Author: Alexandra Korey

Alexandra Korey is Head of Digital at The Florentine and at TF's sister company, Flod. She specializes in social media & crowdfunding for cultural institutions. In her past life, she got a PhD in Renaissance art history from the University of Chicago and a Masters from Syracuse University in Florence. When she is not writing for someone else, you can find her at her blog, where she's been reporting on art, culture and life in Italy since 2004.
March 10, 2011

The don’t miss list – Mar 10 to 24,

Special Events/ Capodanno Fiorentino/Pisano March 25, piazza SS Annunziata, Florence; Duomo of Pisa, Pisa   The Florentine new year begins on Annunciation Day, March 25, a religious holiday observed throughout Italy, honoring the day the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was pregnant with Jesus. Historically, the calendar
February 24, 2011

What’s in a name?

When I began my life in Florence as a student, many years ago, I was baffled by what seemed to me to be unpronounceable and illogical street names. Via Calzaioli just would not roll off my tongue, nor could I remember the word until some months later, when I needed

The don’t miss list – Feb 25 to Mar 10,

Special Events/Festa della donna March 8, all over Italy   Italy celebrates International Women's Day, which was officially born of late-nineteenth-century strikes in New York and later ones in Russia, so get those yellow mimosas for the ladies in your life. After all, where would you
February 10, 2011


‘Street art, or guerilla art, needs to be reinvented in dialogue with the Renaissance city,’ says Clet Abraham, the French-born artist who has come into the public eye for his surprising interventions in public spaces. I sat down with him to learn more about his project and to discuss the role of street art in […]
December 9, 2010

Teaching And Learning In Florence

  Both the Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) and AACUPI sessions held on November 15 in Palazzo Vecchio for Florens 2010 were a reminder of just how much the foreign study abroad community does to give back to the city of Florence.   LdM’s lecture focused on empowerment and how this emerging theory can promote cultural […]
October 21, 2010

Reading the messages

I'm not sure what I had expected from the exhibit Portraits and Power at the Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi's contemporary art space, because it is running in tandem with the Bronzino exhibition upstairs and I (correctly only in part) assumed that it is about how contemporary figures construct powerful
April 8, 2010

Virtual Tuscany

I have a job that any Italy-loving expat would envy. I work for the Tuscan region's social media team. I attend art events and exhibits, write about art in Tuscany, and promote it on a blog and via social media. In our office, Facebook is not blocked, but
December 10, 2009

Making the invisible visible

Women is an expression of love for the female artists of Florence's past. Jane Fortune has dug through the archives of the Florentine museums in search of women's names and their works, which are often in storage and away from the public eye. We learn that Florence conceals
October 8, 2009

‘Florence is the next Florence’

Last week, Giuliano da Empoli, superintendent of culture and ‘contemporary-ness' for the city of Florence, published a document called ‘Florence is the Next Florence: a strategy for contemporary art and culture in Florence' on the BarCamp website. In the spirit of crowdsourcing, this is a draft upon
June 2, 2005

Deal with garbage?

CRASH! The sound of broken glass shatters the silence of the dark, rainy night. My jet-lagged brain takes a moment to process. It’s a Sunday night in January 1999, and I have just fallen asleep in the apartment that I’ve rented over the Internet for