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Best Events

Best events in Florence in late June + early July

Our top picks
by Mary Gray
Our events listing keeps you up to date on the latest and greatest in culture, music and other English-friendly entertainment. This is a selection of the …
Tuscany News

Siena Cathedral floors on show all summer

An exceptional event in Tuscany
by Courtney Runn
  In celebration of Expo Milano 2015, Siena will open some of its rarely seen treasures for the duration of the summer: the floors of the Duomo …
Best Events

Interview with Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

Playing Pistoia on July 3
by Rachel Vermiglio Smith
Having been a Counting Crows fan since 1993, I was thrilled last November when I finally got to see them live in Italy. The Californian band …
Florence News

La Menagere: new restaurant opening in Florence

A hallmark of Florence's cosmopolitan revival
by Helen Farrell & Marco Badiani
  I’ll never forget when kitchen store par excellence La Menagere closed its doors over a decade ago. New to Florence, my typical Saturday morning consisted of …
Florence News

Carlo Dolci at the Palatine Gallery

On June 30, the Palatine Gallery will open Carlo Dolci: 1616-1687, dedicated to the Baroque court painter, one of the most prominent figures in 17th century …
Don't Miss

#TTTChallenge on Instagram

The Tuscan Times launches with your view of Tuscany
The Tuscan Times, a supplement to The Florentine, will launch on July 16, 2015. It represents a special view of Tuscany – not that of the …
Best Events

Free Florentine concerts by Connecticut school

The Hotchkiss School performs in Tuscany
Landing in Florence from Lakeville, Connecticut, the prestigious Hotchkiss School brings a group of 20 talented students to Tuscany this summer for a series of four …
Don't Miss

#TTTChallenge on Instagram: Week 1 Winners

The Florentine Group is preparing to launch The Tuscan Times, a new supplement to TF, on July 16, and we're excited to present the winners of …

The city that has changed my life twice

Arrivederci Firenze
by Jason Martinez
Dante. Il Davide. I Medici. The birthplace of the Renaissance. Most importantly, the city that has twice changed my life. Firenze. As the sun sets over Florence …
Florence News

Piero di Cosimo exhibition at the Uffizi

Summer show focuses on Renaissance artist
by Courtney Runn
The Uffizi welcomes a new exhibition this summer dedicated to the art of Piero di Cosimo.   The show, titled Piero di Cosimo: eccentric Florentine painter between the …
Community News

New official translation service from The Florentine

From birth certificates to legal documents
    Have you ever needed official translations to get through the sea of bureaucracy, such as your child's birth certificate or your marriage or divorce papers?   The Florentine …
Expo 2015

Expo Milano 2015 with Starhotels

The best way to enjoy Expo 2015
by Sponsored Page 
  If you’re planning to visit Milan for Expo 2015, why not take advantage of a package that includes comfortable accommodation and tickets?   Starhotels …
The Arts

The frescoes of the Basilica of Santissima Annunziata

Witness to invention
by Richard Peterson
Of all the many churches and cloisters in Florence that house frescoes, the atrium of Santissima Annunziata, home of the Servites, must be counted as one …
Food + Wine

Vegetarian restaurants in Florence

A guide to meat-free dining
by Rebecca Gualandi
Diet fads come and go, but vegetarianism is not a fad. Adding to the long-standing religious beliefs that direct many the world over to follow a …

A review of Expo 2015

Where the World's Fair works and doesn't
by Jason Martinez & Andrea  Paoletti
    Until October 31, visitors from all over the globe are heading to Milan for Expo 2015. Under the theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,’ this …
Florence News

The 1.5 million euro piazza makeover

Renovating piazza della Repubblica
by Rebecca Gualandi
Piazza della Repubblica, despite being one of Florence’s busiest squares, has never enjoyed much affection from Florentines. Now, that situation might change due to plans to …
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Evening exploring

Nighttime tours through Florentine treasures
In Florence, stumbling on places or objects that spike your curiosity is standard, but how often do you actually get answers about that odd family crest, …
Florence News

Visitor restrictions to Loggia dei Lanzi introduced

Chains and small numbers enforced
A decision has been made to restrict visiting to the Loggia dei Lanzi.   Given this year’s boom in Florentine tourism, the situation of the loggia in piazza …
Exhibit Reviews

A review of the Venice Biennale

More spritz than spirit
by Martin Holman
  The art world’s movers and shakers descended on Venice in early May by plane, train, boat and super yacht for the opening week of the 56th …
Tuscany + Beyond

Free guided tours among Prato's treasures

Explore the unexpected
Prato’s vicinity to Florence has always been a source of wealth, but it’s never easy for a place to be acknowledged in its own right when …
Tuscany + Beyond

Best beaches in Tuscany

Where to escape the heat this summer
by Rebecca Gualandi
Florence is a city brimming with wonder: living in the Renaissance city means daily intakes of cultural patrimony, culinary marvels and fine wine. However, any Florentine, …
Florence News

Florence Chamber of Commerce leads the way in digital initiatives

Florence showcases digital knowledge worldwide
by Courtney Runn
Next time you go shopping, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) hopes you’ll check for three words before making a purchase: made in Italy. The global …
Florence News

Crowdfunding Dante filming in Iceland

Adventure documentary seeks final production financing
Young filmmaker Sofia E. Rovati dives deep into the unknown as she debuts her first feature documentary film following an Italian cryptographer’s journey to the Holy …
Florence News

Rose restored

Duomo's famous window on display in Florence Baptistery
by Thomas Austen
ph. Andrea Paoletti   Restoration work has been completed on Florence Cathedral’s famous rose window.   Positioned above the doorway of Arnolfo di Cambio’s then-unfinished facade in June 1405, the …
Insider Florence

4 tips to maximise your gelato in Florence experience

The Florentine's guide to surviving the summer: Part 1
by Helen Farrell
When Florence becomes too hot to bear, residents and tourists turn to gelato as a survival strategy.   1. Gelato was born in Florence. The first thing you should …
Florence News

The chocolate wall

Venchi opens new store in via Calzaiuoli
by Thomas Austen
Just three years after the nearly 150-year-old Piedmontese cioccolateria founded by Silvano Venchi opened a store in Via Calimaruzza, a stone's throw from the iconic "Porcellino" …
Wine + Drink

Toasting the saint

by Judy Witts
Infusing whole-grain alcohol or 100-proof vodka with fresh and dried herbs is a common practice in the countryside, and the resulting digestivi are great way to …

The Letter

by Oonagh Stransky
Editor's note: It is with great pleasure that The Florentine publishes the winner of the 2015 Short Story Contest. Organized with The Sigh Press, we received more …
Florence News

Historic gelateria Badiani wins London Gelato Festival

The best of Buontalenti
Historic Florentine gelateria Badiani has placed first in a competition organized by the London Gelato Festival.   The festival was held at popular Old Spitalfields Market from June …

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