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Florence Museums at Night 2011

May 12, 2011 by Cristina Romeo

Saturday May 14, 2011 will be the “Night of the Museums”, a special European initiative for which many museums in the various European countries will be open at night offering guided tours and events.

The event is sponsored by the UNESCO and the Council of Europe.

Florence joins this special initiative with the special openings to late night (and free entrance) of these museums:

Uffizi Gallery – from 7pm to 1am
Accademia Gallery – from 7pm to 1am
Museum of Opificio delle Pietre Dure – from 6pm to 12am
Palazzo Davanzati Museum – from 7pm to 1am
San Marco Museum – from 7pm to 1am
The Bargello Museum – from 7pm to 1am
The Medicean Villa in Poggio a Caiano – from 7pm to 1am

The Museum of Natural History and Palazzo Vecchio will also offer interesting special events and guided tours.

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Florence, a night in Blue

May 6, 2011 by Cristina Romeo

Did you participate in the recent White Night in Florence? It was a really special night for the city, full of events and performances that accompanied both Florentines and tourists until late into the early hours of the morning.

This weekend Florence is going to dress in a new color: it’s time for BLUE! On May 7 and 8, in fact, Florence is preparing to live a “Blue Night”, 27 hours of events and exhibitions starting from the afternoon of Saturday 7th.

Piazza della Repubblica, in the historical city center, will host some of the most interesting events. Saturday starting at 4pm, the square will be the setting for a set of different short concerts that should have something for all tastes. From the tango music of the Alma Migrante group at 4pm to the rock music of Dinamo at 9pm to the pop-swing of the female trio of The Sixters at late night.

Saturday starting at 5pm up to 6:30pm at the Old Bridge and in the surrounding area you’ll find a curious performance of street theater on bicycle.

Saturday starting at 5:30pm, you can enter with free entrance at the Alinari National Museum of Photography, which will remain open until 11pm.

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Florence Notte Bianca 2011

April 27, 2011 by Cristina Romeo

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The night between April 30 and May 1, 2011 in Florence will be a fun “notte bianca”, a “white” all-night arts festival all around the city.
This year, the city of Michelangelo’s David will live a long sleepless night with special opening of several museums until midnight and entertaining events lasting until the early hours of the morning.

Palazzo Vecchio will be open all night until 6am with guided visits to the walkway of the Tower of Arnolfo available.

The Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Strozzi (where the exhibition dedicated to Picasso, Mirò and Dalì is currently taking place), the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the Marino Marini Museum, the Castle of Acciaioli in Scandicci (with an ongoing exhibition to the Ghirlandaio artistic family) and many other art sites will be open until midnight with free admission.

See a map of all the Florence museums and sites with special opening: Open museums – Map

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Events for Easter and Easter Monday in Tuscany

April 21, 2011 by Cristina Romeo

Just a few days to Easter and Easter celebrations throughout Tuscany start tomorrow, Holy Friday.

Friday 22 and Saturday, April 23

According to Christian tradition, the Friday before Easter, called Holy Friday, commemorates the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. For the occasion, many Tuscan cities organize processions and small religious celebrations.
In Castiglion Fiorentino (Arezzo), tomorrow night (Friday), more than one hundred people will recreate the main scenes of the last days of Christ until his crucifixion. On the following day, a statue of Jesus will be rushed in a procession to the Collegiata Church for the midnight mass.
In San Gimignano, Chianciano Terme, Seravezza, Grassina and Montespertoli – just to mention some of main events – the streets will be the backdrop to the religious processions and celebrations organized by the inhabitants.

In Florence, in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, on Friday at 5.30pm the Passion of Christ and Adoration of the Cross will be commemorated. On Saturday at 10.30pm there will be a vigil of the holy night for Easter.

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Where in the world is the David?

April 16, 2011 by Lourdes Flores

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We’re talking of Michelangelo’s David here: how many of them are spread out throughout the world?

