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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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A new take on “student perspective” in Florence

As we walk down the street, whether we’re in Florence or Fort Worth, we tend to look straight ahead. Of course we do this because it’s the most comfortable way ...

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New year, new life

Perhaps in line with the wild series of events that characterized last year, 2017 ended on a discordant note in Italy: the “jus soli” reform debate. For a country laced ...

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Reclaiming the duchy of Florence’s rock scene

When I met up with Florentine desert-rock trio Dust & the Dukes, they had just won the coveted national Rock Contest Controradio, an event held yearly in Florence seeing bands ...

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How to talk like a Generation Z Italian

“Who are the Millennials?” This is the question that scores of scholars and experts are striving to answer in this digital era where everyday life seems to be the prequel ...

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At lunch with Intro-spettiva

Meet the Intro-spettiva team, the local DJ collective behind the Nova Radio show of the same name and active members of Florence’s current electronic scene.

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Parkrun for the win

What brings together people of different ages, backgrounds, cultures and physical abilities? The answer is Parkrun—and it’s coming to Florence. Parkrun is an idea that began in London in 2004 ...

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Relax Firenze

The carousel keeps turning, but life feels calmer, quieter and altogether more manageable in the central Florence oasis of Relax Firenze.   A holistic temple for mind, body and spirit, ...

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Hermit Tuscany

Technology detoxes are gaining momentum, but while leaving your phone at home for an afternoon might do the trick, Tuscany offers spectacular opportunities for more ambitious off-the-griding. There exists a ...

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Rollerblading with kids in Florence

As September afternoons begin to cool down and the evenings shorten, my daughter and I often feel the need to get outside after school. Living up the hill in Fiesole, ...

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Firenze RiVista returns

The Museo Novecento will play host to the third edition of Firenze RiVista, a festival celebrating locally published magazines and free presses, from September 22 to 24. Part of the still-going-strong Estate Fiorentina, the ...

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Where to do apericena in San Niccolò

Tuscan dishes ribollita, panzanella and bistecca alla Fiorentina might be global food stars, but when you are a broke student and fancy restaurants are simply not an option, apericena poses ...

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Ayurveda in Florence

There’s a sanctuary of serenity in Florence that observes the ancient tradition of Ayurveda, one of the oldest holistic visions of health and wellness in today’s busy world. Tucked away ...

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The Innocents of Florence

The Florentine’s resident filmmaker David Battistella is close to finishing his latest film and most ambitious project to date. “The Innocents of Florence” looks at when art restorers in Florence ...

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The voice of 22nd-century Florence

Art is often about taking your own history and roots and weaving them a unique vision, a personal path towards the truest form of self-expression. Italo-Australian soprano Olivia Salvadori was ...

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The joy of walking

On Sunday, August 24, 1947, a young woman named Diana Athill boarded a train in London, bound for what Brits alone still call “the continent”.     She travelled over ...

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Italian music acts with international appeal

It’s that time of year again: the Internet is abuzz with band announcements, creatively designed posters and the promise of endless partying. Yes, it’s music festival moment. As echoes of ...

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A boiler’s life: a memoir

My real name is Anne-Marie Petty-FitzMaurice Bouvier, but everybody calls me La Caldaia. While it is la verità that I am an inanimate object, even a boiler has memories worthy ...

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Florence Cocktail Week returns with a splash

Mixology will take center stage from May 1 to 7: the second edition of Florence Cocktail Week—the first and only festival of its kind in Italy— will be served, straight ...

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Murray Lachlan Young to perform in Florence

Acclaimed British performance poet Murray Lachlan Young will bring his award-winning, multi-disciplinary repertoire to Florence’s Tasso Hostel for two dates in May. The evenings will be hosted by locally based actor ...

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Exploring soundscapes: Moodwel

Moodwel – a name that evokes and teases, a name that Pistoia based cousins Simone and Tommaso Allegri chose simply because of its sound, the founding element upon which their artistic ...

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