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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.

May in Florence - Maggio in Firenze

Published on May 6, 2015 2:41 AM | Comments

It's May in Florence - and that can only mean one thing - FLORENCE GELATO FESTIVAL! The Florence Gelato Festival has been moved to September 1st through 4th in 2015!

Oops! I spoke too soon - the Gelato Festival started in Florence too - on the Notte Bianca! It will come back to close the festival's road tour in September.

Mille Miglia

Another personal favorite May event is the Mille Miglia road rally. This is an old event - and was featured in a scene of Fellini's Amarcord. This year's edition takes place from May 14th to 17tth and comes through the heart of Florence on Saturday, May 16th.

If you like flowers, the Iris Garden, up near the Piazzale Michelangelo, is only open in late April and early May each year - this is something really not to be missed if you are in Florence this month (Opening hours: April 25th – 20th of May, Monday to Friday from 10 am – 12:30 pm and from 3 pm – 7 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 7 pm.).

And of course April Ends with the Notte Bianca that runs into the morning of May 1, or May Day, which is widely celebrated as a holiday throughout most of the world.

Overall another amazing, busy month of great events. There are also many other small markets and fairs in May, see our Florence Events Calendar for additional dates.

(*It can actually mean many things)

March in Florence - Marzo in Firenze

Published on March 2, 2015 5:52 PM | Comments

Some events for March 2015:

Sunday March 8th is the Festa della Donna.

Mimosa for Festa della Donna

March 25th is the Florentine New Year (Capodanno fiorentino).

For foodies Taste 10, the fair dedicated to excellence in taste and food lifestyles, is happening from March 7th to 9th.

Check our Florence Events calendar for more specifics.

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.

November in Florence & Tuscany

Published on November 22, 2014 4:05 AM | Comments

Florence marks the beginning and end of November with a huge historical date and an international sporting event: the somber remembrance of one of this cities worst tragedies, the epic Flood of 1966 on November 4th, contrasted by the lively Firenze Marathon, traditionally held near the month's end.

In between there is the annual Olive harvest in Tuscany and usually plenty of chances to taste the first fresh pressings of the year. One of the best usually takes place in Pizza Santa Croce, the "La Rassegna dell’Olio di Reggello".

November also brings the nearly month long White Truffle Festival (La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco) in the hill top town of San Miniato, along with dozens of other events and happenings (info here in Italian - runs into December).

Depending on the year the ceremonies that mark the anniversary of the flood can be quite large (like on the 40th in 2006) or so lowkey it is hard to find to find out what is happening unless you can speak and read Italian. What you will probably see all over town are shop owners hanging their photos from that fateful day, especially in the hardest hit areas like Santa Croce - many are probably already up so keep your eyes open!

As to the Marathon - if you plan to enjoy it remember one thing: stay out of the way! And if you are just visiting make sure you draw a circle around the date this year - the town is pretty much shut down. You can forget driving anywhere until well after dark usually, and most of the streets are closed all around the center of town and beyond for several hours starting early in the morning. Use public transport where available, or either plan to just spend the day in the city or out.

And don't forget to bring you umbrella in November and something warm to wear - the weather can change quickly this time of year, and the rain can be torrential!

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


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