This Month at ISI

The Quirky Tour
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Quirky Tour


More than a conventional visit to famous attractions, this tour focuses on the hidden curiosities that disclose the authentic soul of Florence. Stay away from the crowd of tourists visiting the city and come with us to discover more then meets the eye!

The “Struscio Fiorentino” inspires this tour. Traditionally, this name indicated the most crowded streets in the city, where the long skirts worn by rich dames used to brush (struscio) with each other as they were walking.

Thus, a “via di struscio” is a very crowded street, such as via Calzaiuoli on Sunday afternoons! Nowadays, this term refers to a collection of curiosities and fun facts about particular spots in the city.

Egg Tempera Workshop
Oct 31 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Egg Tempera Workshop


Don’t miss this chance to take part in the whole painting process!

You will experiment every step needed to create an egg tempera painting: starting from grounding the colors to finally painting on a wood panel. And, you can take your final work home.

The workshop takes place inside the famous Palazzo Vecchio; the price includes admittance to the museum.

Florence has a long tradition of “botteghe artigiane”, laboratories where wanna-be painters would work for an already-famous artist and learn all the skills. Every artist had his own particular technique, which he would pass down orally his apprentice.

Night at the Opera: Cinderella
Nov 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: attending one of the most acclaimed Italian operas
in the new Opera House of Florence.

For the 150th anniversary of Gioacchino Rossini’s death, the Teatro del Maggio is staging one of his most appreciated works. “Once upon a time there was a king”: this is what Cinderella sings, while she dreams of escaping from her two stupid and annoying stepsisters, a song which becomes reality when she marries the Prince, Don Ramiro. This opera, loosely based on the fable by Charles Perrault, sees the stepmother substituted by the hilarious Don Magnifico, Superintendent of Glasses and President of the Grape Harvest. Cinderella does not lose a shoe, and it is the cunning Alidoro who organises a party during which the Prince and Cinderella will meet, and a faked accident allows the latter to be recognised. The happy ending is guaranteed, with a touch of malice, by the newly-wed bride who, addressing her stepfather and stepsisters, sings “their pardon will be my revenge”….