Cool off at the city's pools
With more than 40 public swimming pools in and around Florence, …
Recreation for children and adults
Long summer days are perfect for excursions by bike or
horseback, or for outdoor sports like golf, tennis, or boating. Florence offers a wealth
of summer fun and activities to help residents and visitors alike beat the
heat. Below is a selection of water- …
Fun and sun on the silver river
Located just under the San Niccolò ramp, near Piazza
Poggi, the city's free Lungarno
Beach is equipped with
sand, walking paths, free lounge chairs and umbrellas, a volleyball court, a
bar, showers and three large cabanas to provide shade. Misters give fast heat
relief. The …
Refuges just minutes from the city
Just beyond Florence
are watery oases, places for summer fun that every member of the family can
BILANCINO LAKE. Although it may seem like a natural lake at first sight, Bilancino is Tuscany's largest
artificial lake. Located in the Mugello area, it is the …
Renzi announces his city council in record timing
In line with Matteo Renzi's recent claim, ‘Florence has no time to lose', on June 28, just 48 hours after being proclaimed mayor, the 34-year-old primo cittadino announced his picks in the city's next municipal government. In keeping with two of …
Local police close down four nightspots
Thirty-eight people are under investigation and 28 have been arrested by Florence police following a months-long investigation into alleged cocaine use and trafficking in some of Florence's trendiest nightspots.
Local law enforcement officials are currently questioning the owners, staff, DJs and public …
Former provincial president claims Palazzo Vecchio
With 59.96 percent of the votes, Matteo Renzi, 34, was elected mayor of Florence in a run-off vote on June 21 and 22. Representing the centre-left, Renzi claimed the victory over his centre-right rival Giovanni Galli, who received 40.04 percent of …
Tourists breach the Fountain of Neptune
When two American men were stopped by local police for taking a dip one of Florence's most important fountains, they said they did it to beat the heat. After a brief police interrogation, the two 21-year-olds, one from New York and …
Accident disrupts train traffic
Italy's main north-south rail line was blocked for two days after two freight cars derailed near Prato.
The accident occurred when one of the freight cars, carrying industrial acid, came off the tracks near Vaiano (Prato), pulling the other with it, and …
Pietrasanta puts beaches off-limits at night
No more romantic walks along the beach under the moonlight or midnight dips in the sea. Marina di Pietrasanta, located in the popular Versilia area, between Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio, recently passed an ordinance banning access to the city's beaches …
First application of express' divorce law in Italy
A Florence court granted Italy's first Spanish-style ‘express' or ‘fast-track' divorce. It was the first time that a piece of legislation from another European Union country was applied in its entirety in Italy.
The divorce was filed by a couple, she from …
Tuscan Region trying to help businesses
The region's economy recorded a 19 percent decline in production and sales in the first trimester of 2009. As Tuscany reels from the effects of the global economic crisis, Claudio Martini, president of the Tuscan Region, and the region's association of …
Produce at zero km' in increasing demand
Artichokes. Strawberries. Peaches. Zucchini. Fresh, locally grown produce can be up to 30 percent cheaper at local farmers' markets than that sold in supermarkets, often shipped from greater distances.
Local farmers' association Coldiretti is working to meet consumer's demands and open more …
Meyer inaugurates first pediatric trauma centre
The city of Florence now boasts Italy's first medical facility dedicated specifically to pediatric trauma care. The Meyer Pediatric Trauma Centre, which started as a pilot project, was officially inaugurated in late June.
The facility's physicians will provide emergency treatment for medical, …
Russian magnate eyes airport in Lucca
What is now a small landing strip and hangar used by the Civil Protection Agency could soon become an exclusive airport for private jets from around the world.
No stranger to comfort and luxury, Russian multimillionaire and owner of the English football …
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