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April 2, 2021

Reading Florentine history in Santa Maria Novella frescoes

When you’re on the prowl for Renaissance fresco paintings in Florence, the church of Santa Maria Novella is the place to go.     You are greeted upon entry by the seminal Trinità fresco of Masaccio, who, with his friend and mentor Brunelleschi, revolutionized the art of painting with the introduction of linear perspective as […]
March 3, 2021

Dive back into Medieval Florence… virtually!

Those who return to Florence this year will find a city transformed. The extended lockdown offered the opportunity to carry out important works of maintenance and restoration across the centre, from expanded bike paths and newly paved riverways, to redesigned admissions offices and distancing protocols implemented in our top galleries and museums.       […]

Make like Dante: everything you need to write something epic

A legacy of 700 years may seem like a lot to live up to, but at least you can get started with the right tools to set you up for success. 2021 is the year to fully immerse yourself in all things Dante. With your finely crafted pen poised over your leather-bound notebook, let the […]
February 8, 2021

Leisurewear meets fashion at Barberino Designer Outlet

Our style has changed over the course of the pandemic as we all seek comfort and to look after ourselves. Leisurewear is the first choice for most as we find ways to combine our more home-based routines with fitting in exercise where possible. The Winter Sale at Barberino Designer Outlet (until March 1) is the […]
January 24, 2021

Lessons learned and lessons pending with Europass Teacher Academy

For the sustainable development of our communities, the United Nations points to the need to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an unfortunate damper on this goal, exacerbating inequities in education and seeing the most vulnerable students and families struggle to make the […]
January 12, 2021

Valentine’s Day gifts: The Promise of Florence

Give the promise of Florence this Valentine’s Day. Help local businesses from across the miles by selecting a specialty gift. Here’s The Florentine’s pick of the crop for the Tuscany lovers in your life. Many ship internationally and have English-friendly online shops.           For the diehard chocoholic     Indulge in […]
November 26, 2020

Supporting UK nationals obtaining residency in Italy: IOM

  The International Organization for Migration (IOM) provides information and support to UK nationals living in Italy who may find it harder to complete their residency applications, in order to secure and maintain their residency rights now that the UK has left the EU.   In order to achieve this objective, we:   • Raise […]
October 27, 2020

Brass and bronze beauties: Il Bronzetto Outlet d’Autore

  The historic Florentine workshop, Il Bronzetto, specializes in the manual processing of brass and bronze.   For two generations, the Bronzetto craftsmen have continued their talent for beauty and the art of chiseling and decorating metals to create precious and unique objects, particularly lighting. The story of Il Bronzetto’s activity is revealed through the […]
October 9, 2020

What’s new at Europass Italian Language School in Florence

Italian-Brazilian Rafael Tronquini, communication manager at Europass Italian Language School, talks to The Florentine about what’s new at the popular institution in Florence, including reduced class sizes, online offerings and innovating education for the months ahead.       The Europass Italian Language School team     The Florentine: Is your language school open for […]
September 30, 2020

Canadian School of Florence expands to Fiesole

Back in 2016, The Florentine wrote about Blyth Academy Florence, a new international school about to be inaugurated. Four years on, we revisit the school, now the Canadian School of Florence, as it opens its doors again to students after the long months of lockdown. We spoke to Head of School, Gary O’Meara, who has […]