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Pitti Vintage 2017

Published on January 26, 2017 12:49 AM | Comments


Calcio Storico 2016

Published on May 22, 2016 10:35 AM | Comments

While May was full of all kinds of events (wine, cars, gelato, etc.), June is one the most special "Florentine" months of the year. The infamous Calcio Storico takes place, as well as the Festa di San Giovanni, the patron saint of Florence. Together these are two of Florence's oldest traditions.


There is more info and photos of the Calcio Storico or "Calcio in Costume" on Florence-On-Line. The official site is here.

We'll update the Festa di San Giovanni information as soon as I can find an official schedule. The day is the 24th (as always), which is a Monday this year - just not sure if that is also the night of the fireworks show (but I think it is). This is the poster from 2011 - "I fochi di San Giovanni"

Chianti Classico Collection 2016

Published on February 14, 2016 6:46 PM | Comments

February 16, 2016, The "Black Rooster" labels in a unique collection The preview tasting of the 2015, 2014 vintages and the 2013 Riserva and Gran Selezione in the presence of more than 150 producers.

Tasting of the 2015 Chianti Classico DOP Olive Oil.

The event is reserved exclusively for trade professionals.

FIRENZE, STAZIONE LEOPOLDA - v.le Fratelli Rosselli, 5 (Porta al Prato)

Pitti Vintage 2016

Published on January 10, 2016 6:00 PM | Comments


Running from 27 to 31 January at the Stazione Leopolda, Vintage Selection is the fair for clothing, accessories and design vintage objects, held to coincide with Pitti Filati 78. A fashion lab that looks to fashion from the past and an immense archive that provides creative ideas for designers, this 27th edition of Vintage Selection in increasingly closer linked to the world and themes of Pitti Filati. Exhibitors and visitors will be attracted, as always, by a rich array of new entries, in a true festival of vintage culture that offers opportunities for shopping, culture and entertainment.

To make this relationship even closer and more productive, the Fortezza da Basso will host an exhibition/display of the collections on show at Vintage Selection, inspired by “Pitti Generation(s)”, the theme guiding the winter shows, dedicated to overcoming traditional generational barriers in contemporary fashion.

In the same way, the theme guiding the Vintage Selection 27 is “V Generation”: the “Generazione Vintage” will inspire VVV VERY VINTAGE VISION, an installation-show at the Leopolda, with concept and art direction by Angelo Figus, featuring a selection of icon outfits supplied by exhibitors at the show.

Vintage Selection 25

Published on January 25, 2015 10:00 PM | Comments

Vintage Selection 25g

Always a great fashion and fun event - January 28 to February 1, 2015.

Pitti Uomo 2014, January 13 to 16

Published on January 11, 2015 5:19 PM | Comments

Twice a year the fashion world comes to Florence for Pitti Uomo - the premiere fashion buying event for men's fashion. You can't get into the trade show without being connected to the industry in some way, but if you are into fashion and/or people watching, you can stand (along with other people - sometimes other famous fashion bloggers) and watch the crowd go by or take photos. One winter I was next to the Sartorialist for a bit and got a couple snaps of him taking photos. I think one of the reasons his photos are so good is the angle he gets - he is a pretty short guy!

Here are a couple of people coming and going:



Restoration of Pazzi Chapel Loggia at Church of Santa Croce

Published on December 18, 2014 12:31 AM | Comments

KICKSTARTER Campaign to restore the Pazzi Chapel!!

I have been remiss in not posting about this sooner - but - it is a super worthy cause and coming down to the wire. As I write, the project is only a few thousand dollars away from being funded. If you know anyone who loves Florence, Italy, art, culture, architecture - please share this post and help them to reach their goal. Just two days left to help!

Sign up to help here! Thanks!!!

Pontormo & Rosso Fiorentino

Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino. Diverging Paths of Mannerism
March 8th to July 20th, 2014

Palazzo Strozzi presents a major exhibition entitled "Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino, Diverging Paths of Mannerism", devoted to the work of Pontormo and of Rosso Fiorentino, the two painters who were without question the most original and unconventional adopters of the new way of interpreting art in the period of the Italian Cinquecento which Giorgio Vasari called the "modern manner".

Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino trained under Andrea del Sarto while maintaining a strongly independent approach and enormous freedom of expression. Pontormo, always a favorite with the Medici, was a painter open to stylistic variety and to a renewal of the traditional approach to composition. Rosso Fiorentino, on the other hand, was more tightly bound to tradition, yet at the same time he was fully capable of flights of originality and innovation.

This is a unique and unrepeatable event bringing together for the very first time a selection of masterpieces by the two artists from Italian and foreign collections, many of them specially restored for this exhibition.

For details, hours, prices and a printable discount coupon visit the Palazzo Strozzi website.

Spring 2014 dates for Lungoungiorno + Fierucola

Published on March 2, 2014 5:37 PM | Comments

More information on this market/fair on Florence-On-Line: Lungoungiorno + Fierucola


museo-santa-maria-novella-icon.pngThe Great Cloister of Santa Maria Novella has been the home of the Scuola Marescialli e Brigadieri dei Carabinieri since 1920. Built in the fourteenth century thanks to the generosity of noble Florentine families, the cloister is decorated with a cycle of frescoes depicting the stories of St. Dominic and other Dominican saints, executed between 1570 and 1590 by over fifteen different painters of the pittori dell’Accademia. Thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the City of Florence and the School, the cloister is now open during special times and occasions in the city (most Sundays and many religious holidays).

This is an amazing space and definitely worth a visit!

Il Chiostro Grande è situato nella parte del complesso di Santa Maria Novella che dal 1920 ospita la Scuola Marescialli e Brigadieri dei Carabinieri. Edificato nel Trecento grazie alla generosità delle nobili famiglie fiorentine, il chiostro è decorato da un ciclo di affreschi raffiguranti le storie di San Domenico e di altri santi domenicani, eseguito tra il 1570 e il 1590 da oltre quindici diversi pittori dell’Accademia. Grazie al protocollo d'intesa stipulato fra il Comune di Firenze e la Scuola, il chiostro è visitabile in occasione di aperture straordinarie e di particolari ricorrenze cittadine.