Author: Marco Badiani

Co-founder and director of The Florentine, lifestyle author, photographer.
March 27, 2018

Esselunga opens free anniversary exhibition in Florence

Featuring multimedia visuals, trolley installations and posters of memorable products, this immersive exhibition celebrates 60 years of Esselunga through a social flashback of changing Italian fashion, foods and commercials.
February 1, 2018

Michelangelo at the Met: in pictures

The "Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer" exhibition at the Met, presents an impressive range of works by the Renaissance artist.
July 6, 2017

Cinema Uffizi

“The most beautiful cinema in the world, designed by Giorgio Vasari” is how any headline should run for Apriti Cinema. No further comment; the easiest of pieces to write. The organizers are going to loathe me for saying this, but so exciting is the thought of seeing a film in the piazza of the Uffizi […]
June 15, 2017

The golden hour in Florence

As calendar pages are turned from May to June, the ideal conditions are created for that extraordinary moment when Florence reaches the pinnacle of prettiness: the golden hour. It’s that interval of time just before the dusk, when sunlight reflects on the facades of Florentine palazzi, on the bridges and breadth of the River Arno, […]
June 14, 2017

Handle without care: Pitti Uomo 92

"Handle without care" is a slogan that fits like a fashionable glove to Florence's fashion week, Pitti Uomo. Marco Badiani shoots the nonexistent breeze at Fortezza da Basso.
May 16, 2017

The miracle dance

Let me count the fancy ways in which visitors to Pisa’s piazza dei Miracoli try to catch hold of the world-famous tower in their photos… Even before the on-trend selfie frenzy, tourists still experienced the uncontrollable urge to capture themselves with the city’s symbolic monument (from the most traditional viewpoint: more than an arm’s length […]
May 15, 2017

Biblioteca della Toscana

A bright new chapter on Tuscany’s literary scene, the Biblioteca della Toscana is perfectly placed for commuters close to Santa Maria Novella station. Opened in November 2016, the library’s kilometre of books and 200 periodicals merge collections from three libraries belonging to the Tuscan Region: Biblioteca del Consiglio, Bibiloteca della Giunta Regionale and Biblioteca dell’Identità […]
May 5, 2017

Avocaderia: from Tuscany to NYC

Touted as the “world’s first avocado bar”, Brooklyn’s Avocaderia is the brainchild of Tuscan under-30s Francesco Brachetti and Alberto Gramigni.
April 7, 2017

From the Cavern to the Moon, Centro Pecci

From the Cavern to the Moon is the first step in displaying the contemporary art accrued by Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci over 30 years.
March 2, 2017

Inside Mattonella

Ever since I was a lad I’ve tried to picture what was behind the wall of blue paper bags. I would walk past the store windows of Biscottificio Antonio Mattei, known to locals as La Mattonella, and if I was really lucky at that moment a customer would open the door and a terrific gust […]