Brilliant editor wanted for TF team
Wake up and check e-mails for emergencies. Ok, nothing urgent. Have breakfast and get ready for work. Must hurry: have coffee appointment with a new writer in piazza della Repubblica this morning. Brainstorm ideas with her and get her feedback on …
New park in Florence
The camping ground below piazzale Michelangelo will close to make space for a park named after Tuscan poet Mario Luzi.
Florence mayor Matteo Renzi announced the decision on Facebook: ‘Mario Luzi’s dream will finally come true.’
‘We have approved an important decision for …
Rampant Viola thrash Inter
On February 17, ACF Fiorentina produced a scintillating performance at Florence’s Artemio Franchi Stadium, beating Internazionale 4-1. It was the first time Fiorentina had the upper hand over Inter Milan since 2006. The victory ensured that the Viola remain within touching …
The art of writing and finding your inspiration
One day, my 14-year-old daughter looked at me and waved, a swing of the arm that looked more as if she was drowning than greeting. She was in a huddle with her Italian grandmother in the kitchen and had been in …
V-Day continues on International Women's Day
On Valentine’s Day, Florence had a triumphant turnout for the One Billion Rising flash mob in piazza della Repubblica. As part of continuing V-Day events in Florence, March 8 sees the opening night performance of The Vagina Monologues, an event that …
Families + Kids
Curiosities for children at Palazzo Vecchio
Your kids might find an afternoon spent at a museum as interesting as watching paint dry, but Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio holds some hidden curiosities sure to pique their interest. Who knew that within the medieval walls you can find 100 sailing …
Region earns record for alcohol consumption
is tied with the northern mountainous region of Val d'Aosta for first place in
alcohol consumption, according to the Eurispes report, Rapporto Italia 2013.
Fifty-eight percent of Tuscans regularly consume alcohol, compared to 53
percent in the rest of Italy.
the report showed a decrease …
Style + Fashion
A Valentine's Day in style
some of you may know (or may have surmised), Sex and the City was the inspiration for the name of this column.
As Valentine's Day nears, there is no better time to recall that glorious
episode when Carrie celebrates her life as a …
Adventures in cross-cultural relationships
a world in which divorce rates are rocketing higher than ever and finding love
can feel like a losing battle, living the expat life in Florence has given me
renewed hope in amore. Almost the
first question you ask any expat living here is, …
city of Florence has Italy's highest rate of nitrogen dioxide pollution,
according to the Mal'Aria report by Italy's environmental association,
Legambiente. In 2012, Florence, Lucca and Prato exceeded the legal pollution limit
of 35 days provided for by law. ‘In particular, the pollution-measuring device
Tremors felt from Florence to Milan
earthquake struck the Garfagnana area of Tuscany on January 25 at 3:48pm.
Although the tremors, so strong that they were felt across central and northern
Italy, from Florence to Milan, caused much concern, no injuries were reported.
quake's epicentre, some 15 kilometres deep into …
Special deal on Italy's B&B Day
March 2, more than 100 family-run Tuscan B&B's will participate in the
seventh National Day of the Bed & Breakfast, offering participants two
nights' accommodation for the price of one.
family-run B&B's have become leading businesses in Italian tourism,
providing jobs to more than 20,000 …
Siena's MPS enveloped in scandal
world's oldest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS), risked closing its doors
last week as news of its involvement in a derivatives scandal broke.
to officials now investigating the bank's recent dealings, MPS allegedly lost
720 million euro in two derivatives deals with …
Milking it dry
bankruptcy of the dairy products multinational corporation Parmalat in December
2003, sent shock waves throughout global financial markets. In what was to
prove the biggest corporate fraud so far in European history, Parmalat finished
up in a black hole of 14 billion euro of …
Your in-progress dictionary of the Florentine dialect
Essere un muso: To
be a tough guy. One who has a large set of certain male attributes. In polite
company, we might use the expression ‘to have guts.'
Example: ‘Di certo i' tù fratello l'è proprio un muso, unnà avuto paura di que'
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