July at the 35th Florence Dance Festival

The 35th Florence Dance Festival will continue in July with a series of anticipated events and performances in the Main Cloister of Santa Maria Novella (Chiostro Maggiore).   Semâ, by Swiss dance company Campagnie Linga, commences the month of July for Florence Dance Festival, directed by the artists Katarzyna Gdaniec (Poland) and Marco Cantalupo (Italian), with live electronic music and percussion, on July 3. Later in the week on July 8, Mystes Dance Company, [...]

Florence’s ‘Grand Départ’ of the Tour de France

Tour de France, the world-renowned bicycle race, will begin in Italy this summer for the first time since it began in 1903. On June 29, the city of Florence will be the official starting point for the race as the 22 teams, each composed of eight riders, take part in the Grand Départ. After leaving Cascine Park at noon to bike through the city, the racers will officially commence their journey after a [...]

June at the 35th Florence Dance Festival

The Main Cloister of Santa Maria Novella (Chiostro Maggiore) will be home to the Florence Dance Festival, June 20 to July 23, welcoming both renowned and emerging artists from Italy and overseas. Directors of the festival, Marga Nativo and Keith Ferrone, are confident that they have curated the perfect programme, marking a return to ”excellence, artistically and with regards to offering the best way for the audience to attend.” Celebrating the festival’s 35th [...]

Upcoming Men’s Fashion at ‘Pitti Uomo’ 106

Housing many major fashion brands, studios and museums, Florence stands as one of the world’s leading fashion capitals, making it the ideal location to host Pitti Immagine Uomo (Pitti Man), the colossal menswear event held here biannually. Gathering together retailers, editors and fashion enthusiasts from around the globe, June 11 to 14 will be this year’s second installation of Pitti Immagine Uomo, marking 106 editions of the event, renowned as one of the [...]

A Summer Stage in Florence: ‘The Season’ 2024

Until July 5: THE SEASON. Villa La Pietra, Via Bolognese, 120 (bus 25). Free admission. Actors, musicians, intellectuals and artists will be working in unison and in an interdisciplinary environment to deliver evenings of entertainment and culture during The Season, hosted by NYU Florence. As a celebration of creative collaboration, The Season welcomes those across the wider Florence community, offering free events in English. June 10 – Limonaia – 7 pm  Villa La [...]

Foreign Authors & The 2024 Von Rezzori Prize

The Gregor Von Rezzori Prize 2024 is a literature festival spanning three days in various locations throughout Florence, featuring events such as discussions and readings by authors for the general public. This year the festival will take place from May 29 to May 31, marking 18 years since the creation of the prize in 2007. Since the prize relocated to Florence in 2010, the ceremony has previously awarded the prize to international authors [...]

Annual Opening of Private Courtyards & Gardens

Sunday, May 26: CORTILI E GIARDINI APERTI (Open Courtyards and Gardens in Florence). Open from 10 am – 1 pm, 3 – 7 pm. Free admission, booking obligatory. Walking down the timeless Tuscan streets, attention is often drawn to a majestic doorway, barred windows with a faint view of frescoed ceilings, and wisteria vines climbing the balconies of a private courtyard. All this and more will be visible to the general public in [...]

‘Senza Tempo’: Mimmo Jodice’s Photos at Villa Bardini

Until July 14: ‘SENZA TEMPO,’  PHOTOS BY MIMMO JODICE.  Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2.  Open 10 am – 9 pm.  Admission €10, reduced €5.  There is now free shuttle bus service to Villa Bardini, click here to see an article. Neapolitan photographer Mimmo Jodice creates a wondrous atmosphere to be admired at his exhibition, “Senza Tempo” at Villa Bardini. Through the use of various forms of photographic art, Jodice explores the concept of [...]

Florence’s May 1 Labor Day Festivities 2024

Italy’s Labor Day, a time-honored national holiday celebrated annually on May 1, serves as a day of rest, solidarity, and cultural festivities, honoring workers’ rights, fair labor practices, and the achievements of the labor movement. Leading up to and during this holiday, numerous events will take place. ‘SACRED MOUNT’ CONCERT. Tuesday, April 30, Piazza del Duomo. 9 pm. To commence the holiday festivities, a sacred music festival will take place the night before [...]

Florence’s April 25 Liberation Weekend Events ’24

The Liberation Day celebrations in Florence offer a poignant tribute to the bravery and sacrifices made during World War II to bring an end to the Nazi and Fascist occupation which began when Italy surrendered to the Allies on September 8, 1943. It’s heartening to witness the city unite in honoring the efforts of the resistance fighters and commemorating this pivotal moment in history.  On April 25, numerous festivities will unfold throughout the [...]