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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Free Streamed ORT Concert Headlines Two Rising Stars

  Two young talents are headlined at the Friday, November 20 Orchestra della Toscana concert which will be streamed starting 9 pm.  Lasting an hour-and-a-half without intermission, the event is free and can be accessed through the Orchestra della Toscana You Tube channel and Facebook page. Nil Venditti, appointed one of the two principal guest co-conductor at the ORT (along with Beatrice Venezi) in January 2020, is just 24.  Trained as a cellist at the [...]

Live ORT Classical Concerts starring Michele Campanella

  This week, the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) also moves ahead with their programming, in compliance with the latest directives of allowing a limited audience to enjoy evenings of live music at the Teatro Verdi. On October 21 and 22 Michele Campanella will lead and perform two authentic masterpieces of Viennese classicism, Mozart’s concerto K. 467 and Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto. Michele Campanella enjoys conducting the works himself from the piano because he feels [...]