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

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Annette Bontke

Florence is home to many expats: those who have longed to live here, those who have found love and moved here, and those who have come to Florence and felt immediately at home here. Many people arrive here at a point in their lives when they seek to redefine themselves:

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Brian Buschmann

Florence is home to many expats: those who have longed to live here, those who have found love and moved here, and those who have come to Florence and felt immediately at home here. Many people arrive here at a point in their lives when they seek to redefine themselves:

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Jennifer Schwartz

Florence is home to many expats: those who have longed to live here, those who have found love and moved here, and those who have come to Florence and felt immediately at home here. Many people arrive here at a point in their lives when they seek to redefine themselves:

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Hands up!

Bottega dei Ragazzi and The Florentine continue their partnership, offering fun English language art workshops for children on the last weekend of each month. These sessions are based on the principle of ‘learning through doing' and reflect the old traditions of Renaissance workshops. Skilled teaching staff from the Istituto

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Lisa McGarry

Florence is home to many expats: those who have longed to live here, those who have found love and moved here, and those who have come to Florence and felt immediately at home here. Many people come at a point in their lives when they feel a desire to redefine

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Bottega dei Ragazzi

Bottega dei Ragazzi and The Florentine will be working together again in February to offer fun, English-language art workshops for children during the last weekend of the month. These workshops are based on the principle of ‘learning through doing' and reflect the traditions of Renaissance workshops. Skilled staff

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On top of the dome, with Pippo

When you think of the story of Brunelleschi's dome of Florence cathedral, you think of complicated construction machinery and mind-boggling mathematical calculations, don't you? Well, you're right. The story is rife with math and machines. But, it's also spiced with plenty of anecdotes, the kind

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Turtle meets mice

In real life, I'm much more private than I am in print. While hidden behind an ink-filled page, there is no downside to divulging one's innermost reflections. But ask me what I ate for dessert last night and I'll fidget about chocolate being far too personal

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Bottega dei ragazzi

How many times have you heard your out-of-town friends say, ‘Florence is such a lovely city, but where are all the kids?' It does sometimes seem like the Renaissance city is completely devoid of children as families have begun to move out of the center and into

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Honesty and policy

Once a week, I force myself to turn on the television. Something might be happening out there, and I might need to know about it. My fleeting desire to be ...

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Nutshells

Emma waters her houseplants with vegetable broth and always wants the fullest leaves growing toward her. Would you be a dear and turn the jungle in that direction?' she asks.   Certainly,' you say. And in exchange for your trouble, she'll provide you with a tiny truth that will

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For joy

>You’ll be teaching an English course for the chamber maids,’ the head hotel lady, Signora Dini explained. But they won’t be allowed to attend until they’ve finished making up the ...

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Guarded piazza, open path

Geoff and I met years ago, during a training program in Florence, where I was the teacher and he was the student. Slightly younger and substantially smarter than me, he always did his assignments well and often waited for class to end to tell me I'd gotten something pitifully

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Purple shoes and purpose

Concerned that living long-term in Italy has somehow damaged my ability to set meaningful goals, my sister does her best to nurture my undernourished purposeful side'. Not that I have one. But just in case I do, she wants to be the first to feed it.   Every September,

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