Florence Continues to Discuss City’s Future

In our previous article about the Future of Florence initiated by La Repubblica Firenze, we asked you, our readers, for your opinions on how the city can adapt post-pandemic. We received a number of responses on the Magenta Florence & Vista Magazine Facebook page, as well as in Foreigners in Florence Facebook group. Majority of the comments revolved around potential projects Florence should take on in order to become a greener, more accessible, [...]

Maggio Musicale’s First Post-Lockdown Live Concert

The Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (MMF) will open its virtual doors on Sunday, June 9 at 8 pm for its first live performance in streaming after three months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Maggio Musicale orchestra will take the stage using safety precautions, including one person per music stand with one meter (3.2 ft.) separation and plexiglass barriers for the wind and brass instruments. The concert program offers overtures [...]

COVID-19: 2020 Driver and Vehicle Guidelines Modified

  Regulations for drivers and vehicles in Tuscany have been eased due to the COVID-19 emergency during much of 2020.  The Official Gazette of the Republic of Italy issued updates stating the new regulations and dates for renewals and insurance premiums. The annual car registration tax (bollo auto) with expiration dates in March, April and May can be paid up to June 30 without the normal penalty charge for lateness. The biennial, the [...]

The ‘State of the Union’ in the Face of Coronavirus

Since the formation of the European Union in 1993, Florence has celebrated this historical event by hosting the Festival of Europe. Although the larger festival, which often includes cultural events, will not take place amidst the pandemic, the State of the Union will be streamed in three segments on Friday May 8, 2020 and will still be available afterwards for viewing on the website.  The State of the Union is organized by the [...]

Covid-19 & Testing—Tools for Tackling the Pandemic

Residents of Florence and towns throughout Tuscany can now be prescribed free testing for COVID-19  by their family doctors (medico di base). With the Coronavirus emergency, much confusion exists around testing.  Who is eligible for testing, where does one go for a test, and even more complicated, what are the different types of tests? What are the types of tests for COVID-19? The pharyngeal swab consists of a swab of the throat to [...]

‘Suspended Bread’ during the COVID-19 Emergency

    “Those who can, may leave something, and those in need can take.” The message, written on the sign shown above, is clear to passersby. In these weeks of emergency in Italy, this phrase is aimed at those who do not have access to food. It speaks to those in financial difficulties who find it challenging to put together lunch or dinner for themselves and their families. This particular sign posted on [...]

Florence’s Empty Streets & Survival Guide

The effects of mass tourism on downtown Florence is especially evident in light of the COVID-19 lockdown: significantly fewer permanent residents also thanks to a predominance of private rentals, Airbnbs, residences and hotels. There are less residents out and about even doing grocery shopping in the historic center, those who do so are walking around, masked, for the most part before lunchtime.  Florentines are known to take their dogs out for a walk [...]

Valentine Week Food & Wine Specials at Pino’s

Salumeria Verdi, aka “Pino’s Sandwiches” on via Verdi 36 has three specials lined up for Valentine’s week.  Wednesday, February 12, is “Coccoli Day” from 5 – 8 pm, when Pino and his family will make Tuscan fried dough balls (coccoli) right on the spot, then fill them with Nutella and serve to guests (€1 for a large coccolo, €2 for an extra-large one). Friday, February 13 is “Galenwine Day” at Pino’s Enoteca DiVino (via Ghibellina [...]

Opera Duomo: Reduced Admission & Free Visits

In an initiative that has been extended through February 29, residents of Florence, the city’s metropolitan area and the province of Florence can participate in free guided visits on Saturdays (5 and 6 pm) and on Sundays (10, 11, 5 and 6 pm) of the South Gate of the Baptistery at the Opera del Duomo museum (Cathedral Museum) and also visit the entire complex at a reduced admission of €6 instead of €18. [...]

Red Cross of Florence Holiday Market 2019

The Red Cross of Florence will host a holiday market, whose proceeds will go to Florentine families in need at Palazzo Capponi (via Borgo San Frediano 12) on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm. The CRI solidarity panettoni (Christmas bread) and various fine products will be for sale throughout the holiday market, which is being held in the same building where the local office of the volunteer organization is located [...]