Letter from the editor, December 2015

Festive Florence, tinsel in Tuscany

Helen Farrell
December 3, 2015

Dear readers,

It’s that time of the year when Florence gets all dolled up in her elegant lights, when we fret about meeting the last international delivery date and our mouths dribble at the thought of tortellini in salty brodo. December is also when The Florentine extends its boundaries, bringing you The Tuscan Times, edited by TF’s events and associate editor, Mary Gray.


This has been an extraordinary year for Florence, from the 150th anniversary of Florence as the capital of Italy to Pope Francis’s visit; a multitude of Florence-focused exhibitions in New York and now in Washington, DC (page 5); Expo 2015 related events; the restoration, renovation and reopening of museums and monuments in piazza Duomo; and The Florentine’s 10-year anniversary. (We had to sneak that milestone discreetly in there.)


To spread some holiday cheer, we bring you the best wine pairings for your turkey or tortellini (page 13), a festive playlist from music editor Michelle Davis (page 7) and a guide to the city’s seasonal pop-up shops (page 6). There’s a surprise in store as we take you on a stroll down Florence’s least-known street, via Federighi (pages 10–11) and emotion aplenty in our latest Mud Angel interview (pages 18–19).


We’re already thinking up some treats for 2016, thanks to your ideas and input. Ours is an open inbox, so please drop us a line with thoughts and feedback for articles and events at [email protected]


Helen Farrell, editor

Next paper issue: January 14

Auguri to:

…The Florentine’s very own Giacomo Badiani and his wife Anna on the birth of their son Guido, born as we were going to press with this issue. Perfect timing!…Super blogger and friend of The Florentine ‘Girl in Florence’ Georgette Jupe and Nicolas Pradier on their recent wedding. The newlyweds are now honeymooning in Thailand.…Sandro Nardoni, TF’s resident video maker, whose film of Florence’s breast unit, won the European Pink Glove Dance 2015. A 8,000 euro donation was given to Associazione Tages Onlus.

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