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Sport + Leisure

Where to have a spa day experience in Florence

4 places to relax while getting into "hot water"
When walking the cobblestone streets gets too much and your neck is perpetually aching from looking up at the frescoed ceilings, the time has come to …

The bright red Christmas star

How the Stella di Natale came to Italy
by Deirdre Pirro
  Like the panettone, fairy-lit tree and nativity scene, the bright red flower known here as the Stella di Natale is synonymous with Christmas in most Italian …
Best Events

Best events in Florence this week

Top picks from November 26–December 2
by Mary Gray
  CULTURE/Japan-a-Mania! November 27–29 Centro Rogers, piazzale della Resistenza, Scandicci Sample a bit of Japan in Scandicci this weekend at the auditorium of Centro Rogers. Hosted by the …
Florence News

Buy Tourism Online 2015 returns to Fortezza da Basso on December 2 and 3

140 events for the 8th edition of the tourism fair
by Gabriella Ienzi
The BTO 2015 (Buy Tourism Online) will be hosting its 8th consecutive edition at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence on December 2 and 3.   This year's …

Take your first Uber ride in Florence for free

Use The Florentine's new promo code
by Mary Gray
Ready to ride? Uber is on the move in Florence: for just over a month now, the smartphone app connecting users with private drivers has been …
Community News

Solidarity art in Paris: strength in baguettes

"An Ankh For Paris" by American artist and Florence resident Keri Rosebraugh with French artist Phillippe Nodluaner
ph. Ginger Johnston Held, 2015   American artist living in Florence Keri Rosebraugh and French artist Phillippe Nodluaner have created a giant ankh symbol out of 200 baguettes to show …


Piazza Duomo museum and monuments get free wi-fi
by Alexandra Korey
The Opera del Duomo has just made it easier to share your impressions and access information while in piazza Duomo with the installation of a powerful …
Food + Wine

What to do with your leftover panettone(s)

Bread and butter puddings
by Emiko Davies
The great-grandfather of Italian cuisine, Pellegrino Artusi (see, has a recipe in his 1891 cookbook, Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well, …

Christmas capon recipes

Cappelletti in brodo di cappone and Cappone bollito
by Rachel  Priestley
Christmas is a special time to share with friends and family. Here in Italy, whether you are with family, new friends or friends who are now …
Florence News

Santa Maria Novella: 80 Years as the Gateway to the City

New permanent exhibit at Santa Maria Novella
Images from the Archivio Fondazione Michelucci Marking the 80th anniversary of its opening, Santa Maria Novella train station recently installed a permanent exhibit of archival photographs, mounted …
Exhibit Reviews

VISIO. Next Generation Moving Images at the CCC Strozzina

International video artists at Palazzo Strozzi
by Mary Gray
  VISIO. Next Generation Moving Images at the Strozzina runs concurrently with Lo Schermo dell’Arte film festival, which focuses on art in cinema.   Featuring work by a dozen …
Exhibit Reviews

random abandon or a ballast for joy

Luca Morgantini photographic exhibition
by James Douglas
‘Coding’, Philadelphia PA, November 2014   A photographic exhibition by Luca Morgantini called “random abandon or a ballast for joy” opens on December 4, 2015, jointly at Studio …
Exhibit Reviews

Firenze Capitale 1865-2015. The Gifts and Collections of the King exhibition at Palazzo Pitti

Vittorio Emanuele II's gifts to Florence showcased in the Modern Art Gallery at Pitti
by Gabriella Ienzi
  The Gallery of Modern Art at Palazzo Pitti is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Florence as the former capital of Italy with an exhibition titled Firenze Capitale …


Exhibition space and cultural association picks up steam
by Mary Gray
Walking past one via Maggio window over the summer left some locals scratching their heads. ‘We’re giving this space a new look. See you in September!’ …

New artisan workshop series in Florence

Make bags, purses, shoes, and more at the Mercato Centrale
by Gabriella Ienzi
ph. courtesy of My Vintage Academy A new series of artisanal workshops has just launched at Florence’s Mercato Centrale.  Creator Barbara Ricchi launched My Vintage Academy Workshops …
The Tuscan Times

Artisans and antiques at Arezzo's Fiera dell'Antiquariato

More than frescoes and Petrarch
by Oonagh Stransky
  Many people come to Arezzo to witness the beauty of Piero della Francesca’s frescoes or to see the birthplace of poet Petrarch or Vasari, the Medici …
Florence News

A preview of Florence's revamped Opera del Duomo museum

An emotional experience of the city's holiest space
by Helen Farrell
  Founded in 1891, in the same space where Michelangelo carved the David, Florence’s Opera del Duomo (Cathedral Works) Museum will reopen its doors on October 29, …
Economy + Society

Airbnb lands in Florence

The accommodation invasion
by Daniel C. Meyer
Airbnb conquers Florence: more and people are using the popular online portal to find accommodation in Florence. The premise is simple: Airbnb connects those in search …

50 shades of white

When Italian language 'pales' in comparison
by Alexandra Korey
illustration by Leo CardiniFrom sexy (or not) lingerie to wall paint and diets, Italians seem to use the word bianco (‘white’) much more than we Anglos …

The Day of the Cabbage (or "black cabbaged")

On the cavolo in Italian language
by Helen Farrell
It was a bad day at The Florentine. We were up against last-minute translation deadlines, the guys were producing animations for some key client up north …
Restaurants Reviews

Matteo Lorenzini: stellar cuisine at SESTO on Arno

International, intense and unforgettable cuisine at Florence's Westin Excelsior
by Helen Farrell
  The glass-plated sixth-floor restaurant of the Westin Excelsior affords breath-taking views of Florence as far as the horizon. Now it boasts a chef as far-sighted and …
The Arts

Antonello da Messina at the Uffizi

Recomposed polyptych will stay in Florence 15 years
by Alexandra Korey
An exceptional collaboration between cities, regions and museums has resulted in the recomposition of a tryptych – that was likely a larger polyptych or multi-paneled altarpiece …
The Arts

A Florentine paradise in London

Botticini exhibition at the National Gallery
by Margreta Moss
When, a century ago, the National Gallery in London bought an impressive altarpiece, the Assumption of the Virgin, it was thought to be by Botticelli. But …

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