Year: 2013

December 12, 2013

Pasticcio alla fiorentina

Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi (Christmas with your family, Easter with whoever you like) is how the great Italian saying goes, but when you are like me and have spent more than half your life in places other than home, the word ‘family’ gains a

January 2014 events in Florence

WEDNESDAY 1 CINEMA Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Odeon Cinehall, piazza Strozzi, T 055214068, | SHOW 3.15pm Philomena Odeon Cinehall, piazza Strozzi, T 055214068, | SHOWS 8.30, 10.30pm THURSDAY 2 CINEMA Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Odeon Cinehall, piazza

Stars and splotches

This issue is a festive, one-off "ink issue," hand-penned by calligrapher Betty Soldi. A tribute in the name of love for handwriting, paper and quality. Watch the video below to hear, see and, why not, almost taste the beauty that went into this process.       As

Ghiberti’s gold

Every day, thousands of tourists stop in Florence’s piazza Duomo while tour guides gesture towards the copies of The Gates of Paradise, the golden east doors of the Baptistery of San Giovanni. Fewer make the effort of circling the building to look at the other two sets of

Renzi wins landslide victory in PD primaries

Speaking at Florence’s Obihall, backed by the slogan of his electoral campaign in inverted letters, ‘L’Italia cambia verso’ [Italy changes direction], new Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi thanked the people of Italy, his wife and his opponents.   With 67.8 percent of the

Stibbert’s empire reopens

After a long restoration process, the impressive Imperial Loggia at the Stibbert Museum has been reopened to the public.   The restoration marks the start of an effort to restore the entire villa to its nineteenth-century splendour, displaying period furniture specifically chosen for the space, along with prized paintings,

Literary grandeur

by Edvige and Bill Coleman   Until January 11, 2014, the Laurentian library in piazza San Lorenzo is hosting an inspiring exhibit, Boccaccio autore e copista. For a three-euro admission fee to the San Lorenzo cloister, visitors reach the exhibit via  Michelangelo’s grand staircase and Lorenzo

Florentine flashbacks

The project Your History is Our History, organised by the Archivio Storico, Florence’s archives, is asking people to share their photos from the past, accompanied by a short blurb with any memories they would like to share with the public. The archive is calling for old photos of

Florence news at a glance

Surfing in the Cascine Florence’s biggest park will soon offer free wi-fi access. As of spring 2014, visitors to the Cascine will be able to navigate online free of charge via seamless technology.   Feeding ideas The first stone was recently laid, marking the initial step in

The culture of cinematography

Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who filmed Academy Award winners Apocalypse Now, Reds and The Last Emperor as well as Last Tango In Paris, The Conformist and Dick Tracy, was recently in Florence to attend an event hosted by Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici.   Storaro, born in Rome in