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.
October 17, 2019

Nelli’s Last Supper restored

After four years in the conservation studio, the Last Supper by Suor Plautilla Nelli returns to the complex of Santa Maria Novella for permanent exhibition.
April 4, 2019

Wine in Florentine Last Suppers

There is a very Florentine phenomenon of Last Supper paintings in the refectories of convents and monasteries; these images functioned to remind religious diners of the sacrament of the Eucharist, when Christ declares that the bread is his body and the wine is his blood. What wine was served at that table and was it […]
October 26, 2018

An Uffizi without lineups

A new algorithm developed by Henry Muccini at the University of L'Aquila resolves the historic problem of the Uffizi lineup.
October 5, 2018

Vendemmia 2018 in Tuscany

With the 2018 harvest season drawing to an end, The Florentine found out what to expect from this vintage in the making.
September 7, 2018

Pontormo takes the U.S. by storm

Pontormo's painting from Carmignano has left Italy for the first time for the exhibition Miraculous Encounters in order to bring awareness to the fundraising efforts of the church and complex of San Michele Arcangelo.
July 4, 2018

12 things to do in Maremma Tuscany

Maremma is what you make it. It’s not an area with a ton of must-sees, which may be why this busy art lover finds it so appealing. On crossing the invisible border past Siena, moving towards Grosseto, during my almost weekly drives from Florence to Maremma, I instantly feel happy and relaxed. Maremma has a […]
June 18, 2018

Art for urban regeneration in Prato

Prato’s Macrolotto Zero, initially an urban industrial area and now one with a great concentration of Chinese immigrant workers, is the site of Rigenerazione Pop, a project to promote safety and integration through creativity.         An impressive group of associations, artists and industries have been involved in this long term project that […]
May 31, 2018


Plans for a Museo della Visitazione underway

Miraculous encounters

The exhibition Miraculous Encounters: Pontormo from Drawing to Painting at Palazzo Pitti reunites, for the first time, two of Pontormo’s most important paintings with their preparatory drawings conserved in the Uffizi. The exceptional loan of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Halberdier, last seen in Italy in 1996, is met by the Visitation from Carmignano, which, […]
March 2, 2018

Snow in Florence: the video

A moody walk through Florence Italy during the March 1 2018 snowfall. Video for The Florentine by Riprese Firenze in collaboration with Destination Florence.