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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 …

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 …

An interview with Roberto Capucci

by Lumi Spetcu (issue no. 70/2008 / January 10, 2008)
Famed Florentine fashion designer Roberto Capucci has recently moved his collection to the Villa Bardini on Costa San Giorgio. The current exhibition, an assortment of the rarest and the most spectacular creations of the artist, is guaranteed to delight the senses …

An interview with Horace Gibson

In 1950 I quit my job in New York and came to Europe, hoping to stay as long as my money held out
by Helen Glave (issue no. 69/2007 / December 13, 2007)
Horace Gibson co-founded the International School of Florence, one of the oldest international schools in Europe. In recognition of his work, he received the European Council of International Schools Award for the Promotion of International Education. Now retired from the school’s …

An interview with Giuliano Amato

(issue no. 68/2007 / November 29, 2007)
Giuliano Amato is one of Italy’s best-known politicians. He was prime minister of Italy twice—first from 1992 to 1993 and then from 2000 to 2001. In 2006, he was named minister of the Interior in Romano Prodi’s government. He studied law …

An interview with Imam Izzeddin Elzir

by Jeff Poole (issue no. 67/2007 / November 15, 2007)
Originally from Hebron, Palestine, Izzeddin Elzir has been the imam of the Florence and Tuscany Islamic Community since 1991. The Florentine’s intern, Jeff Poole, sat down with Mr. Elzir at the Islamic cultural center on Borgo Allegri to discuss integration, immigration …

An interview with Count Niccolo' Capponi

'Florentines are so funny and they have respect for absolutely nothing' -not just out of malice but because everything is a joke.'
by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 66/2007 / October 31, 2007)
Count Niccol? Capponi is a part of Florence?s living history. His family has been in the city since the thirteenth century and he is a historian. After earning a PhD in military history from the University of Padova, he returned to …

An interview with Peter Weller

But the truth is, Italians get more done in a day than most.
(issue no. 65/2007 / October 18, 2007)
Peter Weller, best known for his starring role in the film Robocop, has acted continuously in theatre and film, directed television, and writes for travel magazines. Nominated for an Oscar for best direction of live action short film and recently the star …

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