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An interview with Felice Limosani

Concept designer
by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 92/2008 / December 11, 2008)
When I walked into Felice Limosani's office overlooking Piazza Duomo on a brisk November afternoon, I had the impression that this would not be your ordinary interview. Entering the beautiful palazzo on via Roma and the office just above the Luisa Via Roma store, where …
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An interview with Caterina Bellandi

TAXI MILANO25
by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 91/2008 / November 27, 2008)
Pronto, Alexandra? Sono Milano25. I'm on my way to your office, why don't you come down and we'll do the interview in my cab?'   Most people living in Florence are familiar with the white PT Cruiser decorated with flowers, driven by a woman sporting a huge …
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An interview with Mary Ellen Countryman

United States Consul General in Florence
(issue no. 90/2008 / November 13, 2008)
What are your goals as consul general in Florence?   The consulate has a dual mission: to strengthen the good relations between Italy and the U.S., and to aid, when they need it, the American citizens who live here and visit. Our consular district includes Emilia …
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An interview with Michael Tucker & Jill Eikenberry

by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 89/2008 / October 30, 2008)
Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry are best known for their Emmy-nominated roles on the long-running television hit, LA Law. Married for 35 years, the two now divide their time between stage acting in Manhattan and their stone rustico in the Umbrian countryside. Currently starring in …
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An interview with Gina Lollobrigida

by Margreta Moss (issue no. 88/2008 / October 16, 2008)
Gina Lollobrigida is more than actress and Italian cinema icon. She is a great lady with many talents. Her high spirits, charming smile and strong character have made her a living legend. The Florentine caught up with her in the Sant'Agostino church, surrounded by her …
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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. …
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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, …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …

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