Author: Emiko Davies

Emiko Davies is a blogger and food columnist for Corriere della Sera and Food52 (www.emikodavies.com). Her first cookbook, Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence (Hardie Grant Books), was published on March 1, 2016.
December 15, 2005
LIFESTYLE

Where Santa shops in Italy: unique holiday gift ideas,

It’s that time of year again, which I am sure more than a few of us have a love-hate relationship with: Christmas. Receiving presents is of course the best bit, but having to get other people’s presents can be stressful and time consuming, especially when
December 1, 2005
LIFESTYLE

Enamoured expatriates of Florence

One of the better known expatriates who made Florence his home, at least in the circle of art historians and American residents, was Bernard Berenson (1865-1959), the eminent art connoisseur and collector, author of Florentine Painters of the Renaissance (1896). But like many celebrated people, there are two versions
October 6, 2005
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Enamoured expatriates of Florence

DH. Lawrence was a bit of a bad boy. Lady Chatterley’s Loverwas the last and probably the best-known novel by the British writer (1885-1930), but in 1928 when it was published it was considered so scandalous and sexually explicit that the only place Lawrence was able
September 8, 2005
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Enamoured expatriates of Florence

‘Arethusa rose from her couch of snows in the Acroceraunian mountains,’ recites Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann in the 1953 film, Roman Holiday. She quotes it as her favourite Keats poem, but the dashing Joe Bradley (played by Gregory Peck) corrects her with, ‘Shelley.’ But the Princess adamantly insists it is Keats. Mr. Bradley is […]
August 4, 2005
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Enamoured expatriates of Florence

While there has always been a tradition of creative English and American expatriates living in Florence, there was also a small Russian contingent, including the brief stays of the writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) and composer Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). Although most of these foreigners came to Florence seeking sun,
July 7, 2005
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Enamoured expatriates of Florence

Late 19th century Florence was filled with English and American expatriates; in fact, 30,000 of the 200,000 residents of Florence were Anglo-Florentines who had adopted the city. There seemed to be a particular lure to Italy for writers and creative intellectuals, especially British poets, such as the
June 23, 2005
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Enamoured expatriated of Florence

Florence is a city that has spawned many illustrious and famous names, from Dante to Machiavelli to most of the Renaissance artists to Galileo. But more recently, in the last hundred and fifty years or so, Florence’s most famous citizens have all been foreigners. Inspired by the Tuscan
June 9, 2005
LIFESTYLE

The Mannerist Movement

Florence may hold the world’s best concentration of Renaissance art, but there is another movement overshadowed by the Renaissance that Florence keeps well hidden. Tucked away in churches around the city are jewels of the Mannerist movement, masterpieces that most people will unknowingly miss in favour of lining
June 2, 2005
TRAVEL

Things to do in Lucca

There is nowhere quite like Lucca, the charming, quiet Tuscan town which Henry James described in 1909 as ?overflowing with everything that makes for ease, for plenty, for beauty.? It is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Florence, and given its close proximity, also a perfect day