The bazaar features goodies from around the globe, baked delights, secondhand books, jewelry, children's entertainment, clothing, accessories and more, in the lovely setting of Convitto della Calza by Porta Romana.
New this year is a Nordic gastronomic stand with specialties from Iceland, vin brulè, Christmas tea and more. An "Artisans corner" will spotlight a select number of local designers and craftspeople.
Proceeds from the bazaar, AILO's largest event of the year, go toward local and regional charities in need of funding for prospective projects. All are thoroughly vetted by the organization's Donation Research team. Among the 17 groups being considered for a contribution this year: AVO, a group working to create weekly or monthly events in retirement homes in Florence; CMT, for a next generation sequencing machine for early detection of rare genetic diseases; La Finestra, a group which hopes to provide six months of expressive therapy for patients undergoing chemo and radiotherapy at Careggi hospital; Pamapi, toward equine assisted therapy for autistic young adults; Pantagruel, for purchase of eyeglasses for women inmates whose eyesight deteriorates due to poor lighting; and Pane Quotidiano, which buys food coupons for families in need.