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November 5, 2015

How Italy invaded the world

The Florentine: Your latest book, Italy Invades, takes readers on a tour of military history of il bel Paese. How extensive have Italy’s invasions been down the centuries? Christopher Kelly: Italians have really gotten around. Everyone knows about Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, but Italians have an amazing
July 16, 2015
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Florence On Call

It’s no secret that in Italy, ‘knowing a guy’ can cut the time you spend tackling your to-do list in half. But what if you could count on one go-to guy to help you conquer everything from chores and errands to travel and leisure?

Paint Tuscany on vacation

Florence, Italy, has always drawn artists to study and learn from the region’s master painters. This September, a new program for Plein Air landscape painting, run by three artists, will open in a beautiful villa in the hills above Florence.   Home to classical art and traditional painting

Shine bright

Nowhere in Florence shines quite like the jewelry shops lining the Ponte Vecchio. But one in particular glimmers extra bright as it celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year. T. Ristori carries both world-renowned brands and artisanal pieces made using methods of days gone by. Ristori’s location is
June 25, 2015

Mozzarella and music

From June 23, head to the cool courtyard of Obicà Mozzarella Bar in via de’ Tornabuoni for music and mozzarella. Every Tuesday night from 7pm, enjoy the eclectic beats of The Join Trio, an Italian trio with a versatile repertoire, ranging from R&B to blues, swing and folk. Unwind by sipping a classic cocktail, perhaps […]
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Walk the vineyards

As the July heat and humidity descends upon Florence, our minds turn to getting out of town and into the cool of the countryside.   Discover the genius behind the Chianti Classico and Gallo Nero wines by walking through the vineyards where they are produced. Nestled in the valleys between Florence and Siena, the Chianti […]

All day, all new dining

Chic, convivial and creative: if you’re looking for an inspiring place to eat at any time of the day in central Florence, head for new-concept Le Muse Ristorante & Lounge Bar in via dei Conti.   Le Muse serves contemporary Italian cuisine, respecting the unparalleled tradition of high-quality local ingredients. Start the day with a […]
May 28, 2015

Expo Milano 2015 with Starhotels

  If you’re planning to visit Milan for Expo 2015, why not take advantage of a package that includes comfortable accommodation and tickets?   Starhotels offers the Expo Package with prices starting at 200 euro. The special rate includes: overnight stay in a double room for two people; buffet breakfast; 2 Expo tickets valid for […]

Klab moves Florence

With its three fitness and wellness centres in Florence, Klab has been offering something unique on the Florentine fitness scene for more than 15 years. This is not your average gym; it’s an all-around experience where fitness and wellness go hand in hand with an active social life that focuses on your health at every […]
April 2, 2015

Thinking ahead and looking back

As chain stores and mega-brands continue to multiply, it’s hard to shake the fear that Florence’s beloved artisan culture is on its way out. But fine Florentine craftsmanship is alive and well at JT Casini, the leather atelier headed by Italian-American designer Jennifer Tattanelli.