Author: Vincenzo D'Angelo

Vincenzo D'Angelo graduated in English language and literature from the University of Florence and is currently continuing his studies in Communication. He has been in a full-time relationship with Florence since 2010. If he's not writing, he's binge-watching yet another new show on Netflix or listening to pop music. "Aperitivo" and "cenetta tranquilla" are his favourite sports.
May 4, 2017

A boiler’s life: a memoir

My real name is Anne-Marie Petty-FitzMaurice Bouvier, but everybody calls me La Caldaia. While it is la verità that I am an inanimate object, even a boiler has memories worthy of a memoir. Were I to possess a passport, North Yorkshire would be stated as my place of birth, although my home country was substituted […]
April 5, 2017

Christmas with the family…and Easter too

A well-known Italian proverb clearly states “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi,” meaning that you should spend Christmas with your folks while you can choose whoever you want to be with for Easter. This simple yet eloquent expression of popular wisdom must have been invented by a fool since it is every Italian […]
March 4, 2017

The package from the south

In Italy, almost every 20-something from the south lives in a central or northern city to study or work. We bask in our independence, but sometimes we cannot help but feel a little bit of nostalgia for our family and roots—nothing that cannot be resolved by a cenetta tranquilla among friends. It’s just a casual […]
February 2, 2017

Love yourself in Florence

February is the month of love. That painfully beautiful love that only Hollywood’s breakout stars get to experience in their blockbuster movies. But if you are single and not yet ready to mingle, do not be too hard on yourself—try to see Valentine’s Day from a new perspective. Here is a list to discover Florence […]
January 27, 2017

Comune launches women’s helpdesk

The City of Florence has launched the InformaDonna helpdesk for females seeking career advice in order to promote financial independence and stability.
January 11, 2017

How to talk like an Italian millennial

If you are new to town, have happened to eavesdrop on young Italians chatting away and heard the same phrases used over and over again, then you are probably wondering about their lingo. Here are some expressions used by giovani Italian millennials that will make you sound like a local during your semester abroad.   […]
December 11, 2016

Santas on social

Instagram has deeply changed the way we share our lives online. At times it seems everyone has an Instagram account, even Barack Obama, the Queen and the Pope. Although often considered a platform on which people can express themselves freely, it has also given rise to interesting virtual communities, like @ilcondominio. Born earlier this year, the […]
November 11, 2016

Florence Queer Festival colors the city

Following the huge success of Toscana Pride 2016, our city keeps on shining with all the colours of the rainbow thanks to the Florence Queer Festival. Founded in 2002, it has since grown to become the largest film event of its kind in Italy and has been part of 50 Giorni di Cinema – Florence’s […]
November 7, 2016

What to do in Florence when it rains

Imagine walking down the tiny streets of Florence, thinking about how much beauty, architecture and art that surrounds you. Picture you and your partner sipping a romantic glass of prosecco in a fancy bar in piazza della Repubblica or listening to the melancholic notes of a street artist in Santo Spirito while shopping at an […]
October 29, 2016
1966 Florence FloodART + CULTURE

Ugo Gherardi on the 1966 Florence flood

The city was still sleeping, the fancy shops of via de’ Tornabuoni were still closed and the lungarno still remained free from curious tourists. Walking along lungarno Acciaiuoli on my way to interview Ugo Gherardi, it is hard to imagine that the total destruction that occurred 50 years ago on November 4, 1966, the quiet […]