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Your weekend in Tuscany: October 9–11

What's on outside Florence
by Mary Gray
Your Weekend in Tuscany is your handy guide to what's happening outside Florence, out every Thursday! For more ideas on what to see and do across the …
The Arts

World Premiere of When the World Answered

New documentary based on the book by Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone and published by The Florentine Press airs October 20
by Jane Fortune
SAVE THE DATE!  When the World Answered, the new PBS documentary based on the book by Jane Fortune and Linda Falcone, will premiere at Florence’s Odeon …
Community News

Seeking first-hand accounts of Florence flood

Calling all mud angels
by Helen Farrell
Did you come to Florence’s rescue in 1966 when the Arno flooded its banks and the city’s treasures risked ruin? Ahead of next year’s 50th anniversary …
Best Events

Florence celebrates the National Day of Contemporary Art

Some ideas on how to spend October 10
by Mary Gray
Suffering from Botticelli burnout? October 10 is the Italy-wide Giornata Nazionale del Contemporaneo (National Day of Contemporary Art). Put that Vasari book down and step into …
Florence News

The Student Hotel invests in Florence

Hybrid hotel-housing complex set to open in September 2017
by Mary Gray
Dutch hospitality group The Student Hotel has started a housing revolution, and they’ve chosen Florence as the first city in their expansion across Europe. Launched in …
Best Events

Best events in Florence and Tuscany in October 2015

Our top picks
by Mary Gray
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 …
Florence News

Amazon launches first Made in Italy artisan marketplace

Global e-commerce giant partners with Municipality of Florence
by Helen Farrell
  Global e-commerce giant Amazon has joined forces with the City of Florence to launch the Made in Italy marketplace.   The Italian artisan marketplace launched today on …
Best Events

Best event in Florence this week: SonicSomatic!

The top events in Florence from October 8–14
by Mary Gray
DANCE/UmanoOctober 14–31Teatro della Pergola, Cango & various Oltrarno venuesIt’s all about body language this month at Teatro della Pergola, at Cango and throughout the Oltrarno. UMANO_Cantieri …
The Arts

Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana

Palazzo Strozzi exhibit review
by Alexandra Korey
In the Renaissance city, modern sacred art often goes un-noticed, yet the period from the middle of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth centuries …
Community News

Welcome Day 2015

Study-abroad students welcomed to Florence at the Palazzo Vecchio on October 13
Welcome international students!   On Tuesday, October 13, the Tuscan American Association (TAA) welcomes all study-abroad students recently arrived in Florence. The event begins at 5pm and takes …
Tuscany News

Paris artwork in Pisa

Toulouse Lautrec exhibition in Palazzo Blu
From October 16 to February 14, visitors to Pisa’s Palazzo Blu can relive the Moulin Rouge’s glory days with ‘Toulouse Lautrec: Lights and Shadows of Montmartre’.    Henri …
Don't Miss

Taste truffles in Milan with The Florentine

TF's editor speaks about translation in the world of food at Toscana Fuori Expo, October 27
Fancy a free truffle tasting and meeting The Florentine in Milan?   On October 27, at 5.30pm, at Milan's Societa' Umanitaria, join The Florentine's editor Helen Farrell at …

Too cool for school

The finest fall events at Florence's schools and study-abroad programs
by Mary Gray
One peek at the fall programming at Florence’s study abroad programs and you’ll wonder why you ever bothered graduating. If ‘school-sponsored event’ conjures up images of …
Food + Wine

Tuscan pumpkin soup: Zuppa di zucca

Warm comfort food for the Florentine fall
by Rachel  Priestley
Autumn brings vibrant colors and mellow flavors to Italy’s markets and, in Tuscany especially, soups to the table. At the markets of Tuscany, the region that …
The Tuscan Times

These feet don't bear arms exhibition

Photographic exhibition at Rondine Cittadella della Pace Onlus, near Arezzo
The exhibition Feet Don't Bear Arms came about as a result of a collaboration between the Bloomsbury Group, a team of former colleagues based in Florence …
The Tuscan Times

Rondine Cittadella della Pace nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Tuscan nonprofit in the international spotlight
by Oonagh Stransky
Rondine Cittadella della Pace, a small nonprofit association in Tuscany, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the vice president of the Italian chamber of …
Food + Wine


by Helen Farrell
I’ll never forget the time I ordered seafood pasta in Rome. After I’d savoured every last mollusk and cephalopod morsel, I realised that my English friend …
Italy News

Italy tells EU 'no' to lifting ban on powdered milk use

Government defends Italian cheeses
by Gabriella Ienzi
    On the September 29 deadline imposed by the European Commission, Italy voted 'no' to the Commission's demands that the government lift the country's ban on the …

Priest, rebel and antiquarian: Peter Biddulph aka Fitton

An English Medici household member with a colourful career
by Phillip Wheeler
The Medici family is the subject of intense study, with real and imagined portrayals in books, novels and more. But what about those who served and …
Places + Travel

The church of San Pier Maggiore

Once grand, now nearly gone
by Deirdre Pirro
There are few places in the world where you can drive, ride your bike or walk through what was once the sixteenth-century portal of a grand …

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