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. [...]

European Heritage Days 2018: €1 & Free Museum Admission

Florence museums will participate in European Heritage Days by offering special hours and events — in addition to free and €1 admission — across the city. Within Italy, the festival is coordinated by the Ministry for Patrimony with the aim of emphasizing the central role of cultural heritage in Italian society. This year, Florence festivities will run from Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23.  The celebrations will commence with an extraordinary opportunity on Friday, [...]

Toes in the Sand, Nose in a Book

Summer reading is, ideally, the time during which you can catch up on those stacks of books at your bedside that you didn’t have either the time or stamina to get through during the workweek. From fluffy beach reading to trashy romance novels, from sparse poetry collections to finally attempting to digest Infinite Jest, now is the time to explore the titles you’re curious about but to which you could never fully devote [...]

Free Concert Series in the Michelangelo House

The historical ambience of Michelangelo’s house will become a performer in its own right in a weekly free concert series from July 4 to 25, organized by Musica Ricercata. The intimate courtyard of Casa Buonarroti, the chosen stage for this concert series, is a block from Piazza Santa Croce. Though it has a fairly plain, undistinguished exterior, the residence-turned-museum is full of works by the master sculptor himself – including the largest collection [...]

Fiesole’s Musical Summer Solstice

A free musical celebration of the summer solstice in the historic Roman Theater crowns Fiesole’s annual music festival on Thursday, June 21 starting at 9 pm. The Italian Youth Orchestra (OGI) will perform in the midst of ancient ruins and natural beauty, taking the beautiful hilltop amphitheater as its stage and the rolling hills of Tuscany as a backdrop. The young ensemble is to be joined by the renowned Romanian-Sardinian violinist Anna Tifu [...]

May 19 Florence’s European Museum Night Openings

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 art sites can be visited for €1 on May 19 during the following hours:  the Bargello National Sculpture Museum and the Medici Chapels (5 – 8 pm) in addition to: the Uffizi Gallery,  the Accademia and the San Marco Museum (7 [...]

E.U.I. Open Day at Villa Salviati

The European University Institute (EUI) invites the public to visit the estate hosting the Historical Archives of the European Union on the annual Open Day, which will take place on Saturday May 12, 2018.  The archives are housed at Villa Salviati (via Bolognese 156, Florence). The Open Day, celebrates Europe Day and organizers have planned a schedule filled with free cultural, artistic and educational activities for families and children. At 10 am, the [...]

Organic Market with a Focus on Honey

Florence’s La Fierucola organic market is offering an expanded version on May 5 – 6 in Piazza Santissima Annunziata from 9 am to 6 pm.  The theme is honey, so expect to find jars of it in different flavors reflecting the Tuscan landscape from clover, acacia, heather, chestnut, thistle and a blend of flowers in addition to beeswax polish and candles.  Beekeepers will be on hand to talk about their profession and there [...]

Sala Vanni’s New Season of Contemporary Music

Sala Vanni is one of the hippest and most important musical venues in Florence. Situated at Piazza del Carmine in Oltrano, Sala Vanni has starting hosting the new season of Network Sonoro—a diverse series of Tuscan concerts put on by the organizations Musicus Concentus and Music Pool. The concerts will be held all throughout Tuscany and the goal of the project is to showcase diverse and unique talent. From February to May over [...]

A Florence New Year’s Eve at Pino’s

The Salumeria Verdi deli (via Verdi 36/r), known by all as “Pino’s” because of the kind proprietor, will remain open all night on January 31 until 5 am on New Year’s Day.  Pino, wife Antonella and daughter Martina are offering smoked salmon, potato salad, truffle pasta, in addition to lentils, cotechino (pork sausage) and much more.  A pasta dish costs €4 euro and a main course €6. A selection of wines and bubbly is also [...]