Sandra Mull’s Works Fly into Fiesole

The Belmond Villa San Michele in Fiesole is a gorgeous location on its own: rural, picturesque, and a beautiful place overall. With the new installation by Sandra Muss, the ambiance looks even more like it just came out of a fantasy novel. The first pieces lay along the driveway to the villa. Three towers of bronze and mirrored glass twist to form cicada wings as what sounds to be a chorus plays in [...]

ORT Concert Debuts a New Generation of Musicians

Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) is back with a concert again, and the protagonists just keep getting younger and younger: the ages of the newest headliners add up to a total that is below 50.  The ensemble and the soloists will perform at Teatro Verdi, Thursday, March 28 at 9 pm, and in Figline Valdarno (a small town in the province of Florence) on March 29 at 9 pm. The setlist reflects contemporary taste [...]

A Female Duo and ORT Offer Mahler, Schubert & Wagner

An incredibly talented female duo, Amelia Jakobsson and Eva Ollikainen, take the stage with the latest ORT production on Friday, January 25.  The evening features songs by Gustav Mahler, Schubert, and Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner, a set of five songs for female voice, will be held at Florence Teatro Verdi (via Ghibellina 99) starting at 9 pm.  Coming from Finland is conductor Eva Ollikainen, who began her study of piano at age [...]

Accardo in a Special Performance with ORT

Renowned Italian violinist Salvatore Accardo will showcase his talent in an incredible musical production at Teatro Verdi in Florence on November 30, Pisa on December 1, and in Arezzo at the Pieve di Santa Maria on December 3. Performing both as a soloist and conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana, he will be presenting Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto 61, along with Schönberg’s Transfigured Night. Though a professional musician of 60 years, since 1958, [...]

‘Riding Through Time’ Exhibition & Horse Parade

A horse parade will take place in the Boboli Gardens on Sunday, October 7 from 3 – 6 pm, and includes a guided tour of the exhibition “Riding Through Time from Antiquity to the Middle Ages” at 5:30 pm, in the garden’s Limonaia (The Lemon House).  Guests need to reserve the guided visit ahead of time by calling (+39) 055/294883. “Riding Through Time” is a small show focusing on the age-old bond between [...]

Italian Chef Charity Night for Artemisia Anti-Violence Center

Sixteen Tuscan chefs – eight men and eight women – will each prepare a signature dish for a charity buffet open to the public at Forte Belvedere on September 6 (8 pm – midnight) to help raise funds for Florence’s Artemisia Anti-Violence Center.  A minimum donation of €25 per person is requested at the door, and the total amount collected will be given to Artemisia. This is the third edition of the Italian [...]

Frame-worthy Fashion at Palazzo Pitti

TRACCE 2018. Costume Gallery, Pitti Palace. Pitti Palace open Tuesday – Sunday 8:15 am-6:15 pm. Admission € 16, reduced € 8. While it’s true that Italy is home to contemporary fashion power houses such as Gucci, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana, the country’s past possesses an equally rich sartorial history. Explore archival materials of both Italian and European fashion designers such as Roberto Capucci and Azzedine Alaïa at Palazzo Pitti’s new fashion exhibition, [...]

Florentine Specialties, Gluten (and Guilt) Free

The courtyard next to Santa Maria Maggiore will bustle with music and a smorgasbord of gluten-free food-stands on Thursday, July 19 for Quinoa Restaurant’s annual Sagra Senza Glutine. Florentine classics like mouthwatering porchetta and lampredotto panini are now guilt-free, baked with buckwheat and corn flour bread. Pasta, fried seafood, french fries, and hamburgers will tempt even the staunchest health foodies and satisfy many with dietary limitations. Quinoa was the first 100% gluten-free restaurant [...]

Dance Legend Baryshnikov Performs in Florence

BRODSKY/BARYSHNIKOV is a meld of three great artistic minds. In Mikhail Baryshnikov’s one-man show, the renowned dancer reads the poetry of his friend and Nobel Prize-winning poet Joseph Brodsky at Florence’s Opera di Firenze on July 3, 4 and 5. As a part of the program, on Monday, July 2, the University of Florence awarded Baryshnikov with an honorary master’s degree in performing sciences in recognition of his longtime and continued involvement in [...]

The Creative Paradise of ‘The Season’ 2018

Until July 3: THE SEASON. Literary Fair. New York University Florence, Villa La Pietra, Via Bolognese 120. Free admission. All events in English unless otherwise specified. Villa La Pietra will become a creative paradise over the next few weeks for New York University’s The Season, an international celebration of literature, poetry, drama, and film. Monday, June 11 will be dedicated to a concert of piano sonatas (9 pm) by composer Robert Scarcella Perino [...]