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Best Christmas and New Year events in Florence and Tuscany

December 2014-January 2015
by Catriona Miller
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas... but if you’re not feeling festive yet, you will be once you see what Florence and Tuscany have …
Florence News

A crazy success

Opera di Santa Croce's #CrazyforPazzi campaign makes history
102,426 dollars and 859 backers: the first ever Kickstarter campaign for a restoration by a major cultural institution in Florence has been successfully funded. Launched on …
The Arts

Updating the Duomo

31 million investment, new museum scheduled for October 2015
by Alexandra Korey
31 million euro for construction and restoration at the Grande Museo del Duomo di Firenze, all covered by the Opera del Duomo from ticket sales and …
Florence News

Bike light!

Via Romana gets a Christmas cycle
by Helen Farrell
Last year, via Romana’s Christmas decorations featured umbrella lights; this year the spotlight is on the bicycle.   Festive and charming, the holiday lights, which are annually chosen …
Florence News

Ice skating in Florence

Yearly ice skating rink in piazza Liberta'
by Oreste Giacche'
As winter approaches, the 'Palaghiaccio' ice skating rink in piazza Libertà returns to Florence. This has been a yearly tradition in Florence since 1996, although before …

Behind the scenes at Santa Croce

by Alexandra Korey
Photos by Marco Badiani Most people go into buildings. But in the case of Santa Croce and in particular the Pazzi Chapel, the building has gotten into …
The Arts

100 years of sparkle

Buccellati exhibition at Palazzo Pitti celebrates family and their art
by Alexandra Korey
292 diamonds that seem to float on a tiara. A bracelet with 9 square emeralds and 288 rose-cut diamonds. 1,693 diamonds for a total of 23,57 …
Italian Sketches

Cavalcata dei Magi

Procession of the Three Kings: now and then
by Deirdre Pirro
On the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, a cavalcade led by the Three Kings, also known as the Three Wise Men, or Magi, protectors of …

Present culture

The thought that confounds
by Catriona Miller
A gift need not be extravagant to be cherished, for, as the saying goes, ‘It is the thought that counts.’ But for those living between two …
Florence News

Virtual Duomo

Welcome to the I_Dome
by Oreste Giacche' & Helen Farrell
For Expo 2015 you’ll find Florence’s finest under the Cathedral’s cupola.   We’re not referring to the original one designed by Renaissance genius Brunelleschi, but a hi-tech reproduction …

Truffled simplicity

Warm truffled farro salad
by Judy Witts
Probably the most important thing I have learned in Italy is to spend more time shopping and less time cooking. My mother-in-law, Tina, taught me this. …
Florence News

Take a virtual tour of La Pergola theatre

Florence theatre first to join Google platforms
by Helen Farrell
Armchair travellers around the world can now visit one of Florence’s historic and best-loved theatres, Teatro della Pergola.   As of November 27, the theatre’s ornate auditorium, foyer …

Into the holiday spirit

Twinkling lights and Christmas markets
by Bridget Babcox
With all the twinkling lights, the delicious smells and the bustle of the people walking by, the Santa Croce German Christmas market had me experiencing sensory …

Christmas comfort

Indulge in a pasta pie
by Rachel  Priestley
Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi (Christmas with your family, Easter with whoever you like) is how the great Italian saying goes, but when …
Best Events

Museums extended!

Holiday hours for Florence Museums, Christmas 2014
Florence makes way for an onslaught of holiday merry-makers who can’t wait to sample the city’s cultural offering. Although state museums are closed December 25 and …
Style + Fashion

Get the holiday look!

Style + the City
by Enrica Guidato
In winter, Florence sparkles as the city gets ‘dressed up’ for the season. Lights, trees and ribbons line the streets, while stores call to us with …
Economy + Society

Tax debate

Roots and remedies for tax evasion in Italy
by John D'Attoma
Ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi once famously claimed that the evasion of high taxes is a ‘God-given right.’ As many European nations grapple with debt crises, the …
Book Reviews

Michelangelo's signatures

Carl Smith’s "What’s in a Name? Michelangelo and the Art of Signature"
by Deirdre Pirro
The 450th anniversary of the death, at 88, of the great Renaissance sculptor, architect, painter and poet, Florentine Michelangelo Buonarroti, has produced a flurry of new …

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