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Florence News

Welcome (or welcome back) to Florence!

by Helen Farrell
If you’re new to Florence or if you’ve been away for the August holidays like we have at The Florentine, you’re in for a treat this …
Florence News

Duomo vision

Florence is a city that blows your mind with its beauty and brains. The city even has its very own psychosomatic illness, Stendhal syndrome, affecting those …
Best Events

Best events in September

by Catriona Miller
ART/Picasso Sept 20, 2014–Jan 25, 2015 Palazzo Strozzi, Florence With some 90 paintings, the exhibition Picasso and the Spanish Modernity offers an opportunity to reflect on Picasso’s influence and …
Florence for Students

I chose Florence

Drinking in the city (in a good way)
by Valentina Wurth
When I first arrived in Florence, for my semester abroad in August 2012, I behaved much like I was on an extended spring-break vacation. It was …
Florence for Students

Study-abroad cooking guide

How to stock your Florence apartment for fast feasts
by Alexandra Korey
You’ve arrived in your rental apartment in Florence and are faced with a busy time ahead, sightseeing and learning. You have minimal time to cook, but …

Not just the Uffizi

Four surprising museums
by Elena Gauthier
Of course you have your list of sights to see during your time in Florence, and you may even be wondering, ‘How will I see it …
The Arts

Get your copy of the David book!

As part of the 450th anniversary commemorations of Michelangelo’s death, The Florentine has published a book that tells the engrossing story of the David. Written by …
Florence News

Florence briefs

Restoration on the go Be sure to visit the Accademia Gallery before the end of September to see St. Stephen between St. James and St. Peter by …
Florence News

Florence gets sporty!

Month-long citywide sports festival
by Helen Farrell
September, the month of il rientro, is all about getting fit. Until October 5, Florence will be working out with a month-long, city-wide sports festival. For the …
Florence News

Celebrity city

VIPs attend major charity event
by Helen Farrell
Florence recently welcomed a hundred American guests of the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, which raises money for local charities through a celebrity charity event. It was the …
Florence for Students

Florence, for better or worse

by Mary Gray
Early this past summer, the TF staff caught wind of one of the many studying-in-Italy-themed ‘listicles’ making the rounds on social media. This particular piece was …
Florence News

A DIY Future

Limonaia di Villa Strozzi welcomes makers
by Helen Farrell
From September 11 to 18, Florence will host an international exhibition of independent design. Source Self-Made Design, at Limonaia di Villa Strozzi, will welcome more than 50 …
Florence News

Applied culture

Visit the past with new apps about Florence
by Helen Farrell
Two new apps take users on a tour of bygone Florence.   The Hidden Florence app, the creation of two historians, brings the past to life via a …
Florence News

La creme de la creme!

International gelato festival comes to Florence
by Helen Farrell
From September 12 to 14, the world’s best gelato makers will meet in Florence to determine who among them is the crème de la crème.     The Gelato Festival® …
Tuscany News

Siena meets Montessori

Acclaimed abroad, rare in Italy
by Mary Gray
Tuscany’s first Montessori school has just opened its doors. The school, in Siena, is called the Casa dei Bambini after the original Montessori school in Rome.   Owned …
Tuscany News

Erwitt extended

Popular San Gimignano exhibition stays open
by Mary Gray
After a successful run from April to August, the Elliott Erwitt/Icons exhibition at San Gimignano’s Raffaele De Grada Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art has been …
Tuscany News

War on wine?

New plan sparks protest
by Mary Gray
The Tuscan Region’s latest landscape development plan is causing  concern among Tuscany’s wine producers. The 3,000-page document details new limitations on production, citing research that indicates …

Looking for Mona Lisa in Florence

New book reveals the real Lisa Gherardini
by Dianne Hales
Early on a spring morning in 2011, I threaded my way through a maze of lanes in the Oltrarno to the street where Lisa Gherardini, the …
Italy News

Ciak Hollywood!

Italian directors film in English
by Helen Farrell
As Alba Rohrwacher and Adam Driver win Coppa Volpi awards for their roles in the movie Hungry Hearts directed by Saverio Costanzo at the 71st Venice …
Italy News

Cara Roma

Hotel tax doubled
by Helen Farrell
If you threw a coin into the Trevi Fountain before the restoration got underway (see, you might now be wishing that you’d saved your euro …
Sport + Leisure

How to become a Viola fan

by Brando  de Leonardis
Seeing an Italian football match is something every student abroad, expat or tourist should experience at least once. The atmosphere at the stadium is unique, as …

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