A Grand Finale for the ‘Wolves Coming’ Exhibition

Until Nov. 2:  WOLVES COMING by Liu Ruowang.  Outdoor installation in Piazza Pitti and Piazza Santissima Annunziata. If you haven’t noticed, the wolves are coming, or rather they have already arrived in Florence. Those who walk through Piazza Pitti and Piazza Santissima Annunziata will be greeted with Chinese artist Liu Ruowang’s latest masterpiece: “Wolves Coming” (“I lupi in arrivo”). One hundred giant iron wolves each weighing 280 kg will occupy these two prestigious squares [...]

Florence Landmarks Illuminated in Pink for Breast Cancer Month

Florence is turning pink from tonight, October 19, until October 25. Various monuments, buildings, and historical gates in the city will be brightly lit in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to stress the importance of preventive action against cancer. The president of the non-profit organization Firenze in Rosa, Lucia De Ranieri, emphasized the importance of early diagnosis as it is the most effective in reducing the mortality rate of the disease [...]

Street Food & Craft Beer at the Cascine’s Finger Food Festival

Thursday, Oct. 15 – Sunday, Oct. 18:  FINGER FOOD FESTIVAL. Ippodromo del Visarno (Cascine Park). Open Thursday & Friday from 6 pm – midnight, Saturday from noon – midnight, Sunday from noon – 11 pm. Free admission. Bring an appetite to the Visarno racetrack at the Cascine: street trucks will offer craft beers and regional specialties from Emilia Romagna to Sicily with some vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for all to taste while enjoying [...]

Last Week for Kurt Cobain & the Grunge Revolution Photo Show

Until October 18, 2020: COME AS YOU ARE: KURT COBAIN AND THE GRUNGE REVOLUTION.Palazzo Medici Riccardi.  Open daily 10:30 am – 6:30 pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  Admission: €10/reduced €6, free for ages 17 and under. Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.  – Kurt Cobain A celebration of Cobain’s life would be an understatement [...]

Wright of Derby Exhibition Opens at the Uffizi

A display of oil paintings by an artist known as Wright of Derby will be opening at the Uffizi Gallery on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.  It will focus on the works of Joseph Wright (1734 – 1797) of Darby, England, who specialized in landscapes and portraits, also depicting the newly-inaugurated Industrial Age.  Wright is known for his use of chiaroscuro (light and shadow) to create contrast in a painting, a technique characteristic of [...]

Openings of Florence’s Historic Homes, Courtyards & Gardens

  Sun. October 4:  THE OPENING OF HISTORIC HOMES, SECRET COURTYARDS AND GARDENS. This week brings a pleasant surprise:  a special fall edition allowing access to historic homes in Florence and throughout Tuscany.  The public is welcome to visit these magnificent landmarks from 10 am – 5 pm, with free admission.  Those interested must make a reservation by October 1 by visiting the Associazione Dimore Italiane (A.D.S.I., Association of Historic Homes) website. An [...]

A New Version of ‘Corri La Vita’ (Run for Life) Cancer Benefit on Sept. 27

Sunday, September 27:  CORRI LA VITA (Run for Life) benefit. Scheduled during European sports week, the 18th annual Run for Life (Corri La Vita) event stands in solidarity with culture and  social networks in promoting and fundraising for projects directly related to the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. After raising an additional $226,512 for the Careggi University Hospital last spring–which was used to fight the COVID-19 health emergency–the 2020 Run for Life will take [...]

Artigianato e Palazzo 2020 Spotlights Timeless Italian Artisans

Thurs. 17 – Sun. 20: ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO.  Crafts fair.  Palazzo Corsini garden, via della Scala 115.  Open 10 am – 8 pm.  Admission:  €8, € 6 reduced, and no admission is charged for children under 12.  Free catalogue included. Small lemon trees, manicured hedges and neoclassical statues line the path that leads to the Artigianato e Palazzo show where a select group of artisans from all over Italy annually display their creations.  In its 26rd year, the fair is [...]

‘Leonardo the Visionary’ – the Florence Dance Festival’s Grand Finale

Artist, inventor, architect, inventor, engineer and scientist — these aspects of the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci are turned into contemporary dance pieces at the September 16 closing performance (8:30 pm) of the 2020 Florence Dance Festival at Teatro della Compagnia.  “Leonardo the Visionary” is the name of the show entirely choreographed by prima ballerina étoile Marga Nativo to original music by Stefano Burbi.  Interpreted by the FloDance 2.0 Company of the Florence [...]

The Florence Dance Festival 2020, Act 2 at Teatro La Compagnia

  Florence’s Teatro della Compagnia (via Cavour 50/r, 8:30 pm nightly) is hosting Act 2 of the late summer edition of the Florence Dance Festival. Two Tuscan companies—Sosta Palmizi and the Anghiari Dance Hub—will present contemporary choreographies on September 10.  The first work, entitled “Monsoon” is a reflection on the natural forces of air, water and wind especially in the light of global warming.  Dancers move to the rhythms of a Japanese drum [...]