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 [...]

E.U.I. Open Day at Villa Salviati

The European University Institute (EUI) invites the public to visit the estate hosting the Historical Archives of the European Union on the annual Open Day, which will take place on Saturday May 12, 2018.  The archives are housed at Villa Salviati (via Bolognese 156, Florence). The Open Day, celebrates Europe Day and organizers have planned a schedule filled with free cultural, artistic and educational activities for families and children. At 10 am, the [...]

Organic Market with a Focus on Honey

Florence’s La Fierucola organic market is offering an expanded version on May 5 – 6 in Piazza Santissima Annunziata from 9 am to 6 pm.  The theme is honey, so expect to find jars of it in different flavors reflecting the Tuscan landscape from clover, acacia, heather, chestnut, thistle and a blend of flowers in addition to beeswax polish and candles.  Beekeepers will be on hand to talk about their profession and there [...]

Sala Vanni’s New Season of Contemporary Music

Sala Vanni is one of the hippest and most important musical venues in Florence. Situated at Piazza del Carmine in Oltrano, Sala Vanni has starting hosting the new season of Network Sonoro—a diverse series of Tuscan concerts put on by the organizations Musicus Concentus and Music Pool. The concerts will be held all throughout Tuscany and the goal of the project is to showcase diverse and unique talent. From February to May over [...]

A Florence New Year’s Eve at Pino’s

The Salumeria Verdi deli (via Verdi 36/r), known by all as “Pino’s” because of the kind proprietor, will remain open all night on January 31 until 5 am on New Year’s Day.  Pino, wife Antonella and daughter Martina are offering smoked salmon, potato salad, truffle pasta, in addition to lentils, cotechino (pork sausage) and much more.  A pasta dish costs €4 euro and a main course €6. A selection of wines and bubbly is also [...]

Wine & Art for a Cause in Ognissanti

Tuscany is known for its delectable wines, and this weekend brings a rare opportunity to sample wines and see Renaissance art. A nonprofit association “Obiettivo Francesco” which offers many children healthcare, food and schooling has organized the Wine&Art Charity event in the church of Ognissanti on Saturday, October 7.  Tickets cost €10 and all proceeds will contribute to building a playground for children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Bethlehem. The public will have the [...]

Fiesole’s ‘Festa della Music’ Music Marathon

Hundreds of young musicians from the Fiesole Music School, both young and young at heart will perform in Fiesole’s Villa la Torraccia park (via delle Fontanelle 24) for this year’s “Festa della Musica.” Throughout the festive day of June 24, ensembles and soloists, in addition to the Florence Vocal Ensemble, led by Ennio Cari and the newly-founded multi-cultural chorus, “Libere Voci dal Mondo, will flood the Villa and the San Domenico Church open spaces [...]