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Art + Culture

The boundless cultural heritage of Florence, Italy, grants us an ever-interesting array of exhibitions and performances. Find out what’s going on in the city’s many museums and cultural spaces, read reviews and interviews, and take a deep dive into the work of artists, artisans, writers and creators of all-kinds.

ART + CULTURE

Boboli Gardens: 50 million euro to futureproof the Medici parkland

The royal park will receive 50 million euro for restoration and new amenities.

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Florence Baptistery restoration continues

This autumn, visitors will be able to see the mosaic dome up close due to restoration scaffolding.

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Italian Language Museum launches with a temporary exhibition

The Museo Nazionale dell'Italiano - MUNDI (National museum of Italian) inaugurates its first rooms from July 7.

THINGS TO DO

Boboli Gardens reopens Porta Romana and Forte Belvedere entrances from July 5

Entrances reopen, with free entry for residents of Florence.

THINGS TO DO

Rifugio Digitale: bomb shelter turned into an arts space

The disused WW2 air raid shelter in San Niccolò has recently been repurposed as a digital art exhibition space, Rifugio Digitale.

THINGS TO DO

New summer opening hours at the Accademia Gallery

The Accademia Gallery will be open on Tuesday nights throughout the summer as well as extending its opening hours during the week.

What's On in Florence

Exhibition reviews

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Palazzo Medici Riccardi: Oscar Ghiglia exhibition

Meet the artist once rated by Modigliani as Italy’s “only painter”.

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Giorgio Griffa exhibition at Villa Romana: Arabesques towards infinity

A review of the Giorgio Griffa exhibition, UnitiSeparati, now showing at Villa Romana until September 16.

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Fotografe! at Villa Bardini and Forte di Belvedere

The Fotografe! exhibition at Forte di Belvedere and Villa Bardini offers a look into the Alinari Archives alongside shots by modern women photographers from Italy.

Books

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Bringing Pinocchio back to Tuscany

Pinocchio’s main message goes far beyond the story of a puppet with a lie-detecting nose. This multilayered text highlights what it means to be Italian, and more specifically, Tuscan.    ...

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A chat with Sarah Winman

An instant Sunday Times bestseller with stellar reviews in the New York Times and the Guardian, Still Life is the one of the most spellbinding reads about Florence in recent ...

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Books inspired by Tuscany for cool weather reading

Writers have been busy in recent months, especially the literati yearning for Florence or all those shuttered in medieval palazzos during the darkest days of these pandemic times. This autumn, ...

ART + CULTURE

Summer reading list about Italy

Beach ball: check. Bikini: check. A good book: not yet. Here’s our pick of Italy-centric reads for the summer months ahead, wherever you plan to spend the dog days.   ...

Music

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Time-travelling in Sant’Angelo in Colle with the Argiano Baroque Music Festival

From July 21 to August 26, four concerts take audiences back to the Baroque.

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Musical encounters: Incontri in Terra di Siena festival

This year's Incontri in Terra di Siena chamber music festival starts with a concert in Florence at Teatro Verdi on July 21.

NEWS

Dua Lipa visits the Uffizi

British popstar Dua Lipa made a stop in Florence yesterday for a guided tour of the Uffizi Galleries led by director Eike Schmidt. The singer was in Italy last week ...

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Jazz performer Phelan Burgoyne at The British Institute

The Suffolk-born jazz performer has been touring with his new trio, with their final show taking place at The British Institute at 7.30pm on Thursday May 26.

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The Verdi Traviata: the latest musical film from Hershey Felder

Hershey Felder's latest musical film, The Verdi Traviata, has been filmed in Venice, Florence and at Villa Verdi.

Fashion

NEWS

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Italy’s first fashion show in Florence’s Sala Bianca

July 22 marks the 70th anniversary of Italy’s first fashion show, held in the Sala Bianca at Palazzo Pitti, in Florence.

NEWS

Ethical luxury footwear brand ADAR crowdfunds vegan Italian-made sneaker

New Italian ethical footwear brand ADAR launched its debut vegan and sustainable sneaker on Kickstarter on July 5. Founded by Florence-based fashion designer Willy Anne Wijnja and Zurich-based entrepreneur Luca ...

COMMUNITY

Cassandra Kane: recycling leather

New Yorker Cassandra Kane has opened Zer0lab in Scandicci in the heart of the leather accessories industrial area on the fringe of Florence.

NEWS

Coworking space for sustainable leather designers opens in Scandicci

On the fringes of Florence, Zer0lab is the first co-working space for sustainable and circular fashion.

Artisans

NEWS

Historic jeweller Cassetti opens watch service centre by the Ponte Vecchio

Historic jeweller Cassetti has upped its customer service by opening a watch service centre by the Ponte Vecchio.

ART + CULTURE

The Fanciullacci brothers’ ceramics factory in Montelupo Fiorentino

The history of Montelupo's ceramics factory and the story of the family that were behind the potter's wheel for over a hundred years.

