Festival of Tuscany Celebrated with Music and Art

November 30: FESTA DELLA TOSCANA (Festival of Tuscany). Cinema La Compagnia, Via Cavour, 50/R; Bargello National Museum, the Medici Chapels Museum, and the Palazzo Davanzati Museum; Teatro Verdi, via Ghibellina, 99. On November 30, 1786,  an unprecedented development in civil rights took place in Tuscany which became the first state in the world to abolish the death penalty. In honor of this landmark decision, the Festival of Tuscany has been a reoccurring commemoration [...]

Christmas Cheer at Florence’s Charity Fairs

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here, with fairs and markets that all contribute to noble causes. Here is how to extend a hand to those in need, and feel fulfilled knowing that each personal contribution is part of something grand. Friday 2: CHRISTMAS FAIR. British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.  3 – 6 pm. Free admission. Tables will display books, gifts, and unique handmade products for sale. People of any age [...]

The 2022 Return of ‘Cinema e Donne’ (Women’s International Film Festival)

  Nov. 23 – 27: CINEMA E DONNE (WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL). Cinema la Compagnia (Via Cavour 50R), the German Institute  (Borgo Ognissanti 9) and the French Institute l’Istituto Francese (Piazza Ognissanti 2).  Screenings in the original language with Italian subtitles.  Single tickets are €5 or €4 (reduced). Daily passes are €8 or €7 (reduced) while a pass to all films costs €20 or €15. Back this year in theaters is the Women’s [...]

The Calidore String Quartet: American Musicians at Teatro della Pergola

  The critically acclaimed and award-winning Calidore String Quartet will perform with Czech pianist Ivo Kahánek at Saloncino of Teatro della Pergola (via della Pergola) at 9 pm on November 20, 2022. The ensemble was founded in 2010 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. The name “Calidore” derives from a combination of their home city “California” and the French world for gold, “doré” to represent the focus on diversity and gratitude toward [...]

Cinematography and Contemporary Art at ‘Lo Schermo dell’Arte’

November 16 – 20: LO SCHERMO DELL’ARTE (ART ON SCREEN). Films are presented at the Cinema La Compagnia (via Cavour 50/r), while the Visio exhibition is found at Palazzo Strozzi (Piazza Strozzi). Streaming service through MYmovies until November 27 is €9.90. Movies are screened in the original language with English and Italian subtitles. Theater tickets range from €6 to €35; admission is free for those under 30.  Festival talks are free. An annual [...]

Designer Clothes & Other Bargains at the Florence Vintage Charity Market

  Friday 11 – Sunday 13:  FLORENCE VINTAGE MARKET.  Lungarno Corsini 8.  Open 11 am –  6 pm.  Free admission. The Florence Vintage Market, with proceeds donated to the home and hospice care of the terminally ill, will take place at Palazzo Corsini (Lungarno Corsini 8) this weekend. The organizer is FILE (Fondazione Italiana Leniterapia), which offers free care to patients, including hospital medical exams, and support to their families. The guest will find [...]

‘The Textile Arts’ Fierucola Organic Market, November 5-6

The La Fierucola market of Textile Arts (Arti Tessili) will be back in Piazza Santa Croce to host skilled weavers in addition to other artisans and farmers with their organic products on November 5 – 6 (9 am to 7 pm), in an event that showcases the region’s artisans. This market has been held since the 14th century. The fair will be focusing on the small, local farms with that breed free range [...]

2022 Flood Commemorations on November 4

To keep alive the memory of the November 4, 1966 flood in Florence when the Arno overflowed into the city center, causing the death of 17 Florentines, 18 residents of the province and damage to artworks, a ceremony and religious service will take place.  On the 66th anniversary of the catastrophe, Mass will be said in the Basilica of Santa Croce at 11 am, which will also commemorate the heroic efforts of the [...]

Halloween Fun & Games at the Children’s Lending Library Party

  Saturday, October 29: CHILDREN’S LENDING LIBRARY HALLOWEEN PARTY.  Garden and premises of the St. James American Church, via Rucellai 9. 4 to 6 pm. Reservations recommended by emailing childrenslendinglibrary@gmail.com. As Halloween creeps closer, another event is coming up to celebrate the spooky holiday. The Children’s Lending Library’s Halloween party will feature many activities to fit the scary atmosphere. It’s the perfect festivity for kids to experience the eerie magic and wonder of [...]

Florence’s 2022 FànHuā Chinese Film Festival

  October 20-23: FànHuā Chinese Film Festival.  Cinema La Compagnia (Via Cavour 50/r) and Mercato Centrale Firenze (Piazza del Mercato Centrale, Via dell’Ariento).  All films have Italian subtitles, 13 movies also have subtitles in English. Back in Florence for its 2nd edition is the FànHuā Chinese Film Festival. Founded by Xiuzhong “Gianni” Zhang, the festival mirrors his hopes to bridge Italian and Chinese culture. The festival is unquestionably a labor of love which [...]