It seems that as the most famous statue in the world, the likeness of the marble David appears not only in small plaster statues, but as lamps, aprons and even in the Simpsons! Of course there are also official copies in marble and bronze in Florence and in other countries given as gifts by the city but we’re talking of any David seen in a store, a t-shirt, a souvenir taken home from a visit to Florence.

The project was just launched yesterday by the city of Florence to see how many Davids can be found across the globe. The project is calling for everyone to take a picture of any semblance of the David they find and to share it on www.whereisthedavid.com. Your pictures will be shared with everyone on the website and eventually a selection will be made to be part of an exhibition at Le Murate in Florence.

Take part in this unique project: Find it, take a picture and share it!

Culture Week 2011

April 1, 2011 by Fabrizio

The upcoming 13th edition of European Culture Week looks very promising thanks in large part to the success of previous editions with the public.

From the 9th to the 17th of April 2011, Europe will be the protagonist of important cultural events, and so will Italy and Tuscany.

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Tuesdays in Art is back for 2011

March 29, 2011 by Lourdes Flores

A very successful project last fall, the series of “Tuesdays in Art” is back across Italy for all of 2011!

Today and every last Tuesday of the month, you can visit the following museums from 7pm and 11pm with free entry.

If you’re in Florence tonight, take advantage and visit one of the following:

– Uffizi Gallery
– Accademia Gallery
– Medici Chapels
– Gallery of Modern Art and the Palatine Gallery in Palazzo Pitti
– Bargello Museum
– San Marco Museum
– Davanzati Palace

Finally, it’s here: the Firenze Card!!

March 25, 2011 by Lourdes Flores

A long time in the planning, it is finally here: a museum pass to visit Florence! Valid for 72 hours, the city pass gives access to over 30 of Florence’s top state museums including the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s famous David, as well as city museums such as Palazzo Vecchio.

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Ideas for the 1st weekend of Spring in Tuscany

March 25, 2011 by Cristina Romeo

Trees are in bloom, the sun is shining bright and temperatures are very pleasant: Spring has finally arrived in Tuscany!

Take a look at all the events organized in Tuscany for this first weekend of Spring, the calendar is full of many various types of proposals.

It starts with VerdeMura, an exhibition of plants, flowers, garden furniture and products organized within the town-walls of Lucca. The exhibition starts today and continues until Sunday 27.

Then several events dedicated to sweets or flea markets and antiques. While sports fans, particularly motorbike-lovers, will have the chance to participate in the Mugello Motor Fest at the Mugello International Circuit in Scarperia. On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 visitors can also have the chance to test bikes by the most famous worldwild motorcycle manufacturers. You’ll find all the information on the official website of event.

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Florentine New Year

March 24, 2011 by Cristina Romeo

Every March 25, Florence celebrates the Florentine New Year. On this day, the Catholic Church celebrates the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and, in honor of the Virgin, from the Middle Ages up until 1750 this date decreed the beginning of the civil year in Florence.

To celebrate Florence’s New Year, several events takes place in the city historical center.
As in the past, the celebrations center around the majestic Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, facing the square of the same name. Inside the church, a famous fresco of the mid-1200s representing the Annunciation is venerated. According to tradition, every year on the occasion of the Florentine New Year the inhabitants of Florence and surroundings come to visit and venerate it.

Tomorrow starting from 3:45pm the parade in historical costume of the Florentine Republic will go through the streets of the historic center of Florence, from the Piazzetta di Parte Guelfa to reach the Basilica of SS. Annunziata, accompanying municipal authorities. At 4:30pm, the authorities will pay tribute to the ancient fresco of the Annunciation, preserved in the Chapel of the Holy Effigy. Throughout the day, a small fair with candy stalls and stands selling small craft items will take place in Piazza SS. Annunziata.

The Association Centro Guide Turismo organizes guided tours in the morning and early afternoon, reservation required, to the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella and of the Duomo. The visits will be held in Italian. For information and reservations, call 055.2616056.

Happy New Year Florence!