Author: Kate Mani

Kate Mani is a student of journalism, law and Italian from Melbourne, Australia who is passionate about languages, travel and history. She balances study with freelance writing and is relishing the opportunity to do both during a winter sojourn in Florence.
February 19, 2017
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“My beautiful San Giovanni”: Florence Baptistery

In his ‘Divine Comedy’, Dante described the building as “my beautiful San Giovanni,” yet he was not the only famous Florentine to be baptised here.
February 8, 2017
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A less rosy Renaissance: grim Florence

Remove your Renaissance rose-coloured glasses and consider some of these grim yet intriguing sites from Florence’s prettiest period.
February 6, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Favourite study spots in Florence

Reality has to hit eventually. You have spent days wandering Florence in awe of Santa Croce’s frescoes and Ghiberti’s golden gates, snapping pictures of the Vasari Corridor and Botticelli’s Primavera. Then suddenly it is essay time, with due dates hanging over your head, while your mind is really still somewhere between the Ponte Vecchio and […]
February 3, 2017
LIFESTYLE

How learning Italian made me “pazza”

It is not just the Italian language that has made me crazy: some responsibility has to go to Florence.
February 1, 2017
ART + CULTURE

Why Renaissance Studies will always need Florence

What does being on-site in Florence still offer to a budding Renaissance student? Sensory appreciation of the space itself.
January 31, 2017
ART + CULTURE

A futile slaughter: Florence remembers World War I

“Under the line of enemy fire, minus 15 degrees, and {the soldiers} have to advance. Thousands die frozen…the most courageous officers burst out crying at the futility of the efforts, facing the impossible.”   The story encapsulated in this letter, written by an Italian war general during the 1915 Battle of Isonzo in present-day Slovenia, […]
January 25, 2017
NEWS

Urs Fischer to exhibit in piazza Signoria

Swiss artist Urs Fischer is expected to leave his contemporary artistic mark on Florence's piazza della Signoria this September.
LIFESTYLE

Top Carnevale celebrations near Florence for 2017

While Florence’s forecast may not be warming up anytime soon, festivities are in the air again as Tuscany prepares for its annual Carnevale celebrations. Spanning throughout February, Carnevale signifies the ‘last hurrah’ leading up to the somber liturgical season of Lent. The grand finale is Fat (or Shrove) Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras or […]
January 23, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Australian hot chocolate and other lessons from Prato

Siamo in arrivo a Firenze Santa Maria Novella.   A new month, a new station, a new city.   Just like the train from Prato Porto Al Serraglio that pulls into Florence, this New Year period is one of changeover as I move from slower life in a smaller Tuscan town to Florence’s frenetic pace. […]
January 19, 2017
NEWS

Pistoia’s oldest church to be restored

Ires spa di Firenze to carry out the project