Jason Martinez is a freelance writer, translator and European policy analyst. He received his master's degree from James Madison University's European Union Policy Studies program in Florence.
That which starts sweet ends bitter. And that which starts bitter ends sweet. Fiorentina supporters will identify strongly with that sentiment when looking back on their team’s season as they head into what should be a summer of change for la Viola. After a rocky start to
From September 26 to October 4, Palazzo Corsini will host the 29th Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze, the largest antiques fair in Italy and one of the most important in the world. Beginning in 1959, the fair originally looked to spread awareness and knowledge of ancient Italian
With renovations expected both on the pitch and off, this summer could feature big changes for Fiorentina. Like many other big European clubs, Fiorentina expect to have the normal comings and goings in personnel during the summer transfer period. They also continue to look into changes to their stadium. &
Dante. Il Davide. I Medici. The birthplace of the Renaissance. Most importantly, the city that has twice changed my life. Firenze. As the sun sets over Florence one week from my master’s graduation, I sit alone on one of the triangles over the Arno on Ponte Santa Trinita,
From May 6 to 9, European leaders gathered in Florence, Italy, to discuss what the future holds for the European community at the fifth annual State of the Union conference. During the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, commemorated every year as “Europe Day” celebrating the 1950 declaration
The Palazzo Vecchio, the heart of Florentine history for almost 700 years, now hosts a modern iteration of classic art: Magnificent. “Magnificent: the incredible story of beauty that ...
From May 28 to June 3, Florence will host some of the world’s premier jewelry designers for Preziosa - Florence Jewellery Week. The event will consist of shows, meetings, lectures, performances and workshops by well-known international jewelry artists, designers, historians, and curators. In addition to the
Il Prato delle Colonne (The Columns Lawn) in the Boboli Gardens has reopened after being cordoned off last summer for security reasons following the extreme weather conditions in March 2015 that caused remarkable damage to the entire area. Visitors can retrace once more the seventeenth-century path that unites
On May 16, the Timbersports International Championships will come to Italy for the first time, and Florence is the chosen city. The competitive wood chopping competition dates to the 19th century on the Australian island of Tasmania where, as legend goes, two woodcutters tried to settle an argument on
From May 6–10 Florence will host the Festival D’Europa, an academic, social, and cultural series of 120 events taking place in over 40 locations. The academic focus is on the future of the European Union, centering on themes like sustainable democratic participation, new models of
Just around the corner from the Ponte Vecchio, tucked away on the oft-overlooked vicolo dell’Oro outside Gallery Hotel Art, sits 'I Eat Earth,' the newest installation from artist Simone D’Auria. Running concurrently with Expo 2015 in Milan, 'I Eat Earth' ties in to the official
Institutional and structural changes have been needed to ensure continued development in cities across Europe given the recent years of economic crisis. Working together in this vein, today Confesercenti Firenze and Fondazione Sviluppo Urbano presented a new model for urban development: Newtown Italia. A panel of scholars, experts and