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An interview with Marina Calamai

by Laci Coppins (issue no. 87/2008 / October 2, 2008)
Walking into to the Limonaia at Palazzo Medici Riccardi you may be surprised to see a giant cake inviting you to come inside. If you take the installation up on its offer, you'll hear a voice reciting Lorenzo de' Medici's poetry in various languages. …

An interview with Patricia Kinsella

by Marco Badiani (issue no. 85/2008 / September 4, 2008)
Patricia Kinsella is the curator of the Prato Textile Museum's current exhibit, Superhuman Performance. A collection of over 80 garments, uniforms, kits and accessories, the exhibition boasts sportswear from past and present champion athletes, including Gino Bartali, Gustavo Thoeni, Valentino Rossi, Lance Armstrong, Alberto Tomba, …

An interview with Jenufa Gleich

by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 84/2008 / July 24, 2008)
Jenufa Gleich is one to watch. This American opera singer graced the stage at Carnegie Hall before making her move to Florence in pursuit of realizing her dreams in the birthplace of opera. She makes her Italian debut on July 24 the soprano …

An interview with Marco Stabile

Chef at Ora d'Aria Restaurant
by Marco Badiani (issue no. 83/2008 / July 10, 2008)
Guides, bloggers, food-lovers and critics consider Marco Stabile, head chef at Ora d'Aria restaurant on via Ghibellina, one of the most important chefs in Florence. His restaurant has grown with patience and dedication; sustained and promoted by proprietor Luca Bellandi, and …

Tourists in Florence

Text &Photos: The Florentine staff on the street
(issue no. 82/2008 / June 26, 2008)
It's no secret that Florence is a tourist's town. The heady mix of art, food, wine and natural beauty lure more than 10 million visitors a year to Tuscany's capital city. We at The Florentine find it impossible to live here and not …

An interview with Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos

by Nita Tucker (issue no. 81/2008 / June 12, 2008)
Debi Mazar, a New York native, made her feature film debut in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas as Ray Liotta's junkie mistress. From that auspicious beginning, she went to work with such noted directors as Jodi Foster in Little Man Tate, Barry Levinson …

An interview with Rabbi Joseph Levi

by Jeremiah Bodner (issue no. 80/2008 / May 29, 2008)
Joseph Levi, head rabbi of Florence's Sephardic synagogue, took a long, winding path to his current position. Now in his thirteenth year at the Florence synagogue, Levi sees the Jewish movement in modern Florence as one of diversity and progression. Rabbi …

An interview with Jason Arkles

by Christopher Saint-Amand (issue no. 78/2008 / April 30, 2008)
Jason Arkles is the first American to have a sculpture on permanent public display in Florence, an honor in arguably the greatest city in the world for art history. His sculpture of St. Mark now occupies one of the most prominent …

An interview with Franco Biondi-Santi

by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 77/2008 / April 17, 2008)
Born in 1922, Dr. Franco Biondi-Santi hails from generations of prominent Tuscan wine makers. His grandfather, Ferruccio Biondi-Santi, was recognized in 1932 for giving birth to what is now celebrated worldwide as Brunello di Montalcino. Referred to as ‘a gentleman of …

An interview with James Taylor

The appropriate way to go through life is with a strong sense of wonder and openness.
by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 76/2008 / April 3, 2008)
Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards for his songs and albums over the years. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriter's Hall of Fame, he has also received Billboard …

An Interview with Giorgio Vannini

Its good to change and take risks
by Helen Glave (issue no. 75/2008 / March 20, 2008)
Open Fodor's selective travel guide to Florence at the shopping section and you will find an entry urging you to visit Giorgio Vannini's showroom and take home a custom-made dress or suit. But the award-winning stylist needs no advertising. A graduate …

An interview with Dario Marianelli

There is plenty of culture in Italy, but perhaps musical education has not been adequate
by Margreta Moss (issue no. 74/2008 / March 6, 2008)
Life is good for Pisa native Dario Marianelli—after winning a Golden Globe in January, he can now add an Oscar to his collection for the Best Original Score for Joe Wright’s latest film, Atonement. The composer sat down with The Florentine’s …

An interview with Carlo Arborio Mella

I see this not as a job, but as a mission to get opera to as many people as possible.
by Helen Glave (issue no. 73/2008 / February 21, 2008)
 Carlo Arborio Mella is one of the people behind the scenes at the Teatro Comunale of Florence.Originally from Turin, he has been part of the theatre since 1986. He is responsible for public relations and, more recently fund-raising and promotions for …

An interview with Sarah Dunant

I wondered what it would be like to be a smart and feisty 13-year-old in Renaissance Florence who wanted to paint and had genuine talent.
by Helen Glave (issue no. 72/2008 / February 7, 2008)
Sarah Dunant is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster, critic and patron of the Orange Prize, the prestigious literary award for female authors. She has written several thrillers, two of which are being adapted as films, and as creator of private investigator Hannah …

An interview with Giulia Lorimer

Our first temporary guest was a painter and he stayed for seven years.
(issue no. 71/2008 / January 24, 2008)
Giulia Lorimer has French and Spanish ancestry, an American mother, a Swiss passport and a childhood spent in Bulgaria. She caught the last Orient Express out of Sofia and later went to the U.S., where she married an American journalist. They …

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