Author: John Mair

Raised in Florence, John Mair has a degree in history and politics from the University College London. Now back to his hometown, he hopes to further explore its vast cultural depth.
May 28, 2018

Lawrence Osborne in Florence

Lawrence Osborne is a tall man, with elegant dress and a deep, warm voice. “Should I wear a jacket for this?” he asks, and we look outside, where Florence is soaking in a hard rain.
September 28, 2017

At lunch with Intro-spettiva

Meet the Intro-spettiva team, the local DJ collective behind the Nova Radio show of the same name and active members of Florence’s current electronic scene.
July 11, 2017

Music, the Fiesole way

Classical music schools provide quite the sensory experience. The faint smell of soft wood and dust. An interior aesthetic left unchanged for several decades. An implicit agreement of silence between the hallway shufflers in respect for the indistinct notes coming from the closed doors. In the warm first days of June, the windows of the […]
July 10, 2017

Tuscany’s gin revolution

We tend to think of gin as being sipped by a Bond-like character in the smoky bar of a London hotel. And yet, through the humid heat of a Tuscan summer, one can make out strong hints of high-quality juniper. Its production suddenly seems to andare di moda (be in fashion). Three local gins paint […]
July 5, 2017

Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi reconnected

The first part of the Vasari Corridor is being reopened to the public as a way of reconnecting the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery.
June 19, 2017

Nanjing–Florence Chinese ink art exhibition

Ganjing – Florence: A Tale of Two Cities focuses on Chinese ink art, including paintings, music, photography and video, at Auditorium al Duomo.