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Harry Cochrane

    Harry Cochrane is a jobbing man of letters from Northumberland. When he’s not penning his own poetry, Harry is likely reviewing other people’s for the Times Literary Supplement, or commenting on opera as The Florentine’s resident reviewer. With his brother George, he runs Bookstalling, a blog devoted to careful reading.

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    Shop dogs of Florence

    Certain shops in Florence are famous for their doggies in the windows. Harry Cochrane meets two of these dogs.

    ART + CULTURE

    Gatecrashing: Florence’s old gates

    My family have a framed map of Florence in the bathroom. I think my Dad gave it to me a few years ago, and I gratefully gave it back to ...

    NEWS

    The Florentine Olympian: Lorenzo Zazzeri

    Lorenzo Zazzeri (born in Florence, in 1994) competed at the Tokyo Olympic Games, winning silver in the 4×100 men’s freestyle swimming relay. He speaks with The Florentine about the Games, ...

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    For the many, not the (cur)few

    As I write this, Tuscany is two days in the bianco, that is, as a white zone. There’s good news for the boys in bianco too, as England have just ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Quizzing Michelangelo AI

    If ‘Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them: there is no third’, as T. S. Eliot famously claimed, we might say that Florence is divided between Dante and Michelangelo. ...

    NEWS

    The tragic state of Florence’s restaurants

    As consumers, we have done without restaurants for the best part of a year, save for a few months last summer and a brief burst of freedom in January. We ...

    THINGS TO DO

    Wheeler-dealing: scootering around Florence

    If you live in Florence, you’ll have seen the e-scooters. Not scooters in the motorino sense, the Vespas that we covet one and all; I’m talking about the monopattini that ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Autumn reading about Florence

    So much ink has been spilled on Florence that compiling a total Florentine library would probably induce a variant on Stendhal syndrome. There are histories of Florence, historical novels set ...

    FOOD + WINE

    Schiacciata on the streets of Florence

    È un bicchiere di vino con un panino, la felicità. Happiness, as we know from Al Bano’s song “Felicità”, is a glass of wine with a sandwich. But the word ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Luthiers of Florence

    Pianist Hershey Felder began a recent interview with The Florentine by reminding us—because it’s all too often forgotten—that Florence was the birthplace of the piano. Its inventor was one Bartolomeo Cristoforo, ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Bicentenary of Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi

    “Eh bien, mon prince, Gênes et Lucques ne sont plus que des apanges, des estates, de la famille Buonaparte.” It’s not so shocking that the very first sentence of War ...

    ART + CULTURE

    A chat with cellist Antonio Lysy

    Cellist Antonio Lysy has just completed the 32nd edition of Incontri in Terra di Siena, a chamber music concert festival that he and his mother Benedetta Origo founded back in 1987, ...

    ART + CULTURE

    The Covid-19 Visual Project

    Cortona On The Move is not quite what you would expect to find in a gorgeous if geriatric Etruscan hilltown near Arezzo. Archaeological museums, yes, palazzi looking out over the ...

    COMMUNITY

    The housing virus

    I’m never quite sure which is more depressing: renting a place in Florence or looking for someone to rent one. The same problem afflicts both parties: too many people are ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi: Duchess of Tuscany

    “Eh bien, mon prince, Gênes et Lucques ne sont plus que des apanges, des estates, de la famille Buonaparte.” It’s not so shocking that the very first sentence of War ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Other bridges are available

    Venice has the Rialto, Florence has the Ponte Vecchio. The bridge that famously survived the war is surely the sight most snapped in all the city. Yet perversely, of the ...

    NEWS

    The Ponte Vecchio predicament

    The jewellers will start to trade again with shared, sustainable projects

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    Radio Cavolo: Florence’s newest radio station

    Confined to our homes for the last two months, we have had a lot of time to indulge in entertainment media. Many are the memes bewailing their author’s Netflix dependency, ...

    COMMUNITY

    We rub our eyes in the daylight

    Saturday evening, February 29, I found myself eating in an Oltrarno restaurant, Antico Ristoro di Cambi. The place was packed to the gills, but fish was a rare sight on ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Distant yet united harmonies of St Mark’s

    Except when in the shower, singing is one of those art forms that seems to demand company. With a piano, your fingers can produce ten notes at the same time, ...

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    Exiled inside: parallels with Dante Alighieri

    For the moment, we settle into a different exile, the one that really matters, and that is our personal severance from all society.

    ART + CULTURE

    Dante Revisited

            I entered my old home like one entranced. Quaresima was almost ticked away. “What Lenten diet, how much have they renounced?”   I wondered, “they’ve even ...

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    Retreat into your home, not into yourself

    I was at a birthday party when the news came through. Italy was under lockdown. It was 11pm or so. Buoyed by other people’s wine and other people’s cigarette fumes—I ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Leigh Hunt: “the wit in the dungeon”

    When people speak of the British Romantic poets who made a home of Tuscany, the name of Leigh Hunt is often neglected. The Italian stories of Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley ...

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