Author: Editorial Staff

The Florentine editorial staff
April 28, 2005

Rugby: A French Final for Heineken Cup

It will be a French match for the Heineken Cup rugby finals. After the qualification of Stade Francais by the Bergamo brothers (20-17 at Biarritz), it was Tolosa’s turn and in the second semi-final beat Leicester 27-19. The final is set for May 22nd in

Maggio Musicale in Mourning

Preparations for the opening of the month long celebration Maggio Musical Fiorentino came to an abrupt halt last week when Director Zubin Mehta’s mother passed away at her home in Los Angeles, California. The Director returned to California for the funeral, but immediately returned to rehearsals only two

Road works cause traffic and chaos

The partial closure of one of the main commuter bridges over the Arno River, Ponte all’Indiano, caused major traffic delays throughout the city last week. Simultaneous road construction works in other parts of the city hindered the creation of well functioning detour routes and commuters were forced to

George Clooney Writes Letter to Townspeople

In an attempt to smooth contentions with neighbours, actor George Clooney recently sent a letter out to all of the inhabitants of Laglio, the small town on the shores of Lake Como, where he recently acquired a villa. The letter explained his true intentions behind his proposal to also acquire

Storks Return to Florence

Two different pairs of white storks have decided to build their nests near Florence this spring. Both of the nest locations are in urban areas. This is a surprising event for the city and has not been recorded as having occured for over 200 years.

Florence’s top classical music festival begins April 30th

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is a world renowned classical music and dance festival held every year in Florence. Events ranging from opera, to symphony, and ballet are performed by some of the top musicians and dancers. Long time director of the Maggio Musicale, Zubin Mehta, is an accomplished conductor and
April 21, 2005

Long Lines at Pope Wojtyla’s New Tomb

As many as 10,000 people per hour have been passing in front of Pope John Paul II’s new tomb in the catacombs of St. Peter’s in Rome. While attention now begins to turn toward the new pope, many devoted followers still pay their respects to

History of Tuscany Online

A comprehensive encyclopedia covering everything on the history of Tuscany is now available on the Internet. Two main sections cover the region’s history as well as Tuscany’s direct influence throughout the rest of Europe. To take a look at this impressive archive go to www.toecana-

Heated debates tarnish April 25 holiday

This year, the holiday commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Italian Liberation Day falls on a Monday, and many people are planning to use the long weekend to get away. But, if one does remain in Florence for the holiday there are actually a wide array of events that have been

Football:Upsetting Defeat for Milan

Just seven games away from the end of the Italian Championships the top ranking team Milan was dealt a tough blow when it lost the match 2 to 0 against Siena last Sunday. Juventus has now taken the leading spot in the Championship classification with 70 points, while Milan remained