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.
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 […]
February 3, 2020

Tuscan wine preview week

For ten days mid-February, wine critics from around the world descend upon Florence and then stumble out to other locations in Tuscany.
January 29, 2020

Autonomous museums, take two

An announcement made today in Rome opens up an international search for 13 more directors of autonomous museums.
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 […]