Author: Sam Lawley

Sam Lawley is on his year abroad from the University of Cambridge. He has lived in Madrid and Paris, but prefers Florence. As well as writing, Sam enjoys pottery and cycling the Ligurian Apennines. His email address is [email protected]
March 28, 2013

Fortune favours Florence

ACF Fiorentina recorded a fortunate 3-2 victory against 10-man Genoa at Florence’s Artemio Franchi Stadium on March 17, taking them up to fourth place in Serie A and four points clear of rivals Inter Milan heading into the international break.   Creative midfielder Alberto Aquilani put
March 14, 2013

Back to the earth

Half hidden amongst the vineyards and olive trees of the Chianti countryside and boasting panoramic views from the commanding summit of a grassy hill, La Tenuta di Sticciano resort offers a holistic alternative to the hustle and bustle of Florence. Founded on the site of an ancient brick-making kiln and steeped in noteworthy history, this […]

Movin’ on up

ACF Fiorentina extended a run of positive results by overcoming Chievo Verona 2-1 on March 3, and beating Lazio 0-2 on March 10. Six points from six takes Fiorentina up to fourth place in Serie A, and into the Europa League qualification places. The Viola, finally reaping the
February 28, 2013

Back on track

On February 17, ACF Fiorentina produced a scintillating performance at Florence’s Artemio Franchi Stadium, beating Internazionale 4-1. It was the first time Fiorentina had the upper hand over Inter Milan since 2006. The victory ensured that the Viola remain within touching distance of the European qualification places.
February 14, 2013

Through Stendhal’s eyes

Stendhal, nom-de-plume of Marie-Henri Beyle, was a nineteenth-century French novelist who, as a young man and budding art connoisseur, travelled through Italy in 1817. His travel journal provides a familiar account of a visit to Florence, but also records Stendhal's distinctive reaction to the literally

Rollercoaster ride

ACF Fiorentina's season continued its rollercoaster path after the Viola signed off a comfortable 2-0 win against Parma and a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to archrivals Juventus. Resting in sixth spot in Serie A, Fiorentina have dropped out of Champions League and Europa League qualification places, but
January 31, 2013

Fiorentina reign unvictorious

ACF Fiorentina extended their winless streak in 2013 to five games, sliding down to sixth in the Serie A table, and leaving them nine points adrift of the Champions League third spot. Indeed, it has come to the stage of the season when teams will start to look over their

Carnival craze!

While the annual Carnival festivities originally marked the start of Lent and a period of abstinence from meat, nowadays it is much more than a ‘ciao for now' to protein-rich foods. In Tuscany, the festival has become synonymous with colourful street parties, Bacchanalian excess and unbridled fun. Indeed,
January 17, 2013

Terry Davies

Nestled peacefully in the rolling countryside and better known as the birthplace of Giovanni Boccaccio, Certaldo seems an unlikely springboard for a twenty-first-century artistic revolution. And yet, for the last 15 years, it has been the home of Terry Davies, the place where he has set up his

The Viola waver

ACF Fiorentina have slipped to fifth placed in Serie A, after 0-2 loss at home to Pescara and a 3-1 away defeat to Udinese, leaving them five points adrift of third placed Napoli and the desired Champions League place. A further 0-1 defeat at home to AS Roma has left the Viola out of the […]