Here’s our line-up of best events this March 24-31.
Here’s our round-up for March 17-24.
Here’s our line-up of best events this March 24-31.
Museums celebrate the Florentine New Year from March 25-27 with special guided visits to the Santa Maria Novella Complex, the Stefano Bardini Museum and the Museo Novecento. The origin of this festival dates back to the Middle Ages, when it was chosen as the beginning of the calendar year on March 25, the anniversary of the Annunciation by the angel Gabriel. In 1582 the Gregorian calendar came into force which set the first day of each year as January 1, but the city of Florence continued to celebrate it on March 25 until 1749.
Art historian Monica Shenouda shares the history of a house that has hosted artists since its construction in 1400. Explore the ‘English Colony’ connection on the estate that was home to British writer Vernon Lee; from the turn of the last century until 1935, Il Palmerino’s international literary salons hosted the likes of Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, John Singer Sargent and many more. The tour will conclude with a viewing of the exhibition ‘Portrait Dialogues’ where adoptive Oltrarno artists S. Bordley, E. Rogers and L. Chapman stand in ‘conversation’ with female painters of the past. Guided tours last 1.5 hours circa, in Italian and/or English. Admission 10 euro, light snack included. Maximum 15 people per group. Reservations required firstname.lastname@example.org, walks take place at 3 and 5pm on March 26-27 and April 2-3.
Changing venues from the Stazione Leopolda to the Fortezza da Basso, the hugely popular Italian food event Pitti Taste makes a comeback from March 26 to 28. Get ready to taste the unexpected as the best of the country’s contemporary food culture unfurls its specialties. A colorful and energetic feast for the eyes, the food world will be at the centre of a packed calendar of events, talks and meetings. Davide Paolini’s taste rings will return, featuring top partnerships with experts, chefs and newcomers.
Giuseppe Verdi’s now world-renowned opera, La Traviata, had its opening night at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 1853. Hershey Felder’s new musical film goes deep into the story behind the opera and its first performance, taking the role of Verdi as he grappled with the vicious response to its first performance. Filmed at Palazzo Borghese in Florence, on location in Venice and at Villa Verdi near Piacenza, purchase the film for one week on-demand viewing for 50 euro. Purchase tickets here.
Over 160 items of clothing and accessories were donated by the Fineschi family to the museum in 2021, 80 of which are on display in this showcase of Italian style that also reveals the fashion trends and social history of the period.
At 5pm on March 25, Galilei Galileo is the inspiration for a concert with music for alto (Giulia Mattiello), narrator (David Speranzi) and pianist (Federico Bonetti Amendola), organized by the BNCF (National Central Library of Florence) in collaboration with Aer Arts Associazione Milano. Free event with reservation required.
On March 31, Michael Griffiths OBE, former President of the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy, will give a talk at St Mark’s English Church on ‘Value Economics’.
To mark the day to celebrate the Supreme Poet, Dante Alighieri, the Uffizi launches a social series viewable on Facebook, YouTube and the museum’s website, exploring the Divine Comedy across 31 episodes. The theatrical show ‘Between forest and stars’, staged last September 6 in the Boboli Gardens.
The Lexington Christian Academy Chamber Choir from Kentucky performs in the spectacular Basilica of Santo Spirito. The programme includes Felix Mendelssohn’s Lift Thine Eyes, Sergei Rachmaninov’s Bogorodiste Devo, Susan LaBarr’s I Should be Glad, Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, and Josef Rheinberger’s Kyrie, Do Lord Remember Me. The free admission concert begins at 7pm on March 27.
Works by Florentine artists Gianluca Braccini and Jonathan Soliman Awadalla are on display at the RFK International House for Human Rights at via Ghibellina 12 from March 24 to April 15. 65 works reflect on conflict with proceeds from the sale of the works to be donated to charities supporting Afghan people.
Over 30 historical sites open their doors in 10 provinces. 6 locations can be found in Florence and surroundings that are usually closed are accessible over the two days organized by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), the National Trust for Italy. All are freely visitable, with a non-mandatory request of a 3 euro donation which will be put towards restoration works.
As part of the Florence Youth Festival, the Beachwood High School Orchestra from Ohio will give a baroque performance at 5pm on March 27 at the Chiesa di Santi Michele e Gaetano in piazza Antinori. Conducted by Lisa Goldman and Noel Diviney, the programme features Vivaldi, Corelli, Bach, Geminiani, Handel and a more contemporary piece by Peter Warlock. Free admission.
See the Oscars on the big screen at the Cinema La Compagnia as it’s screened live from midnight on March 27 through to the morning of March 28 in an Academy Awards marathon. Free admission, subject to availability.
At 11am on March 27, AryaZen host a yoga session and ayurvedic tea and vegan snack at the Spiggia Fluviale Urbana with all money going towards helping Ukrainian refugees in Florence. Ukrainian Volodymyr Rychkin is a certified yoga teacher, vegan chef and ayurveda practitioner who has lived in Florence for 10 years, who will lead the session alongside mindfulness teacher Dario D’Ambrosa. T: +39 335 820 1613 or see @aryazen.om on Instagram.