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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 …
Best Events

Florence celebrates the European Day of Jewish Culture

A week of festivities, culminating on September 6
by Mary Gray
  Banda Improvvisa Synagogues and Hebrew communities across the continent will celebrate the 16th European Day of Jewish Culture on September 6. From the 72 Italian cities officially …
Florence News

Palazzo Vecchio fountain undergoes restoration

  ph. Marc Buehler, Flickr   Restoration work recently began on the 16th-century fountain in the first courtyard of Palazzo Vecchio. Costing approximately 50 thousand euro, the restoration will …
Italy News

20 new museum supermanagers nominated in Italy

German Eike Schmidt at helm of Uffizi
by Alexandra Korey & Mary Gray
Following an international call last year (see our reports here and here), the new “supermanagers” of Italy’s top 20 museums were announced on August 18, 2015. …
Tuscany News

Siena Cathedral floors on show all summer

An exceptional event in Tuscany
by Courtney Runn
Editor's Note: Following a Ferragosto break, Siena Cathedral's floors will be opened to visitors again beginning August 18.   In celebration of Expo Milano 2015, Siena will open …
Tuscany News

Cuts for commuters!

30% off monthly tickets for Tuscan train commuters in September/October
If you had a monthly ticket on Tuscany’s trains in July 2015, you will be entitled to 30% off your railcard this September or October. The …

Interview with Monique Mizrahi

Multi-instrumentalist to perform at Easy Living-Spiaggetta Sull'Arno
by Michelle Davis
  Folk multi-instrumentalist Monique Mizrahi is a rare bird. A 'Honeybird' to be exact, since this is the name of her solo music project. After living in …
Best Events

Two things to do this week in Tuscany

Top picks in Florence and out of town for August 27–September 2
by Mary Gray
CULTURE/ Balagan CaféAugust 27Florence Synagogue gardens, via Farini 6, Florence Don’t miss the final Balagan Café event of the season at Florence’s Synagogue: the Hebrew hub will close …
Best Events

Top summer events in Tuscany

What to do throughout the region
by Mary Gray
Summer in Tuscany is more than just sagre and seaside weekends. Here are some highlights across the region.   #CASTAGNETO CARDUCCI Bolgheri Melody July 24–August 17   Music and wine meet for …
Florence News

Florence photography challenge

On your mark, get set, snap!
Spend a day snapping the city during the upcoming Positive Florence photo marathon. On Sunday, September 13, photographers will take to the streets of Florence to …

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 …
How Do You...?

An American's guide to restaurant Italian

Lost in pronunciation
by Thomas Austen
It’s no secret that traces of Hollywood mob films and Olive Garden ads pollute many Americans’ Italian vocabularies—vocabularies usually limited to words of or related to …
Insider Florence

Five top entertainment options in Florence

Where to see unforgettable shows
"Theatres are curious places, magician's trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic …
The Tuscan Times

A fisherman's nightmare

#MAREMMA / Orbetello devastated by death of more than 200 tonnes of fish
by Elisa Scarton
It was an otherwise perfect summer in southern Tuscany. Endless days of sunshine and warm weather. Plenty of tourists, holidaymakers and food festivals to keep everyone …
Editor's letter

The Florentine launches The Tuscan Times

Connecting the region's international community
The Tuscan Times tells insider stories straight from regional residents. It’s a tool designed to connect Tuscany’s large international population, building a network while bringing the …
The Arts

Della Robbia up close in Pistoia

Ospedale del Ceppo frieze restoration visits
by Alexandra Korey
The Ospedale del Ceppo is one of Pistoia’s landmark buildings. The hospital was founded in 1277 but a Renaissance expansion under the direction of Michelozzo puts …
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 …
The Tuscan Times

The man behind the move

by Oonagh Stransky
ph. Phillip Toledano - 'Maybe'   Now in its fifth year, the Cortona on the Move Festival is a summer-long celebration of photography. This always-astonishing mosaic of exhibitions, …
The Tuscan Times

A siren's call (or not?)

by Elisa Scarton
Tuscany isn’t just about food and culture; it’s also home to Italy’s most beautiful beach for 2015.   When it comes to travel destinations, Tuscany is a bucket-list …

From Austria to Qatar

Smaller pavilions at Expo 2015 hold bigger surprises
by Jason Martinez
  Viewing the starring pavilions of Expo 2015, such as those of Germany and Kazakhstan, may involve waiting for up to two hours. Avoiding the lines gives …

Trying temperatures

Intercultural perceptions of air conditioning
by Alexandra Korey
illux by Leo Cardini   'Single friends! Don’t have a/c at home? Want to try a marriage without commitment? For loan, Italian husband sensitive to gusts of cold …
The Tuscan Times

Castiglion Fiorentino's time-team heroes

Amateur archaeologists rewind the timeline of their hometown by more than 1,000 years
by Richard Zahra
Danilo Grifoni (left) and Mario Menci (right)   Inspired by the lucky discovery of an ancient golden earring, amateur archaeologists Mario Menci and Danilo Grifoni pushed back the …
Florence News

The future of Santa Croce

Forward-looking ways to celebrate the past
by Helen Farrell
The new board of directors of Opera di Santa Croce has announced a three-year plan for the operations of Florence’s beloved basilica. Among the specifics that …

The Italian mystery of the missing toilet seats

A humorous look at Italy's WC culture
by Sam Hilt
It’s only fair to say that bathrooms in Italy in private homes are typically immaculate: they approach a standard of almost Germanic cleanliness. Bathrooms in public …

When history becomes a Officina de' Tornabuoni fragrance

Historic palazzo inspires new product range
  Palazzo Larderel has been a historical and architectural fixture on Florence’s renowned via Tornabuoni since the 1580s, when it was built by architect Giovanni Antonio Dosio …
The Arts

Paint Tuscany on vacation

Tuscany Plein Air launches week-long landscape painting event in September
by Sponsored Page 
Florence, Italy, has always drawn artists to study and learn from the region’s master painters. This September, a new program for Plein Air landscape painting, run …
Best Events

Cloisters and cuisine

Fine dining in Florence's most evocative religious spaces
by Helen Farrell
Picture a centuries-old Florentine cloister and a long dining table adorned with elegant candelabras and sparkling tableware. Imagine sitting down to eat farm-to-table dishes prepared by …

Perfumes and prospects with Eugenio Alphandery

Engineering the future of the Farmacia
by Margreta Moss
Eugenio Alphandery, director of Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is not a shortsighted person, and as a true engineer he gets to the heart …

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