Florence Jazz Fringe Festival 2018 Have you ever heard about the Florence Jazz Fringe Festival (FJFF)? It is one of the most successful and lively festivals in Italy, born from an idea of Furio Di Castri, an Italian musician, who during the first edition was able to register 25,000 admissions, a considerable achievement undoubtedly. FJFF will be back for the Florentine Summer 2018 from 5 to 9 September: 5 days for 70 hours of music, 150 artists who will perform in 12 places for over 50 performances, with a program that will celebrate and enhance the originality of music. FJFF
FERRAGOSTO IN ITALY: regular openings for museums and archaeological sites   Ferragosto is a special day for Italian people, celebrated every year from North to South on the 15th of August. Nowadays it is a catholic feast day in honour of the Virgin Mary, but its roots date back to the Roman Empire. The name Ferragosto comes from the Latin “Feriae Augusti”, which means “August’s rest”, and indicated the days set to celebrate the emperor Octavian Augustus, the first Roman emperor, from which the month of August takes its name. In ancient times, as a pagan feast, it was celebrated
"Drink and Run" the famous sporty aperitif of Florence Among the many events, fairs and festivals every summer Florence offers to its visitors, there is a very unusual one called Drink and Run where the participants will be asked to literally…drink and run! A funny 8 Km carefree race among the most suggestive paths of Florence at sunset enhanced with rivers of iced beer to restore the strength: these are the three magic ingredients of this very amusing event that will take place on Tuesday 3 July in the Tuscan city. The meeting point will be at 7 pm at

The Cinquecento in Florence – from Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna From September 2017 to January 2018, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence hosts the extraordinary exhibition “The Cinquecento in Florence. From Michelangelo and Pontormo to Giambologna”, dedicated to some of the most important 16th-century Florentine artists. This venue celebrates indeed a unique period in art history characterized by the extraordinary personality of Francesco I de’ Medici, considered as one of the most brilliant European patrons of arts and the era of Counter-Reformation with an outstanding cultural and intellectual activity. With over 70 paintings and sculptures by 41 artists on display,  the exhibition

The Forte di Belvedere together with other important museums in Florence such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Opera di Santa Croce and the Marino Marini Museum are holding the great contemporary art exhibit  “Ytalia. Energy Thought Beauty”: over one hundred artworks of some of the major artists of our times will  be on display until October 2017. The exhibition project – promoted by the Comune di Firenze  in cooperation with Mus.e – strengthens the image of Florence as a city of contemporary art by creating a bridge between its historical and artistic heritage and the present-day society with its contemporary

From May 13th to October 8th 2017 the deconsecrated church of Santo Stefano al Ponte in Florence, hosts the unique multimedia exhibit “Da Vinci Experience” dedicated to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, his science and his eclectic life. The exhibition project, based on the concept of edutainment (or rather educational entertainment),  provides the visitor with a unique and unforgettable experience, through huge screens and hundreds of scanned images in high-definition, full HD video, sound effects and Dolby surround soundtracks. The exhibition is a multimedia journey, a vibrant symphony of light, colour and sound to the discovery of the Italian

One of Michelangelo‘s most important early works, the 53-inch wooden Crucifix has now returned to its rightful place, the Basilica of Santo Spirito in Florence. After a one-year absence and a tour between Naples and Turin, the Crucifix will be finally on display above the old Sacristy, by the west aisle of the church. Michelangelo sculpted the nude Jesus at 18, when he was living in the Basilica of Santo Spirito with the Augustine monks. After the death of Lorenzo de Medici, the monks hosted him and let Michelangelo acquire familiarity with human anatomy by studying the corpses from the