Author: Andrea Paoletti

Andrea Paoletti is an arts and culture photographer in Florence, Italy. He contributes to The Florentine on a regular basis as well as to a range of other magazines and publications. He runs ArtBlog (
October 14, 2019

Porta San Frediano: an inside look

All photos by Andrea Paoletti     On Saturday, October 12, Porta San Frediano opened to visitors for a guided tour, which will be repeated every Saturday this month.     Newspapers called the gate “very magnificent” when it was erected as the western entrance to Florence in 1333. Porta San Frediano still stands somberly […]
September 30, 2019

Venice Film Festival: In Pictures

  Andrea Paoletti reports from the red carpet at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.
March 11, 2019

“Verrocchio: Master of Leonardo”: in pictures

The first comprehensive retrospective devoted to Andrea del Verrocchio opened at Palazzo Strozzi on March 9, with an accompanying section at the Bargello Museum, both running until July 14, 2019.
December 3, 2018

Marco Lodola’s Winter Garden at Mercato Centrale Firenze

Made from plexiglass, sheet metal and coloured light emitting diodes, this year’s Christmas lights, aptly titled Winter Garden, at the city’s popular marketplace have been designed by visual artist Marco Lodola.
November 19, 2018

Flowers in the Florentine sky

Despite the late-November winds and the chill in the air, if you looked up in the sky at any point yesterday in Florence, you could be forgiven for thinking it was June 24 (feast day of the city’s patron San Giovanni, with fireworks an integral part of the celebrations.) Access points were blocked off and authorities […]
September 12, 2018

Tomorrow’s Michelangelos in Monte Altissimo

Monte Altissimo is famous for the marble quarries where a certain Michelangelo selected the marble for his Renaissance sculpture. Today it’s a place of billion-dollar business and rife with opportunity for tomorrow’s artists. The Cervaiole quarry on the southern spurs of Monte Altissimo is reached by driving through Stazzema and part of the Apuan Alps […]
September 10, 2018

Celebrity Fight Night gala in Florence

Gala evening held at Palazzo Pitti
July 23, 2018

Rockin’1000 in the Renaissance city

  It’s perhaps time for the Rockin’1000 to consider a name change: nearly 1500 musicians came together for the giant group’s performance in Florence on July 21 at Franchi Stadium, the Rockin’1000 That’s Live Village. Conceived and managed by Fabio Zaffagnini, the 1000-plus-piece band was created in 2015 as an (ultimately successful) viral stunt aimed […]
July 7, 2018

IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in photos

Photos of Day One of the IBCPC Participatory Dragon Boat Festival in Florence, Italy, as breast cancer survivors compete on the river Arno.
July 2, 2018

For whom the bell tolls at Forte Belvedere

Forte Belvedere has opened its summer show, Gong, staging the works of Eliseo Mattiacci up on the regal ramparts of Florence’s fort.       The Marche-born artist proved a pioneer on Italy’s contemporary art scene, a craftsman of experimentation and renewal in sculpture and an inspired inventor of spatial and conceptual relationships between art […]