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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

‘West Side Story’: A Bilingual Production at the Teatro del Maggio

West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein will take the stage at the Teatro del Maggio (piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1) from December 13 – 22. This year, the American composer and conductor is being celebrated worldwide on the 100th anniversary of his birth.  A new production brings stage direction by Federico Bellone with Francesco Lanzillotta on the podium. The musical debuted in 1957 in Washington D.C. and was made popular by the 1961 film directed [...]

From the Ganges to the Arno: River to River Indian Film Festival

Dec. 6 – 11: RIVER TO RIVER, FLORENCE INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL. Cinema La Compagnia, Via Cavour 50/r. Films will screen in the original language with English and Italian subtitles. The themes of this year’s festival focus on feminism and social injustices in Indian culture. Guests will have the opportunity to view various feature films, documentaries and short films.  Thirty-five events are planned to take place including world premieres, film screenings, exhibitions, talks, and [...]

The Delicious World of ‘Food & Wine in Progress’ 2018

Dec. 1-2:  FOOD & WINE IN PROGRESS.  Stazione Leopolda, Florence. Open 10 am until 7 pm. Admission costs €15 at the entrance or €10 online for a limited number of tickets for sale online which will also grant VIP admission. For those who cannot get enough of culinary specialties in Florence, check out the festival entitled “Food & Wine in Progress,” which showcases Tuscan excellence. From locally sourced products to wine tastings with sommeliers, [...]

Dis/Uguale: Florence’s ‘Cinema e Donne’ Women’s Film Festival

November 21 – 25: CINEMA E DONNE WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL. Cinema La Compagnia, via Cavour 50/r. Screenings from 11 am – 9 pm.  For the complete schedule, visit the web site. With a schedule of 45 international movies, Florence’s Festival Internazionale Cinema e Donne will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a powerful thematic focus, Dis/Uguali, or “Equal and Not.” Special guests include French actress and movie director Coline Serreau and Dacia Maraini, an Italian novelist, [...]

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. [...]