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Italy: Love it or leave it?

A trip around the Boot with Luca and Gustav
by Chiara Martinelli (issue no. 167/2012 / July 12, 2012)
If you have recently questioned the true meaning of the famous expression il bel paese, you should definitely take 75 minutes to watch the documentary Italy: Love It or Leave It? As the title suggests, there is no grey area when it comes to …

Introducing Florens 2012. TF talks to Davide Rampello

by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 166/2012 / June 21, 2012)
  One of the most exciting events of the year, the International Week of Cultural and Environmental Heritage, organized by the Florens Foundation, returns this year from November 3 to 11. For this second edition, with the theme From the Grand Tour to the Global Tour, …

A pyramid of excellence

Florence's Accademia Italiana celebrates another year of success
by Sponsored Page  (issue no. 162/2012 / April 26, 2012)
One of the leading fashion and design schools in Italy, the Accademia Italiana ( was established in Florence in 1984. Headquartered in the historic Palazzo Temple-Leader facing Palazzo Pitti, it also has a campus in Rome and cooperates with some of the most prestigious universities …

The German 'house for artists' in Florence

An interview with Angelika Stepken
by Martin Holman (issue no. 161/2012 / April 12, 2012)
For more than a century, Villa Romana has been the Florence base for artists visiting from Germany. Often still early in their careers, these artists are recipients of the Villa's annual fellowship, the Premio. From their creative presence comes the atmosphere of experiment, production and …

Shifting perceptions

An interview with Arabella Natalini
by Martin Holman (issue no. 159/2012 / March 15, 2012)
Arabella Natalini has been one of the leading figures in contemporary art in Tuscany for more than 10 years. Part of the team that bid successfully to transform the vacant auditorium on viale Giannotti into the exhibition venue EX3, Natalini started 2012 with her …

Talking bikes with Giampiero Gallo

by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 158/2012 / March 1, 2012)
A longtime resident in Florence, Giampiero Gallo has a very busy career as professor of economics, which has given him the opportunity to live and work in many different cities across Europe and the United States. Married, with two children, he has lived in …

Knitting generations together

A BettaKnit and Europe Direct event on February 22
by Alexandra Korey (issue no. 157/2012 / February 16, 2012)
Did you know that 2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between generations? Florence's Europe Direct office is a center for the communication of European Community activities. The Florentine, along with Prato-based start-up BettaKnit, will be holding an event with Europe Direct's …

Sara Milne

Florence's new Honorary Consul and director of the British Institute
by Martin Holman (issue no. 153/2011 / November 25, 2011)
  Sara Milne took her post as director of the British Institute of Florence in March 2011. As the founder of the London-based company Science and Media, Milne worked with Britain's Science Museum to tap the commercial potential of its collection and …

Vintage instants

Rediscovering old-fashioned fun
by Alexandra Korey (issue no. 152/2011 / November 10, 2011)
In the age of digital cameras, the photo-booth experience leaves nothing to the imagination, producing flatly lit low-resolution printouts of the image you choose for official documents. If you were born in the 1970s or earlier, you may recall the joy …

TED comes to Florence

Innovation and optimism are key
by Alexandra Korey (issue no. 152/2011 / November 10, 2011)
‘TED' stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. It's a conference format that started in California in 1984 as a platform for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas. The 18-minute talks are by far the most fascinating conference talks you'll ever see, partly …

Cerca trova

Join the quest for Leonardo's long-lost masterwork
by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 148/2011 / September 15, 2011)
A freelance photographer based in Milan, Dave Yoder has an ambitious fund-raising goal for an equally ambitious project: raising over 250,000 U.S. dollars to build a super high-tech camera that can ‘see' Leonardo da Vinci's fabled painting The Battle of Anghiari …

Inside the Maggio Musicale

An interview with Francesca Zardini
by Patrick McGuire (issue no. 147/2011 / July 14, 2011)
Study and career have brought Francesca Zardini, originally from Turin, to some of Europe's biggest and most dynamic cities. With a degree in classical studies and an M.Phil in ancient Greek literature and archaeology, Zardini has worked in an array of …

The faces of Frontiers: Mark Coleran

The fantasy interface
by Alexandra Korey (issue no. 145/2011 / June 16, 2011)
Coleran has a job most of us don't know exists: designing fake computer systems for sci-fi and action films, systems that discreetly make them seem fast and cool. His extensive portfolio of Fantasy User Interfaces includes The Bourne Identity, Mission Impossible 3 and The Island.   You've …

Confessions of a former calciante

by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 145/2011 / June 16, 2011)
In anticipation of the return of the Calcio Storico, TF spoke to Simone Calonaci, historic calciante for the Bianchi from 2000 to 2006, about what it's like to play the game, its recent history and what makes the Calcio Storico Fiorentino one of the …

Where design, technology and humans meet

Frontiers of Interaction
by Alexandra Korey (issue no. 143/2011 / May 19, 2011)
If I tell you that Frontiers of Interaction is a two-day conference about technology, you might stop reading now. Luckily, it's a whole lot more than that. Yes, there are speakers, but, as a past attendee of a Frontiers conference, I can guarantee that the …

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