A Contemporary & Classical Music 2021 ORT Debut

The Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) will inaugurate a new season of music at Teatro Verdi (via Ghibellina 99) on October 8 at 9 pm, which includes the start of  the “Voices from Purgatory” (Voci dal Purgatorio) series, conceptualized by the contemporary musician Richard Danielpour.  The “Divine Comedy” inspired work is the first piece on the program, followed by compositions by Dvorak and Schumann. The concert is being headed by John Axelrod, who has [...]

Massimo Vitali & Alinari Photos at Belvedere

  Until October 10: ITALY: FROM ALINARI TO MASTERS OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY and MASSIMO VITALI: FULL AND EMPTY.  Forte Belvedere.  Hours: Tuesday to Friday 4 pm – 9 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 9 pm; closed on Mondays.  Free admission. Journey through time with Museo Novecento of 20th and 21st Century Art’s newest photography project “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Italy’s self-portrait in the mirror” (“Ieri, Oggi, Domani: Italia autoritratto allo specchio”) [...]

Delicious Food Al Fresco at Ristorante L’Accademia

For 27 years, Ristorante Accademia has been an anchor on Piazza San Marco, providing warm hospitality and delicious food to Florentines and visitors. With the onset of the Covid pandemic which led to restaurant closures, the owner, Gianni Icovetti, had to adapt so his restaurant would remain successful.  During these difficult times, the staff at Ristorante Accademia has consistently provided delicious food and exceptional service with the options of patio dining, take-out and [...]

Lorenzetti Crucifix Restored Thanks to Friends of Florence

The first phase of restoration of Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s Crucifix of Carmine has been completed in Florence.   The artist, Ambrogio Lorenzetti created the crucifix for the church San Niccolò del Carmine in Siena in the 1330s. A pre-renaissance work of art, Lorenzetti’s work had been preserved until water damage in the 19th century severely ruined the color, flaking off large pieces of paint in the process. Despite the damage, the face of Christ was [...]

ORT Presents a Virtual Evening of Tango Music

The Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) presents a celebration of Tango music on the evening of February 18.  The live concert, bringing to life the joyful music of Argentina and Spain, will be conducted by Nil Vendetti in onstage at Teatro Verdi and broadcast to a virtual audience.  Nil Vendetti, hired as a principal guest conductor by the ORT in 2019 at age 24, trained as a cellist at the Conservatory of Puglia and [...]

Food & Sweet Treats for a Florence Valentine’s 2021

SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETIE Vanilla Cake Piazza Niccolò Acciaiuoli, 7r The Vanilla Cake bakery creates the cutest pastries and delicious treats that are always on theme with holidays. With heart shaped cakes and cookies, macarons, and cupcakes, the love will be felt all around. For a rich and delectable dessert, relish in their cream tart hearts with layers of red velvet or chocolate cake and whipped cream, topped with raspberries, pieces of candy [...]

A Digital Display of Dante Drawings at the Uffizi

2021 marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Florentine poet, Dante Aligheri. While the first celebratory event took place in October with Massimo Sestini’s photo exhibition, the Uffizi is leading Florence into a year of over 50 scheduled events with a virtual show of drawings of Dante’s Divine Comedy by Italian Mannerist artist, Federico Zuccari. “A riveder le stelle” (To See the Stars Again) will be the first time all 88 Zuccari’s [...]

Home for the Holidays with ‘Jazz4Christmas’

Tuscans, again in lockdown, think longingly of holiday traditions with streets filled with shoppers, meeting friends for an aperitivo in the evening or finding that perfect gift along with gluhwein and a bratwurst at the Heidelburger Christmas market in Piazza Santa Croce.  New Year’s Eve normally brings gala dinners and live music in the piazzas until dawn.  With the online Jazz4Christmas series, what could be cozier than to settle into your favorite chair [...]

Christmas Desserts for the Holidays in Florence

Even better than the gifts we receive ourselves are the treats we can share with others. From Christmas cookie exchanges, to yule logs, gingerbread houses, and the traditional Italian panettone and pandoro, the winter holiday season brings an abundance of sugary delights to make everyone happy. JACKIE POLLIS Known for her DIY cookie kits in fun themed shapes, Florence resident Jackie Pollis is offering Christmas and Hanukkah-themed sugar cookie decorating kits complete with [...]

Wild Buns Pop-Up Bakery Pauses

Florence’s wildly popular Wild Buns Pop-Up Bakery is taking a winter break, from November 19, 2020 to early February 2021.  The Estonian-born owner Robert Marrandi is going home for the holidays and will be back next year.  After the mandatory two weeks of self-quarantine, Robert (or Roberto as he is known in Italy) will be back preparing and baking every single one of his Scandinavian buns, served straight out of the oven at [...]