Red Cross of Florence Holiday Market 2019

The Red Cross of Florence will host a holiday market, whose proceeds will go to Florentine families in need at Palazzo Capponi (via Borgo San Frediano 12) on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm. The CRI solidarity panettoni (Christmas bread) and various fine products will be for sale throughout the holiday market, which is being held in the same building where the local office of the volunteer organization is located [...]

The Feast of San Lorenzo on August 9-10

In Florence, August 10 is celebrated as the feast of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence), which is a trademark of the characteristic neighborhood around the church of San Lorenzo near the Central Market. To kick-start the festivities, the square in front of the church will host a free concert by the Città di Grosseto Symphonic Orchestra on August 9 at 8:30 pm. The actual feast day, August 10, will start with a parade of [...]

Da Vinci’s ‘Codex Atlanticus’ Displayed at Palazzo Vecchio

Until June 24: “The Codex Atlanticus.”  Sala dei Gigli, Palazzo Vecchio.  Open 9 am – 7 pm until March 31; 9 am – 11 pm daily except Thursday when hours are 9 am – 2 pm from April 1 – June 24.  Entrance included in the ticket to Palazzo Vecchio, which has been temporarily increased to €16.50 for the duration of the show.  An exhibition dedicated to the Codex Atlanticus, specifically 12 sheets of [...]

Interfaith Walk from San Miniato al Monte

While a wide variety of religious groups exemplify the diversity of Florence, this fact can also contribute to city’s cohesiveness, as seen in the interfaith walk also open to the public on Sunday, February 3 starting from San Miniato al Monte at 2 pm. The event is part of World Interfaith Harmony Week from February 1 – 14, organized by the United Nations. Along with local residents, members from 20 of Florence’s religious [...]

NataleperFile & Red Cross Holiday Markets

Two signature benefit markets are taking place in Florence from November 30 – December 2. The 16th annual Nataleperfile Holiday Fair will be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the Palazzo Corsini from 10 am to 7 pm. The event is held to raise money for FILE (The Italian Foundation of Leniterapia onlus), an organization that provides home care to terminally ill people. Thanks to enthusiastic public participation, FILE raised more than [...]

Designer Shopping for a Cause at the ANT Charity Fair

Come join the what everyone is talking about, the Associazione Nationale Tumori (ANT) is hosting its fundraiser fair filled with designer clothes at wholesale or less prices from Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18 at the Palazzo Borghese (Via Ghibellina 110, Florence). Hours are 10 am – 7 pm; free admission.  For a €25 donation, the prospective shoppers for a cause can get in on Thursday, November 15 from 7:30 onward to beat [...]

Flower Market & Santo Spirito’s ‘Floralia’

During the weekend of Oct. 6 -7, Florence’s autumn plant and flower market will take place in the Giardino dell’Orticoltura, via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4 from 10:30 am – 7 pm. This is an opportunity to plan next season’s garden. An event held in a park, a setting dominated by a 19th century greenhouse, nursery owners will be exhibiting perennials, vases, seeds and bulbs, all of which can be purchased and taken home. [...]

Toes in the Sand, Nose in a Book

Summer reading is, ideally, the time during which you can catch up on those stacks of books at your bedside that you didn’t have either the time or stamina to get through during the workweek. From fluffy beach reading to trashy romance novels, from sparse poetry collections to finally attempting to digest Infinite Jest, now is the time to explore the titles you’re curious about but to which you could never fully devote [...]

Free Concert Series in the Michelangelo House

The historical ambience of Michelangelo’s house will become a performer in its own right in a weekly free concert series from July 4 to 25, organized by Musica Ricercata. The intimate courtyard of Casa Buonarroti, the chosen stage for this concert series, is a block from Piazza Santa Croce. Though it has a fairly plain, undistinguished exterior, the residence-turned-museum is full of works by the master sculptor himself – including the largest collection [...]

Fiesole’s Musical Summer Solstice

A free musical celebration of the summer solstice in the historic Roman Theater crowns Fiesole’s annual music festival on Thursday, June 21 starting at 9 pm. The Italian Youth Orchestra (OGI) will perform in the midst of ancient ruins and natural beauty, taking the beautiful hilltop amphitheater as its stage and the rolling hills of Tuscany as a backdrop. The young ensemble is to be joined by the renowned Romanian-Sardinian violinist Anna Tifu [...]