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5 things to do in Florence for Valentine's Day 2016

Not just for couples!
by Mary Gray
February 14 is fast approaching, and though Florence isn’t famous for its Valentine’s Day traditions, the city now embraces the holiday wholeheartedly. Whether you’re flying solo, …
Food + Wine

Love in a glass

Tuscan wine previews 2016
by Helen Farrell
  February is a tough month. You start the year with good intentions to exercise more, spend less time in the office and to cut down on …
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 …
Community News

A letter from Ashley Olsen's family

The Florentine publishes this letter released by Michele Capecchi, Olsen family attorney
The Florentine publishes this letter from the parents of Ashley Olsen, Walter and Paula Olsen, and sister Gabrielle Olsen Bogart, released by the Olsen family attorney …
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 …
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 …

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, …
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 …


by Mary Gray
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 correct assumption is …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Food + Wine

Casale dello Sparviero: a vertical tasting

Chianti Classico down the years
by Helen Farrell
The countryside of Castellina in Chianti is irreproachable in its beauty and irresistible for wine lovers. Casale dello Sparviero, a wine estate owned by Ada Andrighetti, …
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 …
Insider Florence

Officine Nora

by Carlotta Nucci & Marco Badiani
  Set in the perfect Oltrarno-style location, which could just as easily be found in Berlin’s Mitte or Manhattan’s Lower East Side, you come across the new …

Florentine botanist Odoardo Beccari celebrated in London

From Chianti to Borneo, via Kew Gardens
by Margreta Moss
With family roots in Chianti, born in Florence and educated in Lucca, Pisa and Bologna, botanist Odoardo Beccari (1843–1920) spent what must have been a heady …
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 …

Edda Servi Machlin's sfratti

by Emiko Davies
ph. Emiko DaviesPitigliano is a beautiful medieval town on the very southern edge of Tuscany, just a few kilometres from Lazio. Seen from a distance, the …

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 …

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