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.
January 14, 2020

Winter exhibitions in Prato

This winter, Prato’s museums provide at least three good reasons to return to the textile city. Consider it an easy day trip by train, with plenty of opportunities for good food and shopping between museums and before returning to Florence.       POST CARAVAGGIO     Ph. Marco Badiani     A “boutique” exhibition […]
January 8, 2020


That’s 300 fewer Smart cars on the streets of Florence: Share Now, the company that recently absorbed Car2Go, announced that as of February 29, 2020, it will no longer be providing free-flowing car sharing services in the Tuscan capital. In a letter sent to all Italian users, the move was justified by “demand for car […]
December 11, 2019

Modigliani back home

Livorno-born Amedeo Modigliani wasn’t a successful artist in his lifetime. The often penniless and drunk artist traded paintings for food in the Montparnasse and Montmartre neighbourhoods of Paris, where he moved in 1906. Things have changed: in 2018, the highest sale price ever achieved for a work of art in a Sotheby’s auction was for […]
November 26, 2019

Pietro Aretino, orchestrator of the Renaissance

Aretino can be considered the father of art criticism.
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 […]