Summer Reading for the Beach, Pool, or Mountains

Around the world, summer 2021 is edging towards its last chapter. Summer in Italy, however, is just reaching its climax. The public holiday of Ferragosto – celebrated annually on Aug. 15 – will mark the beginning of a country wide vacation season. What screams holiday more than a book in your hand and toes in the sand? The setting for this grand story is Florence’s Paperback Exchange bookstore (via dell’ Oche 4/r; open [...]

Covid-19 Vaccines & ‘Green Passes’ at the Local Pharmacy

The halfway mark has been reached: as of this week, more than half of Italy’s population over 12 have been fully vaccinated. According to official reports, the percentage of fully vaccinated individuals reached 60% on Sunday, August 1. Despite over 68 million doses being administered – 4 million of which were administered in Tuscany – many are still waiting for their second dosage.  Fueled by the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, health officials [...]

The 2021 Florence Dance Festival, Act 1

Taking center stage this summer, the 2021 Florence Dance Performing Arts Festival offers an artistically diverse program. This year’s theme “Future Perfect Squared – la potenza in atto” aims to spotlight young and upcoming dance artists and choreographers. Staged at the Chiostro Grande of Santa Maria Novella, the event will host more than 20 performances of dance and music through July.  Despite COVID-19 presenting many challenges to the dance world, the founders of [...]

Florence’s 2021 Spring Plant & Flower Market

May 28 – June 2, 2021: PLANT & FLOWER MARKET. Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4.  Open 8 am – 8 pm.  Free admission. It’s finally time to visit the Giardino dell’Orticoltura for the Tuscan Society of Horticulture’s Spring 2021 Plant and Flower fair.  The market features 60 wholesale specialist vendors offering a wide selection of plants, flowers, vases, outdoor furniture and more. This annual event happens to be taking place late due to the COVID [...]

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 [...]