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Book Reviews


Book presentation, October 22, Accademia delle Arti del Disegno
As part of a project to safeguard and promote a hidden part of Florence’s heritage, the Advancing Women Artists Foundation has sponsored the restoration of seven …
Best Events

The Weekly List of Events in Florence

October 16-22, 2014
by Catriona Miller
EXPLORE/DISCOVER/ART/ Open Studio Weekend October 18 – 19. Various locations in Florence   This October sees Lost In Florence Open Studio Weekend: 12 studios, 2 days, open to the public …
Florence News

Colossal makeover

Three years and 315,000 euro restoration of Giambologna's Apennine Colossus now complete
by Helen Farrell
From Sunday October 19, the public will be able to marvel at the freshly restored Apennine Colossus by Giambologna, one of the highlights of the Pratolino …
Florence News

Donatello restored

Restoration of la Crocifissione at the Bargello
by Oreste Giacche'
The restoration of Donatello’s Crocifissione is complete, and now resides in the Bargello National Museum. This beautiful and unique piece was created circa 1455, and consists …
Italy News

A heart for heritage

FAI's I Luoghi del Cuore campaign underway
by Mary Gray
Voting season is upon us—not for politicians, but for ‘places of the heart.’ Organized by FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano, the annual I Luoghi del Cuore …
The Arts

Not just Picasso

Spain makes a splash at Palazzo Strozzi
by Alexandra Korey
Picasso is a name that has become a trademark, and with this degree of international fame, it’s easy to think we ‘know’ the artist and his …
Tuscany News

Masters meet

Palazzo Pretorio spotlights 15th-18th century Italian art
by Mary Gray
Prato’s Palazzo Pretorio is currently hosting Capolavori che si incontrano (The Meeting of Masterpieces), comprising 86 artworks by a range of iconic Italian painters. Spanning the 15th …
Italy News

The art of buon fresco goes down under

First frescoes in Western Australia
The art of buon fresco is an ancient painting technique that has been used for centuries by ancient cave painters to the Renaissance masters like Giotto, …
Tuscany News

Cool Tuscany

10 days to celebrate regional culture
by Mary Gray
COOLT, Tuscany’s first-ever Culture ‘Week,’ kicks off October 9. Celebrating the region’s artistic and culinary treasures could never be contained to just seven days, though: the …
Best Events

Best events in October

by Catriona Miller
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 …
Places + Travel

Walks and Visits in October and November

with Alexandra Lawrence in collaboration with the Advancing Women Artists Foundation
Flood: 1966 Saturday, October 25 at 10am Walk & Visit ticket: 15 euro + 6 euro entrance fee (S. Croce) Special price ticket + book: 33 euro Meeting point: In …

Fleeing a murder

Curious Florence
by Rose Mackworth-Young
While the English presence in Florence during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries is well known, British aristocrats settled here many centuries earlier, fleeing from turbulent …
Movie Reviews

Movies of the month

by James Douglas
October 6–8. LUCY   ‘The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what she could do with 100%.’ Lucy, accidentally caught in a dark drug deal, …
Florence News

Florence's "black hole"

Be sucked inside by this story in pictures
by Marco Badiani & Helen Farrell
On September 25, 26 and 27, the former convent of Sant’Orsola came back to life.   A vast space stretching 5,000 square metres above the ground and a …
Florence News

World dome-ination

Exhibition presents a study of cupolas
by Helen Farrell
Until October 10, 2014, Palazzo Coppini is hosting a fascinating exhibition centred on Brunelleschi’s dome. Titled From the Cupolas of the World to Brunelleschi’s Cupola, the …

The accursed ditch

Flood markers throughout Florence
by Jane Fortune
In autumn, it rains copiously in Florence, often causing the Arno River to swell and sometimes overflow. With many tributaries and limestone and granite basins that …
Food + Wine

A sweet 'cupola'

by Judy Witts
When you dine out in trattorias there are always a few desserts on the menu for special occasions: zuccotto, zuppa inglese and millefoglie. The oldest of …
Tuscany News

Red tape and ruins

Researchers wrangle with bureaucracy
by Mary Gray
The bureaucratic war over the remains of a Roman villa in Tuscany wages on.   Discovered nearly a decade ago near the small village of Aiano-Torraccia di Chiusi, …
Tuscany News

Valorizing viticulture

Tuscany seeks World Heritage designation
by Mary Gray
When a controversial landscape plan released this summer introduced new limitations on vineyards, wine producers protested (see and the issue began making both regional and …
Italy News

No love for Libeskind

Colossal sculpture causes controversy
by Brenda Dionisi
Many residents in Como have given a ‘thumbs down’ to plans for a towering 16.5-metre-high monument designed by internationally renowned American architect Daniel Libeskind.   The contemporary artwork, …
Style + Fashion

Underdress to impress

Style & the city
by Enrica Guidato
Fall trends are still nodding toward ‘90s minimalism, and the current understated approach is changing our concept of luxury. This season, it’s all about clean cuts …

D for Domodossola...

by Helen Farrell
I’m a words person, always have been, always will be. I am fortunate to have been born with an eye and a mind for correct spelling—I …
Food + Wine

Vintage over?

Less than grape expectations
by Helen Farrell
At lunchtime on September 19, 2014, when the sky turned an eerie yellow and Mother Nature pelted down all her pent-up wrath on Florence in the …
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 …

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