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June 25, 2015
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Summer in Florence
A selection of the city's cool spots
Let’s face it, Florence is hot in the summer and we all need some watery relief from the oppressive humidity. If you can’t make it to …
An exceptional event in Tuscany
In celebration of Expo Milano 2015, Siena will open some of its rarely seen treasures for the duration of the summer: the floors of the Duomo …
Our top picks
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 …
Salvador Dalí and the Sommo Poeta
Medieval poetry gets a Surrealist makeover in #DalíMeetsDante, the newest exhibition at Palazzo Medici Riccardi.
The exhibition features a set of 100 illustrations by Salvador Dalí detailing …
On June 30, the Palatine Gallery will open Carlo Dolci: 1616-1687, dedicated to the Baroque court painter, one of the most prominent figures in 17th century …
The top events in Florence from July 2–8
USA/Independence Day PartyJuly 4, from 6.30pmNuovo Parco Urbano, via Galileo Galilei, Scandicci
Wear red, white and blue and wave your stars and stripes at the annual Independence …
The Tuscan Times launches with your view of Tuscany
The Tuscan Times, a supplement to The Florentine, will launch on July 16, 2015. It represents a special view of Tuscany – not that of the …
The Florentine Group is preparing to launch The Tuscan Times, a new supplement to TF, on July 16, and we're excited to present the winners of …
The Hotchkiss School performs in Tuscany
Landing in Florence from Lakeville, Connecticut, the prestigious Hotchkiss School brings a group of 20 talented students to Tuscany this summer for a series of four …
Closures, openings, connections and candidates
The building may be centuries old but things are happening this summer at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
A new free wifi system has been installed …
Dante. Il Davide. I Medici. The birthplace of the Renaissance. Most importantly, the city that has twice changed my life. Firenze.
As the sun sets over Florence …
Summer show focuses on Renaissance artist
The Uffizi welcomes a new exhibition this summer dedicated to the art of Piero di Cosimo.
The show, titled Piero di Cosimo: eccentric Florentine painter between the …
From birth certificates to legal documents
Have you ever needed official translations to get through the sea of bureaucracy, such as your child's birth certificate or your marriage or divorce papers?
The Florentine …
The best way to enjoy Expo 2015
If you’re planning to visit Milan for Expo 2015, why not take advantage of a package that includes comfortable accommodation and tickets?
Witness to invention
Of all the many churches and cloisters in Florence that house frescoes, the atrium of Santissima Annunziata, home of the Servites, must be counted as one …
Food + Wine
A guide to meat-free dining
Diet fads come and go, but vegetarianism is not a fad. Adding to the long-standing religious beliefs that direct many the world over to follow a …
Where the World's Fair works and doesn't
Until October 31, visitors from all over the globe are heading to Milan for Expo 2015. Under the theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,’ this …
Renovating piazza della Repubblica
Piazza della Repubblica, despite being one of Florence’s busiest squares, has never enjoyed much affection from Florentines. Now, that situation might change due to plans to …
Nighttime tours through Florentine treasures
In Florence, stumbling on places or objects that spike your curiosity is standard, but how often do you actually get answers about that odd family crest, …
Chains and small numbers enforced
A decision has been made to restrict visiting to the Loggia dei Lanzi.
Given this year’s boom in Florentine tourism, the situation of the loggia in piazza …
Tuscany + Beyond
Explore the unexpected
Prato’s vicinity to Florence has always been a source of wealth, but it’s never easy for a place to be acknowledged in its own right when …
Tuscany + Beyond
Where to escape the heat this summer
Florence is a city brimming with wonder: living in the Renaissance city means daily intakes of cultural patrimony, culinary marvels and fine wine. However, any Florentine, …
Florence showcases digital knowledge worldwide
Next time you go shopping, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) hopes you’ll check for three words before making a purchase: made in Italy. The global …
Playing Pistoia on July 3
Having been a Counting Crows fan since 1993, I was thrilled last November when I finally got to see them live in Italy. The Californian band …
Duomo's famous window on display in Florence Baptistery
ph. Andrea Paoletti
Restoration work has been completed on Florence Cathedral’s famous rose window.
Positioned above the doorway of Arnolfo di Cambio’s then-unfinished facade in June 1405, the …
A hallmark of Florence's cosmopolitan revival
I’ll never forget when kitchen store par excellence La Menagere closed its doors over a decade ago. New to Florence, my typical Saturday morning consisted of …
The Florentine's guide to surviving the summer: Part 1
When Florence becomes too hot to bear, residents and tourists turn to gelato as a survival strategy.
1. Gelato was born in Florence.
The first thing you should …
Wine + Drink
Infusing whole-grain alcohol or 100-proof vodka with fresh and dried herbs is a common practice in the countryside, and the resulting digestivi are great way to …
Editor's note: It is with great pleasure that The Florentine publishes the winner of the 2015 Short Story Contest.
Organized with The Sigh Press, we received more …
The best of Buontalenti
Historic Florentine gelateria Badiani has placed first in a competition organized by the London Gelato Festival.
The festival was held at popular Old Spitalfields Market from June …