US officials threaten to block wine imports
America may have to wait a while to sip a glass of award-winning Brunello. US authorities have threatened to block imports of one of Italy's most prestigious wines following recent accusations that the wine had been produced with non-Tuscan grapes.
News of …
The visually impaired discover ancient art in Siena
Who says that art was made only for seeing? The newly renovated archeological civic museum in Chianciano Terme, in the province of Siena, has taken the ‘do not touch' signs off. After extensive renovation, the museum, which re-opened on May 17, …
Sant'Orsola complex to be revamped
With the hope of breathing new life into the San Lorenzo neighborhood, the province of Florence revealed plans to invest 46 million euro to renovate the former convent of Sant'Orsola.
Palazzo Medici Riccardi will buy the extensive structure, which has been abandoned …
Pharmacist acquitted in monster of Florence' case
Accused of being involved in the mostro di Firenze murders, Francesco Calamandrei was recently exonerated by a Florence court for lack of evidence. Upon hearing the court's ruling, the 68-year-old former pharmacist from San Casciano said he was ‘happy, of course, …
Cyclists to see improvements
Dodging holes and bumps, negotiating dead ends and bouncing over bone-rattling asphalt, Florence's countless cyclists pedal their way through the urban landscape.
Along with the daily danger of passing cars that cut them off or veer in and out of bike lanes, …
Movement aims to protect authentic street fare
Piadina from Emilia Romagna. Pane col lamprodotto from Tuscany. Pane e porchetta from Lazio. Olive ascolane from Marche. Raspadura cheese from Lombardy. Friselle from Basilicata.
These are just some of the tasty regional treats in danger of extinction through the effects of …
Analyzing foreign business in Florence
The province of Florence wants to know what foreign businesses have opened up shop in the territory and why.
Aimed at revealing ways in which the province can attract more positive foreign investment, a recent study commissioned by the province and carried …
Local Confcommercio launches anti-degradation initiative
The residents of Florence's Quartiere 1 are turning to high technology to help combat urban decline.
Launched by the local employers' organization, Confcommercio, a new service allows business owners to report degradation in the city centre via email. Merchants can also use …
The city of Florence boasts the most luxurious hostel in Italy-perhaps the world. Recently opened, the Plus Florence, located in the heart of the city, features 450 beds, TVs in every room, a restaurant and bar, a rooftop terrace bar, a …
If Florence were to experience a flood of the same proportions as that of 1966, approximately half of the city's historical and architectural jewels could be lost forever. The news comes from a study conducted by the Florence prefect's office. Of …
Announcing seven more electronic gateways, local officials increased the enforcement of Florence's Ztl, the night-time ban on vehicle traffic in the centre, and general control of unauthorized traffic into the city. Effective May 22, the additional doors, all equipped with video …
Tuscany celebrates spring
Though everyone says September is the best month to visit Italy, The Florentine staff believes that May is the most interesting time to visit Florence and discover Tuscany. What's not to love? The city is both more relaxed and livelier. People …
Police nab arsonist
On April 20, someone began setting cars afire in and around Florence. As flames erupted night after night over the ensuing weeks, police did not know if they were dealing with a group or a lone individual. Whoever it was, operating …
Italy's sandy coastlines have more blue flags than ever before. The Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) recently awarded 215 Italian beaches in 104 municipalities with the prestigious blue flag for clean water and pristine sands, 8 more than last year and …
Local politicians sent to court for smog levels
Mayor Domenici, regional president Martini and several other local administrators have been officially indicted for failing to do all that is necessary to fight increasing pollution levels in the area.
Florence's Public Prosecutors Giulio Monferini and Giuseppe Soresina laid charges on May …
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