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Useful resources about life in Florence, Italy, focusing on the international community.

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‘La vergogna’,

It was martedì grasso, fat Tuesday, and there we sat, thinking of how good we would have to be over the next forty days. My aunt Donata had made fritelle, deep-fried fritters with pine nuts and candied fruit, that come from two weeks of the old people nagging

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‘Un colpo d’aria’

Homeopathic doctors will tell you that illness starts as a psychological issue and has to do with your state of mind. Not only. It also has to do with the ...

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May in Tuscany

Bright and early on a May morning, somewhere in the Tuscan countryside, a little band of children is gathering. Along the country lanes, they knock at the door of every farmhouse and stand and sing their repertoire of May-time songs, all about cuckoos and spring flowers and boys and

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In bocca al lupo

In Italy, it is good luck to touch iron. Knocking on wood will do nothing for you. It is also good luck to touch the hump of a hunchback or ...

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‘Anche l’occhio vuole la sua parte’

For three years, I had the good fortune of living with two Italian painters. This is relevant to me, mostly because when it was my turn to make a meal, I always got painter-related commentary. They never told me how good or bad my food tasted. Instead, they’

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Non te la prendere: offending with affection

The language to get to grips with for long-term living in Italy.

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Italian street numbering

The often confusing letters and numbers spotted on streets in Italy are made clear(er) with this handy explanation.

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7 gyms in Florence

It’s that time of the year again where our thoughts turn to getting into shape for summer. Whether you’re a keen fitness goer or are just looking to join some ...

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First public hospital for dental care opens at villa Margherita

The centre is a true revolution for dental care in Italy, guaranteeing improved services for dental health.

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Fr. Kramer Cameron: a chat with Florence’s Canadian priest

Fr. Kramer Cameron is a priest for the English-speaking community in Florence based at the Romanesque church of Santi Apostoli.

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