Author: Brenda Dionisi

Canadian-born with Italian origins, Brenda Dionisi holds a Master's Degree in Textual Competence in Publishing and the Media from the University of Siena for Foreigners and an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto in Criminology and Italian Studies. Formerly managing editor at TF, she now freelances as journalist and editor for a range of English-language outlets. Follow her on Twitter @brendadionisi and see her on video at
November 6, 2014

Art at its heart

Italy counts more masterworks and UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world, so what would next year?s Universal Exposition in Milan be if it didn?t have art at its heart? Organisers of Expo 2015, the international fair that runs May 1 to October 31

See Milan in NYC

A new crowdfunding campaign has brought for the first time a selection of original artworks from Milan's 600-year-old cathedral across the Atlantic. Hosted at Eataly, the Italian speciality food store in Manhattan, the exhibition, entitled Eataly per Duomo, features a collection of pinnacles, gargoyles and statues that

Fourth-most studied

Already a popular choice in countries like Germany and the United States, the study of Italian has been growing globally, especially in Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Asian countries such as China and Vietnam.   1.5 million people studied Italian in 2013, according to new data presented
October 2, 2014

Secessionist spirits alive and well

Even though the outcome of the September 18 vote on independence from the British crown led to Scotland?s remaining in the United Kingdom, the vote itself has had a considerable impact on secessionist movements across Italy and Europe.   The secessionist spirit continues to shine brightly among Italy?s

No love for Libeskind

Many residents in Como have given a ‘thumbs down’ to plans for a towering 16.5-metre-high monument designed by internationally renowned American architect Daniel Libeskind.   The contemporary artwork, entitled ‘The Life Electric,’ which Libeskind is donating to the city, is a tribute to
July 3, 2014

Cabbie controversy

Over the past year, taxi associations in Italy?s biggest cities have joined their European counterparts in protesting the Silicon Valley-based company, Uber, which links clients to a car rental with driver service through an app available on smartphones. Taxi associations argue that Uber is not bound by the
May 8, 2014

Food for the future

Italy?s business capital is gearing up to host the Universal Exhibition (Expo) fair in 2015, running from May 1 to October 31. Under the central theme, Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, the Milan Expo in 2015 (@ExpoMilan2015) is expected to draw some 20 million visitors according to organizers,
January 30, 2014

Big Brera

Officials in Milan are one step closer to completing one of the city’s most long-awaited cultural endeavors, the Grande Brera project, which will create a cultural complex to exhibit the vast collection of the renowned Pinacoteca di Brera.   In addition to renovating the Pinacoteca di Brera
June 6, 2013

Letters from the editors

Dear readers and friends,   As many of you may already know, I will be on maternity leave as of this issue. Unfortunately, my leave from The Florentine will not be temporary, as I will also be leaving Florence for Milan to be closer to my husband’s family (for many of the reasons mentioned in […]
May 23, 2013

From prison to house of freedom

It’s the first of its kind in the world: the RFK International House of Human Rights recently unveiled by local officials at the Le Murate complex will truly bring the world to Florence. Opened and managed by the Robert F. Kennedy Centre of Justice and Human Rights Europe (