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Fawning over Florence

Florentine singers release video homage to their hometown
by Mary Gray
Noted Florentine singer Riccardo Azzurri, accompanied by Aleandro Baldi, recently released a video homage to his hometown, titled ‘Firenze Madre’ (‘Mother Florence,’ technically, but we prefer …
Community News

Anyone for spring cleaning?

The sun is shining and the park is beckoning: there’s no better time of year to tote a good book and a picnic basket to the …
Tuscany News

Heritage homecoming

Palazzo Pretorio reopens in Prato
by John-Paul Heil
After nearly twenty years away from home, works from the Museum of Prato collection have returned to their rightful place in the beautiful Palazzo Pretorio. The …
Florence News

Palazzo passageway

Ancient 'vomitorium' uncovered during renovations
by Katie Acompora
A delightful discovery was recently unearthed beneath Palazzo Vecchio. During the renovation of the foyer and the new ticket office for the ancient Roman theatre preserved …
Community News

The David by Numbers [Infographic]

The Florentine Press’s upcoming book From Marble to Flesh. The Biography of Michelangelo’s David, by Victor Coonin, contains little known stories and facts about the world’s most …
Florence News

Crucifix comeback

Restored 15th century crucifix returns to Duomo
by Mary Gray
After undergoing restoration for almost four years, Benedetto da Maiano’s 15th century wooden crucifix has returned to the Duomo’s main altar. The project was carried out …
Florence News

Saving Santa Croce from the waters

New itinerary and exhibition spaces to open in the Basilica of Santa Croce on May 3
by Paola Vojnovic
On May 3, at 10am, the inauguration of the new itinerary and exhibition spaces in the Basilica of Santa Croce will take, coinciding with the 720th …
Florence News

Bargello hosts Bandinelli

16th century artist featured in new exhibition
by John-Paul Heil
The Bargello Museum is hosting the first exhibition dedicated entirely to the Florentine sculptor Baccio Bandinelli. Beginning today and running through July 2015, visitors to the …
Best Events

Best events in April

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 best events in Florence and Tuscany this April.
by Catriona Miller
LITERATURE/Shakespeare Week April 7–10. The British Institute, lungarno Guicciardini 9, Florence   Othello is the focus of this year’s Shakespeare week, featuring the screening of three film adaptations …
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Traveling with Steve

#MoggiFollowsMcCurry show in Prato
by Alexandra Korey
Prato-based photographer Alessandro Moggi has been photographing all his adult life. Recently, he had the opportunity to travel to Burma with the American photographer Steve McCurry, …
Florence News

Liberating art!

Rescuing Italy's great works
by Catriona Miller
April 25, 2014, marks the 70th anniversary of Italian liberation from fascism. The country was liberated, but what about its artworks?   To celebrate the liberation in Florence, …
Music Reviews

From Lebanon to Florence

Top Lebanese band rocks Flog
by Katie Acompora
Passion. Emotion. Perseverance. Change. Mashrou’ Leila is a band of seven Lebanese musicians who took the stage at the Auditorium Flog on April 11 to raise …
The Arts

Bran and books

An interview with Nicoletta Maraschio
by Helen Farrell
As a linguist and bibliophile, a visit to Accademia della Crusca is for me akin to a trip to the Uffizi for art lovers. Established between …
The Arts

Re-evaluating Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino

Diverging paths of the modern manner
by Alexandra Korey
  It is easy to see why the artists Pontormo and Rosso Fiorentino have long been lumped together under the label ‘Mannerism’: both were born in 1494, …
Monuments + More

The Croce al Trebbio column

And a Florentine miracle
by Deirdre Pirro
In a square not far from the church of Santa Maria Novella, at the junction of via del Moro, via delle Belle Donne and via del …

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