Laurie Shapiro’s Art Show: Modern Feminist Mythology

  Laurie Shapiro is an American artist who has showcased her work across the United States in solo and group exhibitions. She is currently participating in an art residency program through SACI Florence, and will be presenting her work at a lecture in English, followed by the opening of a show of her work. Shapiro is interested in exploring Florence so she can research and develop her most recent project, “The Renaissance of [...]

Contactless Payment Launched on Buses & Trams

On-board contactless payment has been made available to use on all Florence urban and suburban buses and trams starting in March 2024. Every bus and tram in the Florence metro area now accepts contactless card payment from Mastercard, Visa and American Express cards. The system also accepts smartphone payments through functions such as ApplePay, GooglePay, and SamsungPay. The contactless tickets function similarly to normal bus and tram tickets, costing €1,70 each with Florence [...]

Florence’s 2024 Artisanal Chocolate Fair

  March 7 – 10: FLORENCE ARTISANAL CHOCOLATE FAIR. Piazza Santa Croce, 10 am – 8 pm daily.  Free admission. The sugary festival brings together master chocolatiers from across Italy to exhibit their delicious bars, ganaches, pralines, and pastries, available for purchase. Spend your weekend wandering about the piazza trying all types of chocolate – dark, white, and milk – with creative combinations including spices, fruits, nuts, and liquors.  Most of the vendors [...]

‘Romeo & Juliet’ Costumes at the Zeffirelli Foundation

In a celebration of artistry, Florence’s Zeffirelli Foundation (piazza San Firenze 5) hosts a tribute to the work of Florentine director Franco Zeffirelli. Hailing from the extensive collection of the Cerratelli Foundation, 30 costumes used to create Zeffirelli’s magic in the film “Romeo and Juliet,” accompanied by photographs, sketches, and other unique artifacts, are on display through February 25 (open 10 – 6 pm, closed Mondays; admission €12). Danilo Donati won an Academy [...]

Buy Vista, Florence & Tuscany: Proceeds to Viva Vittoria

Proceeds from the sale of the current issue of Vista, Florence & Tuscany will be given to support women who have been victims of violence, specifically the shelters and organizations that help them through the Viva Vittoria. This is also a special “Women in the Spotlight” issue, interviews with and profiles of notable women in Florence, and timely coverage of the   of the Florence’s Artemisia refuge and safe home.  Also included are articles [...]

‘Back to Bach’: Free Jazz Performance in the Duomo

Following the success of last year’s “Altissima Luce” concert, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Fiore (aka the Florence Duomo) is hosting yet another genre-transcending concert at the Duomo in the form of “Back to Bach.” Last year’s headliners, renowned trumpeter Paolo Fresu and esteemed bandoneon player Daniele di Bonaventura, will be joined onstage with pianist and composer Uri Caine and the Italian Virtuosi orchestra on October 26, 2023, at 9:15 pm. Between Caine’s [...]

Rificolona Paper Lantern Festivities 2023

Thurs. 7:  RIFICOLONA (Paper Lantern Festival) History underlies Florence’s annual Rificolona festivities which take place annually on September 7. Before the 21st century, Tuscan farmers and shepherds would arrive in Florence on the evening of Sept. 7 from the Casentino and Pistoia mountains in addition to San Piero in Campo (Elba).  Often traveling from the countryside and mountains at night, lanterns provided visibility for their path. The pilgrims would congregate in Piazza Santissima Annunziata (Holy [...]

Fourth of July Festivities in Florence, 2023

Tues. 4:  INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS.  Great Cloister of Santa Maria Novella; access from Piazza Santa Maria Novella 18.  6:30 – 11 pm. The 4th of July celebration, starting at 6:30 pm, offers an opportunity to commemorate the American Independence Day in an unexpected setting. Visitors can enjoy a diverse line-up of entertainment, including musical performances and a dance show. The evening’s program features two musical acts: The Railroad Acoustic Duo will take the stage at [...]

June 27 Free Baroque Concert at Casa Buonarroti

  The final concert of the Festival Passaggi in Florence will take place on June 27 in the courtyard of Casa Buonarroti (Michelangelo’s House), on via Ghibellina, 70 at 9 pm.  There is free admission with reservation: call 055/241752 between 10 am and 4 pm (except Tuesday). June 27: “Paris | Naples | Florence: A Baroque Stroll”  The offers an evening of Baroque music from the 17th and early 18th centuries interpreted by [...]

A New Life for the Santa Rosa Tabernacle

Conservation work on the tabernacle of Santa Rosa, located near to Porta San Frediano in the Oltrarno district, has recently been completed under the direction of the Fine Arts Department of the Municipality of Florence, and overseen by the Superintendency of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the city of Florence. Built in 1856, the tabernacle – a canopied niche – is situated within the city’s fortification walls, which date back to the 14th century. [...]