Author: Melinda Gallo

Melinda Gallo is a writer who has been living in Florence since 2004. In her blog, Living in Florence (www.melindagallo.com/blog), she recounts her life in a city that she loves and appreciates more every day.
March 24, 2011
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Happy Birthday to Pasqual, Babacar and Frey

Fiorentina defender Manuel Pasqual celebrated his 29th birthday on March 13. Originally from a town outside of Venice, Pasqual arrived in Florence six years ago. Since he has been with the team, he has appeared in over 138 matches. Viola striker Babacar celebrated his 18th birthday on March 16. French
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Fiorentina up to eighth place

The Fiorentina went to Verona on March 13 to win an important match against Chievo. Head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said in a press conference the day before the match, ‘I have faith in my players.' After many missed opportunities to score a goal in the first half, Juan Manuel
March 10, 2011
LIFESTYLE

Elaine Ruffolo

When Elaine Ruffolo was an undergraduate studying baroque art in Rome for two weeks, she took a train to Florence for a visit. She had such a strong sense of belonging in Florence that she considered not returning to Wisconsin to complete her studies. It took Elaine a few years,
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VIOLA Corner

  Fiorentina suffers a draw in Bari The day before the February 27 match against Bari, head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said that the players had the ‘right attitude’ for the game. The team arrived in Bari to play the lowest ranked team of the Serie A, hoping for a win. After 21 minutes of play, […]
February 24, 2011
LIFESTYLE

Petra Casini

Petra Casini had always dreamed of making her own path in life, one that would not involve her family business of stone cutting. She spent her entire life surrounded by stones: she was born and raised in Idar-Oberstein, the capital of Germany's gemstone industry, and comes from a
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VIOLA Corner

  Bolatti back to Brazil On February 6, ACF Fiorentina announced that the club sold Argentinian Mario Ariel Bolatti to Sport Club Internacional in Porto Alegre, Brazil.   An important win in Palermo On February 13, the Fiorentina arrived in Palermo with the odds against them: Palermo had won the last seven home games and […]
February 10, 2011
LIFESTYLE

Rieko Hayashi

Rieko Hayashi had always dreamed of living abroad, which is why she studied English and European culture at university. While most of her classmates traveled the world before starting their careers, Rieko went straight to work. During her vacations, she traveled to more than 20 countries, and was eventually inspired
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VIOLA Corner

New winger Valon Behrami is a new Viola winger, purchased from West Ham United FC in England. Born in Yugoslavia to Albanian parents, he grew up in Stabio, a village in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Since 2005, Behrami has been a part of the Swiss national team. On
January 27, 2011
LIFESTYLE

Daniel Graves

Daniel Graves had the makings of an artist since the age of three, when he began drawing. But it wasn't until he was 15 and saw Rembrandt's self-portrait at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, that he decided to become a realist painter. He was
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VIOLA corner

Mutu off the market for now Fiorentina co-owner Andrea Della Valle announced that Romanian striker Adrian Mutu is off the market and off the squad, which means that he will not be participating in any of Fiorentina's matches until a final decision about his role on the team