Author: Rebecca Gualandi

Rebecca Gualandi was born in Paris, lives in Florence and studies Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Trying to embrace all the different cultures has been a difficult but rewarding experience for her. She is now interning for the summer at the Florentine, where the Anglophone and Italian worlds collide and where she hopes to acquire experience to pursue a career in writing and publishing.
July 16, 2015
LIFESTYLE

7 gardens in Florence that you have to see

It had never really dawned upon me to visit the gardens of Florence. Maybe because until recently I was still trying to avoid doing things that my mother would do. However, having surpassed my teenage rebellion stage I was finally able to discover the gardens of Florence, and the boundless
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On the threshing floor

Started five years ago, Montespertoli’s A Veglia sulle Aie celebrates its agricultural heritage: the land, its fruits and the traditions of this farming community.   Having spent most of my childhood growing up on one of these Tuscan farms, a favorite memory of mine is catching lucciole, fireflies,
LIFESTYLE

Florentine entrepreneur launches bespoke coffee business

When it comes to coffee, most people simply go with what’s available, perhaps compromising at the three-way intersection of the convenience and the atmosphere of the nearest café and the taste of its product, or making a rather random choice at the grocery store based on whatever coffeemaker they happen to have or the effectiveness […]
June 25, 2015
FOOD + WINE

9 inexpensive lunch spots in Florence

Eating well doesn’t have to lead to negative bank statements. Whether you are a student, travelling on a budget or looking for a good spot for a reasonably priced business lunch, here are our some of our favourite under € 15 list of lunch spots in Florence.  
FOOD + WINE

Vegetarian restaurants in Florence

Diet fads come and go, but vegetarianism is not a fad. Adding to the long-standing religious beliefs that direct many the world over to follow a plant-based diet are increasing concerns about animal rights, nutrition, sustainability and the environment. Reflecting the growing trend, Florence has many more vegetarian
May 28, 2015
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

Best beaches in Tuscany

Florence is a city brimming with wonder: living in the Renaissance city means daily intakes of cultural patrimony, culinary marvels and fine wine. However, any Florentine, adopted or DOC, will agree that summer in Florence can become intolerably sweaty. Luckily, Florence benefits from being situated not far from beaches that may be comparable in beauty […]
NEWS

Up from below

The abandoned underwater village of Fabbriche di Careggine will be brought back to the surface next year. Submerged in Lake Vagli in Vagli Sotto, located in the province of Lucca, the ‘mini Pompeii’ has not resurfaced since 1994, the last time the lake was drained.   A group
NEWS

Lapislazuli: blue magic

Panel with view of the port of Livorno (1601-04) in the Uffizi. By Cristofano Gaffurri based on a drawing by Jacopo Ligozzi   The exhibition “Lapis Lazuli: The Magic of Blue” at Palazzo Pitti’s Silver Museum retraces the use of lapis lazuli throughout history: from its use in Ancient Mesopotamia to its use as a […]
NEWS

The 1.5 million euro piazza makeover

Piazza della Repubblica, despite being one of Florence’s busiest squares, has never enjoyed much affection from Florentines. Now, that situation might change due to plans to renovate the piazza.   Former Florence mayor and now Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, had the idea six years ago to introduce