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July 2, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental diaries, vol. 13

You might remember a scene in Annie Hall that takes place after the titular character and Alvy Singer have parted ways. Alvy receives a frantic 3am phone call, rushing across the city for Annie’s purported emergency. He is incredulous to learn it’s just a spider in the bathroom.   Annie and the women of 1977 […]
June 8, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 12

In an exercise of sound judgment, the powers-that-be here at The Florentine recently barred me from posting photographs I’ve taken on TF’s channels without first consulting him. I mean them. Okay, there’s just one power that be, at least when it comes to visuals. (His name is Marco, and his best ism’s are collected here.) Photography […]
May 9, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 11

Tutto incluso. “All-inclusive.”   What a difference these two words make in a housing listing. Having the costs of water, gas, electricity—and in certain otherworldly apartments, WiFi—factored in to a flat’s monthly rate is usually a rich-landlord ruse. Still, it’s one many of us would happily tolerate. Costs as a tenant in a tutto incluso […]
April 9, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 10

From the period of November 2016 to April 2017 I was positively desperate and, as a result, insufferable. You will read that and perhaps link it to a certain orange-tinged election, but the primary culprit was the housing market in Florence. My search was all I could talk about (hence the creation of this column). […]
February 28, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental diaries, vol. 9

In Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find, a grandmother goes on a road trip. She wears her finest organdy garments so in case of an accident, “anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.” We’re supposed to be put off by her superficiality. Deep […]
February 2, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 8

If you rent in Florence but don’t expect to live your entire life in one palazzo, you will probably one day navigate the hurdles of early withdrawal from a housing contract.       One of these is pinning down a takeover tenant. The landlord, if amenable to your departure request, will delegate this task […]
January 19, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 7

Real estate is said to have three rules: location, location, location. Rents rise in fashionable areas—this is, of course, amplified in Florence. And, rather inconveniently for cash-strapped city dwellers, leading experts (okay, mothers) love to cite this saying, manipulating its original meaning: Location is everything. Safety is paramount. Move across the ocean, sure, but by […]
November 6, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 6

Neighborly interactions have increased exponentially for me since I made the jump (down) from a third-floor walk-up to a ground floor apartment. This is thanks to a phenomenon I rarely experienced in my years upstairs: UFOs (Unidentified Falling Objects).   The only UFO yet to be scientifically explained is a hot pink shoelace that landed […]
September 29, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Rental Diaries, vol. 5

Rent had been due a few days, but Amber and I had time to find a fourth roommate to help us pay it. This was Florence. People needed rooms. The August factor, however, hadn’t figured in to our calculations. Things looked bleak on EasyStanza.it (a misnomer: PiuttostoDifficileStanza is more fitting, but packs less of a […]
September 5, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Rental diaries, vol. 4

For Daniel, details of {a person named} Florence’s relationship with James were hazy prior to the whole group’s arrival in {a city named} Florence. Florence and Daniel had never met in person, but had arranged to split rent in a quasi-quadrilocale on sdrucciolo de’ Pitti. Daniel was arriving from New Mexico for research. Florence had, […]