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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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Places to pamper yourself in Florence

  Feeling the need for a little pampering in between cultural excursions?   As Florence heats up for the summer season, here are some insider tips on places to keep ...

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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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Where to find late night food in Florence

Florence’s nightlife is bursting with options, from late aperitivos to cosy speakeasies and hidden jazz bars. But once the night is over, hunger inevitably consumes the walk home. “Late night” ...

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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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A mini-guide to food markets in Florence

Begin your week at Mercato Centrale Firenze (piazza del Mercato Centrale/via dell’Ariento), the city’s oldest and largest food market nestled in a striking iron-and-glass structure designed by architect Giuseppe Mengoni ...

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“Medici: The Magnificent”: fact and fiction

While watching season two of “Medici: Masters of Florence”, consider this: one should not assume magnificence, even if historical legacy does.

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A love letter to Italian bar food

Many years have passed since I last watched the beloved 1968 British musical Oliver!, but the prepubescent cherub voices of the movie’s orphan boys often ring out in my head. Every ...

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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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My Le Cure

With the announcement of piazza delle Cure’s redevelopment, I’ve been sorting through my memories as a former resident of Florence’s northern district. Unknown to tourists unwilling to venture past piazza ...

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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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