Retro Fashion at Vintage Selection 35

It’s a new year, which means it’s time to look towards new trendsetting styles, but it is also a time to look back upon past fashion that has made its mark in previous decades. For those who are retro enthusiasts, Vintage Selection #35 is an event not to miss thanks to a wide selection of clothing and accessories. The fair once again offers a “vintage haven” to fashionistas and aficionados alike from January 22 – [...]

Opera Duomo: Reduced Admission & Free Visits

Until February 2, residents of Florence, the city’s metropolitan area and the province of Florence can participate in free guided visits on Saturdays (5 and 6 pm) and on Sundays (10, 11, 5 and 6 pm) of the South Gate of the Baptistery at the Opera del Duomo museum (Cathedral Museum) and also visit the entire complex at a reduced admission of €6 instead of €18. The South Gate, created in 1330, a [...]

Men’s Fashion Flies High at Pitti Uomo 97

The flag of fashion is flying high above Florence this January thanks to the winter edition of Pitti Immagine. This semi-annual program explores the latest fashion tendencies and contemporary lifestyles in three not-to-be-missed trade fairs: men’s fashion at Pitti Uomo 97 (Jan. 7 – 10), Pitti Bimbo 90 (Jan. 16 -18) and Pitti Filati 86 (Jan. 22 – 24).  Bringing a high quotient of Italian and international glamour to the city, organizers feel that [...]

The Three Kings & Befana in Florence, 2020

Epiphany (January 6) commemorates the arrival of the Three Kings in Bethlehem. It is also the day of la Befana, when gifts are once again exchanged according to local custom on this day, which marks the end of the holiday festivities. The Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 commemorates the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the Christ child.  It is a [...]

A Florence New Year’s Guide 2019-2020

As 2019 draws to a close, the city of the Renaissance gets ready to celebrate an ending and a beginning with a Florence New Year’s in grand lunar style.  This year, mankind commemorates 50 years since landing on the moon, and the city has organized 20 events in 20 venues awaiting 2020, all inspired by the moon.  The city of Florence and organizers of this special night invite Florentines and visitors of all [...]

Celebrating Christmas Week in Florence, 2019

The following is a guide to celebrating Christmas week 2019 in Florence. CHRISTMAS EVE IN FLORENCE The traditional Christmas concert of the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) will be conducted by Paolo Bortolanameolli on December 24 at Teatro Verdi (5 pm).  The program features Romantic works by Tchaikovsky and Dvorák. The concert begins with the popular Concerto No. 1 for the piano by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, known for its sequence of pounding chords opening the [...]

A Florence Christmas Countdown 2019

Although a favorite holiday song in the Anglo-Saxon world is the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” which focuses on gift-giving starting on Christmas and culminating on Epiphany, January 6, the holiday season is the city of the Renaissance is in full swing.  The following is a guide to a Florence Christmas countdown 2019. Join a group of carolers who will sing around Florence’s Oltrarno neighborhood on Tuesday, December 17 from 6 to 8 pm; the meeting [...]

Trees to Light Up the Florence Holidays

Christmastime is here and the city is in full celebration with decorations and trees everywhere to light up the Florence holidays. If you would still wish to catch a tree lighting, Piazza Santissima Annunziata and Piazza Santa Maria Novella will host their Christmas tree inaugurations on Saturday, December 14 respectively at 6 and 7 pm.  The trees were created by two contemporary Italian artists: Domenico Bianchi for SS Annunizata and Mimmo Paladino for [...]

The Sounds of Florence’s ‘Strings City’ 2019

This year Florence’s Strings City, an all-encompassing no-cost music festival, returns from December 14-15, promising to fill the city with music from every genre and every era. Concerts will be held in some of the most iconic places in the city with classical and contemporary music, including jazz, played. With over 50 locations in Florence each performance will have an appropriate and beautiful settings, with some even offering guided tours. Instruments will include [...]

Florence Holiday Shopping at Charity Fairs

‘Tis the season for giving back, by holiday shopping at charity fairs. Over 100 years old, the British Institute, with the largest English language library on the European continent, has organized a charming event for the Christmas season. If you need to finish your holiday shopping, head to the December 6 fair at the Library from 3 to 6 pm.  The event can be accessed from the Lungarno Guicciardini 15 entrance. For sale [...]