We will organise a walking tour of Florence. Florence’s historical centre is small and thus perfect for exploring on foot! There may be opportunities to explore: The Centro Storico: The historical area around the Duomo; The Oltrarno: the left bank of the Arno river; or perhaps a climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo & San Miniato.


The midwives at the Nativity

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 18:00

by Jane Salvage and Mark Roberts

Two midwives, Salome and Zelmane, are often seen in medieval and renaissance paintings and other representations of the Nativity of Christ. They were first mentioned in the apocryphal Legend of the Doubting Midwife, variously interpreted as Jesus’ first miracle, cautionary tale or punishment of an uppity woman. We investigate where they appear, what they represented, and why they disappeared. Jane Salvage is a global nursing leader and Mark Roberts organises the Institute’s programme of lectures. See: https://www.britishinstitute.it/en/news-events/events/cultural-programme/352/the-midwives-at-the-nativity

The lecture will be followed by wine and snacks. 

Suggested donation: Members €5; non-Members €10


Saturday, Feb. 15th 2020, 14:30 hrs
Cost: Free
Meeting point:  Centro Meeting “Il Fuligno”, 50123, Main Entrance

The Villa La Colombaia in Florence, birthplace and childhood of Florence Nightingale, boasts an ancient history dating back to 1400. Situated on a hill on the outskirts of the city, surrounded by a park of pines and cypresses, Since 1957 the Villa has hosted the Institute of the Sisters Adoring the Blood of Christ. They proudly commemorate the figure of Florence, receiving visitors from all over the world.


Saturday, February 15th 2020, at 14:30 pm
Cost: Free
Meeting point: Centro Meeting “Il Fuligno”, 50123, Main Entrance

The “Spedale degli Innocenti” is more than an architectural milestone. It has provided care of infants and children continuously for more than five centuries. Beginning with its sponsorship and through its services as well as its architecture, the “Innocenti” represents the evolving humanistic views of Florence of the early Renaissance.

The Gallery is arranged in one of the most famous and important architectural complexes of the early Florentine 15th century, that was commissioned and financed by the WooI Guild and built by Filippo Brunelleschi. The refectory, cloisters, dormitories, infirmary, rooms and porticoes were purposely balanced by Brunelleschi to create a harmonious and rational hospital architecture. Later, they were enlarged and decorated with frescoes, thus documenting the on-going activities of the institution and the favours of the reigning dynasty of the Medici.

*Please note that the tour to the “Spedale degli Innocenti” will be held only by reaching a minimum number of approximately 15 participants.

For those wanting to explore Florence independently you can visit the Tourist Information Centre online.