Dirty Deeds and Dire Deaths

Ivana Scatola   It is said that the feast of Halloween originated from a merging of harvest festivals, pagan celebrations of the dead and most importantly, as the eve before the two day Christian feast days All Hallows’ or All Saints’ Day (November 1), and All Souls’ Day, (November 2): a feast for the dead. …

Space Hosts Caramello

It is the largest disco in Florence. With an approximate capacity for 800 people, Space Club is located near the Santa Maria Novella train station, a convenient location makes the most highly frequented and well-known clubs in the city. Hosting events year-round, Space also organizes the biggest Halloween celebration in town. The atmosphere is created …

Dave Matthews to Play Live on Oct. 18

The Dave Matthews Band will be performing at the Mandela Forum of Florence on Oct. 18. The concert will start at 8 p.m., with tickets costing from 46 to 69 euros. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketone.it. The concert continues the band’s experiment from their tour last year, with shows consisting of two concerts in …

Lifting the Lid on Palazzo Pitti’s Cucinone

    Marine Le Canne   The restoration of one of the most interesting and lesser-known parts of Palazzo Pitti, the so-called cucinone (large kitchens), is now complete. The restoration began earlier this year and cost approximately €100,000.   With their fireplaces, ovens, sinks, and various utensils, the cucinone were originally built in the years …

Celebrating Saint Anna on July 26

  July 26 marks the celebration of the Festival of Saint Anna, mother of the Virgin Mary and protector of Florence’s liberty and identity. The celebration begins with a historic procession at the Piazza di Parte Guelfa at 8:45 p.m. with 100 participants dressed in costume, which proceeds to Piazza della Signoria and then on …

Marianna Jaross

Early music festival   The Early Music Festival in Florence is a cultural feast dedicated to classical music. With performances located in the Basilica di Santo Spirito, viewers are provided the opportunity to explore the world of early music as performed by The Paper Kite and The Accademia de li Spiriti. July 3rd: The Paper …

Lucca Summer Festival Returns

  Bob Dylan, Elton John, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravits among guests   Leah Meyers   The 18th annual Lucca Summer Festival is back starting July 1 and lasting throughout the entire month. The festival, which takes places inside the city walls of Lucca at the Piazza Napoleone, consists of 13 concerts by musicians of different …