Author: Georgette Jupe

November 7, 2013
LIFESTYLE

From self-portrait to pop art

Visual artist Jan Fabre imagines men with donkey ears, Japanese Yokoo Tadanori creates ‘funeral’ masks in pop colors emblazoned with the phrase ‘dreaming me, shh,’ while Andy Warhol transforms people into black and white ‘comics’ with spots of purple: these are just a few
LIFESTYLE

Barter your stay

Some local bed and breakfasts are finding creative, new ways to attract and serve those who wish to travel without breaking the bank. From November 18 to 24, you can stay in an Italian bed and breakfast in exchange for goods or services during 'Barter Week'.   How does it
October 10, 2013
LIFESTYLE

#MuseoDuomoFI

If Brunelleschi and Ghiberti were alive today, which Instagram filter do you think they would choose to capture their famous monuments: Lo-Fi, Earlybird or Toaster? Now you get to put your own amateur photography skills to the test and interpret piazza del Duomo 2.0 through the lens of
September 13, 2012
LIFESTYLE

Guide to good reads

Florence has long been the muse of many writers and poets over the centuries, and looking at the city through the eyes of a writer can help you see things in an entirely different light. Just in time for the arrival of thousands of study abroad students to Florence for
July 12, 2012
LIFESTYLE

Florence by night

While the days are long and the nights warm, as work and studies slow down, it's time to catch up with friends and have a glass of prosecco. Because it's not (yet) illegal to drink outdoors, on summer nights, patrons at many local haunts spill out onto the
April 12, 2012
FOOD + WINE

Take out or order-in food in Florence

‘Ordering in’ or ‘getting take-out,’ that very American and British habit (or guilty pleasure), might seem foreign in food-sacred Italy, with its traditionally food-loving culture and hours-long family meals. Increasingly, however, Florence eateries have been offering consegna a domicilio (‘home food delivery’), and surprisingly, the emphasis is on quality. Here are just a few examples. […]
March 29, 2012
LIFESTYLE

Buona Pasqua!

Easter has somehow arrived abruptly as 2012 speeds along at a pace rivaling that of Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One. The onset of the Christian holiday should hardly be a surprise: since AD 325, when the Nicean Council decided that Easter would be celebrated on the first Sunday after
March 1, 2012
LIFESTYLE

Eat your way through Florence at TASTE

Close your eyes and imagine white truffle cream dusted with a fine caper powder, fresh cheese-infused with sweet pepper, saffron liquor, limoncello with chocolate cream. These are just a few of the tasty tidbits attendees at this edition of Taste will have the pleasure of trying. Foodies and lovers
February 2, 2012
LIFESTYLE

A beat revolution

If someone says, ‘Italian music,' what usually comes to the foreigner's mind is euro pop, movie scores or opera. Those who have spent more time in the Boot may recognize such local favorites as Jovanotti and Tiziano Ferro. The surprising fact is that Italians tend to embrace all
NEWS

New face for SMN station

With train stations in Naples and Rome now modernized, the national railway company, Ferrovie dello Stato, is continuing in its effort to revamp another main transportation hub in Italy: Florence's Santa Maria Novella (SMN) station. Although the station, with the status of national landmark, will keep its original style