February 5, 2020

Palazzo Medici Riccardi underworld now open to the public

    Visitors may be flocking to Palazzo Medici Riccardi for the exhibition Picasso: The Other Half of the Sky, which presents Edward Quinn’s photographs of the artist; but another reason to see the Palazzo lies below ground level. Seven years of excavations – promoted by the Città Metropolitana di Firenze and overseen by the […]
January 8, 2020

Picasso: The other half of the sky

    One of the greatest artists of the 20th century and his complex relationship with women is explored through shots by one of the most successful 20th-century photographers. Organized by Metamorfosi and Città Metropolitana, the exhibition showcases almost 80 photographs by Irish photo-reporter Edward Quinn.    The unusual friendship that linked the renowned Spanish […]
December 4, 2019

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino announces festival programme

On November 18, Alexander Pereira, director of the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, announced the opera house’s 83rd festival, which in three months between April 23 and July 23, 2020 will put on 43 operatic, symphonic and experimental performances.         Ten operas will make up the backbone of the festival, with repertory […]
October 1, 2019

Cosimo and Caterina

  2019 marks five centuries since the birth of two major figures in Florence’s history, Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Caterina de’ Medici, Queen of France. In honour of them, the City of Florence and the 500 Cosimo e Caterina committee, in collaboration with MUS.E, have organized a year of events, which is […]
September 18, 2019

Themed tours of the Pratolino Medici park

  The Pratolino Medici Park is offering free themed tours throughout September, inviting visitors to discover the history, art and nature of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The former Medici residence, built between 1569 and 1581 for Francesco de’ Medici’s Venetian mistress, Bianca Cappello, is a popular spot for family outings, vaunting hiking trails and […]
July 10, 2019

Tourism numbers down

The Città Metropolitana di Firenze has released its tourism findings for the first three months of 2019, revealing a surprising drop—albeit slight—in the number of overnight visitors to the wider Florence area. Overall, the number fell from 979,562 to 946,911 visitors compared to the first trimester of 2018, with a total of 32,651 fewer tourists, […]
June 5, 2019

2,000 years of history at Palazzo Medici Riccardi

The Museum of Palazzo Medici Riccardi has expanded its site in the light of excavations in the age-old subterranean. Promoted by the Città Metropolitana di Firenze, the dig resulted in the restoration of the basements beneath Michelozzo’s courtyard and the opening of new museum space.         The archaeological campaign has enabled historians […]
May 5, 2019

Walk the way of the gods this May

Threading its way through the Apennine mountains, the Via degli Dei is a 130-kilometre-long hiking route between Florence and Bologna.   The path’s name, which translates as the Way of the Gods, is probably derived from mountains encountered along the route, including Monte Venere, near Monzuno, and Monte Luario, close to Firenzuola, which refer to […]
April 5, 2019

Pratolino Medici park reopens on April 5

A 25-minute drive due north of Florence along via Fiorentina, the Pratolino Medici park reopens on April 5 for the summer season.