Author: Anna McGee

Florence is the ideal location for Anna McGee, who studies History of Art at university and enjoys learning European languages. A lover of the written word, Anna relishes the opportunity of interning at The Florentine, where she also picks up lots of tips for exploring this beautiful city.
September 7, 2016

Virtual Florence

I can’t be the only one who wanders around Florence trying to picture what it would have been like in the past, as a thriving Renaissance metropolis. The little piazza San Pier Maggiore, near Santa Croce, is one of the most tantalising places in that respect: on one side of the square, between the modern-day […]
August 9, 2016

6 peaceful hotels in Tuscany

Florence is a vibrant, dynamic city – that’s one of the reasons we love it so much. But sometimes it’s good to get away, to pack a bag and leave the hubbub behind. Some of the most tranquil hotel havens can be found in Tuscany’s countryside and smaller towns. Whether you want super luxury or […]
August 2, 2016

Florentine gelateria Badiani opens in London

A British version of the Buontalenti birthplace
August 1, 2016

7 art history books to read before you visit Florence

Florence is bursting at the seams with art. But where to start? Vast collections of Renaissance paintings fill the museums, all around magnificent sculptures look down at us from their bases, note-worthy buildings are to be found on every corner… Though wonderful, the sheer quantity of Florentine art and architecture can be overwhelming. It might […]
July 30, 2016

Americans invest in Manifattura Tabacchi

US company PW Real Estate Fund III LP and Turin-based bank Cassa Depositi e Prestiti have joined forces to invest 200 million euro to overhaul Florence’s Manifattura Tabacchi building complex.     The 90,000 metre-square structure, built in the 1940s, was the site of a cigarette factory near the Cascine park until 2001. Since then […]
July 27, 2016

Botticelli at Villa La Quiete

  The converted Montalve Convent in Florence is hosting some little-known artworks by Botticelli, Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio and Baccio da Montelupo this summer. This temporary exhibition anticipates the inauguration of a more permanent museum at Villa La Quiete in April 2017, which will also see the reopening of the recently restored rooms of Electress Palatine […]
July 26, 2016

Maize maze opens near Pisa

Pisa’s Parco di San Rossore is offering a unique experience this summer as it transforms one of its cornfields into a temporary labyrinth. Every afternoon (except Monday) until the October harvest, you can get lost (and found again) in a sea of ripening wheat shafts, winding your way through this complex natural network.     […]
July 25, 2016

Ai Weiwei exhibition to launch at Palazzo Strozzi

Palazzo Strozzi is set to play host this autumn to the works of renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei in his first major Italian exhibition to date, titled Libero (meaning “free” in Italian). The whole of the Palazzo, both inside and out, will be transformed by his multi-disciplinary art.     Flagship installation Reframe […]
July 16, 2016

Florence, seductive in every sense

Since arriving here, I’ve been asked many times what I think of Florence, both by curious friends back home and by city-proud locals. There’s no doubt that I love Florence, and I fill my reply with various clichés: the food is delicious, the culture second-to-none, the people so welcoming. Although this answer is hardly untrue […]
July 13, 2016

Mercato Centrale launches radio project

A new musical project was launched this month at the Mercato Centrale, as the popular space will now also host musical performances and DJ sets.     Artistic director Alessio Bertallot hopes the scheme will broaden the cultural appeal of the market, while enriching the current experience. The broad repertoire of Italian music—from historical to […]