San Lorenzo Festivities on August 10

Wednesday, August 10:  THE FEAST OF SAN LORENZO.  Piazza San Lorenzo and other venues.  In Florence, the feast of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence) is celebrated on August 10. The renaissance-style festival is a trademark of the characteristic neighborhood around the church of San Lorenzo near the Central Market. The feast day will start with the procession of Florentines at 9:45 am on the route of the Palagio di Parte Guelfa towards the Palazzo Vecchio. [...]

August 2022 Free Museum Sunday

On Sunday, August 7, the state museums of Florence are free for everyone. City-run museums are also providing access at no cost to residents of the Florentine metropolitan area  (Domenica Metropolitana) on the same day.  The state-run museums comprise: Uffizi Gallery (8:15 am – 6:50 pm); Palazzo Pitti  complex (8:15 am – 6:50 pm); Boboli Gardens (9 am – 6:45 pm); Galleria  dell’Accademia (9 am – 6:50 pm); Bargello Museum (8:45 am – [...]

Final Summer 2022 Youth Orchestra Concerts

International Youth Orchestra Festival.  Loggia dei Lanzi, Piazza Signoria.  Free admission. Founded in 1999, the International Youth Orchestra Festival gives the chance to young people from around the world to enchant the public while learning the values of making music together in a collaborative dimension of growth. Open to any youth chamber and symphony orchestras, the festival is the perfect picture of music’s multiculturalism. Additionally, musical groups have the opportunity to play their choice [...]

The 2022 Florence Dance Festival’s Grand Finale

  The Florence Dance Performing Arts Festival will have its grand dance finale of the summer season on July 19, followed by an orchestral concert  on July 24, both starting at 9:30 pm.  The four choreographies spotlight the both up-and-coming and established talents, while the concert will focus on contemporary music, bringing tangible excitement to the venue, the Great Cloister of Santa Maria Novella. Ferrone and co-founder and co-organizer of FDF, Marga Nativo [...]

Week 3 of the Florence Dance Festival at Santa Maria Novella

The Florence Dance Festival (FDF) continues into its final two weeks with an exciting line-up of choregraphies. The series began June 22 and will continue through July 24 at Santa Maria Novella’s Great Cloister (Chiostro Grande della Basilica di Santa Maria Novella). Festival organizer Keith Ferrone looks forward to the festival celebrating dance as a form of “universal expression” and its positive impacts, stating: “it can heal, it can inspire, it can make [...]

Woody and I: Screenings of Allen’s Movies at the Cinema La Compagnia

  A complete retrospective of movies by Woody Allen movies will be shown at the Cinema La Compagnia from the first week of July until Sunday, August 7. Screenings comprise 20 films in total: all in their original language, accompanied by Italian subtitles. The program features a selection of 20 movies, 18 of which are directed by Woody Allen, while he starred in the other two (Picking up the Pieces and Play it [...]

‘Domenica Metropolitan’ Returns in July: Free Museums, Tours & Activities

‘Domenica Metropolitana’ returns with free admission to city-run museums for residents in the Florence metropolitan area on Sunday, July 3. Special events and guided tours are also available; for access, reservations are required. Venues featuring no cost entrance comprise the Palazzo Vecchio Museum (9 am – 7 pm) which allows visitors to experience the city’s history through its architecture and terraces, the Novecento Museum of 20th and 21st Century Art (11 am – [...]

The Florence Dance Festival’s Live Performances

The Florence Dance Festival (FDF), one of the few arts events worldwide that succeeded in having live performances last year, is back for 2022 with plans to expand many of last year’s initiatives. The festival will take place from June 22 to July 24 and will be staged at Santa Maria Novella’s Great Cloister (Chiostro Grande della Basilica di Santa Maria Novella). Featuring world-renowned choreographers and dancers as well as Florence’s local talent, [...]

San Giovanni Festivities 2022: Renaissance Parades, Sports & Fireworks

  After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Florentines will finally be able to celebrate San Giovanni, the patron saint of the city also known as St. John the Baptist, with an event-filled day on June 24. On the same date, the Florentine towers, gates and fortresses, including the Tower of San Niccolò, will reopen to the public for the first time since last summer.  The origins of honoring San Giovanni, who became [...]

Forte Belvedere Reopens to the Public Until Early Fall

A location beloved, by foreigners and Italians alike, Florence’s Forte di Belvedere, will finally reopen on June 18.  The landmark and the lawn around it will be newly accessible to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm, until October 2. While access to the grounds is free of charge, guests must pay a fee to visit the exhibition spaces of the Palazzina, which will host two shows: Ra [...]