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 24, 2011

The don’t miss list – Mar 24 to Apr 7,

We'll keep you up-to-date on the latest and greatest in culture, music and more English-friendly entertainment here in our Top Picks!  Enjoy Florence.       Special Events/ Korea Film Fest March 25 to April 2, Cinema Odeon   The Korea Film Fest is back

The springtime of youth

Have you ever met someone famous when he or she was still young and unknown? That's how I felt coming out of Palazzo Strozzi's latest exhibit, Picasso, Miró, Dalí. Angry Young Men: the Birth of Modernity. With a cinematographic yet scholarly approach, curators Christoph Vitali and

What’s in a name?

In TF 137, we discovered medieval street names related to the textile trade. Now let's look at some even older streets.   If anyone ever tries to sell you a ‘light-filled apartment' on via delle Burella you can tell him that it is an oxymoron. For the
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