An interview with Neri Torrigiani
It's been said time and time again: Florence is changing. Whether or not it be with the times, modernity is beginning to replace museum visits with Google street views, gelato with Ben & Jerry's, and, sadly, artisanal handicrafts with cost-friendlier, foreign-made …
On the British Consulate's closure
On March 21,
the British Embassy in Rome announced that the British Consulate in Florence,
after a presence in the city lasting over half a millennium, will close.
Effective on December 31, 2011, British consular services for Northern Italy,
including Florence, will be available through …
Helping students adjust to life abroad
Living or studying abroad is no small feat: you may be thousands of miles away from home for months at a time, perhaps outside your own country (and, according to our interviewee, ‘on another planet') for the first time. Your usual …
Self-portraits from the Uffizi collection
Who am I?' ‘What am I doing here?' ‘How do I wish to be remembered?' These are among the questions that an artist may ask herself as she tries to decide how she will represent herself to the world, what to …
A Florence native, Elisabetta Cianfanelli is one busy lady. While juggling family commitments and a variety of important roles in the city, she also holds the position of Florence's municipal councillor of Tourism, Europe and Fashion and Equal Opportunities in the …
Today he is an
independent writer and consultant on international affairs, based in
London and Somerset, and writes regular columns for The
Times in Britain and La
Stampa in Italy. He is best known
for having served as editor-in-chief of The
Economist, the world's leading weekly
magazine on …
Audrey Hepburn's son talks about running the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund from his home in Tuscany.
Sean Hepburn Ferrer draws breath slowly and contemplates his answers seriously. He has a steady gaze and a solid presence. He is sitting at his dining …
An Italian art diplomat in L.A.
Federico Frediani can best be described as an art diplomat. A Florentine lawyer by profession, counting the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles and a selection of American universities in Florence among his clients, his interests and passion for both his hometown …
Born in the
United States, Monsignor Timothy Verdon has no single job description. He is an
art historian with a Ph.D. from Yale University, a priest in Florence, director
of the Diocesan Office for Catechesis Through Art, the author of books and
articles on sacred …
A pioneer of video art
Born in New York in 1951, Bill Viola is widely recognized as one of the world's leading visual artists. Over the last 35 years, he has created video tapes, architectural video installations, sound spaces and video and electronic music performances, flat …
The inventor of the 'fashion' jean
designer, entrepreneur, talent scout, trendsetter, and among the world's first
mass communication gurus: all these terms describe Fiorucci.
of the exhibit Elio Fiorucci: Fashion Jeans Inventor Histoire, at Studio Art
Centers International (SACI) until February 12, Fiorucci is foremost a fashion
visionary. ‘After introducing …
An interview with Jane Fortune
I recently sat down with Jane Fortune, author of Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence, due out later this month from The Florentine Press. ‘Indiana Jane' has spent the past five years scouring archives and haunting the recesses of some of …
An interview with Jane Fortune
I recently sat
down with Jane Fortune, author of Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of
Florence, due out later this month from The Florentine Press. ‘Indiana
Jane' has spent the past five years scouring archives and haunting the recesses
of some of Florence's
most revered museums in …
Director of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
After having worked in Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other cities in North America, what is your take on Florence? Is it a cosmopolitan city?
Florence is the most extraordinary city I have ever lived in. I say this for two main …
The British economy is undoubtedly going through a
difficult period lately; how has this affected tourism to Tuscany?
The UK is in the same situation as everyone else-no one
knows what the future will hold and tourism is increasingly more expensive.
However, the British have …
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