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The Arts

World Premiere of When the World Answered

New documentary based on the book by Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone and published by The Florentine Press airs October 20
by Jane Fortune
SAVE THE DATE!  When the World Answered, the new PBS documentary based on the book by Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone, will premiere at Florence’s Odeon …
Community News

Seeking first-hand accounts of Florence flood

Calling all mud angels
by Helen Farrell
Did you come to Florence’s rescue in 1966 when the Arno flooded its banks and the city’s treasures risked ruin? Ahead of next year’s 50th anniversary …
Best Events

Best events in Florence and Tuscany in October 2015

Our top picks
by Mary Gray
Our events listing keeps you up to date on the latest and greatest in culture, music and other English-friendly entertainment. This is a selection of the …
Florence News

Amazon launches first Made in Italy artisan marketplace

Global e-commerce giant partners with Municipality of Florence
by Helen Farrell
  Global e-commerce giant Amazon has joined forces with the City of Florence to launch the Made in Italy marketplace.   The Italian artisan marketplace launched today on …
Florence News

A rare homecoming for Medici tapestries

Scenes from the life of Joseph in the Sala dei Duecento
Palazzo Vecchio is hosting the traveling exhibition ‘The Prince of Dreams: Joseph in the Medici Tapestries of Bronzino and Pontormo’ until February 15, 2016. The exhibition …
The Arts

Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana

Palazzo Strozzi exhibit review
by Alexandra Korey
In the Renaissance city, modern sacred art often goes un-noticed, yet the period from the middle of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth centuries …
The Tuscan Times

Tuscany in slow motion

Monteriggioni hosts the Slow Travel Fest
by Gabriella Ienzi & Mary Gray
  The movement celebrating the art of sustainable slow travel comes to Tuscany with the first Slow Travel Fest on October 9 to 11. Centred in Monteriggioni, …
The Arts

Interview with Jeff Koons

American artist installs two works at Florence's Palazzo Vecchio
by Michelle Davis & Helen Farrell
  Is Florence ready for Jeff Koons? Pronta or not, the Pennsylvania-born artist now boasts two works of art at the Palazzo Vecchio. While the David copy …
Tuscany News

Paris artwork in Pisa

Toulouse Lautrec exhibition in Palazzo Blu
From October 16 to February 14, visitors to Pisa’s Palazzo Blu can relive the Moulin Rouge’s glory days with ‘Toulouse Lautrec: Lights and Shadows of Montmartre’.    Henri …
Don't Miss

Taste truffles in Milan with The Florentine

TF's editor speaks about translation in the world of food at Toscana Fuori Expo, October 27
Fancy a free truffle tasting and meeting The Florentine in Milan?   On October 27, at 5.30pm, at Milan's Societa' Umanitaria, join The Florentine's editor Helen Farrell at …
Italy News

Procacci takes its truffle to Milan

Florentine institution expands nationally
by Brenda Dionisi
Florence’s venerable delicatessen in via Tornabuoni, Procacci, has opened a new outpost.    Located in one of Milan’s trendiest areas, at corso Garibaldi 79, the new shop offers …
The Arts

Restoring the Pazzi Chapel loggia

Interview with Marco Pancani, Daniela Chiesi and Giuseppe De Micheli
Throughout the Crazy for Pazzi campaign to restore the loggia of the Pazzi Chapel, The Florentine’s readers have been hungry to learn more about the technical …
Sport + Leisure

Asmana Wellness World: Florence's new spa paradise

An alternative to the seaside
by Helen Farrell
It sounds like the stuff of the Tuscan dream: two New York entrepreneurs move to Tuscany to escape the rat race and open a wellness centre …
Florence News

Apple Store Firenze opens in piazza della Repubblica

Florence welcomes first central Apple Store
Maybe you were one of the many people who slept there overnight, or maybe you just wondered what all the queuing was about.   On September 26, Florence’s …
Florence News

Green Apes: a sustainable social media platform by Florentine startup

See you all in the jungle!
by Gabriella Ienzi
  You separate your trash, try to save water and try to shop secondhand, but if you want to introduce even more eco-friendly habits into your routine, …
Tuscany News

Braille wine labels launched

Maremma-based winery shares the art of 'leggere il vino'
A winemaker in the Maremma region has produced Tuscany’s first braille wine label. Cantina La Cura, in Massa Marittima, has incorporated braille into the labels for its …
Florence News

Arturo Tosi at Palazzo Pitti

Still life paintings in the Gallery of Modern Art
  See a range of 20th-century still-life painting in Palazzo Pitti’s Gallery of Modern Art, which is hosting ‘Arturo Tosi: The Fruits of the Earth’ beginning September …
Florence for Students

Want to spoil your semester in Florence? Here's how

A few quick tips for ruining your time in the Renaissance city
by Mary Gray
ph. Mary Gray You’ve weighed the pros and cons and have finally decided to take the plunge: you’re going to study abroad in Florence! The birthplace of …

Too cool for school

The finest fall events at Florence's schools and study-abroad programs
by Mary Gray
One peek at the fall programming at Florence’s study abroad programs and you’ll wonder why you ever bothered graduating. If ‘school-sponsored event’ conjures up images of …

The Florentine's guide to getting married in Florence and Tuscany

Advice on how to organize weddings in the most romantic region in the world
There’s nothing more romantic than marrying your loved one in the Sala Rossa (Red Room) in Florence’s centuries-old Palazzo Vecchio, in the medieval setting of Palazzo …
Food + Wine

Cantucci & Vin Santo

The perfect Tuscan dessert combo
by Alexandra Korey & Gabriella Ienzi
At the end of just about any meal in Tuscany, be it at home or at a restaurant, chances are you’ll be offered cantucci and vin …
Places + Travel

Six of the best boutique hotels in Florence

Top choices for a customized Florence experience
by Mary Gray
Whether you’re visiting Florence for the first time or the fiftieth, deciding where to stay can be stressful. Sure, brand-name biggies and budget spots both have …
Food + Wine

Tuscan pumpkin soup: Zuppa di zucca

Warm comfort food for the Florentine fall
by Rachel  Priestley
Autumn brings vibrant colors and mellow flavors to Italy’s markets and, in Tuscany especially, soups to the table. At the markets of Tuscany, the region that …
The Tuscan Times

These feet don't bear arms exhibition

Photographic exhibition at Rondine Cittadella della Pace Onlus, near Arezzo
The exhibition Feet Don't Bear Arms came about as a result of a collaboration between the Bloomsbury Group, a team of former colleagues based in Florence …
The Tuscan Times

Rondine Cittadella della Pace nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Tuscan nonprofit in the international spotlight
by Oonagh Stransky
Rondine Cittadella della Pace, a small nonprofit association in Tuscany, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the vice president of the Italian chamber of …
Food + Wine


by Helen Farrell
I’ll never forget the time I ordered seafood pasta in Rome. After I’d savoured every last mollusk and cephalopod morsel, I realised that my English friend …
Italy News

Italy tells EU 'no' to lifting ban on powdered milk use

Government defends Italian cheeses
by Gabriella Ienzi
    On the September 29 deadline imposed by the European Commission, Italy voted 'no' to the Commission's demands that the government lift the country's ban on the …

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