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".
February 20, 2018

Security screening introduced at Florence Cathedral

The first four metal detectors have already been stationed at the entrance to Florence Cathedral and will enter into force today.
February 19, 2018

Uffizi inaugurates 17th-century section

Rooms focus on 17th-century highlights; "Medusa" now the centrepiece
February 15, 2018

Ticket checks installed in Santa Maria Novella

From February 16, ticket barriers and checks will enter into operation at Florence’s main Santa Maria Novella train station.

Mandela Memorial at Mandela Forum, Florence

A glass reproduction of Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell, titled Mandela Memorial, has been unveiled outside Florence’s Mandela Forum.
February 14, 2018

Step back in time with Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici

There will be six performances and a public discussion to better understand Anna Maria Luisa.
February 12, 2018

A record year for Italian museums

Despite record revenue, Italy's museums are still far behind the Louvre in profitability.
February 8, 2018

Uffizi unveils new acquisition: Schor’s vision in gold

Monumental painting depicts a 17th-century Carnival procession

6 international restaurants in Florence

Here is our guide to some of the tastiest international restaurants in Florence, Italy right now. Just don’t tell "nonna"…
February 7, 2018

Celebrating Il Settecento at Palazzo Pitti

"Il Settecento: Una Selezione" highlights Uffizi Galleries' 18th century collections
February 6, 2018

Chocolate shops in Florence

Ever since the merchant Francesco Carletti introduced cocoa to the Medici court in 1606, Florence has boasted a long history of artisan chocolate making. Ahead of the 14th edition of the Fiera del Cioccolato in piazza Santissima Annunziata from March 2 to 11, we take a look at Florence’s finest cioccolaterie.   Vestri If indulging […]