Year: 2010

December 9, 2010

Xmas in FI

‘Tis the season, so they say. Deck the halls! It’s likely that whoever called for Christmas cheer and trimmings in the English carols had never seen an Italian Christmas. If you’re spending the se ason in the region, you’re in for a treat. Here, where St. Nick is known as Babbo Natale (‘Daddy Christmas’), traditions […]

The year in review

The end of the calendar year is always good moment for reflection on the accomplishments over the past 12 months.   Florence's identity has changed little from the romantic ‘cradle of the Renaissance' image that the city and its leaders have perpetuated for decades, revelling in the glories

The best in Italy

The Italian Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) recently gave some good news to Florence: the Museo Galileo is the best managed museum in Italy. The announcement came as part of ICOM's debut of the Prize ICOM Italy, the first award in Italy dedicated to museums.  

Locals warm up to Tramvia

More Florentines are leaving their cars at home and riding the tram. The number of passengers using Tramvia's Line 1 since it began operation on February 14, 2010 has surged from 25 passengers a day to 40,000 in the past eight months, and has taken off the road

Poverty dynamics

For each of the last three years, local non-profit association of volunteers Caritas Florence has published a report titled Fragile Profiles, the result of an annual study on poverty in Florence, with analysis of information gathered by Caritas through its services for the poor in and around the city.

Investing in India

Two brothers from Tavarnelle, in the Florence Chianti, have decided to take their wine-making aspirations to India. Alessio and Andrea Secci have team up with longtime family friends from India to grow grapes and produce wine in the Indian city of Akluj, located some 200 kilometres from Mumbai.  

Polo Museale Fiorentino on YouTube

    Following Queen Elizabeth II’s recent foray into the popular video-sharing platform YouTube, the Polo Museale Fiorentino has also embarked on a multimedia journey. On November 17, superintendent of the Polo Museale, Cristina Acidini, inaugurated the institution’s YouTube channel with a set of videos on the five major exhibitions currently at Florence’s state museums: […]

Texting for tickets

Ataf and Fipark will soon start selling bus and parking tickets through text messages, much like the service already offered by Trenitalia. Ataf users can purchase tickets by sending a text message with a credit card number; Ataf responds in a few seconds with a reservation number that counts as

Perugino under new light

After a period of restoration, Perugino’s extraordinary fresco, Crucifiction and the Saints, will once again be placed on public display. The restoration, which was carried out to better conserve the monumental work, was possible thanks to funding by the Friends of Florence and the Schroeder family. Located in the Sala Capitolare of the former convent, […]

New foodie guide

A group of young Florentines and Milanese had the winning idea: a guide to Italy's restaurants containing user generated reviews by foodies of different backgrounds and ages, instead of those by expert food and wine critics. Recently presented in Florence, Spagoguida is the first of its kind in Italy.