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Florence News

GE invests millions in Tuscany

Major R&D project creates jobs
On January 31, General Electric signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tuscan Region and the Italian government that will bring 800 million dollars into Tuscany.   The …
Community News

Women Artists and Wikipedia

Adopt an artist for the March editing marathon
If you’re looking for a useful way to commemorate International Women’s Day, adopt a woman artist and help share the story of her life and works …
Florence News

Florence Baptistery has a new North Door

600-year-old technique applied to modern replica
  The faithfully executed replica of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s original North Door of Florence Baptistery has been completed by craftsmen adopting the same techniques used 600 years ago.   The …
Community News

UK expats: don't miss your chance to vote in the EU referendum

A message from Christopher Prentice, the British Ambassador to Italy
by Christopher Prentice
Florence has always been a very important town for the British community. Right up until a few years ago our oldest Embassy anywhere in the world …
Italy News

Virtual Uffizi in Milan

Masterworks on view through March 10
by Brenda Dionisi
  From Giotto to Caravaggio, more than 1,000 masterworks from Florence’s Uffizi Gallery are currently on virtual display in Milan.   Organized in collaboration with the city of Milan, …
Tuscany News

Pistoia named 2017 Capital of Italian Culture

Tuscan city to succeed Mantua
Pistoia is gearing up for great things in 2017.   The city was named Capital of Italian Culture for 2017, as announced recently by the minister of cultural …
Florence News

Extended weekend hours for Florence's tram service

Last tram to leave Santa Maria Novella at 2am
Now suburbanites will be able to enjoy weekend nights in Florence without worrying about curtailing dinner to catch the last tram home.   On January 21, GEST, the …
Florence News

Torre della Zecca to reopen

Former Florentine mint restored thanks to advertising revenue
Torre della Zecca is one of the first monuments seen by visitors to the city. Now the 25-metre-high tower has been restored.   The monument showed signs of …
Best Events

Best events in Florence in February

Our top picks
by Mary Gray
World-class magicians, wine producers and guitarists from Wilco and Queen are all coming to Florence this February. Grab your calendar and start planning for a full …
Movie Reviews

English language movies in Florence in February 2016

What to see this month
by James Douglas
*Dates are subject to change. Consult the Odeon Cinema and Spazio Alfieri websites for any last-minute changes. Odeon Cinema, February 4–9 JOY     David O. Russell’s cross-generational biopic about Joy Mangano and her …
Food Stories

Foodation: rethinking fast food in Italy

Briscola - Pizza Society and Macinata - Sarti di Burger in Florence
Foodation is an Italian start-up founded by Campania-born Riccardo Cortese and Sardinian Federico Pinna that’s all about fast casual dining with an international vibe. In Florence, …
Wine + Drink

Drink pink

Why rosé wines are so much more fun
by Emily O'Hare
  Before starting any wine article I like to consult the books of Hugh. Hugh Johnson is the top god in the wine writing world. He is …

Love is a mixtape!

A Florentine inspired Valentine's Day playlist on Spotify
by Michelle Davis
In the must-read book Love is a Mix Tape, Rolling Stone magazine critic Rob Sheffield says ‘There are all kinds of mix tapes. There is always …
Florence News

Contemporary exhibitions in Florence in 2016

Fabre, Bourgeois, Wurm and Currin
The Koons may have left the city, but contemporary art will continue to appear in Florence in 2016.   From March to October, Jan Fabre will exhibit in …
How Do You...?

How to buy your dream home in Italy

Investing without unpleasant surprises
by Michele Capecchi
A little villa in the countryside? An apartment in the city? A charming house in a medieval town? The real estate ads are irresistible. However, your …


by Mary Gray
illustration by Leo Cardini When most people meet a young, unmarried foreign woman working in Florence—one who hasn’t set an egg timer on the experience—a default, often …
Food + Wine

Ribollita 2.0

by Simone Cipriani
Once upon a time there really was very little: a couple of vegetables from the allotment and a piece of stale bread, and yet both managed …

On translating Pope Francis

An interview with Oonagh Stransky, translator of The Name of God is Mercy
In The Name of God is Mercy Pope Francis discusses the subject of mercy, the cornerstone of his faith, in a simple and direct conversational manner. …
The Tuscan Times

A chat with Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun

On Cortona and whether "la dolce vita" is really that sweet
by Oonagh Stransky
ph. Will Garin   In 1996 Frances Mayes published Under the Tuscan Sun, a memoir about buying, renovating and living in an abandoned villa in rural Cortona. It …

Florence for the broken hearted

6 sights for starting over
by Sandra Downey
There’s a story behind that title, but I’ll postpone its telling, for now. All I will say is that when I arrived in Florence last April, …
Tuscany News

Prato sisters launch crowdfunding for new textile studio

Lottozero/textile laboratories to open in May 2016
by Helen Farrell
Two sisters, Tessa and Arianna Moroder, both in their thirties, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds needed to purchase equipment for their new textile …

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