Amici della Musica February Concerts: Harmony in Motion

Amici della Musica presents this season’s return of the Belcea String Quartet on Saturday, February 16 (4 pm), at Teatro della Pergola. Violinists Corina Belcea, Suyeon Kang, and Krzysztof Chorzelski combine their artistry with cellist Antoine Lederlin to create a harmonious blend of sound and emotion.  The Belcea String Quartet is well versed in classical and contemporary composers. Their experience ranges from Mozart and Szymanowski to Guillaume Connesson and Julian Anderson. The versatility [...]

Ruth’s Kosher Vegetarian Dining Experience

  When asked who— or what— Ruth’s is, Simcha Jelinek opens up a page in a leather bound red book. A rudimentary drawing of a girl dressed in primary colors peers out at us. “That,” says Jelinek, a twinkle in his eyes, “is Ruth.” The drawing was made by a young girl whose parents took her to Florence as part of her bat mitzvah gift, and who stopped by Ruth’s for a kosher [...]

Florence Art Week’s Exciting Exhibitions

Florence Art Week returns for its third year beginning September 28 through October 8. Encompassing 29 cultural institutions, 44 events, 32 venues, and 11 days of programming, this showcase is a celebration of Florence’s rich historical and contemporary art. Below are a selection of the many exhibitions featured in this year’s Art Week. The inauguration of Robert Mapplethorpe’s Beauty and Desire, a display curated by Sergio Risaliti, Eva Francioli, and Muriel Prandato in [...]

Archeology Nights in Florence & Fiesole

The Bardini Museum and Palazzo Medici-Riccardi have organized two special evenings allowing for the public to experience viewing ancient masterpieces stored in the city museums. At the Bardini Museum, on July 15, Antique Harmonie provides a unique opportunity for visitors to walk among urns, sarcophagi, paintings and monumental sculptures once owned by the art and antiques collector Stefano Bardini.  The guided tour will be accompanied by a musical performance inspired by myth and [...]

Jazz & Renaissance Music Meet at the Duomo

  The 26th edition of the O Flos Colende free music series will inaugurate on Monday, May 15, at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (9 pm). Dedicated to Norwegian saxophonist, Jan Garbarek, and the British male vocal quartet, Hilliard Ensemble, the concert will be conducted by the organist and musicologist, Gabriele Giacomelli. In 1994, Garbarek and the vocal quartet presented modern reinterpretation of 12th to 16th century music by such composers [...]

The Reimagined 85th Maggio Musicale Festival

This year marks the 85th edition of Italy’s oldest music festival, second only in Europe to the Salzburg Festival.  Founded in 1933, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (with a recently updated program that took into account budget cuts) this year will run from April 22 through July 13 and offers a program of three staged operas, 11 concerts, an opera for young people and an international conference about Maria Callas on the 100th anniversary [...]

Violinists & Mimes Star at Teatro della Pergola Concerts

  February 25 & 26, 2023: AMICI DELLA MUSICA chamber concerts.   Organized by the Amici della Musica, two out-of-the-ordinary concerts will be hosted in Florence this weekend on Saturday, February 25 at 4 pm and Sunday, February 26 at 9 pm in Teatro della Pergola. Saturday’s show will be led by Kolja Blacher, one of the most well-known violinists of modern music. Joined by five others — Christoph Streuli (violin), Cristoph Von Der [...]

Sweet Treats at Florence’s 2023 Chocolate Fair

Fri. 24 – Sun. 26: FLORENCE & CHOCOLATE. Piazza Santa Croce. Open 10 am – 8 pm. Free admission. After a three-year pause, the festival will once again play host to distinguished and highly skilled chocolatiers from throughout the Tuscan region and across Italy to entice locals and tourists alike with their delicious chocolate concoctions. Piazza Santa Croce’s beautiful space will play host to various artisans and manufacturers of chocolate. There, the public [...]

The Amici della Musica’s Fabulous February Lineup

AMICI DELLA MUSICA February 2023 program. All concerts take place at the Theater or Saloncino della Pergola on via della Pergola. For the full schedule and tickets visit Enlivening the winter program of the Amici della Musica are eight new concerts scheduled as usual on Saturdays at 4 pm in the Teatro della Pergola and on Sundays at 9 pm in the Saloncino. Pianist Anna Vinnitskaya will perform a program dedicated to [...]

January’s Amici della Music Pergola Chamber Concerts

  January 7 – 29, 2023 AMICI DELLA MUSICA CHAMBER CONCERTS.  Teatro della Pergola, via della Pergola. All concerts will take place at the Theater or Saloncino della Pergola. It should be noted the Teatro della Pergola is undergoing renovations therefore advisable to constantly check here: as the concert venues may vary. For the full schedule and tickets visit & in  addition to Box Office Firenze. Amici della Musica will open 2023 [...]