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. [...]

‘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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

‘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 [...]

‘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 [...]