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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.

NEWS

New street art in the San Jacopino neighbourhood gardens

A mural by Lorenzo Tonda and Federico Niccolai addresses the issue of community integration.

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March 2023: Ticket price changes at the Uffizi

Ticket prices are set to rise at the Uffizi during high season this year, aimed at international visitors.

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Honoring heroes of the past

Learn the backstory of "Heroes, a True Story" based on courageous real-life events in Fiesole during the Second World War.

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Alfredo Pirri at Florence Opera House

Take a Sunday morning tour of Alfredo Pirri's art installation on the roof of Florence Opera House

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Magliabechiana Library reopens at the Uffizi

The Biblioteca Magliabechiana is open for free to academics on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Mino da Fiesole’s funerary monument to Hugh, Margrave of Tuscany restored

The campaign at Badia Fiorentina was made possible thanks to the non-profit Friends of Florence association.

Exhibition reviews

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Museo Novecento: Julia Krahn exhibition

November 25 marked the International day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Museo Novecento acknowledged this day with the opening of Julia Krahn’s newest exhibition.

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Palazzo Strozzi: Olafur Eliasson review

A review of the Nel Tuo Tempo exhibition by Olafur Eliasson, currently on at Palazzo Strozzi.

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Mr & Mrs Clark: a 1960s and ’70s fashion exhibition at the Textile Museum, Prato

It is the first Italian exhibition dedicated to British designers Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell.

Culture

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Honoring heroes of the past

Learn the backstory of "Heroes, a True Story" based on courageous real-life events in Fiesole during the Second World War.

ART + CULTURE

Bronze statues discovered in Tuscany rewrite Etruscan and Roman history

Fifty years after the discovery of the Riace bronzes in 1972, the exceptional state of conservation of the statues found in San Casciano dei Bagni show the shift between the Etruscans and Romans in Tuscany.

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Women advancing the arts in Tuscany

Three conversations with women in Tuscany about their cultural endeavours.

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The Queen of Naples buried in Florence

Maria Annunziata Carolina Bonaparte, the youngest sister of Napoleon Bonaparte and Queen of Naples, was buried in the San Salvi Church.

NEWS

New European cultural heritage research hub at Manifattura Tabacchi

Advanced technologies for the study and conservation of cultural heritage homed in the Renaissance city.

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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 ...

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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.

Fashion

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Pitti Uomo 103: in pictures

The bi-annual fashion spectacle has arrived in Florence for another edition of the stylish trade show.

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The future of Pitti Immagine

CEO of Pitti Immagine, Raffaello Napoleone, tells us what to watch out for during this edition of the trailblazing trade fair.

THINGS TO DO

Shop vintage clothes at Tee-Pee

The Tee-Pee vintage shop in Florence is packed with vintage clothing and with personality.

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Talking textiles in Florence: women and sustainability

Six women in Florence discuss their work with sustainable textiles, clothing and home décor in Florence and environs.

Artisans

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Talking textiles in Florence: women and sustainability

Six women in Florence discuss their work with sustainable textiles, clothing and home décor in Florence and environs.

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.

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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.

Heritage

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The queer history of Florence

During the Renaissance, the city was known for having a widespread culture of homosexuality.

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Interi: The Florence Fragment Collection

Distressed ecclesiastical relics are transformed by natural specimens into sculptural works.

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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.

Music

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Louis Emory and The Reckless Few release their first album “Love Italy”

Louis Emory talks about his group The Reckless Few’s first album, Love Italy, and his upbringing in an Italian-American family.

THINGS TO DO

Concert season at Mascarade Opera Foundation

This concert season at the Mascarade Opera Foundation offers something for everyone with opera, chamber music and theatre.

THINGS TO DO

Bringing the beats: Firenze Jazz Festival

Jazz sounds lend a smooth start to September as Firenze Jazz Festival sends music lovers swaying from September 6 to 10 and 14 to 18.

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Recreating Paris in Florence

Hershey Felder recreates Paris in Florence for his upcoming musical film "Chopin and Liszt in Paris".

THINGS TO DO

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.

Books

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Best Florence reads this winter

The Paperback Exchange share their picks of the best Florence-based books to read this winter.

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Before Baedeker: how literature opened the door to Italy for British tourists

In the century before Forster’s novel was published, travel underwent a radical transformation. Routes were standardised, the first guidebooks were published and group trips were organised. So, what did people do before Baedeker?

COMMUNITY

A conversation with Ross King

Canadian author Ross King discusses Florence, his many books and his current projects.

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Rediscovering Botticelli’s Dante drawings

The 19th-century rediscovery of Botticelli’s Dante drawings brought scholars and art lovers to their knees: this work embodied everything the Renaissance had come to mean.

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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