The Salvatore Ferragamo Show: Innovation & Influence of a Fashion Pioneer

Until November 4, 2024: SALVATORE FERRAGAMO 1898-1960. Ferragamo Museum, Piazza Santa Trinita 5. Admission €8. In the heart of Florence, nestled within the iconic Palazzo Spini Feroni, lies a treasure trove of fashion history: the Ferragamo Museum. This venerable institution, born out of a passion for preserving the legacy of one of Italy’s most illustrious artisans, is currently hosting a mesmerizing exhibition, a journey into fashion history. The current exhibition is a celebration [...]

Charles H. Cecil Studios Art Exhibition & Open Air Painting for Guests

  Villa Il Palmerino (via Boccaccio 126) is hosting the show ”Un Volto e I Suoi Sguardi – Paintings from the Charles H. Cecil Studios, 2024,” which comprises a select collection of 12 portrait paintings from teachers, advanced students, and graduating students of the studios, is open now until Sunday, June 16.  The venue can be reached by public transportation by taking bus 7. With a focus on classical techniques in oil painting [...]

Lecture in English on the Italian Political Scene at the British Institute

June 3:  GIORGIA MELONI AND HER BROTHERS – BETWEEN THE REAL WORLD AND MIDDLE EARTH – lecture by Florentine-American digital entrepreneur Morgan Fiumi and Italy’s The Economist correspondent John Hooper. The two will discuss Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, her chances of survival in today’s political climate as a right-wing politician — which grows increasingly volatile nearing the end of the parliamentary year — in addition to her Brothers of Italy party’s fascination [...]

Florence’s ‘Festa della Repubblica:’ Free Museums & Calcio Storico

Sunday, June 2: FESTA DELLA REPUBBLICA (Republic Day).  This is a national holiday that commemorates the June 2, 1946 referendum when the Italian people voted to abolish the monarchy, opting instead to create a national government with representatives voted by citizens. A semifinal match of ‘Calcio Storico’ will take place in Piazza Santa Croce at 6 pm. The ‘Rossi’ (Reds) of Santa Maria Novella and ‘Bianchi’ (Whites) of Santo Spirito teams will compete [...]

Zappala’s ‘Trilogy of Ecstasy’ Contemporary Dance at the Teatro del Maggio

As part of the Florence’s 86th May Music Festival, the Zappalà Dance Company will debut their latest show, Trilogy of Ecstasy (Trilogia dell’estasi) in the Mehta Room of the Maggio Musicale Theatre on May 30 and 31. Set to the timeless compositions of three of the most celebrated composers of the last 150 years; Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Maurice Ravel’s Boléro, and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.  Choreographed by [...]

The 2024 ‘State of the Union’ EUI Conference & Visits

The State of the Union conference is an opportunity offered by the European University Institute (EUI) for researchers to showcase their work and their extraordinary findings. The 14th edition of the conference — in English —  will take place from May 23 to 24 at Badia Fiesolana and at Palazzo Vecchio in the afternoon of May 24. Attendees may arrive and register on sight or stream the conference from home.  The public is [...]

European Night of Museums 2024: Free Admission & Night Hours on May 17-18 in Florence

The Cathedral museum (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo), will be opening its doors for free on the evening of May 18. As the third Saturday in May, the 18th is designated as the European Night of Museums, which 17 years standing, is a celebration of culture and art across Europe. Introduced initially in France, this initiative soon gained the support of UNESCO and snowballed in popularity; Italy is no exception.  The Uffizi and Accademia [...]

New Digital Ticketing at the Accademia & Uffizi Galleries, Extended Hours at the Accademia

As of May 7, digital tickets will be available for both the Accademia Gallery and the museums of the Uffizi complex, via QR code or barcode.  They can be booked by contacting the call centre (055 294883) or via the official websites: or Those planning to visit the Uffizi, the Palatine Gallery, the Museum of Costume and Fashion, the Museum of Modern Art and the Boboli Gardens will receive a QR [...]

Reservations Open for Renowned Pianist Omer Klein’s Cathedral Museum Concert

For the third consecutive year, the Museum of the Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum) in Florence will host the “Poets of Piano Solos” concert, a festival celebrating the pure emotions of the piano, on Thursday, May 9. Renowned pianist and jazz composer Omer Klein will grace the stage for the fifth edition of the concert. Admission is free, but reservations for seating are mandatory and will open on Thursday, May 2, at 9 [...]

May 1 Historical Flag Throwing Competition in Piazza Signoria for the Marzocco Trophy

  May 1, 2024 will be the 31st time that the best flag-throwing teams (sbandieratori) of Italy will be competing in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria. The Marzocco Trophy, commemorating the symbol of power of the Florentine Republic, the Marzocco lion, will be awarded to the winner. The origin of flag-throwing roots in the exercising routines of the Italian standard-bearers. They practiced it in order to remain in top athletic shape. Flag throwing was [...]