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"Allora" is our blog, where we keep things related to Florence that are timely but transitory and don't fit into our evergreen content. You can find one-off events here, news that may affect your travel, photos, videos, etc.

Ponte Vecchio Will Undergo Renovations

ponte-vecchio-dusk.JPG Thursday, Apr 18, 2024: The upcoming restoration of the Ponte Vecchio will be the first of it's kind for one of the world's most famous spans. This endeavor aims to return the bridge to its former glory by addressing typical weather-related wear and tear it has endured over the centuries. Although structurally sound, the bridge requires attention to combat issues like algae growth, atmospheric deposits, and erosion. The... read more.

Fallen Angel: The Powerful Work of Anselm Kiefer Lands in Florence

anselm-kiefer-fallen-angels.jpg Saturday, Mar 30, 2024: March 22 to July 21, 2024 Arguably one of the greatest artists of the last thirty years, Anselm Kiefer has a major new exhibition at the iconic Palazzo Strozzi in the heart of Florence. "Anselm Kiefer. Fallen Angel" immerses viewers in the profound, layered work of the German master through paintings, sculptures, installations, and photographs, spanning his pioneering career. Curated by Palazzo S... read more.

Penthouse of Palazzo Grifoni for Sale

palazzo-grifoni-vendita-firenze.jpg Wednesday, Mar 27, 2024: Not something that happens every day, but a floor of the historic Palazzo Grifoni on Piazza Santissima Annunziata is for sale. I couldn't imagine living in such a historic palazzo with that view of Piazza Santissima Annunziata every day - che meraviglia! ... read more.

Florence Has Fallen: Cultural Heritage in the Age of Social Media

rental-bikes-florence.JPG Thursday, Jan 25, 2024: In the heart of Italy, Florence stands as a testament to human artistic achievement. Yet, beneath its preserved beauty, there is a struggle, and a creeping, silent erosion of its cultural soul. Unlike Rome's ancient ruins, Florence's decay isn't visible in its art and architecture, but felt in the daily lives of its residents and the changing dynamics of its historic streets and alleys. The Bapti... read more.

Florence Tramvia Construction Update

florence-tramvia-construction-map-december-2023.png Monday, Dec 11, 2023: From the 13th to 15th of December the traffic in via degli Arazzieri will be interrupted by the laying of new roadway in Piazza San Marco, construction of the new layout in Piazza della Libertà, and the laying of new track in Viale Lavagnini. Work is proceeding on the construction of the Fortezza-Libertà-San Marco tram line: The asphalting of Viale Lavagnini is scheduled: the work will be carrie... read more.

Anish Kapoor: Untrue Unreal, at Palazzo Strozzi

anish-kapoor-untrue-unreal.jpg Posted on Tuesday, Oct 3, 2023: New Anish Kapoor exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence October 7, 2023, to February 4, 2024 The upcoming Anish Kapoor exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence is a must-see for any fan of contemporary art. The exhibition features a wide range of Kapoor's work, from early pieces to recent creations, including a new work created specifically for the Renaissance courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi. ... read more.

Visits to the Gardens of the Villas of Fiesole

villa-tatti-giardino-fiesole.jpg Posted on Tuesday, Sep 12, 2023: Here is something different to do if you are visiting Florence in September and October: On seven different days, seven unique villas in Fiesole will open their gardens for public visits. This is an extraordinary opening of some of the most beautiful gardens in Tuscany. Called "Visits to the Gardens of the Villas of Fiesole", the event returns in September, with the cycle of visits promoted by t... read more.

Florence Civic Museums are Free for Residents on Sunday, August 6th

arnolfos-tower-palazzo-vecchio.JPG Posted on Friday, Aug 4, 2023: This August 6th, citizens of Florence are cordially invited to experience the city's rich history and artistic heritage by exploring its museums free of charge. Some of Florentine Civic Museums are: Museo di Palazzo Vecchio Santa Maria Novella Museo Stefano Bardini Museo Novecento Cappella Brancacci Fondazione Salvatore Romano Torre delle ZeccaDiscover how this fortress once sealed Florence's ... read more.

New Tramway Construction in Florence Alters Bus Routes

florence-tramway-construction-bus-routes.png Posted on Tuesday, Aug 1, 2023: On Sunday, June 11, 2023, a new phase of construction of the Florence Tramway was started. This will alter several bus routes and at the moment there is no date for when this construction will end. Above is a map (PDF of the map - better for printing and reading) showing the "Fermate soppresse" or the "suppressed stops" for all of the lines combined, as well as the "Nuove fermate provvisorie" or n... read more.

Cézanne in Florence

Cezanne-a-Firenze-Palazzo-Strozzi-Firenze.jpg Posted on Friday, Mar 9, 2007: The exhibit "Cézanne in Florence" at the Palazzo Strozzi is fantastic. A strongly curated show, that is well documented (details on every work in Italian and English, plus some notes specifically for children) and has many amazing works by Cézanne and others. The exhibit is meticulous in laying out the details of the two collectors, Egisto Paolo Fabbri and Charles Alexander Loeser, who first owned... read more.

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