Academy Gallery Hosts Free Monday Concert

The public is invited to “Serata Fiorentina,” a complimentary evening of music composed between the 15th and 17th centuries hosted by the Academy Gallery (via Ricasoli 58/60) on Monday, December 10 at 7 pm.  Specialists in Renaissance music, the Capella de la Torre ensemble, led by oboe virtuosa Katharina Baeuml, will play period instruments such as the shawn (the oboe’s predecessor) and will sing as well, with Michelangelo’s David in the background. The [...]

A Free Recital at the Cathedral Museum

The second appointment for the free concert series Note al Museo will take place on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 pm. Christophe Coin will perform on his cello, in the Sala del Paradiso of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Museum).  The varied program offers music ranging from the 17th century to today. The recital will include Domenico Gabrielli’s Ricercarti, Bach’s Suites, 19th century violinist Alfredo Piatti’s reinterpretation of musical passages from operas and [...]

Pietro De Maria at San Miniato al Monte

Another free concert will be offered at San Miniato al Monte to continue the celebration of its 1,000th anniversary of its founding in 1018. Pianist Pietro De Maria will perform in the basilica Saturday, Nov. 10 at 9 pm. De Maria is an internationally renowned musician who has received numerous accolades for his work, including the Critics’ Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1990. He interprets music ranging from Bach to Ligeti [...]

Spooky Specials at Local Sandwich Haunt

The Salumeria Verdi deli (Via Giuseppe Verdi 36), or Pino’s Sandwiches as it is known by its many loyal customers, will celebrate Halloween this year with a few festive menu items and discounts and a giveaway! The deli is getting into the spirit of Halloween with the addition of two specially-created sandwiches to its menu for the day on Wednesday, October 31. The limited-time “Sand-witch” will include spicy pumpkin sauce, roast pork, smoked [...]

English Lecture on Mona Lisa Discoveries

  As the second lecture of a three-part lecture series held at CEA Study Center (third floor of Piazza della Repubblica, 6), Elisabetta Gnignera will present: Under the Veils of the Mona Lisa: Undressing a Portrait and an Allegory, the joint findings of her and Pascal Cotte tonight, Oct. 2 at 6 pm. Cotte, in 2012, discovered after 10 years of research, a second Mona Lisa hidden under the surface of Mona Lisa. [...]

‘Caro Andrea’: A Free Tribute Music Marathon

This weekend, Andrea Tacchi, longtime principal violin for the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), will be honored and remembered at a special day long tribute entitled “Caro Andrea.”  The late virtuoso with the silver curls helped found the orchestra in 1980 and was a passionate cultivator of chamber music, initiating many prestigious ensembles over the years until his death in 2016. Friends, colleagues, family members and many great names of classical music will gather [...]

Gift Concerts for San Miniato’s Anniversary

The hidden, hilltop beauty of basilica di San Miniato can be experienced during this week’s musical celebrations of the church and monastery’s 1,000th birthday. On Thursday, Sept. 27 and Friday, Sept. 28 at 9 pm free of entrance, the Orchestra della Toscana will be concluding their summer season with free performances: the world premier of Tigran Mansurian’s Seven Prayers.  The works of a contemporary Armenian composer were selected in view of the fact that San [...]

FSU & Golden View Team Up to Help Meyer

Florida State University International Program and the Golden View Open Bar (Via de’ Bardi 58/r) will join forces to raise money for Florence’s Meyer Pediatric Hospital with an evening of aperitivo (a cocktail and finger food) on Monday, September 24 at 7:30 pm. Since the International Program of FSU was launched in Florence in 1966, the college has taken pride in its active and supportive presence in the Tuscan region. Every six months, [...]

‘Bridging Cultures’: A Literary Contest for Students

The second edition of FIRENZE LIBRO APERTO, a festival that will host over 500 publishing houses in the Fortezza da Basso from September 28 – 30, invites students on their semester or year abroad in Florence to join in a writing contest on the theme of bridging cultures. Three prizes will be awarded in the literary competition and entries need to be submitted no later than Sept. 20 to the following address: literarycontest@firenzelibroaperto2018.it. HOW TO [...]

September 2018 Free Museum Sunday

On Sunday, September 2, no admission will be charged at Florence’s state-run museums, while city-run museums are accessible at no cost to residents of the greater metropolitan area. So, take the opportunity to visit, for free: the Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery and the Archeological Museum; the Palatine Gallery, the Porcelain Museum, the Costume Gallery and the Silver Museum in the Pitti Palace; the Boboli Gardens; the Bargello (National Sculpture Museum), the Archeological Museum; [...]