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The fourth regional Censis report has indicated that Tuscans have been quick in addressing the challenges of the global economy. Statistics show that from 2000 to 2006, 80 percent of new businesses launched involved high technology applications. The entrepreneurial spirit seems strong in the immigrant community: the number foreigners who
Noted art critic Vittorio Sgarbi finally got his wish. The controversial exhibition of gay art that caused havoc among city councilors in Milan will soon be opening in Florence.
Entitled Vade retro: art and homosexuality, the exhibit will begin on October 23 at the Liberty della Stazione building. It
On Facebook recently, an acquaintance put out one of those pseudo-“ask the audience” posts. You know the kind: ostensibly the person wants input, but really their mind is quite made up, so while waiting for the 14 bus, or for their pasta water to boil, they pose a question and hope a few of their […]
“The Historic Centre of Florence can be perceived as a unique social and urban achievement, the result of persistent and long-lasting creativity, which includes museums, churches, buildings and artworks of immeasurable worth” is how UNESCO explains its reasoning for Florence’s status as a World Heritage Site. Carlo Francini, site manager of the UNESCO World Heritage […]
ILGA-Europe has recently issued its annual ranking on the LGBT community’s situation in Europe. Italy positions itself 32 out of the 49 European countries, demonstrating that there is still a need for improvement to guarantee a safe environment for LGBT people within the country. This May, ILGA-Europe published “Rainbow Europe”, its annual rating of the […]
In Under the Tuscan Sun (1996), a memoir about her experiences in Cortona, a small quintessentially medieval city, Frances Mayes eloquently fostered the fantasy and romance of life in Tuscany: “My idea of heaven still is to drive the gravel farm roads of Umbria and Tuscany, very pleasantly lost.” Italy seems to be on everyone’s […]