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 [...]

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 [...]

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’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 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 [...]

‘Suspended Bread’ during the COVID-19 Emergency

    “Those who can, may leave something, and those in need can take.” The message, written on the sign shown above, is clear to passersby. In these weeks of emergency in Italy, this phrase is aimed at those who do not have access to food. It speaks to those in financial difficulties who find it challenging to put together lunch or dinner for themselves and their families. This particular sign posted on [...]

Opera Duomo: Reduced Admission & Free Visits

In an initiative that has been extended through February 29, residents of Florence, the city’s metropolitan area and the province of Florence can participate in free guided visits on Saturdays (5 and 6 pm) and on Sundays (10, 11, 5 and 6 pm) of the South Gate of the Baptistery at the Opera del Duomo museum (Cathedral Museum) and also visit the entire complex at a reduced admission of €6 instead of €18. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]