Florence Vintage Market for Medical Home Care by FILE

The Florence Vintage Market, with proceeds donated to the home and hospice care of the terminally ill and support to their families, will take place at Palazzo Corsini (Lungarno Corsini 8) from Wednesday, May 12 to Sunday, May 16.  Hours are 11 am – 4 pm on weekdays, and 11 am – 6 pm on the weekend. The guest will find a vast selection of vintage clothing for women, men and children, ranging [...]

Florence’s Mercato Centrale Offers Food Discounts

The ground floor of the historic Central Market in the San Lorenzo district created an initiative at the beginning of this month to offer their products at lower costs. The discounts are published every Saturday for the week ahead on their Facebook page. Until the end of February, customers can find meat, seafood, bread, cheese, and other goods for up to 30% off.  In conjunction with lower costs, the shops and stalls of [...]

A Dante Word a Day & an Italian Language Museum

2021 will be defined by health and political events around the world but one more positive characterization of this year is the 700th anniversary of Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s death. Author of The Divine Comedy and credited with establishing the Florentine vernacular, Dante contributed to the evolution of the Italian language alongside his contemporaries including Petrarch and Boccaccio. Also to honor the anniversary of his death, the Municipality has decided to establish the [...]

Jan. 7-10: Florence a Yellow Zone, Then Orange

  Regarding restrictions designed to contain Coronavirus contagions, Florence–and all of Italy–will be classified as a yellow zone with revised regulations from Thursday, January 7 to Friday, January 8, then the entire country will move into the orange zone for the weekend of January 9-10.  Health Minister Roberto Speranza will sign a new decree on Friday, January 8 which will assign each region a red, yellow or orange designation; limitations will depend on [...]

Florence a ‘Yellow Zone’, Then ‘Red’ and ‘Orange:’ A Guide

Florence and the entire region of Tuscany will become a “yellow zone” with fewer restrictions in place designed to lessen the number of Coronavirus contagions from Sunday, December 20 to Wednesday, December 23.  Customers can once again enjoy sit-down service at restaurants, bars, cafés, pizzerias, pubs and pastry shops during those four days of comparative freedom.  Restaurants can remain open until 10 pm for take out orders, while deliveries can take place 24/7.  [...]

Charity & Artisan Events Return for the Holiday Season

Christmas is a time for giving. With this in mind, several holiday markets will return to Florence this season despite the Covid emergency, allowing shoppers to support local artisans and also make purchases that raise funds for charities. Although the typical wooden stands set up in Piazza Santa Croce will not be able to return this year, organizations including Atelier, Nataleperfile, and ANT will sell gifts and bring awareness to the difficult moment [...]

With the Cashback Rebate, Italy Enters the Credit Card Era

  Beginning January 1, 2020, the Italian government launches an initiative called Cashback offering a 10% reimbursement to citizens on any expense paid electronically in a physical store.  Food, clothing, medical expenses, payments to restaurants and other expenses, with the exception of those made online, up to a maximum of €1500 during a six-month period, resulting in a €150 reimbursement to be credited to consumers’ bank accounts in February 2021.  To be eligible [...]

Free Streamed ORT Concert Headlines Two Rising Stars

  Two young talents are headlined at the Friday, November 20 Orchestra della Toscana concert which will be streamed starting 9 pm.  Lasting an hour-and-a-half without intermission, the event is free and can be accessed through the Orchestra della Toscana You Tube channel and Facebook page. Nil Venditti, appointed one of the two principal guest co-conductor at the ORT (along with Beatrice Venezi) in January 2020, is just 24.  Trained as a cellist at the [...]

A Gift of Music: A Free ORT Concert Via Streaming

  With the latest closures due to the most recent Ministerial Decree, all public performances will be cancelled until November 24, or further notice. The Orchestra Regionale della Toscana will comply, however for now the orchestra will continue its activity and rehearse for the next concert on the program offering a free performance on their YouTube channel, October 30 at 9 pm. The concert will be conducted by John Axelrod.  A Texan, he [...]

Live ORT Classical Concerts starring Michele Campanella

  This week, the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) also moves ahead with their programming, in compliance with the latest directives of allowing a limited audience to enjoy evenings of live music at the Teatro Verdi. On October 21 and 22 Michele Campanella will lead and perform two authentic masterpieces of Viennese classicism, Mozart’s concerto K. 467 and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. Michele Campanella enjoys conducting the works himself from the piano because he feels [...]