Alchemy at the Medici Court: A Talk in English

  Wednesday, February 28: Laura Amato will speak on “Alchemy and Hermetism (a Philosophical System) at the Medici Court.”  CEA CAPA Study Center, via Pandolfini 20.  6:30 pm.  Free admission.  Reservation necessay: rsvp to As in many Renaissance European courts, the ruling Medici family practiced alchemy and proto-science. The Tuscan Grand Dukes’ interest in alchemy was not only for purposes of practical experimentation but was particularly focused on the philosophical and exoteric [...]

Free Lecture in English on Artist Rosalba Carriera

    Tuesday, Nov. 28:  LECTURE IN ENGLISH.  Angela Oberer will speak on The Life and Times of Artist Rosalba Carriera.  CEA-CAPA Study Center, Piazza della Repubblica 6.  7 pm.  Free admission.  Please reserve a place by emailing Rosalba Carriera (1673-1757) whose 350th birthday we celebrate this year was the most successful woman artist during her lifetime. Everywhere hymns were sung in praise of her skill and her personality, often in lofty and impassioned language. [...]

Racism in Italy: A Talk in English at CEA

  Racism in Italy will be the subject of an upcoming lecture in English by Dr. Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfau at the CEA-CAPA Study Center, piazza della Repubblica 6, on September 19, starting at 7 pm. The talk is titled, “Between Colonial Removal and Xenoracism. Talking about Race in Italy.” Admission is free, but you must reserve a spot by emailing There will be refreshments for guests. The premise of the talk is [...]

A Talk in English on ‘Women of Iran: Past, Present & Future’

Activists Sabri Najafii and Sanaz Partow will give a talk in English on the women in Iranian society after the exile of the Shah at the CEA-CAPA Study Center, piazza della Repubblica 6, on April 11 starting at 6 pm. The door is between Gilli and Paszkowski, while the center is located on the third floor (take the elevator on the right). Masha Jina Amini was arrested and killed in September 2022 and [...]

‘The Black Italian Renaissance’ Screening in English

The Sky Original documentary, The Black Italian Renaissance, will be screening on Feb. 27 (6:30 pm) at the CEA CAPA center in Piazza della Repubblica 6 with free admission. Francesca Priori, writer of the documentary, and Cristian Di Mattia, director, use the art of film to spotlight the stories of the unknown African and Afro-descendent individuals that can be seen in many Renaissance artworks. The countless number of Afro-descendent people featured in the [...]

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 [...]

Online Talk in English: ‘The Art of Goldsmithing’

  Cinemas, museums and concert halls are all closed this week but culture can still be accessed by live streaming, creating an endless possibility of entertainment provided directly to people’s homes.  On November 11, the British Institute of Florence is hosting a talk in English “The Art of Goldsmithing—The Secret of the Early Renaissance” via Zoom starting at 6 pm.  Anyone can join in by clicking on the link. On Wednesday, clicking a [...]

Lecture Learning Opportunities on Brexit & UNICEF

There are two lectures in English–one on the effects of Brexit and the other on the UNICEF and the agency’s latest report on childhood–scheduled the last week of January 2020 that are open for the community to attend in downtown Florence. CEA Study Center will be hosting “Brexit: An Opportunity or a Failure?” at 6 pm, Tuesday, January 28 at Piazza della Repubblica, 6. Speaker Andrea Orciani will discuss Brexit and its potential [...]

Free Architecture, Wine & Tourism Talks in English

Two American university centers in Florence will offer free architecture, wine, and tourism talks in English to both students and the public in a series taking place from Monday, Nov. 11 until Wednesday, Nov. 13. On Monday, Alessandro Melis, a professor of Architecture Innovation at the University of Portsmouth, and co-founder of Heliopolis 21 Architects will reveal secrets of how to become a successful architect. Melis received a Master’s and a Ph.D. in [...]

Architectural Talk in English at Cal State

January 30: INCOMPIUTO: THE BIRTH OF STYLE. Via Giacomo Leopardi, 12n; Florence.  5 pm. Free admission. Insight and knowledge are the key to growth, so take advantage of this opportunity to expand a world view on a specific subject important to Florence in English. The public is invited join the architecture students of California State University Firenze to listen to an educational lecture on modern architectural design. The lecture will headline two interesting and [...]