Author: Maria Rees

An Anglo-Russian third culture kid, Maria Rees was brought up in Fiesole and finally gave into the urge to come back to Italy after completing a degree in music at Bristol University. A true "Fiorentina" at heart, while attempting to carve a career in journalism, she is making up for lost time starting with the local "pasticcerie".
February 20, 2018
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16th-century Florentine villa to be restored by American investor

Farms will be created for producing wine and olive oil and sponsoring cultural activities in the area.
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Security screening introduced at Florence Cathedral

The first four metal detectors have already been stationed at the entrance to Florence Cathedral and will enter into force today.
February 19, 2018
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Uffizi inaugurates Caravaggio section

Rooms focus on 17th-century highlights; "Medusa" now the centrepiece
February 15, 2018
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Ticket checks installed in Santa Maria Novella

From February 16, ticket barriers and checks will enter into operation at Florence’s main Santa Maria Novella train station.
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Mandela Memorial at Mandela Forum, Florence

A glass reproduction of Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell, titled Mandela Memorial, has been unveiled outside Florence’s Mandela Forum.
February 14, 2018
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Step back in time with Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici

There will be six performances and a public discussion to better understand Anna Maria Luisa.
February 12, 2018
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A record year for Italian museums

Despite record revenue, Italy's museums are still far behind the Louvre in profitability.
February 8, 2018
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Uffizi unveils new acquisition: Schor’s vision in gold

Monumental painting depicts a 17th-century Carnival procession
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6 international restaurants in Florence

Here is our guide to some of the tastiest international restaurants in Florence, Italy right now. Just don’t tell "nonna"…
February 7, 2018
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Celebrating Il Settecento at Palazzo Pitti

"Il Settecento: Una Selezione" highlights Uffizi Galleries' 18th century collections