Author: Chiara Martinelli

Chiara Martinelli was born in Florence and lives here with her husband and their two children. She teaches English and German at a scuola superiore. Although she and her family travel a lot, reading The Florentine is her favourite way to keep up her English when in Florence.
November 8, 2012

Oh Italy, there’s nothing like it!

Tall, slim, always elegantly dressed, gifted with both grace and a teasing sense of humour, Nancy Mitford was, and still is, one of the most intriguing authors of the twentieth century. The first of seven children of David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale, and his wife Sydney, Nancy Mitford was
July 12, 2012

Italy: Love it or leave it?

If you have recently questioned the true meaning of the famous expression il bel paese, you should definitely take 75 minutes to watch the documentary Italy: Love It or Leave It? As the title suggests, there is no grey area when it comes to the Boot: either you love this