Author: Gabriella Ienzi

Gabriella Ienzi visited Florence and Tuscany for the first time in September 2014, and fell instantly in love with the region. It didn't take long before she was on her way to "il bel Paese" for good, where she's now currently interning with The Florentine. Gabriella is happiest with a good book in one hand and an even better glass of wine in the other.
November 13, 2015

Buy Tourism Online 2015 returns

The BTO 2015 (Buy Tourism Online) will be hosting its 8th consecutive edition at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence on December 2 and 3.   This year's edition will see more than 140 events unfold in the VISIONI Hall, including keynote speeches, debates, interviews and research, and
November 5, 2015

Firenze Capitale 1865-2015 exhibition at Palazzo Pitti

  The Gallery of Modern Art at Palazzo Pitti is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Florence as the former capital of Italy with an exhibition titled Firenze Capitale 1865-2015. The Gifts and Collections of the King.   The exhibition spotlights King Vittorio Emanuele II, in particular his sojourn in the Florentine palace, which in 1865 became the […]

New artisan workshop series in Florence

ph. courtesy of My Vintage Academy A new series of artisanal workshops has just launched at Florence’s Mercato Centrale.  Creator Barbara Ricchi launched My Vintage Academy Workshops to draw attention to Tuscan artigianale traditions and to promote high-quality craftsmanship in the fields of fashion, design, and accessories.   Ricchi has over 30 years of experience […]
October 22, 2015

Netflix launched in Italy

Considered the most widespread internet TV service in the world, Netflix just made its debut in Italy. The Netflix catalogue varies with each country, but in Italy Netflix executives have said that the catalogue will contain 80% international films and 20% Italian films. Catalogue numbers are expected to double within
October 16, 2015

50 Days of International Cinema in Florence

The arrival of fall in Florence means the return of film festival season. Florence’s annual 50 Days of International Cinema series is back beginning October 29. The lineup for the 2015 edition has been released: here are some of the highlights. Consult 50 Giorni di Cinema's website
October 2, 2015

Italy tells EU ‘no’ to lifting ban on powdered milk use

    On the September 29 deadline imposed by the European Commission, Italy voted ‘no’ to the Commission’s demands that the government lift the country’s ban on the use of powdered, condensed and reconstituted milk in Italian cheese production. Dairy products made using milk powder are prohibited from entering the Italian market.      The […]
October 1, 2015

American expat self-publishes memoir of Florence

  Susan Kelley is an American expat who has spent 16 years living in Florence with her husband William Kelley, a renowned painter (see Now Kelley has published her personal memoir of life in the Renaissance city: Ciao Pussy! A Memoir of Florence.   With five nonfiction books to date and having been featured […]
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Tuscany in slow motion

  The movement celebrating the art of sustainable slow travel comes to Tuscany with the first Slow Travel Fest on October 9 to 11. Centred in Monteriggioni, the free festival will move along the Tuscan portion of the via Francigena, an enduring symbol of movement and pilgrimage. Launching with a group hike from Monteriggioni to […]
September 25, 2015

Green Apes startup

Green-Apes is a startup in Florence that encourages sustainable behaviour. Share and earn points that can be redeemed for things like discounts at organic supermarkets around town, and more.

Green Apes

  You separate your trash, try to save water and try to shop secondhand, but if you want to introduce even more eco-friendly habits into your routine, download the new app greenApes.   Launched by a Florentine startup, greenApes is a social media platform where users around the globe can collaborate on sustainable living strategies, […]