Notte Europea €1 Museum Admission & Night Hours

  As part of the annual “Notte europea dei musei” (An Evening at the Museum), Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello National Renaissance Sculpture Museum, the Accademia Gallery, the Archeological Museum, the San Marco Museum the Marino Marini Museum and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure Semi-Precious Stone Artwork Museum welcomes visitors in the early evening and after dinner on Saturday, May 14 at a special entrance price of €1. All normally shut no later than [...]

Florence Vintage Market & AIRC Azalea Sales

Mother’s Day weekend in Florence will bring two benefit events: the sale of azaleas (a perfect gift for moms) in local squares to raise money for cancer research, and the Florence Vintage Market, with proceeds donated to the home and hospice care of the terminally ill and support for their families. The Florence Vintage Market will take place at Palazzo Corsini (Lungarno Corsini 8) from Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8.  Hours [...]

Free Florence World Heritage Site Guided Tours

There are two free city guided tours offered on April 18 to celebrate the anniversary of Florence as a World Heritage site. It has been 40 years since Florence’s Centro Storico—the historical city center—was given the recognition, back in 1982.  By 2021, areas in Oltrarno, such as San Miniato, were added as part of the ‘Historic Center’ of Florence, to be part of the UNESCO list. Visitors and residents of the city can [...]

ANT Charity Fair Offers Wholesale Designer Goods

  For the upcoming Christmas season, the National Tumor Association (ANT) is holding a market to sell luxury goods at wholesale prices, along with a sale of gift baskets, to raise funds for providing people with oncological diseases with home care. The fair, being held in Sala delle ex Leopoldine in Piazza Tasso no. 7, will feature merchandise from 70 fashion firms that will have its revenue go to ANT’s cause. These include [...]

Pino’s Thanksgiving Meal Special and Turkey Sandwich

  Pino’s Sandwiches has been around for over 25 years and is located right in the heart of Florence on via Verdi 36/r. Pino is the creator of the first “Thanksgiving” sandwich (€6) in Florence.  Toasted, it includes includes roast turkey, gravy and if desired, chestnut stuffing and brie cheese, all nestled in focaccia bread.  It will be available for guests to eat in or take out all day on November 25 from [...]

Major Changes to Tuscany’s Bus System

ATAF, alongside Tuscany’s other bus companies such as CAP, CTT Nord and Tiemme, will soon become an assimilated subsidiary and with it will come some changes to the transport system. ATAF, Florence’s 76-year old bus company, will now be run by Autolinee Toscana, which is the Tuscan bus branch of the RATP group, a French-based public transport operator. This is the same company that owns Gest spa, which manages the tram system in [...]

Santo Spirito’s ‘Floralia’ Benefit Market

Floralia per Santo Spirito in Piazza Santo Spirito will be held in the cloister of the church on October 10 from 10 am to 7 pm.  The Friends of Santo Spirito Association, to raise funds for the supervision of the church and to ensure the church remains open to the public at no cost, has organized the annual event The small market exhibition, decorated by horticulturists, will host exhibitors who will sell plants, [...]

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 [...]