‘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, [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Ideas for Last-Minute Christmas Shopping

Christmas time is surely wonderful anywhere in the world, with invitingly decorated shops to entice people in from the cold and magically lit-streets to celebrate the best season of all, however, we sometimes forget the stress that also comes with this period of the year.  It is sometimes hard knowing what to give as a present to our relatives and friends, but fear not – as it is always worth trying a local [...]