The Feast of San Lorenzo on August 9-10

In Florence, August 10 is celebrated as the feast of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence), which is a trademark of the characteristic neighborhood around the church of San Lorenzo near the Central Market. To kick-start the festivities, the square in front of the church will host a free concert by the Città di Grosseto Symphonic Orchestra on August 9 at 8:30 pm. The actual feast day, August 10, will start with a parade of [...]

Balagan Café Dreams of Florence in the Synagogue Garden

Balagan Cafe

BALAGAN CAFE. July 11 & 18, September 5 & 22. Free entrance. Synagogue of Florence, Via Luigi Farini 4. The Synagogue will opens its doors for each event at 7 pm, and at 7:30 pm €10 aperitivos are served. More information on the facebook page and website. Back for the seventh time, the program of this year’s Balagan Cafe consists of four evenings in the courtyard of the stunning historic Synagogue of Florence, [...]

Museum Extended Hours & Discounted Admission

To celebrate the cultural aspects of the EU, the third Saturday in May is designated European Museum Night (Notte dei Musei), offering dinnertime visiting hours and discounted admission. This year, the following sites can be visited for €1 on May 18 during the following hours: Uffizi Gallery: 7 – 10 pm. Bargello: 7 – 10 pm. Accademia: 7 – 10 pm. Innocenti Museum:  7:30 – 9:30 pm. San Marco:  7 – 10 pm. [...]

New, Discounted Admission to the Innocenti Museum

Starting in April 2019, visitors of the Accademia Gallery will now have the opportunity to buy a discounted ticket to the Museum degli Innocenti (€5 reduced from €7, valid for six days from purchasing admission to Accademia Gallery). The two institutions are collaborating as part of a three-year agreement in an effort to promote their cultural and artistic heritage in the historic centre of Florence, which is where both of the museums are [...]

Da Vinci’s ‘Codex Atlanticus’ Displayed at Palazzo Vecchio

Until June 24: “The Codex Atlanticus.”  Sala dei Gigli, Palazzo Vecchio.  Open 9 am – 7 pm until March 31; 9 am – 11 pm daily except Thursday when hours are 9 am – 2 pm from April 1 – June 24.  Entrance included in the ticket to Palazzo Vecchio, which has been temporarily increased to €16.50 for the duration of the show.  An exhibition dedicated to the Codex Atlanticus, specifically 12 sheets of [...]

More Low-Cost Thematic Visits to Santa Maria Novella

February 10 & 17:  Guided visits at Santa Maria Novella for young people and adults at 2:30 pm, activities for families and children at 4 pm.  Admission: € 2.50 for residents, and € 5 for non residents (not including general entrance rate of € 7.50, reduced prices at € 5).  Residents of Florence and its greater metropolitan area are not charged the general entrance fee all day during Free Museum Sunday on February 3. [...]

Interfaith Walk from San Miniato al Monte

While a wide variety of religious groups exemplify the diversity of Florence, this fact can also contribute to city’s cohesiveness, as seen in the interfaith walk also open to the public on Sunday, February 3 starting from San Miniato al Monte at 2 pm. The event is part of World Interfaith Harmony Week from February 1 – 14, organized by the United Nations. Along with local residents, members from 20 of Florence’s religious [...]

NataleperFile & Red Cross Holiday Markets

Two signature benefit markets are taking place in Florence from November 30 – December 2. The 16th annual Nataleperfile Holiday Fair will be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the Palazzo Corsini from 10 am to 7 pm. The event is held to raise money for FILE (The Italian Foundation of Leniterapia onlus), an organization that provides home care to terminally ill people. Thanks to enthusiastic public participation, FILE raised more than [...]

Designer Shopping for a Cause at the ANT Charity Fair

Come join the what everyone is talking about, the Associazione Nationale Tumori (ANT) is hosting its fundraiser fair filled with designer clothes at wholesale or less prices from Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18 at the Palazzo Borghese (Via Ghibellina 110, Florence). Hours are 10 am – 7 pm; free admission.  For a €25 donation, the prospective shoppers for a cause can get in on Thursday, November 15 from 7:30 onward to beat [...]

Flower Market & Santo Spirito’s ‘Floralia’

During the weekend of Oct. 6 -7, Florence’s autumn plant and flower market will take place in the Giardino dell’Orticoltura, via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4 from 10:30 am – 7 pm. This is an opportunity to plan next season’s garden. An event held in a park, a setting dominated by a 19th century greenhouse, nursery owners will be exhibiting perennials, vases, seeds and bulbs, all of which can be purchased and taken home. [...]