Author: Sam Griswold

Sam Griswold is a writer/translator and above all student in Middlebury College's Italian Master's program who, after spending two years of high school in Florence, somehow keeps finding his way back here.
June 1, 2017

Florentine rugby finesse

After a 34-year exile I Medicei Rugby Club has won promotion to the top Italian division after a 38–14 playoff victory over L’Aquila. The team rejoiced alongside the 1,000-strong fans that made the trip from Florence to Parma, where the match was held, to witness the milestone. The win saw the team claim the Serie […]
May 31, 2017

Contemporary spaces in Florence: the definitive guide

Last month we gave you a comprehensive guide to Florence’s major monuments and museums. This edition here is the definitive list of city’s contemporary museums and galleries. More fervent and friskier than you could ever imagine. 79rosso Gallery This creative hub, situated in the heart of the Oltrarno, is dedicated to exhibitions, artist residencies and […]
April 5, 2017

Vivicittà Half Marathon: standing up to bullying

On Sunday, April 9, the Vivicittà Half Marathon will take place in the streets of Florence—to have fun and to put an end to bullying.
March 30, 2017

The Fiorentina women

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 3pm, Fiorentina Women’s FC will play its last game of the season against Tavagnacco. Tickets cost 1 euro.   Amidst what has been a tumultuous season for ACF Fiorentina, one point of consistency has been the club’s women’s team Fiorentina Women’s FC, which has won all of its matches […]
November 19, 2009

Back on track

Fiorentina picked up back-to-back wins in the Serie A as they beat Catania at home on November 1, and then a week later picked up three points away to Udinese on November 8. The Viola were deserved 3-1 winners against Catania; however the match was in question
November 5, 2009

Chasing points

On October 20, the Fiorentina earned a crucial Champions League away victory and picked up a vital three points in Budapest by prevailing 4-3 in a thrilling encounter with Hungarian hosts Debrecen.   The Viola entered the match with high hopes for earning the crucial three points, but the
October 22, 2009

Azzurri painted purple

Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino was Italy's hero on October 10 as his last-minute equalizer against Ireland earned the Azzurri a 2-2 draw in Dublin and ensured the defending World Cup Champions a place at this summer's World Cup in South Africa. Gilardino, who was brought on
October 8, 2009

Viola is magic

Magical night A turbulent two weeks ended in marvelous fashion for Fiorentina, who won a historic 2-0 victory over English and European giants Liverpool in the second game of the Champions League group phase. Nineteen-year-old Stevan Jovetic was the hero of the night, scoring both goals before
December 11, 2008

A window of opportunity

Following the club's unfortunate exit from the Champions League and the upcoming transfer window in January 2009, the Fiorentina may be forced to part ways with more than a few players mid-season.   At the top of the transfer list are strikers Giampaolo Pazzini and Pablo Osvaldo, both


Serie A:    ROMA 1 - 0 FIORENTINA   Fiorentina fell the to its third consecutive road defeat, losing 1-0 in Rome on November 30. After a balanced and well-played first half, Roma were the stronger team in the second period, taking the lead while limiting the Viola'