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January 19, 2018

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

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

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 (a misnomer: PiuttostoDifficileStanza is more fitting, but packs less of a […]
September 5, 2017

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, […]
July 11, 2017

Rental Diaries, vol. 3

The Lady Downstairs is not a washed-up horror film, but a name my former roommates used when referring to Elena, guardian of the ground floor. She had an uncanny sense for when anyone was lingering at the hallway mailboxes, emerging from her cave ready to castigate. Amber and I were her only company in the […]
June 7, 2017

Rental Diaries, vol. 2

Sam is the son of a teacher and a writer—professions that people who land in Florence often have or hope for. His family’s was supposed to be a short sabbatical from their suburban life, but ended up being a two-year stay during Sam’s teenage years. He recalls, vividly, the night they arrived jetlagged, listless expressions […]
May 12, 2017

Rental Diaries, vol. 1

Inspired in part by Kim Velsey’s “Renters” column for The New York Times, Rental Diaries is a new column from The Florentine dedicated to residents’ renting-related triumphs, house hunts, misadventures and more.  Pre-visit, the contract seemed to be exactly what I was looking for—the owners were searching for a reliable long-term resident to look after their renovated one-bedroom […]
July 21, 2017

The Florentine Day: 12 Hours in San Niccolò

On September 14, 2017, the editors of The Florentine will move to Palazzo San Niccolò for a community-focused day of talks, tours and tasting. 
November 8, 2018

Fostering animals in Florence: the fundamentals

Pet owners, present author not excluded, love to full-on gush about the joys that four-legged friends bring to our lives. While The Florentine’s print and online pet special is primarily a celebratory tribute to our community’s critters, we’d be remiss not to say that adopting an animal is a serious undertaking—one that requires considerable emotional, financial and, […]
March 1, 2018

Italian Sketches: Howard Pyle

Recognised as the father of American illustration, Howard Pyle forever changed the way we think of our heroes through his vivid, often dramatic black-and-white and colour drawings and paintings, in addition to his adventure writings, especially for young readers, including King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood and his Merrie Men, […]