Rondinella & Santa Rosa Cool Summer Spots

Two summer cool spots sit at the edge of city limits, close to the San Frediano gate–both are removed from city noise and offering more nature and shade than typically found in Florence.  Circolo Rondinella del Torrino and Santarosa Bistrot are located on Lungarno Soderini, right off the the Amerigo Vespucci bridge, and are open all day from morning to midnight.  Circolo Rondinella del Torrino is a local “club” on Lungarno Soderini 2 [...]

Florence’s ‘Serre Torrigiani’ Summer Oasis

  Heat waves can make the Florentine summer especially brutal. Both residents and tourists searching for a cool escape can find respite at the Serre Torrigiani Bistrot, a local garden oasis for drinks, aperitivo and dinner open daily from 6 pm to 2 pm. Serre Torrigiani is named for its location, the Torrigiani gardens. The gardens were built in 1531 and are only accessible to the public from an unsuspecting alleyway near Porta [...]

Cooling Off at Florence’s Public Pools, 2022

Escape Florence’s summer heat at one of the four public pools, located in different city neighborhoods and easily accessible. Here is Magenta’s 2022 pool roundup. Piscina Pavoniere Viale della Catena, 2. Mon-Fri: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm. Sat, Sun, holidays: 9 am – 7:30 pm. Depending on the day and time, prices vary between €5 and €12. Reservations can be made for the pool (pay in advance and skip the line) on the website. [...]

Movies in English at ‘Cinema in Villa’

Cinema in Villa returns with a selection of new releases and timeless classics at the Villa Bardini from the first week of July to August 21.  The summer cinema experience on the Belvedere Terrace offers guests a venue cooler than downtown Florence complemented by a breathtaking view of the city.  Screenings start at 9:15 pm. In its third edition, the Cinema in Villa returns with some special evenings focusing on renowned Italian directors [...]

‘Digital’ & Donatello – Two July Strozzi Shows

  The past and the future of art intertwine until the end of the month in the Palazzo Strozzi’s two exhibitions: Let’s Get Digital! and Donatello, the Renaissance. Until July 31, 2022: LET’S GET DIGITAL! Palazzo Strozzi. Open daily 10 am – 8 pm, 11 pm on Thursdays. Admission: €11 for adults and €5 for children under 18, and €15 for entry to both Palazzo Strozzi exhibitions: Let’s Get Digital! and Donatello, the [...]

Collecting Classics at ‘Vintage Selection 38’

  June 29 – July 1, 2022: VINTAGE SELECTION n. 38 “Into the Wild.” Ghiaia Pavilion of Fortezza da Basso. Viale Filippo Strozzi, 1 Florence. Open to the general public as well as buyers. Opening times differ depending on the day; June 29 – 30: 9 am – 6 pm, July 1: 9 am- 4 pm. Admission: €5, with options for reduced pricing available on the website.  Calling all sustainable fashion lovers and [...]

The Grand Return of Pitti Uomo’s Men’s Fashion

  Tuesday, 14 – Friday, 17: PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO 102. Fortezza da Basso,  Viale Filippo Strozzi, 1, Florence. Open only to buyers and the press. Taking to the runway after a two-year hiatus, the energy of men’s style returns to the city of Florence at Pitti Immagine Uomo 102 from June 14 – 17, 2022. The latest fashion trends will premier thanks to shows, exhibitions, and events throughout the four-day-long event. This year’s [...]

The ‘Estate Fiorentina’: a Post-Pandemic Return

  As the summer energy takes over the city, the “Estate Fiorentina” collection of festivals are returning to Florence and will be held from June 1 to Sept. 30. With a focus on music, art, and literature, 15 major festivals will be held along with other local events, totaling 118 happenings throughout the coming months. “It will truly be an extraordinary summer,” said Dario Nardella, mayor and councilor for culture. “From the [city] [...]

A Visit to the Oscar Ghiglia Art Exhibition

Until September 13, 2022: OSCAR GHIGLIA. GLI ANNI DI NOVECENTO.Museo di Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Open daily 9 am – 7 pm, closed Wednesday. Admission to  the exhibition and museum is €10, reduced price is €6. For more information, visit Palazzo  Medici Riccardi website at http://www.palazzomediciriccardi.it/.  Curated by Leonardo Ghiglia, Lucia Mannini, and Stefano Zampieri, this show consists of still  lives, portraits, and figure paintings by the talented artist Oscar Ghiglia, who lived between [...]

Florence May 22 Private Historic Home Openings

Sunday, 22: OPEN COURTYARDS & GARDENS (CORTILI E GIARDINI APERTI). Locations open from 10 am – 1 pm, 2:30 – 6 pm (unless otherwise stated). Free admission, reservation might be required depending on the venue. Walking down the timeless Florentine 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, such [...]