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 2, 2017

The ultimate question in a food-first country

When we were first married, my mother-in-law would call promptly every night as we were washing up the dinner dishes. “Pronto?” one of us would answer. “Cosa avete mangiato?” came the question from the other end of the line. Illustration by Barbara Gucova At first, I took this as something of an offense. I had […]
December 7, 2016

A theatre pass for young Florentines

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze launches Il Teatro? Bella Storia! project to bring youths aged 16-21 to the theatre.
November 2, 2016

Fall 2016 Art news down the boot

Here is an update of Fall 2016 art news in Italy, from North to South – the quirky grain Trump and visitor reactions to a show in Milan, a new way to see the Ara Pacis and funding found for Paestum.   Grain Trump   Land artist Dario Gambarin has plowed a portrait of Trump […]
August 25, 2016

Go figure

Life in the bel Paese begins with appreciating la bella vita. You know you’re an advanced student of Italian integration, however, when you’ve grasped the concept of la bella figura. You see, figura figures prominently in Italian figures of speech; it just figures that it’s not at all an easy concept to translate.     […]
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 […]