The Florence Dance Festival’s Live Performances

The Florence Dance Festival (FDF), one of the few arts events worldwide that succeeded in having live performances last year, is back for 2022 with plans to expand many of last year’s initiatives. The festival will take place from June 22 to July 24 and will be staged at Santa Maria Novella’s Great Cloister (Chiostro Grande della Basilica di Santa Maria Novella). Featuring world-renowned choreographers and dancers as well as Florence’s local talent, [...]

Ryan McAdams & Pietro De Maria ORT Concert Headliners

The Orchestra della Toscana (ORT), together with conductor Ryan McAdams and soloist Pietro de Maria, will bring the compositions of Jessie Montgomery, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn to the stage on Tuesday, March 15, at Florence’s Teatro Verdi (via Ghibellina 99) at 9 pm. The orchestra and the musicians will give a repeat concert in Poggibonsi (March 16), Empoli (March 18) and Livorno (March 19). ORT will play a piece from Jessie Montgomery’s 2012 Strum [...]

The ‘Cupino’ and Valentine’s Day at Pino’s Sandwiches

  Every year, Salumeria Verdi (also known as Pino’s Sandwiches) launches their Valentine’s special: the “Cupino,” a panino is only available on February 14.  Schiacciata bread (a type of focaccia) is filled with thinly sliced finocchiona salame, brie cheese, bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and either truffle or hot sauce, then lightly toasted. The sandwich costs €6 and is available to eat in or pick up to take out from 9 am to 9 [...]

Pizza Margherita & More at the Sophia Loren Restaurant

  Neapolitan pizza made UNESCO’s Intangible Culture Heritage list on December 6, 2007, and the anniversary was commemorated with a Google Doodle on the same day in 2021.  Although it takes some searching, good Neapolitan pizza can also be found in the quintessential city of the Renaissance. The legendary Italian actress, Sophia Loren, has collaborated in a new restaurant and pizzeria in the heart of Florence.  The restaurant, Sophia Loren Original Italian Food,  [...]

‘Lo Sfregio,’ A Show Spotlighting Violence Against Women

  Until December 19:  LO SFREGIO (THE SCAR).  Second floor, Uffizi Gallery.  Open 8:15 am – 6:30 pm.  Admission included in the €12 ticket to the Uffizi.   Photographs by Ilaria Sagaria from 2018 accompanied by a marble bust of Costanza Piccolomini from 1638 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini are currently on show at the Galleria degli Uffizi in an exhibition titled “Lo Sfregio” (“The Scar”). It tells a story of violence against women in [...]

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 [...]