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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 […]
July 11, 2018

Theatre, music and entertainment at Petra

For many of us it’s just a given that in summertime, everything is more enjoyable, and it’s even more so when you have green vineyards of the Tuscan coast as your backdrop, with a dream-worthy winery and top quality food and wines. Francesca Moretti knew all of this when she joined with her team to […]
June 27, 2018

Monteverro winery: the green heart of the Maremma

  It would be unforgivable to visit the pretty hilltop town of Capalbio and not bask in the sunbathed vineyards that comprise Monteverro’s verdant estate.   Picturesque towns, spellbinding views and the purest nature bejewel the Silver Coast, a short distance from the Lazio border. Located on the main road leading from Capalbio to the […]

Sunday suppers

  When Florence’s heat becomes too much to bear, head for Montalcino’s endless pleasures.   The beyond beautiful Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, founded by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo just northwest of the wine town, is hosting unforgettable La Festa della Domenica suppers on July 8 and 22, August 12 and 26, and September 2. Starting […]
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 […]