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October 11, 2018

Adventure in Montecatini Terme and Valdinievole

If Florence and Tuscany inspire you, just imagine the creative and physical regeneration to be had when walking in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci. The cooler breezes of Fall warrant exploration by foot or bike through dream-like landscapes where wind rustling the trees plays company to your wandering thoughts. The Florentine spent a few […]
October 5, 2018

Spice up your Halloween

Florence is short on “spook factor” and you won’t find much Halloween hullabaloo in traditional Tuscan eateries. No dinner plans for the fright night of October 31? Trade in your go-to trattoria for some Mexican Day of the Dead vibes at Tijuana, Florence’s mainstay for South of the Border-style cuisine.     On Halloween night, […]

Wrapped in the city

  Via dello Studio atelier Torre D’Arte is setting a new bar for “souvenir scarves.”   Since moving to its current home in the shadow of Santa Maria del Fiore, the colorful artisan boutique has maintained a collaboration with Florentine designer and artist Stefano Ramunno, with whom owners Rossella and Francesco produce an exclusive “Florence” […]
September 26, 2018

Turning a new leaf: autumn indulgences at Castello Del Nero

Now that autumn is on the horizon, our thoughts turn to getaways in the Tuscan countryside, an escape from city life and solace for mind, body and soul. Just 40 minutes by car from central Florence, Castello Del Nero is the perfect place to get away from it all for a few hours, an entire […]
September 21, 2018

A new beginning for Palazzo Tornabuoni

An atmosphere of calm elegance permeates Palazzo Tornabuoni a short distance from the bustle of piazza della Repubblica. The Florentine spoke with Gabrielle Maria Taylor, who recently became the President of Club Tornabuoni, a seamless advancement as the private residence club’s keystone in her eight-year role as Club Attaché.     The Florentine: Congratulations on […]
September 10, 2018

Acqua al 2: 40 years of culinary gambles and conviviality

  Blueberry steak—perhaps the signature menu item at famed local restaurant Acqua al 2—has raised more than a few Florentine eyebrows over the years. But at the time of the Medici, co-founder Stefano Innocenti insists, sweet fruits matched with meats, roasts and game like salt with pepper.   Innocenti hardly needs to lecture his diners […]

Slow Travel Fest Monteriggioni

Slow Travel Fest Monteriggioni returns from September 21 to 23 for three days of talks, hikes, culture, food and music in the splendid monumental complex in Abbadia a Isola and a packed program of excursions on foot and by bike for fully experiencing the Tuscan via Francigena and Montagnola Senese. Three days celebrating slow travel […]
September 7, 2018

Florence’s leading English bookstore for sale

Here’s an opportunity to capture a second wind, or set your kids up for life, owning a successful business in the heart of Renaissance Italy.   And what a life it is! A dream that began 39 years ago in the shadow of the Duomo for a book-loving couple has yielded a professional and personal […]

Inside the Cuoiofficine Florence workshop and store

Cuoiofficine was founded in Florence by Timothy and Tommaso Sabatini, two brothers who decided to turn their combined bags of experience—in both leather techniques and the family restaurant business—to something unprecedented. Fusing Timothy’s artisan background with Tommaso’s penchant for presentation, befitting of a restaurateur, the siblings’ brainchild injects an innovative artistic approach into age-old leather […]

Villa Medicea di Lilliano: three years of success

  In 2015, a Medici villa started a new life. Three years on, the Villa Medicea di Lilliano is the epitome of a successful business venture in the hills of Florence.   Opened to great fanfare with the mother of all parties in May 2015, the villa owned by the Malenchini family has firmly established […]