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 [...]

Florence’s ‘Black Friday’ Discounts & Bus Strike

Black Friday–featuring discount shopping on the day after Thanksgiving–is the newest trend in Florence.  Although some shops mistakenly call it “Dark Friday” (see photo), the concept is the same:  price reductions from 10% to 50%.  The ground floor of Mercato Centrale in San Lorenzo will offer a 10% discount on vegetables and fruit, meat, fish, pasta, cheese, olive oil, wine and more.  The Rinascente department store will remain open until midnight on November [...]

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 [...]