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IN BOTTEGA: artisan commissions

IN BOTTEGA connects artisans in the Oltrarno district of Florence with new clients through tours and other experience-based initiatives.

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Cosimo De Vita: the artiginer

Cosimo De Vita calls himself "the artiginer", a portmanteau word for artisan meets designer, as we meet him in his via de' Bardi show space.

THINGS TO DO

From the Heart to the Hills: An art trek from the turn of the century to today

From the Heart to the Hills trek celebrates early 20th-century literature and modern-day book art from a female perspective on May 8.

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Oltrarno Gaze: events in April

From exhibitions to workshop walks, here's some insight into this month's Oltrarno Gaze events from The British Institute and Il Palmerino.

Culture

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Margherita Hack

The centenary of the birth of Margherita Hack, one of Italy’s most illustrious astrophysicists and the first woman to become the director of an astronomy observatory (Trieste, 1964–87), was celebrated ...

ART + CULTURE

San Miniato: the ultimate Florentine community

The Monumental Cemetery of the Sainted Doors sits in the shadows of the more than 1,000-year-old Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, the highest point in the city.

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Shelley and Tuscany

Two hundred years after the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, a conference organized by Riccardo Roni and Angelo Chiantelli will take place on June 5 at Villa di Corliano.

THINGS TO DO

Opera and Florence merge in MaggioMusicArt

The four cultural experiences offered by Destination Florence and Teatro del Maggio consist of exclusive occasions of opera coupled with themed itineraries.

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The Bank of Italy in Florence

The Bank of Italy in Florence is an imposing Neo Renaissance-style building along via dell'Oriuolo that dates to between 1865 and 1869.

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Amalia Moretti Foggia della Rovere

Amalia Moretti Foggia della Rovere, aka “Petronilla”, was one of the first woman doctors in Italy as well as a leading journalist.

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Black History Month in Florence, 2022

Three exhibitions at MAD Murate Art District centre on Afro-descendant artists from February 10 through to April 2, 2022, curated in collaboration with Black History Month Florence.

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Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, Queen of Yugoslavia

On March 20, 1944, a member of the Royal House of Karadjordjevic and the last king of Yugoslavia, Peter II married Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark in a ceremony ...

Italian language

COMMUNITY

What’s new at Europass Italian Language School in Florence

Italian-Brazilian Rafael Tronquini, communication manager at Europass Italian Language School, talks to The Florentine about what’s new at the popular institution in Florence, including reduced class sizes, online offerings and ...

COMMUNITY

The joy of learning Italian well

The Italian Dream   Close your eyes and try to imagine how nice it would be to be able to understand and speak Italian once and for all, just as ...

COMMUNITY

Learning Italian: more than a language

Italian, like all languages do for their respective cultures, conveys an essence of what it means to be Italian that cannot be fully understood using other languages.

COMMUNITY

Accent chameleons

Accents have never been my forte. When I was 13, a haughtier, more New Yorker version of me, charged with the occasional cawfee and wata slip-ups, took off for summer ...

Heritage

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The Caccini Garden

The Caccini Garden, off borgo Pinti, was one of the most beautiful and exotic gardens in Florence at the end of the 16th century.

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Tornabuoni Arte – Arte Antica opens new gallery space

Tornabuoni Arte inaugurates new exhibition space at via de’ Tornabuoni 5, one of the most sought-after streets for all sellers. 

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The Bank of Italy in Florence

The Bank of Italy in Florence is an imposing Neo Renaissance-style building along via dell'Oriuolo that dates to between 1865 and 1869.

Florence is synonymous with art, with its centuries of rich cultural heritage drawing enthusiasts year after year. We foster the fervour by providing exhibition reviews of the latest art shows, while regularly giving updates on the latest happenings at sites like Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Pitti, the Uffizi Galleries and the lesser-known contemporary galleries you’ll find peppered across the city.

Artists, artisans, writers and creators of all-kinds are explored through interviews and reviews. Check out news from the city’s many museums and cultural spaces with detailed accounts on recent renovations and restorations, new additions to the cultural landscape, and art history courses worthy of note. Installations in places like Palazzo Vecchio and piazza della Signoria are covered, with a keen eye on the contemporary cultural scene also.

Videos delve deeper into some works, with high-caliber exhibitions and exciting new displays to be found. Topics like Dante and the 1966 flood receive focus, as well as musicians on the scene and the latest books about Florence, Tuscany and Italy that you need to add to your reading list, sharing words from the writers. Fashion features with the latest on the shows spreading style across the city, with artisans and their crafts, monuments and more also to be found.

There’s no doubt that the Renaissance city is never short of cultural updates, with its immense heritage to be found at every turn. With an endless amount to discover, we take you through the latest as we have it, with a team of expert writers regularly contributing in-depth pieces as the art world endlessly evolves.

Art + Culture features:

  • Art
  • Culture
  • Museums
  • Heritage
  • Music
  • Exhibition reviews
  • Artisans
  • Dante
  • 1966 Florence flood
  • Italian sketches
  • Royals in Florence
  • Famous expats
  • Monuments
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