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Florence's hero: Toufik Chtouki

Man jumps into the Arno to save a tourist's life
Florence has a hero: Toufik Chtouki.   On May 22, a young French tourist fell into the Arno as he leaned out to take photos from one of …
Tuscany News

Flod wins Palazzo Pretorio video contest

TF's sister company moves Prato
Flod, TF’s sister company, has taken home the trophy in the Moving Palazzo Pretorio promotional video contest. The talented Flod team placed first, winning 4,000 euro, for …
Best Events

Best event of the week: Borgo Ognissanti Bash!

The top events in Florence from May 21–27
by Mary Gray
illux by Leo CardiniPARTY/Borgo Ognissanti Bash May 23, 11am–10pmAll along Borgo Ognissanti More info Borgo Ognissanti is hosting a block party! From bakeries and boutiques to galleries and ethnic …
Florence News

Magnificent: Renaissance art in contemporary video

Video installation in the Palazzo Vecchio
by Jason Martinez
The Palazzo Vecchio, the heart of Florentine history for almost 700 years, now hosts a modern iteration of classic art: Magnificent.   “Magnificent: the incredible story of beauty …
Families + Kids

What to do with kids in Florence

12 of the top children's activities
by Helen Farrell
The Florentine says a massive thank-you to everyone who contributed to this article, including Firenze Moms4Moms and Baby Bottega. Florence does not have the best reputation when …
Florence News

US students awarded with Florence study holiday

Palazzo Strozzi High School Renaissance Award winners announced
Eighteen students from some of the most troubled schools in New York, Los Angeles and Detroit will come to Florence for a study holiday.   Organized by the …
Italy News

Italy flies high

Third place in Eurovision Song Contest
Italy placed on the podium at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest with operatic track Grande Amore.   Italy came third with 292 votes after Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw with …
Tuscany + Beyond

Free guided tours among Prato's treasures

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 …

The market maker

Umberto Montano, Mercato Centrale Firenze
by Helen Farrell
A year after the opening of Florence’s most popular market space, Mercato Centrale Firenze, The Florentine, always happy to spend time in a place brimming with …
Florence News

Run like a DeeJay

by Jessica Parisi
A sea of purple floods the streets of Florence; a giant wave of super-charged energy and excitement takes over the city by storm. The thunder of …
The Arts

Antony Gormley at Forte Belvedere

Florence and contemporary art meet again
by Alexandra Korey
Critically-acclaimed UK artist Antony Gormley has been exploring the relationship of the human body to space through sculpture since the 1960s. This spring at Forte Belvedere, …
Florence News

Nino Tirinnanzi exhibition at Palazzo Pitti

A new feel of painting
by Francesca  Giordano
From May 10 to June 7, 2015, Nino Tirinnanzi, a leading late 20th-century artist will be honored with an exhibition held in the Palazzo Pitti’s Andito …
Best Events

Best events in Florence in May 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 …
Movie Reviews

Movies in English in Florence: May 2015

Our selections
by James Douglas
***** unmissable**** excellent*** good/average** poor* avoid ODEON Cinema piazza Strozzi 2, tel. 055/295051   April 30, May 1–3, 14, 16–17THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL ***   Now that The Best Exotic …
Places + Travel

The Medici Dynasty Show

Legendary family comes back to life in Florence
by Alexandra Korey
Always find yourself mixing up Medici history? It’s not your fault, given their habit of naming everyone Cosimo. If you’d like to know a bit more …
How Do You...?

How to dress for a Florentine spring

Printed pants, midi dresses and extra layers
by Kaylee  Denmead
The weather has been heating up quickly over the last few weeks, but Italians are slow to shed their puffer coats and thick scarves. As a …
Style + Fashion

Luxury linen at Grazia Giachi

Fine linens + four generations in Florence
At borgo Ognissanti 37r, you’ll find a haven of exclusive linens and beautiful lingerie. Handcrafting only the beautiful and the particular is a specialty at Grazia …
Florence News

Free choir concerts at Santa Croce

Two-day event to celebrate #FirenzeCapitale
by Francesca  Giordano
On May 23 and 24, student choirs from all over Italy and Europe will gather in the basilica of Santa Croce as part of the 150th …
Tuscany + Beyond

Foraging for asparagus in the Maremma

The annual hunt is on!
by Elisa Scarton
It’s a beautiful spring afternoon in southern Tuscany, and we are once more on a mad rush into the woods. While locals and tourists alike are …
The Arts

The bridegroom's surprise

A curiosity in early Tuscan Renaissance paintings
by Maria Grazia  Locatelli
For centuries, painters have depicted the marriage of the Virgin Mary to Joseph (lo sposalizio della vergine). The scene is almost identical in all the paintings: …
Florence for Students

Thanking Florence

Ciao cappuccinos and cartolerias
by Kaylee  Denmead
I booked my departure flight a year ago, when leaving for nine months felt like the craziest decision I’ve ever made. People have many reasons for …
The Arts

Teatro del Borgo opens its doors

A tale of two cultures
by Lily Prigioniero
In the outskirts of Florence not far from the throngs of tourists in the historic center, amid the fields flanking the highway to Pisa, lies the …
Sport + Leisure

American football in Florence

Active Florence
by Nicholas Di Gruccio
It may come as a surprise to many, but there is another ‘football’ team in Florence besides Fiorentina: Guelfi Firenze, an American football team. In the 15 …
Restaurants Reviews

Restaurant-bistro Madame opens in Florence

What's new
Cozy and convivial, elegant and welcoming, comfort food and cordiality are the buzzwords at restaurant-bistro Madame. Don’t be fooled by its sophisticated looks: the family-run eatery offers …

When jewellery is an art form

Fratelli Piccini's fondness for art
Art is a way of life at Fratelli Piccini, the famous jewellers on the Ponte Vecchio. Set like a diamond beneath the Vasari Corridor, for generations …

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