Programs & Events

Nowhere in Italy – perhaps in the entire world – is the act of looking at art more rewarding than in Florence. Nowhere else can one be captivated by a wistful Botticelli smile, impressed by the graceful dignity of Donatello’s bronze David, and moved by Michelangelo’s provocative Slaves twisting restlessly in their marble prisons.

Twice a year, an intimate group of Friends of Florence patrons have a rare opportunity to become true citizens of this magnificent city as they receive the keys to its artistic treasures and explore Florence in a manner not possible for the casual visitor:

  • View private collections not open to the public with acclaimed art historians
  • Observe restoration projects underway by Friends of Florence and other notable institutions
  • Enjoy magical evenings in spectacular venues throughout the city and Tuscany

Friends of Florence also occasionally creates unique events in other cities in Europe and the United States, which offer art lovers unique behind-the-scenes experiences with private curators and art historians, prominent scholars, and writers. Private receptions, exhibitions, tours, and special events have been held at the Chicago Art Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the High Museum, and The Getty Center.

Substantive programs, including symposia and study opportunities, have been held in conjunction with the Aspen Institute in Aspen and, in 2011, in Florence, and with the New York University in Florence, to name a few.

09/14/2023

06/13/2022

01/01/2020

05/31/2019

Michelangelo Travel Program

May 31, 2019 to June 7, 2019 Learn More

10/20/2018

02/15/2018

10/12/2017

04/26/2017

02/16/2017

11/03/2016

10/26/2016

10/13/2016

October 2016 Botticelli and Pollaiolo Program

October 13, 2016 to October 18, 2016 Learn More

08/23/2016

05/16/2016

05/04/2016

02/11/2016

08/31/2015

06/11/2015

Michelangelo and His Revolutionary Legacy

June 11, 2015 to June 15, 2015 Learn More

04/01/2015

10/05/2014

Caravaggio: The Artist, the Man and his Times

October 5, 2014 to October 13, 2014 Learn More

05/26/2014

04/14/2014

03/24/2014

03/11/2014

02/14/2014

12/03/2013

05/16/2013

02/15/2013

12/10/2012

06/21/2012

02/17/2012

12/06/2011

10/18/2011

05/14/2011

Springtime in Florence and Tuscany

May 14, 2011 to May 20, 2011 Learn More

04/01/2011

Aspen in Florence

April 1, 2011 to April 5, 2011 Learn More

02/18/2011

10/21/2010

02/19/2010

09/10/2009

From the Classical World to the Renaissance

September 10, 2009 to September 14, 2009 Learn More

02/13/2009

10/16/2008

Donatello: The Renaissance of Sculpture

October 16, 2008 to October 20, 2008 Learn More

09/26/2007

Leonardo da Vinci: On the Wings of Genius

September 26, 2007 to September 30, 2007 Learn More

02/02/2007

05/18/2006

10/15/2005

The Birth and the Rise of the Renaissance

October 15, 2005 to October 18, 2005 Learn More

09/10/2004

A Celebration of the "David"

September 10, 2004 to September 13, 2004 Learn More

07/11/2003

On the Michelangelo Trail in Florence

July 11, 2003 to July 14, 2003 Learn More

06/08/2002