Author: Alexandra Korey

Alexandra Korey is a staff writer at The Florentine and social media project manager for TF's sister company, Flod, where she specializes in social media for museums and 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 - the latter is what convinced her to move to 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.
July 15, 2016

Playing Pokemon Go in Florence

The viral VR game Pokemon Go was released today, July 15, in Italy on the local App Store, nine days after its US release crashed developer Niantic’s server due to its swooping adoption. Always aware of the latest digital trends, at The Florentine we downloaded the app first thing in the morning and set off […]
June 23, 2016

New Innocenti Museum opening

  The museum visually tells the history of the institution of the Ospedale degli Innocenti through the centuries, from the Quattrocento to the present day, about which we spoke with its president, Alessandra Maggi (see “The New Innocents“). For photos of the new museum, see here.   Video for LdM News, a video publishing project […]
June 20, 2016

Inside the Innocenti Museum

The new Museo degli Innocenti, or Innocenti Museum, will open to the public on June 24, 2016. We got a sneak preview of the inside before the display is entirely finished.   The museum begins on the basement level, which is dedicated to the history of the institution. The Innocenti opened its doors in 1445 […]
May 26, 2016

The new innocents

The most awaited Florentine museum event of 2016 is the opening of the new Museo degli Innocenti in piazza SS. Annunziata, after a 12.8 million euro expansion project.   To reach the office of the president of the Istituto degli Innocenti, Alessandra Maggi, you need a guide who can navigate the maze that is this […]
May 9, 2016

Eating our words

The other day, my husband, who rarely uses idiomatic expressions, said that a colleague’s husband was truly a pasta d’uomo. Earlier in the day he had complained that an old high school friend had become a mollusco. I was intrigued: I had no idea what he meant by these expressions that used foods—or more specifically, […]
March 23, 2016

Painted wooden sculptures of the Renaissance

It’s fascinating how museum display and art history textbooks seal the fortune of certain artists, artworks, and even entire media. If I ask you to name a famous Renaissance sculpture made in wood, you might be hard pressed to remember one from your art history classes. Perhaps you’d come up with Donatello’s Mary Magdalen in […]

Eike Schmidt on Painted Wooden Sculptures

The show is titled ‘Fece di scoltura di legname e colorì’, Painted Wooden Sculpture in Quattrocento Florence, and is at the Uffizi Gallery from March 22 to August 28, 2016.
March 17, 2016

9 things to do in the province of Pistoia

There’s a vast part of Tuscany that remains off most tourists’ radars, despite its vast green spaces, profound culture, mountains and thermal baths. The Valdinievole refers to 11 comuni in the south-western part of the province of Pistoia. The Nievole and Pescia rivers flow through this area and converge in the Padule di Fucecchio marsh, […]
March 8, 2016

Revisiting the Duomo

When you live in Florence, you don’t visit the Duomo very often. Maybe if you have a visitor, you go inside. But when’s the last time you actually bought a ticket to walk up the Cupola, or entered the crypt to check out the archaeological excavations? We recently took advantage of a tour by Ciao […]
March 1, 2016

Cleaning Michelangelo’s David

Cleaning Michelangelo’s David is a pretty stressful job. Emanuela Peiretti, working as a team with Paola Rosa, says she hardly slept the night before she first laid hands on the David one year ago. The famous statue at the Accademia Gallery has been regularly vacuumed every two months since 2005, when Friends of Florence began […]