Santa Croce’s International Christmas Market

It’s the Yule time of year! Christmastime is slowly but surely taking over Florence. More than a holiday, it’s a time of year and an entire season of cheer. The city is already decorated with lights and ornaments in the streets and sales in the stores. It is once again time for the opening of Florence’s annual holiday markets. The German Christmas market in piazza Santa Croce is one of the most popular [...]

Florence’s Complete Thanksgiving Experience ’22

  Turkey, family, autumn, and pie—all of the signs that Thanksgiving is just around the corner! There are many DIY, takeout, and dine-in restaurant options in Florence for the many who celebrate this warm holiday. Thanksgiving is a time for being appreciative of the people you care about, and giving thanks for everyone and everything that may be overlooked in daily life. It is a truly a festivity centered around an extraordinary dinner. [...]

Remembering Richard Serrin, U.S. Florence Artist

  Magenta Publishing and Vista magazine would like to commemorate Richard Serrin, who passed recently, a local resident who called the city of the Renaissance home for over a half a century. He was one of the first post-war American artists to make a life and career in Florence.  Like others before him, he chose to come to Europe where he could find traditional means of artistic expression still in practice and on [...]

A World of Documentaries at ‘Festival dei Popoli’

  The 63rd annual Festival dei Popoli, Italy’s leading International Documentary Film Festival, is returning to Florence in presence from November 5-13 at the La Compagnia Cinema (via Cavour 50/r). The oldest film festival in Europe, the Festival dei Popoli will highlight the work of a number of talented filmmakers, including tributes to Sinead O’Connor, and brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne  Movies will be screened in their original language with English and Italian [...]

Palazzo Strozzi’s ‘Chiaroscuro’ Show by Eliasson

Until January 22, 2023:  IN YOUR TIME (NEL TUO TEMPO) by OLAFUR ELIASSON.  Palazzo Strozzi.  Open 10 am – 8 pm daily, Thursday until 11 pm.  Open on November 1. Admission: €15, €5 for ages 6 to 18. The Palazzo Strozzi presents a unique showcase dedicated to Olafur Eliasson, whose multifaceted production focuses on the visitor in a reflection on the idea of a shared and relational experience of reality. Eliasson, an Icelandic-Danish [...]

Florence Halloween Happenings, 2022

Trick or Treat! It’s time for Halloween, and it takes place not just in America, but all around the world. So here in Florence, instead of trick or treat, you can say dolcetto o scherzetto.  Even though Halloween isn’t as widely celebrated in Europe, there are certainly more than a few events here in Florence that embrace the spooky festival. Even though Halloween may seem like a holiday celebrating death and the dead, [...]

Celebration & Empowerment at The ‘Legacy of Women’

Saturday, October 21 – Sunday, 23: EREDITÀ DELLE DONNE (Legacy of Women). Manifattura Tabacchi, Via delle Cascine, 35. Free admission. For more information, visit the website L’Eredità delle Donne. Eredità delle Donne, or ‘Legacy of Women,’ an event dedicated to the celebration and empowerment of women all over the world, comes to Florence for its fifth annual edition. Generations of scientists, politicians, economists, entrepreneurs, activists, writers, artists, and environmentalists will meet under the [...]

‘Gli Amici della Musica’: A New Vision for the ’22-’23 Concert Season

Change is big news for a 100-year-old musical organization in a 400-year-old theater. The 2022/2023 concert season of the Amici della Musica will be the first produced under their new artistic director, pianist Andrea Lucchesini, who is taking over for Domitilla Baldeschi, appointed Honorary President of the organization. Since its inception in 1920, Gli Amici della Musica has brought world class musicians to the 17th century Teatro della Pergola in the center of [...]

Cultural Perspectives at the ‘Middle East Now’ 2022 Film Festival

  October 4 – 9: MIDDLE EAST NOW FILM FESTIVAL.  Cinema La Compagnia, via Cavour 50/r and Cinema Stensen, viale Don Minzoni 25/c, Florence unless otherwise noted. Subtitles in English and Italian. See for full schedule. Middle East Now is screening a selection of contemporary, culturally eye-opening movies all week. There will be a selection of movies on every day that the festival is open. The week of immersion into Middle Eastern culture will include cinema, [...]

The Antiques Biennale: Tradition & Innovation

  Until October 2:  INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES BIENNALE.  Palazzo Corsini, Lungarno Corsini.  Open 10:30 am – 8 pm. Admission €15, €10 by downloading or printing the Magenta Smart Card, and displayed at the entrance; free for kids under six. Bridging the classic and the contemporary, Florence’s International Antiques Biennale (BIAF) will engage the birthplace of the Renaissance on the world stage.  The fair is regarded as one of the most acclaimed events dedicated to Italian art, as it attracts [...]