Recreating baroque musical instruments
A passion for music led German-born artisan Karl Till Riecke to choose an unusual occupation: rebuilding musical instruments from the baroque period in the hills of Tuscany.
Till started playing the cello at 10, and after leaving his studies at a musical …
A guide to Springtime fashion in Florence
By Raquel Silva
Spring has arrived! With a perfect combination of sunshine and a crisp, cool breeze, it is finally time to shed your layers, and, if you’re Italian, to retire your fur-hooded fluff-bag coats.
One of the more exciting things about studying …
Economy + Society
Collaboration at heart of new technological artisans
Florence is known for its traditional artisans who work leather, paper, and other materials—many of whom we have ‘met’ on the pages of The Florentine. Today, however, there’s a new type of nontraditional artisan whose tools include lasers and 3D printers. …
Wine + Drink
A look at Florence's best afternoon tea spots
Italy is known the world over as the land of strong espressos, steaming percolators, and open-air cafés. The sound of milk being frothed for a cappuccino heralds the morning on many streets of Florence. In recent years, however, the concept of …
Transparency main objective, says Renzi
Together with Rome and Aquila, the city of Florence recently won the title of ‘Smart City’ from the Milan-based Information and Communication Technology fair, SMAU, for its work to increase the city’s social infrastructure and make data and information more accessible …
The Uffizi Gallery recently presented the restoration of three of its oldest artworks: two crucifixes from the 1200s and a diptych from the 1300s by Bonaventura Berlinghieri, of the Lucca School. The newly restored works, on display at the former church …
New Freciarossa train honours athlete
To commemorate Italian track legend and politician Pietro Mennea, who recently passed away, the Finmeccanica-owned comany, AnsaldoBreda, will dedicate one of its latest high-speed trains to the Barletta-born sprinter, nicknamed the ‘Arrow of the South.’
The train, called Frecciarossa 1000, was unveiled …
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Boutique Real Estate Consultancy Agency from London opens branch in Florence
The Beauchamp Estates Italy office is the latest addition to Beauchamp Estates Ltd, a leading boutique real estate agency in London, boasting a portfolio of international offices that includes Cannes in the South of France and Mykonos, Greece. The Italian office, …
Surviving cross-cultural relationships
In TF 177, our Valentine’s Day issue, we looked at expatriates who have stayed in Florence for love. But what happens years down the line, once the honeymoon period has passed, and you have to come to terms with many cross-cultural …
Economy + Society
Immigrant labour is on the increase and why it's a good thing
Italy is struggling with one of the most difficult recessions in the last 50 years. Unemployment has peaked at 11 percent, with youth and women, especially in the south, suffering the most from the stagnant economy and lack of jobs. But …
While Italy and many Italians may be al verde (hard up), it’s not all doom and gloom across the Boot. The festivities of St. Patrick’s Day are a reminder to take life’s problems with a few ounces of joy and at …
MiBAC faces funds crisis
Citing funding pressures, Italy's Ministry of Culture (MiBAC) has cancelled one of the most anticipated and best-loved events of the year, April’s traditional Culture Week.
Over the last few years, MiBAC has granted free entrance to more than 400 state museums and …
Florentine memories and nostalgia
In over half a century since his last book appeared, only vestiges of the Florence that novelist, playwright and poet Vasco Pratolini described in his books remain, but that in no way diminishes their importance; indeed, quite the contrary. During his …
A true Tuscan retreat
Half hidden amongst the vineyards and olive trees of the Chianti countryside and boasting panoramic views from the commanding summit of a grassy hill, La Tenuta di Sticciano resort offers a holistic alternative to the hustle and bustle of Florence. Founded …
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Bringing or starting a business in Italy
Many foreigners have brilliant business plans and are willing to invest time and money in lucrative ideas in Italy. Some would like to start an import/export business in food, fashion or another of Italy’s signature sectors. Others hope that a self-employment …
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