Gucci Museum Reopens after Re-styling

The Gucci Museum reopened with a new look designed by the brand creative director Alessandro Michele last month. Located on Piazza della Signoria, the museum spans three floors of the historic Mercanzia Palace right on the side of Palazzo Vecchio and is divided into three sections. On the ground floor is the boutique selling limited …

Monthly Fireworks

The city of Florence announced last January that from January to June each 24th of the month there will be one minute of fireworks. The fireworks taking place on June 24 on occasion of the celebration of Florence’s patron saint Saint John the Baptist will be as long as usual.   The initiative, called Aspettando …

Uffizi and Archaeological Museum Now Twins

Starting from March 1, the ticket for the Uffizi Gallery Museum complex will also allow entrance to the Archaeological Museum.   The announcement of the 5-year renewable agreement between the two museums came last month as part of a plan for the enhancement of the Florence Archaeological Museum, which also includes the devolution of 2,5% …

Top Leonardo Expert Dies

Italy’s top expert on Leonardo da Vinci, Carlo Pedretti, died last month in his home in Pistoia just one day before turning 90. By the age of 13, Pedretti could already write left handed and read backwards as Leonardo did. He published his first articles on Leonardo at 16, hitting the headlines of Italy’s most …

Florence Creativity Returns

Creativity never ends, especially with the fall edition of the Florence Creativity taking place at the Fortezza da Basso from Thursday, Oct.26 to Sunday, Oct. 29. The fair includes events, courses and expositors presenting new ideas, techniques and materials, and is a not-to-miss event for all of those who feel passion in their hands and …

‘Alchemy of Paper and Stone’

The Officina Profumo Farmaceutica of Santa Maria Novella will celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Florence flood with an exhibit combining Japanese paper “washi-art” with the Florentine Mosaico Fiorentino. The exhibit, called Alchemy of Paper and Stone, will commence on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. on VIa della Scala 16.   The “washi-art” will be …

Communicating Fashion

Each Spring at the ISI (Institute for International Studies) in Florence, the role of the city as a world capital for menswear is highlighted. A course dedicated solely to writing and blogging about fashion is offered for undergraduates from many American schools and includes a unique scholarly visit to the Pitti Uomo menswear trade show …

Unknown Pleasures Displayed: Bardini Museum hosts Glenn Brown

The exhibition Unknown Pleasures is running at the Museo Bardini from June 10 to Oct. 25, showcasing a spectrum of Glenn Brown’s work. Brown will be installing over twenty pieces including paintings, drawings and sculptures, some of which have been made for this exhibition and shown for the first time. Mining art history and popular …

Art on the Move?

Two of the most important Florentine sculptures, Michelangelo’s David and Gianbologna’s Rape of the Sabine Women, prompted a great deal of debate this summer as, although for different reasons, were proposed to be moved respectively from the Accademia Museum and the Loggia dei Lanzi. Discussion about a new possible destination for Michelangelo’s David to reduce …