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Tomorrow’s Leonardos: the United States and Tuscany

The U.S. Consulate in Florence was established exactly 300 years after the death of Leonardo.

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Rental diaries, vol. 22

My mother calls something a “Rear Window experience” when it fails to live up to great expectations (“I’m excited to take you to this restaurant. Sure hope it’s not a ...

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Florence Cocktail Week is served

Building on the success of previous editions, Florence Cocktail Week returns this May with a celebration of dressed-up drinks. Organised by Paola Mencarelli and Lorenzo Nigro, the event, which runs from May 12, will feature masterclasses, roundtables and tasting sessions.

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The genuine Florentine article: Cuoiofficine

Cuoiofficine is a unique contemporary leather firm established in Florence by brothers Timothy and Tommaso Sabatini. Elevating their artisanal expertise to a leather business for modern customers, the siblings blend ...

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Highlights at the International Handicrafts Trade Fair

Nothing about the monumental 16th century Fortezza da Basso screams “shiny and new.” But the 83rd edition of the Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato (International Handicrafts Trade Fair, also known as MIDA), ...

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Rental diaries, vol. 21

Hello, my name is Mary, and I’m not an alcoholic (I don’t think). But if I am one thing, I am categorically unable to keep wine glasses from shattering into ...

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A true “hidden gem”: DC Artisan Jeweler

  One factor distinguishing Australian jeweler Denise Copp from her colleagues is that she cuts the gems for her pieces herself. (It’s not usually a given that a jeweler can ...

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Lunchtime judgement from Italian colleagues

“No, Samantha, no.” “How can you eat all that? “You’ll never be able to digest it!” “I could never eat that.” “Dio mio, what.is.that?”   After nearly eight years of ...

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Four classes of cyclists in Florence

When we imagine gliding through European cities on two wheels, Amsterdam and Berlin immediately spring to mind. Florence, with its narrow streets, one-way system and uneven paving, twisting the ankles ...

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Tune-up: autumn music events in Florence

After months of open-air clubbing, al fresco concerts and aperitivi overlooking the Arno banks, we’re here to demystify the local music scene as our city takes its nightlife indoors. From ...

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Wrapped in the city

  Via dello Studio atelier Torre D’Arte is setting a new bar for “souvenir scarves.”   Since moving to its current home in the shadow of Santa Maria del Fiore, ...

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A new beginning for Palazzo Tornabuoni

An atmosphere of calm elegance permeates Palazzo Tornabuoni a short distance from the bustle of piazza della Repubblica. The Florentine spoke with Gabrielle Maria Taylor, who recently became the President ...

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Strengthening family bonds in Sinalunga

In Under the Tuscan Sun (1996), a memoir about her experiences in Cortona, a small quintessentially medieval city, Frances Mayes eloquently fostered the fantasy and romance of life in Tuscany: ...

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Musical spring pickings

As the belle saison approaches, our ears request pleasure first. Put spring in your step with record releases in 2018 from Tuscany’s ever-flourishing indie scene. Since they surfaced in 2015, ...

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Losing weight in Florence

Our bodies need energy to keep us alive and our organs functioning normally. When we eat lunch, drink water or just have a small bite, we put energy into our ...

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Byetone makes his Florence debut

It was 1999 when in a small town of former DDR Germany Olaf Bender, Frank Bretschneider and Carsten Nicolai decided to join forces and create Raster-Noton, a record and network ...

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Reporting violence against women in Florence

Far too often during my career, I have met female clients seeking legal separation and protection from their husbands. Even after many years of practice, I am still shocked at ...

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The power of Le Curandaie

Le Curandaie, in Florence's Le Cure is an association that acts as a springboard for women and mothers struggling in their daily life, especially when facing the prospect of entering or re-entering the work world.

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How the Bigallo became a language school: L’Olivo Italiano

From convent to cultural centre, the medieval Bigallo complex at Bagno a Ripoli has now opened as an Italian language and culture school.

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Remembering Hasan Atiya Al Nassar

Born in Nassiriya, Iraq, Hasan Atiya Al Nassar was a world’s most respected international poets who resided in Florence, Italy.

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Quick tips to survive Valentine’s Day in Florence

Love is beautiful, but sometimes it ends up not happening. Luckily, there are a lot of things to do in Florence to heal yourself and survive the worst day of ...

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When music moves mountains

The word mountain takes on manifold metaphorical roles with singer-songwriter Sam Amidon’s latest release, The Following Mountain (Nonesuch records). Like wild peaks, the melodies meander in spurts of intensity, a ...

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Black History Month business spotlight

With the third edition of Black History Month Florence now underway, we spotlight several African-angled businesses in the Tuscan capital. See our full events special for BHMF here.   Black ...

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The Valentine’s gift guide for Florence lovers

In love in Florence? It’s perfectly normal. You fall in love with the city, then you fall in love with a local, a Duomo-eyed doggy or/and your neighbourhood circolo. Here’s ...

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