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 (
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 […]
June 28, 2018

Quidditch in Florence

This year the IQA World Cup is taking place in Florence (fittingly, just after the final match of Florentine calcio storico, another near-otherworldly sport). 31 teams from around the world have brought their Beaters, Seekers, Chasers and Keepers to fight for the championship title currently held by the Australian Dropbears. A magical sport first introduced […]
May 28, 2018

The “Card Players” at the Uffizi

Twenty-five years after the via dei Georgofili attack, a painting wrecked by the bombing, Bartolomeo Manfredi’s "Card Players", has returned to the Uffizi Galleries.
April 21, 2018

The Florence Experiment in photography

Until August 26, Palazzo Strozzi is hosting The Florence Experiment, a new site-specific project jointly devised by artist Carsten Höller and scientist Stefano Mancuso: an experiment combining art and science to study the interaction between plants and human beings.
December 20, 2017

Silvano Campeggi exhibition at Palazzo Vecchio

Florence pays tribute to Silvano Campeggi, the famous Hollywoodian film poster artist, with an exhibition in the Palazzo Vecchio’s Sala d'Armi.
December 12, 2017

The Santo Spirito nativity scene

Follow the star to the church of Santo Spirito to wonder at the impressive nativity scene designed by Matera-born artist Francesco Artese.