A Visit to the Oscar Ghiglia Art Exhibition

Until September 13, 2022: OSCAR GHIGLIA. GLI ANNI DI NOVECENTO (20th century art). Museo di Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Open daily 9 am – 7 pm, closed Wednesday. Admission to 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 [...]

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 [...]

‘Peace’ from Kyiv Displayed in Palazzo Vecchio

  The plaster cast version of “La Pace di Kyiv”—“Peace”— by Antonio Canova, has arrived in Florence and is being exhibited at Palazzo Vecchio, in the Sala di Leone X, through September 18. The sculpture is surrounded by stories of war and peace, illustrated by frescoes depicting the life of Giovanni de’ Medici found in the room. The cast is a plaster version of the original marble statue normally hosted by the Khanenko [...]

The 2022 Reopening of Florence’s Iris Garden

  An exceptional bloom of flowers can be seen through May 20 below Piazzale Michelangelo in the Iris Garden. Over 10,000 varieties of iris in a full spectrum of colors from all over the world are planted there. Visitors are welcomed to walk through the five-acre park to admire the flourishing garden. Gardening courses, events and guided tours will be offered during this annual opening. The garden is open free of charge from [...]

A World of International Crafts at Florence’s MIDA

April 23 – May 1, 2022: MIDA, The International Handicraft Fair. Fortezza da Basso, V.le Filippo Strozzi, 1, Florence. Open April 26 – 29, 10 am – 8 pm; April 23 -25, 30, May 1 from 10 am – 10 pm.  Tickets for the fair are available online and in-person, ranging from free of charge to €7 depending on the day and person. For more information regarding times, tickets, and artisans, visit the [...]

The 84th Maggio Festival: Mythology, Love & Fable

  The LXXXIV Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will run from April to July, 2022.  Breaking from tradition, the festival will last for three months, and will include six operas, some never before performed at the Teatro del Maggio, and a number of symphonic concerts. The uniting theme is Mythology, Love and Fable.  Of the six titles, five will be new productions, with the cooperation of some of the finest artists on the [...]

St. Mark’s English Church Community Outreach

Despite experiencing setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, St Mark’s English Church has adapted in order to continue to provide various services to the Florentine community. Located on Via Maggio since 1880, the English-speaking church has been and is not only known for offering worship in the Anglican tradition, but also for its many arts and cultural programs. A tradition at the church that is indicative of their collaboration of faith and the [...]

A Taste of the 2022 ‘Taste’ Food Festival

The festival of all things food and drink, TASTE, returns to Florence again for three days with a change of venue: the Fortezza da Basso instead of the Stazione Leopolda. Sat. 26 – Mon. 28: TASTE. Fortezza da Basso.  Open to the general public Saturday & Sunday from 2:30 – 7:30 pm, Monday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Admission: €20; children under 12 free.  Tickets must be reserved online. Known for showcasing the [...]

‘Winning Women:’ Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda

Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda is incredibly passionate about Florence and its art, as is evident in her work. She is the founder of “Friends of Florence,” a foundation that is responsible for the preservation of many of Florence’s most precious works of art. Their first major project was the 2002 restoration of the sculptures in Piazza Signoria’s Loggia dei Lanzi. Since then, Friends of Florence has provided for the restoration of 22 large panel [...]

‘Winning Women:’ Chef Benedetta Vitali

Benedetta Vitali’s accomplishments are not only in the kitchen; her status as a pioneer applies to all walks of life. Most known for co-founding one of Florence’s most successful restaurants, Cibrèo, she has had a long and fascinating culinary career, which continues today. Originally a student of architecture, Vitali never intended to pursue cooking. When, however, an old trattoria closed in the unfashionable Sant’Ambrogio neighborhood, she and her then-husband heard about the offer [...]