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 www.arttrav.com, where she's been reporting on art, culture and life in Italy since 2004.
Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve got a new dealer in Maremma. An asparagus dealer. Her name is Irma and she defines herself as an “asparagaia”. The adjective is interesting since she does not seem to farm anything else. Asparagus grows only for a few weeks every year, so I wonder what she gets up to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]