David 140 Free Anniversary Events at the Accademia

40th Anniversary of the arrival of Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence (1882-2022). All events take place on Mondays at 7 pm and are free to all. Availability is limited; the last entrance is at 6:30 pm. On July 22, 1882, 140 years ago, Michelangelo’s David moved to a new home, accessible to the public eye, in the Galleria dell’Accademia, via Ricasoli 58/60. Placed inside by architect Emilio de Fabris, the [...]

‘I Believe’: The Cantanti Sabrinensis Concert at St. James

  Just a few days after Easter Sunday, the St. James Episcopal Church (via Rucellai 9) will be hosting the Cantanti Sabrinensis concert, on Tuesday, April 19 at 9 pm. The performance, titled “I Believe: Scenes from the Life of Christ,” spotlights music composed to reflect moments in the life of Christ as is depicted in the Apostles Creed, with an emphasis on Easter week. Beginning with modern and ending with ancient, the [...]

The March 25 Florence New Year Celebrations 2022

Everyone in Florence is made aware that it is Florentine New Year on March 25 also thanks to an afternoon historical parade filling the streets with elaborate Renaissance dress and music that begins in the Piazzetta della Parte Guelfa, near Piazza Repubblica that unfolds in the streets of the city before reaching Piazza Santissima Annunziata. From 1250 to 1750 the people of Florence gathered in piazza SS Annunziata to welcome the arrival of [...]

The ‘Big Event’ to Clean Up Wall Vandalism

  American students at local study centers will devote their afternoon to cleaning wall vandalism as well as the city streets for the sixth annual “Big Event” on Thursday, March 10.  Florence’s “Big Event” will unite students from James Madison and Florida State universities, residents, and local businesses with one common purpose: to maintain the city’s historic architecture. The public is invited to join in; those interested are asked to meet in Piazza [...]

Cathedral Complex Free Admission with the ‘Giglio Pass’

A step towards normalcy and a sign of hope is the message that the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore wants to give by reopening to the public. Starting in March 2022, all the landmarks in the Florence Cathedral complex began to offer extended hours as before the COVID-19 pandemic. There will also be free admission for residents of the Metropolitan Area of Florence (*see list municipalities included below),  every first Sunday of [...]

The Zeffirelli Foundation Feb. 12 Open Day

In honor of what would have been the 99th birthday of renowned Italian director and producer Franco Zeffirelli (1923-2019), the Zeffirelli Foundation is offering free admission to residents of the Florence metropolitan area on February 12 from 10 am to 6 pm (I.D. and Super Green Pass required for entrance). Born in Florence, Zeffirelli attended the Accademia di Belle Arti at the Piazza San Marco and later the University of Florence. He left [...]

Christmas 2021 Florence Music Events at No Charge

Several free performances will be held to celebrate the Christmas season in the Florence metropolitan area. Three are organized by the Fiesole Music School, the others by St. Mark’s English Church and the Oratorio di San Nicola in downtown Florence. Masks and Green Passes are needed for access at all venues. The Fiesole Music School program will highlight  medieval and Renaissance songs appropriate for the holiday period. The first two will feature Fabio [...]

‘Bright Night’ Free Events for Science Lovers

  Enter a wonderland of science with the Fall 2021 return of BRIGHT Night, Firenze’s premiere science showcase! BRIGHT night spans multiple locations this Friday and Saturday, September 24 and 25, and includes such events as free museums, concerts, and research presentations. The green pass is mandatory for entrance into all venues. Saturday will be a great day to visit science exhibits, with multiple museums opening their doors for free admission! These include [...]

June 17 Open House at the Synagogue & Jewish Museum

Florence’s historic Synagogue and Jewish Museum is celebrating its reopening to the general public after months of Covid restrictions with later afternoon and evening visits at no cost on Thursday, June 17, followed by a buffet of Hebrew specialties (€10) and a free concert in the garden. From 5 to 7 pm, guides will explain Jewish history in Florence, beginning with the historic ghetto in what is now Piazza della Repubblica, demolished in [...]

Palazzo Medici Riccardi Reopens with Free Entrance

  Palazzo Medici Riccardi, a Renaissance palace now the government seat of the Florence metropolitan area, is offering free admission to visitors on the weekend of May 8 and 9 on the occasion of the museum’s reopening after a prolonged closure due to the Covid health emergency. Also to be close to their family church, San Lorenzo, the Medici rulers commissioned architect Michelozzo to build their palace in 1444 in the Renaissance style, [...]