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Fluffy flash mob

#TFPillowFight takes over piazza del Duomo
by Mary Gray
A fluffy flash mob of enthusiastic TF readers enjoyed some old-fashioned slumber party fun in piazza del Duomo on Wednesday, September 24.   TF organized the first-ever #TFPillowFight …
Florence News


Florence faces aftermath of Friday's hailstorm; Botanic Gardens devastated
by Mary Gray
A violent and sudden hailstorm tore through Florence and surrounding areas on Friday afternoon, September 19, leaving significant destruction in its wake. Lasting about ten minutes …
Florence News

Acidini resigns from Polo Museale Fiorentino

Unrelated to charges brought against her
by Alexandra Korey
Cristina Acidini’s resignation from her position as Superintendent of the Polo Museale Fiorentino was made public yesterday, September 22, amidst news that she and Antonio Paolucci, …
Florence for Students

Study-abroad cooking guide

How to stock your Florence apartment for fast feasts
by Alexandra Korey
You’ve arrived in your rental apartment in Florence and are faced with a busy time ahead, sightseeing and learning. You have minimal time to cook, but …
Florence News

Accademia awarded

Gallery takes top Trip Advisor honors
by Mary Gray
Michelangelo’s David continues to dominate travelers’ bucket lists, and he may see a spike in visitors after his latest accolade: the Accademia Gallery was just named …
Florence News

On the rise

Florence sees substantial increase in tourist traffic
by Cassie Prena
The tourism monitoring unit of the province of Florence released its semi-annual flows report on September 15, showing encouraging data throughout the province. Numbers of incoming …
Florence News

May-December in September

Romance between retiree and caregiver draws regional attention
by Mary Gray
An unconventional 'May-December' couple is making headlines. The pair in question is 91-year-old widower Primo Vicini and his 37-year-old caretaker, Maia Rusishvili, originally from Georgia. Despite …
Florence for Students

I chose Florence

Drinking in the city (in a good way)
by Valentina Wurth
When I first arrived in Florence, for my semester abroad in August 2012, I behaved much like I was on an extended spring-break vacation. It was …
Italy News

Does Italy really have a new "get-divorced-quick" law?

The situation explained
by Michele Capecchi & Helen Farrell
In recent days, there have been countless articles in countless Italian newspapers about the "new" divorce law, which supposedly allows a childless married couple to separate …
Best Events

Best events in September

by Catriona Miller
ART/Picasso Sept 20, 2014–Jan 25, 2015 Palazzo Strozzi, Florence With some 90 paintings, the exhibition Picasso and the Spanish Modernity offers an opportunity to reflect on Picasso’s influence and …

Not just the Uffizi

Four surprising museums
by Elena Gauthier
Of course you have your list of sights to see during your time in Florence, and you may even be wondering, ‘How will I see it …
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 …
Florence News

Florence briefs

Restoration on the go Be sure to visit the Accademia Gallery before the end of September to see St. Stephen between St. James and St. Peter by …
Florence News

Florence gets sporty!

Month-long citywide sports festival
by Helen Farrell
September, the month of il rientro, is all about getting fit. Until October 5, Florence will be working out with a month-long, city-wide sports festival. For the …
Florence for Students

Florence, for better or worse

by Mary Gray
Early this past summer, the TF staff caught wind of one of the many studying-in-Italy-themed ‘listicles’ making the rounds on social media. This particular piece was …
Florence News

Applied culture

Visit the past with new apps about Florence
by Helen Farrell
Two new apps take users on a tour of bygone Florence.   The Hidden Florence app, the creation of two historians, brings the past to life via a …
Tuscany News

Siena meets Montessori

Acclaimed abroad, rare in Italy
by Mary Gray
Tuscany’s first Montessori school has just opened its doors. The school, in Siena, is called the Casa dei Bambini after the original Montessori school in Rome.   Owned …
Tuscany News

Erwitt extended

Popular San Gimignano exhibition stays open
by Mary Gray
After a successful run from April to August, the Elliott Erwitt/Icons exhibition at San Gimignano’s Raffaele De Grada Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art has been …
Tuscany News

War on wine?

New plan sparks protest
by Mary Gray
The Tuscan Region’s latest landscape development plan is causing  concern among Tuscany’s wine producers. The 3,000-page document details new limitations on production, citing research that indicates …
The Arts

There's more to adore

Leonardo da Vinci's Uffizi Adoration clean and visible
by Alexandra Korey
Leonardo da Vinci’s unfinished painting representing the Adoration of the Magi, normally resident at the Uffizi Gallery, has been undergoing analysis and restoration since late 2012. …

Be creative

by Sara Amrhein
If you’re new in Florence or if you’re looking for something original to do in the Tuscan city, then you might want to join Creative People …

Looking for Mona Lisa in Florence

New book reveals the real Lisa Gherardini
by Dianne Hales
Early on a spring morning in 2011, I threaded my way through a maze of lanes in the Oltrarno to the street where Lisa Gherardini, the …
Italy News

Ciak Hollywood!

Italian directors film in English
by Helen Farrell
As Alba Rohrwacher and Adam Driver win Coppa Volpi awards for their roles in the movie Hungry Hearts directed by Saverio Costanzo at the 71st Venice …
Sport + Leisure

How to become a Viola fan

by Brando  de Leonardis
Seeing an Italian football match is something every student abroad, expat or tourist should experience at least once. The atmosphere at the stadium is unique, as …

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