Changing perspectives: Editor’s letter

Changing perspectives: Editor’s letter

The election season is underway as Florentines gear up to vote for the city's next leaders in early June.

Tue 30 Apr 2024 12:03 PM

I honestly have no idea if there really is some method in the madness, but there’s definitely a touch of methodical crazies in the air this May. We are at the start of the election season as early June sees Florentines cast their vote to decide who will rule the roost at the Palazzo Vecchio and Europeans decide their representatives at the European Parliament. The centre left are split between three women with local political experience, the centre-right and right rest on the shoulders of the former director of the Uffizi, and a list of independent citizen-centric candidates fills up the rest of the ballot. In times such as these, I find myself turning to Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince. Although written in the 16th century, his thoughts on politics, leadership and government still ring true today. Find out more here, including whether you are entitled to vote. 


Issue 311 – Changing perspectives

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We are at the start of the election season as early June sees Florentines cast their vote to decide who will rule the roost at the Palazzo Vecchio. This month’s cover by Massimo Listri is a testament to the imminent changing of the guard.


Our cover is a testament to the imminent changing of the guard and a reminder of the ephemerality of politics compared with the permanence of the Palazzo Vecchio. To this end, we invited Florentine photographer extraordinaire Massimo Listri to feature one of his captivating images of the seat of civic power on this month’s front page, and we are nothing short of thrilled that he accepted. Grazie Massimo! 

Photograph by Massimo Listri ( featured in the Palazzo Vecchio book published by Forma Edizioni (

While we inevitably look to the future, it’s only right that we take a moment to hear from Florence’s mayor of the last ten years, who has now set his sights on Europe. On page 5, Dario Nardella speaks about his “unconditional love of the city”, his administration’s accomplishments, and the privilege and responsibility of leading somewhere like Florence. One aspect of Nardella’s legacy can be seen in the forthcoming introduction of video surveillance throughout the city to analyze traffic and lower emission levels over the next three years. Referred to as the “green shield” (Scudo Verde), CCTV cameras will record number plates to understand the level of pollution caused by vehicles before gradually implementing bans on older cars, scooters and motorbikes. Learn more about the impact on page 8

Camera 38, a community darkroom in via San Zanobi. Ph. @marcobadiani

Community remains the core of our mission at The Florentine, which is why we display the passion project behind the development of a community darkroom (page 27), the neighbourhood spirit alive and well in the Ardiglione Gardens (page 28) and celebrate the edicola (newsstand) under threat of extinction in the digital era (page 29). 

A dinner in the Corsini Gardens during the New Generation Festival, organized by the founders of Fondazione Mascarade Opera

Make the most of May in town by marking Cinco de Mayo (see page 18), attending the array of community events (pages 16-17) or embracing a cultural festival such as Florence’s 86th Maggio Musicale concert series with a focus on Giacomo Puccini on the centenary of his death or Festivalino organized at the end of the month by Fondazione Mascarade Opera at Palazzo Corsini al Prato and Teatro La Pergola. 

Erin Quinlan Quiros’s private sanctuary at her home in the Florence hills

New this month: we are invited into interior designer Erin Quinlan Quiros’s Tusc-Mex home in the Florentine hills as Erin partners with The Florentine to develop a lifestyle column. 

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