Author: Alexandra Korey

Alexandra Korey is Head of Digital at The Florentine's sister company, Flod. She specializes in social media & digital strategy for tourism, culture and wine. In a past life, she was an art history professor with a PhD from the University of Chicago. For fun, she writes her blog, where she's been reporting on art, culture and life in Italy since 2004.
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 […]
February 21, 2016

An Instagram weekend

For some, it may have seemed like a normal February weekend in Florence, with some spectacular spring weather and a good crowd of both locals and tourists downtown. But to serious users of the social network Instagram, it was an intense weekend with a conference, an ‘empty’, an Instameet and an Instawalk, all being shared […]
January 28, 2016

The big cover up

The decision to cover up classical nude statues in Rome’s Capitoline museums during the visit of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has sparked controversy and ridicule worldwide.     A news conference with President Rouhani and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was held in a room in the Roman museum;