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 [...]

Firenze Gelato Festival 2018 European Final

Friday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, 16: FIRENZE GELATO FESTIVAL 2018 EUROPEAN FINAL. Piazzale Michelangelo. Noon – 8 pm. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the ninth edition of the European Gelato Festival at Piazzale Michelangelo. A continent-wide tour of gelato artisans and their original flavors, the Gelato Festival comes to a climax with its All-Star competition in Florence this September, during which previous festival winners from 2011 onward will be pitted against each other [...]

Swinging Nights of Music & Art at ‘Settembre in Piazza della Passera’

The Oltrarno neighborhood air will be filled with music this week for the 17th installation of Settembre in piazza della Passera, a free four-night jazz festival from September 11 – 14.  Piazza della Passera, close to Santo Spirito, will serve as the stage for a variety of artists and groups, playing primarily jazz music but also rock, folk, blues, hip hop, and more. Organized by Stefano Di Puccio (owner of the esteemed 4 [...]

The Swinging Rhythms of the ‘Florence Jazz Fringe Festival’ 2018

The Oltrarno neighborhood will echo with the sounds of the Florence Jazz Fringe (FJFF) festival. Taking place from September 5 – 9, the festival promises original music and site-specific performances by renowned artists. Jazz double bass player Furio di Castri conceived the idea for the event, and this year marks FJFF’s second edition. Included in the line-up are renowned Italian jazz artists Enrico Rava, Francesco Bearzatti, Peppe Servillo, Javier Girotto, Natalio Magalavite, Fabio [...]