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June 26, 2018

Culture and charity at Palazzo Tornabuoni

Jack and Marianne Ferraro are Florence-loving members of Palazzo Tornabuoni, the city’s only private residence club. Saddened at seeing a dirty tabernacle from the windows of their apartment, the couple decided to do something about it.         -Jack Ferraro: We bought our modest one-bedroom apartment in this building, which looks out at […]
June 14, 2018

Castello Del Nero: a 5-star luxury hotel experience

A reassuring row of cypress trees lines the lane leading to Castello Del Nero Hotel & Spa, where the twelfth-century tower stands in grandeur amid manicured Italian gardens and olive copses.
June 6, 2018

Experiencing Florence from top to bottom

David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus are reliably awe-inspiring, but savvy Florence visitors will know that the Tuscan capital has a surplus of under-visited treasures and experiences. Where to begin, though, when looking to broaden your Florentine horizons and move outside the customary first-timer circuit? It was Florentine journalist and writer Tiziano Terzani who once […]
June 4, 2018

Ambition, royalty and change: Villa Medicea di Lilliano Wine Estate

  If the sun-kissed stones of Villa Medicea Di Lilliano Wine Estate could tell a story, it would be one of ambition, royalty and change.             The History       The villa began life as a lookout tower in the 11th century, garnering strategic importance in the 15th century […]
May 31, 2018

Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella plays the Foo Fighters

Ahead of Firenze Rocks, the Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella plays the Foo Fighters' "Learn to Fly" on his violin.

Estate Fiorentina 2018

Novelist and noted Italophile Henry James famously said that the two most beautiful words in the English language are “summer afternoon”. Today we wonder what he’d have to say about the Florentine sunny season and its signature event. The 2018 edition of arts and culture festival Estate Fiorentina spans six months, features 140 projects (and […]
May 30, 2018


    “Respecting the city is the best way to enjoy it.” This is the main message made by the #EnjoyRespectFirenze campaign, aimed at educating tourists and day trippers to Florence. The campaign was launched a year ago, hot on the heels of a similar campaign implemented in Venice. Now the City of Florence is reinforcing […]
May 21, 2018

10th Birthday Party at Four Seasons Florence

Four Seasons Hotel Florence is gearing up to celebrate its tenth birthday.   The hotel opened on June 15, 2008, following a seven-year restoration project to return the 16th-century Palazzo della Gherardesca to its former glory, built in 1473 by the chancellor of the Florence Republic Bartolomeo Scala, in addition to the 17th-century La Villa, […]
May 4, 2018

A personal message from Sandrine

  I’ve been occupying space in The Florentine for the past three months, writing about eating together, our relationship with the scale, and where to go when you need a “WiFi diet.” But I haven’t told you anything about myself yet!   My origins are a bit tough to guess. With a father from Cameroon […]
May 2, 2018

24 hours at Palazzo Tornabuoni

In the heart of aristocratic Florence, Palazzo Tornabuoni was built for one of the city’s most influential families at the height of the Tuscan Renaissance. Once home to the Medici, the recently-restored Palazzo is now a magnificent Private Residence Club adorned with museum-quality frescoes, friezes and statuary. Managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Palazzo […]