Author: Linda Falcone

Linda Falcone, an English-speaker and an Italian-thinker, is the author of three books with The Florentine Press, and others with Jane Fortune for the Advancing Women Artists Foundation. She has lived, taught and written in Italy for almost 2 decades.
September 11, 2020

The Oltrarno Gaze by Victoria Slichter

At the turn of the last century, San Frediano was “the place the police wouldn’t go” and the people’s poverty and marginalisation filled local newspapers. The district’s bad rap was, in part, triggered by city officials who eyed the area beyond the Arno as a pretty real estate package. By pushing out the locals and […]
July 21, 2020

Violante Ferroni restoration: in pictures

Advancing Women Artists* shares highlights of the conservation process for those wanting to catch a glimpse of the rescue work. The Art of Healing project proceeds full speed ahead and with painstaking care.     Move it      Art movers perform a balancing act at San Giovanni di Dio in borgo Ognissanti, detaching Ferroni’s […]
October 30, 2019

Begin again

On October 16, the afternoon before Nelli’s Last Supper was put on public view, I met with a friend of “old date”, as Italians would say. My amica di vecchia data did not even blink when I told her I was suffering from a new form of “postpartum depression”: the 21-foot painting had been moved […]
December 4, 2018

Winning fashion-art combinations in Florence

Traces: Let Fashion Drive You is an eclectic show dedicated to travel and all the “packing” it requires, whether for jet-setting soirees, opera evenings or the windblown journey from here to there. Pitti’s Museum of Fashion and Costume guides the wanderer through decades of style and otherwise unseen art. Here are a few fashion-art combos […]
October 3, 2018

The Florentine’s tribute to Jane Fortune

Reflections from Linda Falcone, Marco Badiani
July 14, 2017

“Invisible” sheds new light on forgotten artists

“Women artists of the past were rare, but those who worked professionally were both hugely successful and incredibly significant,” says Jane Fortune in a recent interview about Invisible, the new perfume by the artisanal perfumery Aquaflor Firenze inspired by her seminal book Invisible Women published by The Florentine Press in 2008 (currently available in a […]
January 12, 2017


The Tuscans talk, Bob Hesse believed, the way most people spend money. And whether the speaker is stingy or lavish, they are always clear about how much their words are worth. Bob was once called “bischero” by a Florentine newsagent who thought he best wise up and count his change. From that day on, it […]
December 1, 2016


The Flintstones are known as “Gli antenati” in Italy. And though half of the Hanna and Barbera duo was of Italian descent, their cartoon dubbers were apparently unaware that “ancestors” are revered spirit-beings whose wisdom lights the way through turbulent times. Fred, on the other hand, is a toe-stubbing grumbler. Wilma is a bit of […]
November 7, 2016
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Per Firenze

To start an article entitled ‘Per Firenze’ by conjuring a chat on a Roman porch is just a step up from heresy in Florence, so true-blue fiorentini may well be inclined to burn this article straight away, in the very spot that saw the end of Savonarola. In my defense, the porch in question delimited […]
October 7, 2016

The difference

There is something about the phrase “I live in Italy” that makes amicable strangers act like you’ve just announced you’ve won the jackpot. After their excitement dies down, the “inevitable” question pops up: “Did you fall in love there?” “Most certainly,” I answer, “Italy is just another word for infatuation.” Yet, if truth be told, […]