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Early Renaissance rooms reopen at the Uffizi

Sale dei Primitivi (rooms 2-7) renovated
by Helen Farrell
Nine months since their closure, the Uffizi Gallery’s Early Renaissance rooms reopen to the public. Known in Italian as the “Sale dei Primitivi” (rooms 2 to …

The inside story on the "Embrace the Baptistery" fundraising campaign

Talking with Franco Lucchesi, president of Opera del Duomo
by Helen Farrell & Giovanni Giusti
With a major exhibition currently at New York’s Museum of Biblical Art, an awareness campaign under way to restore the Baptistery and the imminent reopening of …
Florence News

The Mark of the Medici exhibition at the Medici Chapels

Holy objects reaching as far as Goa and the Holy Land
by Helen Farrell
The Mark of the Medici exhibition at the Medici Chapels Museum, in the San Lorenzo neighbourhood, offers a privileged look at some of the religious treasures …
Community News

British Chamber of Commerce reopens in Tuscany

Inaugural event held at Hotel Savoy
by Helen Farrell
The Tuscany Chapter of the British Chamber of Commerce of Italy recently reopened following a 22-year hiatus.   Honorary regional secretary Kate Taylor (left)   At an event held at …
Florence News

Sciltian exhibition at Villa Bardini

112 works including oil paintings and theatre playbills
by Kaylee  Denmead
Spring has sprung up on the hill at Villa Bardini - and it's not just in the gardens with their breathtaking views over Florence.   A large retrospective …
How Do You...?

How to dress for a Florentine spring

Printed pants, midi dresses and extra layers
by Kaylee  Denmead
The weather has been heating up quickly over the last few weeks, but Italians are slow to shed their puffer coats and thick scarves. As a …
Food + Wine

A taste of Tuscany in New York

Tuscan company Mi Garba embarks on a Big Apple adventure
by Sponsored Page 
New York has become slightly more Tuscan this month with the opening of Mi Garba, a concept store of Tuscan food, design and lifestyle. A welcome …
Best Events

Live music in Florence in April

The don't-miss list
by Carlotta Nucci
Looking for live music in Florence? Here are The Florentine’s picks for April. For updates and more, see TF’s events listings on our home page.    EASTER HYSTERIA …
Insider Florence

The lost libreria

Saving what makes Florence special
by Mary Gray
While out and about on our most recent Streetsmart mission, TF director Marco Badiani and I landed in a literary paradise. Most local bibliophiles already have …
Economy + Society

The power of pavilions

Expo 2015 architectural preview
by Brenda Dionisi
The Eiffel Tower. The Seattle Space Needle. Seville’s Puente del Alamillo. These and other structures built for World’s Fairs are among the most iconic on the …
Places + Travel

Streetsmart: via San Gallo

Bookshop heaven, timeless timepieces and Dutch treats
by Mary Gray
Many of us who hail from abroad love waxing poetic about Florence’s maze-like side streets, forgotten vicoli and hidden squares. With our weakness for small-scale Florence’s …

Lost in Translation: Tuscany squared

When size matters
by Helen Farrell
Translation is never a straightforward linear process; it is all about the purpose, or, to share a technical term, ‘skopos.’ As a linguist, I make choices …
Florence News

Inferno fever in Florence

Filming begins under the direction of Ron Howard
by Helen Farrell
Whether you loved the book or not, Florence is in the grip of Inferno fever.   In the last 24 hours, director Ron Howard has taken the Tuscan …
Florence News

Antony Gormley sculptures in Florence

Upcoming exhibition at Forte di Belvedere
From April 26 to September 27, works by British sculptor Antony Gormley, famous for his installations Angel of the North, Field for the British Isles and …
Community News

AILO gives back to Florence at Donation Day

American International League of Florence awards monies to local charitable associations
by Helen Farrell
On April 15, the American International League of Florence held its annual Donation Day in the Hall of the 200 at the Palazzo Vecchio.   Now in its …

How to navigate an Italian coffee bar

When to pay, how to behave and more
by Kevin Harper
If you are new to Italy, whether as a visitor, student or expat, you may be uncertain how to proceed in the initial confusion, and apparent …
Florence for Students

Time to say goodbye

On leaving Florence
by Katie Acompora
Saying goodbye is painfully hard. I never imagined how fast and how hard I could fall in love with a city. I distinctly recall landing at …
Food + Wine

Hotel Savoy launches Irene Firenze

Fine dining with a feminine twist
If you’re well done on the bistecca front and are in search of something lighter as the warmer weather arrives, Irene Firenze could be the answer …
Best Events

Best events in Florence in April 2015

Our top picks for the month
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

Pope Francis in Prato

Upcoming papal visit and related exhibition
With Prato’s large Chinese community and evolving demographics, a papal visit has been discussed for some time.   Now bishop of Prato Franco Agostinelli has confirmed that, on …

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