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A thing of beauty

Fri 23 Oct 2020 7:40 AM

Europe is suffering and Italy is rallying once more to protect its health and economy from a second uptick of the pandemic. As we head into a troubling winter, beauty remains an antidote and Florence is fortunate to have art in abundance. This November issue of The Florentine seeks to soothe and inspire, made with love for our readers all over the world. The poetic photography on our November cover is by Jordan Kamellard (@hellofromgiordan on Instagram), a Brit who works as a leather artisan in Florence.

Happy reading.


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November contents of The Florentine include:


EVENTS / What’s on this November in Florence

We might be on the brink of a nationwide curfew, but Florence’s events scene is cautiously progressing with the necessary measures in place. Exhibitions, music and more are on the cards this November.



INTERVIEW / The Right Honourable Kim Campbell

The 19th Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Kim Campbell speaks with Helen Farrell about her life as a recovering politician from her home in the Florence hills.



WFA / Working from Florence

Philippa Bogle describes the joys of working from Florence during the era of working from anywhere. 



ART BY WOMEN / The art of healing

Linda Falcone takes us into Florence-based conservator Elizabeth Wicks’ studio, where two large-scale ovals by 18th-century painter Violante Ferroni were recently restored.



EXHIBITIONS / Henry Moore at the Museo Novecento

Jane Farrell speaks with curator Sebastiano Barassi about The Sculptor’s Drawing: Henry Moore exhibition opening this November at Florence’s Museo Novecento. Expect an elephant’s skull and footage of the artist.



BLACKNESS / On the traces of Florence’s colonial past

In our monthly column edited by Black History Month Florence, Daphné Budasz pays attention to the colonial heritage of Florence with a walk around piazza Adua, via Cavour and the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology.



CHEF / Luca Marin’s wild boar ravioli

Il Santo Bevitore chef, Luca Marin, shares his thoughts about wine and food pairing, plus a recipe to recreate at home this autumn.



LIVE FROM FLORENCE / Hershey Felder meets Pippo Zeffirelli

Pianist, performer and producer Hershey Felder meets Pippo Zeffirelli 30 years after scoring top seats for Maestro Franco Zeffirelli’s opening night of Puccini’s Turandot at the Met in New York.



ITALIAN SKETCHES / Rose Montmasson

Deirdre Pirro tells the sad story of Rose Montmasson, the only woman among Garibaldi’s Thousand.




Where to get a free copy of The Florentine November issue





While we hope that you subscribe to our magazine to support our independent journalism during these challenging times, as from Thursday, October 29, click here to find out where you can collect a free copy of the November Issue of The Florentine in Florence.


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