Author: Maria Rees

An Anglo-Russian third culture kid, Maria Rees was brought up in Fiesole and finally gave into the urge to come back to Italy after completing a degree in music at Bristol University. A true "Fiorentina" at heart, while attempting to carve a career in journalism, she is making up for lost time starting with the local "pasticcerie".
June 11, 2018

A student’s guide to Florence mental health services

Prior to any student’s departure on his or her first solo trip abroad, common offhanded reminders may include not to get homesick, to brace oneself for culture shock or to not get carried away by the newfound freedom. Sometimes these are easier said than done: when these seemingly minor concerns escalate beyond our control, this […]
March 28, 2018

Porta San Frediano restored

Guided visits to be offered; information forthcoming
March 27, 2018

Esselunga opens free anniversary exhibition in Florence

Featuring multimedia visuals, trolley installations and posters of memorable products, this immersive exhibition celebrates 60 years of Esselunga through a social flashback of changing Italian fashion, foods and commercials.
March 26, 2018

Michelangelo’s tomb restored in Santa Croce

The restoration of Michelangelo's tomb at Santa Croce was financed by over 100 donors from 12 countries, 80 per cent of them U.S. citizens.
March 13, 2018

The Sweet Noise of Life

  Irish sculptor Paddy Campbell and Tuscan painter Simona Dolci have paired up for an exhibition in Pietrasanta exploring the important moments of human life. Campbell’s bronzes and Dolci’s paintings portray men and women engaged in daily activities, expressing feelings and emotions such as love, maternity and sensuality.   Piazza del Duomo hosts two monumental […]
March 6, 2018

My Le Cure

With the announcement of piazza delle Cure’s redevelopment, I’ve been sorting through my memories as a former resident of Florence’s northern district. Unknown to tourists unwilling to venture past piazza della Libertà, the self-contained Le Cure neighbourhood, while by no means a display of Renaissance architecture or the provenance of well-known figures, offers yet another […]
March 5, 2018

Uffizi Live expands in Summer 2018

The Uffizi Live performing arts festival is doubling its summer entertainment offering for 2018, adding Wednesday night events to a busy schedule.
February 28, 2018

A new home for the Contini Bonacossi collection

Access was previously restricted, available only during designated tours and events
February 26, 2018

Petition to save Oltrarno pharmacy circulates

The cause has earned the support of Mayor Dario Nardella
February 20, 2018

16th-century Florentine villa to be restored by American investor

Farms will be created for producing wine and olive oil and sponsoring cultural activities in the area.