Author: Alexandra Korey

Alexandra Korey is Head of Digital at The Florentine's sister company, Flod. She specializes in social media & digital strategy for tourism, culture and wine. In a past life, she was an art history professor with a PhD from the University of Chicago. For fun, she writes her blog, where she's been reporting on art, culture and life in Italy since 2004.
April 12, 2021

Orto life: what vegetable gardening taught me about myself

Last summer, I had a no-commitment opportunity to try my hand at vegetable gardening at a shared plot across town. It was a brief, long-distance relationship that suffered from my partial lack of commitment and my total lack of knowledge. I won’t say that it brought zero satisfaction—to continue the dating metaphor, there were a […]
February 21, 2021

Picturing community from afar: Lithuanians in Tuscany

  The Lithuanian community in Tuscany celebrates its fourth anniversary in portraits.     Dovilė Bružaitė and Matteo Baldini met in piazza Santa Maria Novella in 2009. She, a tourist from Vilnius, Lithuania, he, a native of Piacenza working in Florence, are two photographers who courted long-distance and finally chose Florence as their home, the […]
February 16, 2021

The new Alinari Foundation

The Alinari Archive, with its over five million items from the 1840s to the present day, was purchased by the Region of Tuscany at the end of 2019. It is now under the management of the new Alinari Foundation (Fondazione Alinari), which has the scope of conserving and promoting the archive. Today, the foundation announced […]
December 3, 2020

Talking art with Arturo Galansino

Arturo Galansino, Director General of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, talks to The Florentine about Palazzo Strozzi’s forthcoming installations and exhibitions, plus the public-private institution’s further embracing of the digital in 2021.           Alexandra Korey: Palazzo Strozzi is Florence’s foremost face for modern and contemporary art, and that’s something you’ve very much […]
July 29, 2020

Welcome to the (urban) jungle

What happens when you put two of the world’s most innovative thinkers about the nexus between architecture and plants together in a room? While working together on a forestation plan for the Tuscan city of Prato—the first Italian city to have one—Stefano Mancuso, biologist, and Stefano Boeri, architect, developed the concept and term “urban jungle” […]
May 13, 2020

Frances Mayes, Always Italy

Frances Mayes usually spends her springs in Cortona, at her famous Bramasole, the villa that is at the center of her bestselling book Under the Tuscan Sun and the dream it represents. Due to travel restrictions, of course, this spring is different: she’s at her home in North Carolina, where she says “when life gives […]

Annette Joseph, Italy is my Boyfriend

Annette Joseph has made styling, decorating, entertaining, Italian lifestyle and all round having fun her life’s mission. She shares her passionate love for Italy, her home styling tips and recipes through her three books, workshops in Tuscany and highly attractive Instagram channel. We had a live chat – part of our TF Together series – […]
April 5, 2020

TF Together | Drinking Together – White Wine Varieties Part I

  In this episode of TF Together‘s now-regular Wednesday evening wine tastings, educator Filippo Bartolotta reviews the main varietal wines that lead the white wine market.   The wines on Filippo’s desk, discussed in this video, are: Colombaio di Santa Chiara, Vernaccia di San Gimignano (Tuscany) Cantina La Vis, Sauvignon Blanc (Trentino) Monteverro, Chardonnay (Tuscany) […]
March 26, 2020

Wine in the age of coronavirus

The Italian wine industry is one of many to feel the impact of the coronavirus crisis: exports to China, which accounted for 100 million euro last year, were down early in the year as that country battled the virus, in addition to other economic uncertainties such the US’s threat of 100% tariffs on European imports, […]
February 14, 2020

No walls, no Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre, five picturesque villages that dot a dramatic stretch of coast along the Italian Riviera, became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1997 thanks to its unique, man-made terraced landscape. The dry stone retaining walls, which hold up the terraces on which local grape growers cultivate their vines, serve as the backbone of […]