it is the most effective in reducing the mortality rate of the disease [...]

Street Food & Craft Beer at the Cascine’s Finger Food Festival

Thursday, Oct. 15 – Sunday, Oct. 18:  FINGER FOOD FESTIVAL. Ippodromo del Visarno (Cascine Park). Open Thursday & Friday from 6 pm – midnight, Saturday from noon – midnight, Sunday from noon – 11 pm. Free admission. Bring an appetite to the Visarno racetrack at the Cascine: street trucks will offer craft beers and regional specialties from Emilia Romagna to Sicily with some vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for all to taste while enjoying [...]

Last Week for Kurt Cobain & the Grunge Revolution Photo Show

Until October 18, 2020: COME AS YOU ARE: KURT COBAIN AND THE GRUNGE REVOLUTION.Palazzo Medici Riccardi.  Open daily 10:30 am – 6:30 pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  Admission: €10/reduced €6, free for ages 17 and under. Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.  – Kurt Cobain A celebration of Cobain’s life would be an understatement [...]

FAI’s 2020 Autumn Days: Free Historical Tours

October 17 & 18 and October 24 & 25 offers guests the chance to visit historical and cultural landmarks—including normally inaccessible venues—in Florence thanks to the 2020 edition of FAI Autumn Days. Although admission is free, a visit to open sites during the weekend provides an opportunity to make a donation, large or small, to event organizer, FAI—the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the Italian equivalent of the National Trust) —a  nonprofit organization, which safeguards [...]

‘Visual Voices”: the 2020 Middle East Now Festival

Florence’s 11th annual Middle East Now Festival, postponed from April, will be held from October 6-11, showcasing cinema, art and culture from the region and North Africa. Citizens of the Western, predominantly Judeo-Christian world often either know little about the Middle East or have some adverse opinions of the political, cultural situation there.  The organizers of the festival aim to enlighten attendees and open discussion on the diverse culture of the 17 nations [...]

Wright of Derby Exhibition Opens at the Uffizi

A display of oil paintings by an artist known as Wright of Derby will be opening at the Uffizi Gallery on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.  It will focus on the works of Joseph Wright (1734 – 1797) of Darby, England, who specialized in landscapes and portraits, also depicting the newly-inaugurated Industrial Age.  Wright is known for his use of chiaroscuro (light and shadow) to create contrast in a painting, a technique characteristic of [...]

Live Classical Music Returns to Florence

The performing arts have also been one of the many fields that was terribly affected by the current Covid-19 crisis. The fact of joining many people together in an enclosed space is exactly what was being discouraged. Now after months of complete closure, Florence’s classical music organizations are finding ways to allow the musicians to play together and the audience to enjoy live performances, including distancing for both the musicians and the audience [...]

Openings of Florence’s Historic Homes, Courtyards & Gardens

  Sun. October 4:  THE OPENING OF HISTORIC HOMES, SECRET COURTYARDS AND GARDENS. This week brings a pleasant surprise:  a special fall edition allowing access to historic homes in Florence and throughout Tuscany.  The public is welcome to visit these magnificent landmarks from 10 am – 5 pm, with free admission.  Those interested must make a reservation by October 1 by visiting the Associazione Dimore Italiane (A.D.S.I., Association of Historic Homes) website. An [...]

A New Version of ‘Corri La Vita’ (Run for Life) Cancer Benefit on Sept. 27

Sunday, September 27:  CORRI LA VITA (Run for Life) benefit. Scheduled during European sports week, the 18th annual Run for Life (Corri La Vita) event stands in solidarity with culture and  social networks in promoting and fundraising for projects directly related to the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. After raising an additional $226,512 for the Careggi University Hospital last spring–which was used to fight the COVID-19 health emergency–the 2020 Run for Life will take [...]