Winning Women: Lisa Robbins, Homeopath

  Serving the English-speaking community of Florence is Lisa Robbins, a licensed homeopath with her practice located behind the Arno river in the Porta al Prato neighborhood.  Lisa Robbins is a U.S. native but has spent most of her life on other continents. Her eclectic background has led her to gain an education in various fields, from English literature in the U.S. to studying the Chinese language in Asia to homeopathy in the [...]

New Light on Eleonora di Toledo at a Pitti Show

Until May 14: ELEONORA DI TOLEDO AND THE MEDICI COURT. Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti, 1. Open Tuesday – Sunday from 8:15 am – 6:30 pm, closed Monday. Last entrance at 5:30 pm. Admission: €10, reduced €2. Florence’s Palazzo Pitti, part of the Uffizi Galleries, has opened a new exhibition of over 100 exquisite artworks detailing the life of Eleonora di Toledo, Duchess Consort of Florence from 1539 to 1562. Curated by Bruce Edelstein, [...]

Andrea Lucchesini Brings Youth to the Pergola

  With only a few weeks left in his first season as artistic director, Amici della Musica’s famously groundbreaking Andrea Lucchesini reflects on the year behind him with pride.  “It was good to see that people wanted to go back to the theatre after the pandemic,” Lucchesini said, in an interview with Magenta Florence. “This was very satisfying. We had a good response from the public.” Lucchesini has been renowned for his ways [...]

Writer & Artist Carlo Levi, a Florence Exhibition

Until March 19: CARLO LEVI IN FLORENCE. Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Open 9 am – 7 pm, closed Wednesdays. Admission included in the €7 ticket to the museum.  To see a video of the show, click here. This particular exhibition demonstrates the work of Carlo Levi and the influence of his dedication to social justice and human rights prior to and during World War II. His stay in Florence from 1941 to 1945 has [...]

Anna Maria de’Medici Commemorations 2023

  Sat. 18: ANNA MARIA DE’MEDICI COMMEMORATIONS.  February 18 is a day of historical significance and celebration in Florence, with events and  free museum openings planned in recognition of Anna Maria Luisa dè Medici (1667-1743) on  the anniversary of her death. This remarkable woman – who was the last Medici ruler in  Florence and a patron of the arts – willed her family’s significant cultural patrimony to the city.  This donation, called Il [...]

‘Winning Women’: Foodie Rebecca Gouttenoire

Formaggioteca Terroir is a cheese and wine shop specializing in French and Italian products that debuted during the pandemic. The shop is run by Rebecca Christophersen Gouttenoire and her husband, Pierre Gouttenoire, and has a warm and homey ambiance, something that can be attributed to Rebecca’s Danish roots. “Terroir” is a French word that has traditionally been used to describe how all of the specific elements of a wine, such as where it [...]

The ‘Rudolf Levy Life & Exile’ Show at Pitti

Until April 30: RUDOLF LEVY, HIS LIFE AND WORK. Palazzo Pitti, Andito degli Angiolini.  Open daily 8:15 am – 6:30 pm, closed Monday. Admission is included in the museum entrance fee: €10 until February 28, and €16 afterward. January 27 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day to remember the lives lost to hatred and cruelty against the Jewish people. It also serves as the date when the last survivors of Auschwitz were [...]

Casa Buonarroti’s ‘Artemisia UpClose’ Project

Until April 2023: ARTEMISIA UPCLOSE. Casa Buonarroti, via Ghibellina 70.  Open 10 am – 6:30 pm.  Closed Tuesday. Admission €8.   An exciting new art restoration project, titled “Artemisia UpClose,” is underway at the Casa Buonarroti (Michelangelo’s house) museum providing art-lovers with a unique vision. During museum hours in the ‘Model Room,’ visitors get the chance to witness Artemisia Gentileschi’s painting Allegory of Inclination be restored live in  front of them. Chief conservator Elizabeth [...]

Cutting Edge Men’s Fashion at Pitti Uomo 103

January 10 – 13, 2023: PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO 103. Fortezza da Basso, V.le Filippo Strozzi, 1.  Open only to buyers and the press.  Open 9 am – 6 pm, on January 13, from 9 am – 4 pm.  Florence will welcome back the leading men’s fashion exposition, Pitti Uomo, a winter trade fair that blends old and new elements. The 103rd edition presents the theme PITTIWAY to curate a creative space showcasing the best [...]

Florence’s 2022 New Year’s Eve Countdown

The countdown is on! New Year’s celebrations in Florence are coming up just after the Christmas season, and there are lots of events in which to participate. In previous years, Florence hasn’t been able to have these big celebrations because of the pandemic, so this year, of course taking the proper precautions, New Year’s is back for the first time in quite a while. On New Year’s Eve the tram will provide service [...]