Santa Croce’s 2021 Genius Loci Festival

Genius Loci is back, and Florence is ready again to discover its genius.   The cultural festival that was cancelled last year returns on Thursday, September 23 through Saturday the 25th.  This year’s edition, offering a message of hope, with the theme Reflection on Memory and the Future, characterizes the need for people everywhere to reach a point of normalcy and optimism for the future. Two nights and a dawn of events allow the [...]

Italian Workplace To Require a ‘Green Pass’

No longer simply necessary to sit down at a café, restaurant, visit a museum or attend a concert or movie, all employees in Italy–totaling 23,000,000–whether in the private or public sector, must have a ‘Green Pass’ vaccine passport in order to go to work.  The new government decree, approved on September 16, 2021, will be in effect from October 15 to December 31, 2021. The obligation to have a “Green Pass” on the [...]

Serre Torrigiani & River Urban Beach Getaways

With day temperatures still in the 90s, and travel not easy due to COVID-19, but don’t let that prevent you from enjoying a staycation. There’s plenty of local getaway spots that are waiting to be explored. The first edition of this series (read here) explored the spots near Santa Maria Novella train station, the second edition for the August 15 Ferragosto holiday took us to the gardens of Florence and now we move [...]

The Talents of the 2021 ‘Firenze Jazz Festival’

Thursday 9 – Sun. 12:  FIRENZE JAZZ FESTIVAL.  Sala Vanni, Piazza del Carmine, Villa Strozzi, Villa Bardini.  Performances scheduled between 7:30 and 9:30 pm. The fifth annual Firenze Jazz Festival, kicking off Thursday, September 9, showcases 30 events featuring 100 artists in 10 locations.  Among this year’s starring performers are American saxophonists James Brandon Lewis and Grammy award winner David Murray.  Considered as cutting-edge musicians of the African American music scene, they will [...]

Fabbrica Europa 2021 Performing Arts Festival

Opening Sept. 2:  FABBRICA EUROPA avant-garde performing arts festival.  Various venues throughout Florence.  Tickets range from €5 to €12 and will be available via  All events will follow health regulations including social distancing and capacity limits, so buy your tickets in advance to secure a spot.  At the entrance to each show it is necessary to display a “Green Pass” and photo ID.  For complete information on this year’s festival, visit Fabbrica [...]

Diving into Florence’s Public Pools, Summer ’21

The forecast calls for heat, heat and more heat. As temperatures in Florence reach the high 90s, jumping into a cold swimming pool is absolutely refreshing. Whether you prefer swimming or lounging, Florence’s public pools provide the perfect spot to cool off. Offering food, beverages and a place to relax, the public pools are accessible to both residents and visitors at the daily cost of €10 or less. Complying with post-lockdown guidelines, the [...]

The 2021 Florence Dance Festival, Act 2

  The 2021 Florence Dance Performing Arts Festival continues through July with the best national, Tuscan and Florentine companies. Featuring new dance artists and choreographers, the 32nd edition of the festival brings excitement and energy to the stage of Santa Maria Novella’s Great Cloister (Chiostro Grande di Santa Maria Novella).  This year’s theme, “Future Perfect Squared – la potenza in atto,” celebrates the renewed energy emerging from the pandemic.  “This 32nd year is [...]

Off Bar & Villa Vittoria, Florence Summer Spots ’21

Music, drinks, friends and food – what more does summer need? Florence’s summer spots are offering all of this and more. Located near the Santa Maria Novella train station, the OFF Bar and Villa Vittoria are just two of many spots that you won’t want to miss out on this summer.  OFF Bar – Piazza Oriana Fallaci (near the Lago dei Cigni). Open Monday to Sunday 11 am to 1:30 am. Free entry. [...]

The Return of the ‘Pitti Uomo’ Men’s Fashion Fair

  For months, COVID-19 left the fashion industry hanging on a thread. Now, the industry is sewing the seams for the future of fashion at the Pitti Immagine’s summer edition unveiling styles for spring/summer 2022. Marking the first fashion event in Florence since the start of the pandemic, the Pitti Uomo 100 explores the new trends and collections in international menswear. The event not only signifies the 100th edition of Pitti Immagine but [...]

Florence’s Summer Cinema in English 2021

Film lovers in Florence can once again enjoy the summer pastime of outdoor cinema beginning this month.  The 2021 edition of Apriti Cinema, sponsored by Cinema Alfieri, presents top rated movies at iconic spots in the city.  Of interest to an English speaking audience, three diverse selections can be enjoyed.  Nomadland features Frances McDormand’s powerful acting imparting meaning with looks and glances in a film about the failed American Dream and survival.  Patti [...]