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6 new books to deepen your knowledge of Tuscany

Tuscany is bursting with plenty to learn without ever seeming like a school trip. The last six months have provided us with several new reads about the region. Whether looking ...

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Find a book for Christmas in Florence

The countdown is on! It’s time to check gifts off the list and start wrapping things up. Whether you’re looking for the latest high-tech devices for your relatives or toys ...

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The enchanted street: via San Niccolò

Although I had been coming to Florence on and off for a decade and had lived in the city for more than six months before I discovered it, it is ...

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Summer reading by Florence writers

If you are wondering what book to indulge in this summer, The Florentine recommends two novels written by authors who have sought inspiration in varying measure from Florence (plus two ...

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Biblioteca della Toscana

A bright new chapter on Tuscany’s literary scene, the Biblioteca della Toscana is perfectly placed for commuters close to Santa Maria Novella station. Opened in November 2016, the library’s kilometre ...

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TheFLR Issue 2: 5 things you need to know

The theme is DESIRE! Out this May, preorder your copy of TheFLR - The Florentine Literary Review now to avoid disappointment!

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Trumping history with the Borgias

There are moments when, rather than feeling like a straight line, history starts to resemble a circle. Author Sarah Dunant compares past with present.

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An open call for illustrators: TheFLR Issue Two

TheFLR. The Florentine Literary Review is looking for a talented illustrator to add shade and shape to its second issue.

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7 art history books to read before you visit Florence

A guide to 7 books that will provide a great route into the subject of Art History in Florence.

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The Tuscan Times Book Club reading list

A group of book lovers that meet every month in the Tuscan towns of Arezzo and Cortona, to unite over the wonders of words and discuss all things literary: this ...

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7 mystery books set in Florence

If you like to be kept on the edge of your seat, this list of mystery books set in Florence could be right up your alley. Mystery, suspense and thriller ...

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6 new books set in Florence

As any avid book lover will know, there’s nothing quite like sitting down to a good read. Whether it be outstretched in a hammock on a warm Tuscan afternoon or ...

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How Italy invaded the world

The Florentine: Your latest book, Italy Invades, takes readers on a tour of military history of il bel Paese. How extensive have Italy’s invasions been down the centuries? Christopher Kelly: Italians have really gotten around. Everyone knows about Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, but Italians have an amazing

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American expat self-publishes memoir of Florence

  Susan Kelley is an American expat who has spent 16 years living in Florence with her husband William Kelley, a renowned painter (see theflr.net/williamkelley). Now Kelley has published her ...

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Bookshop cafes in Florence

Lingering over a book and a cup of coffee, and maybe even a conversation, is a pleasure shared by many. Around the world, making it possible for customers to browse ...

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Interview with John Hooper

John Hooper, Southern Europe editor of the Guardian and Italy and Vatican correspondent for the Economist, Hooper’s many years of experience as a journalist and observer of Italian culture make him the perfect person to field questions about the people we all know and love, yet rarely completely understand.

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Michelangelo’s signatures

The 450th anniversary of the death, at 88, of the great Renaissance sculptor, architect, painter and poet, Florentine Michelangelo Buonarroti, has produced a flurry of new books about him and his work. One of the best and unique among these is Carl Smith’s What’s in a

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#FloodLadies

As part of a project to safeguard and promote a hidden part of Florence’s heritage, the Advancing Women Artists Foundation has sponsored the restoration of seven works in the Museo Novecento and has published a new book about the female artists whose art forms part of the Florentine

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Revealing Dante’s legacy

If I thought that my answer were to one who might ever return to the world, this flame would shake no more; but since from this depth none ever returned alive, if what I hear is true, I answer you without fear of infamy. —Inferno XVII. 61–66 (

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In their footsteps, through their eyes

How many people have set foot in the church of Santa Croce in Florence in the 700 years of its existence? We can realistically estimate that the number is close to at least several million. For most of these visitors, we will never know what memories remained with them following

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Henry James

The portrait of American author Henry James is amongst the paintings by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) currently at Palazzo Strozzi in the exhibition Americans in Florence: Sargent and the American Impressionists (see TF 159). James was a close friend of Sargent and instrumental in promoting the artist's career

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A sober look to Italy

The Fiddler's Elbow, also known as l'Irish has been frequented by locals in Florence, especially the English-speaking, for over 20 years. This popular watering hole in piazza Santa Maria Novella helped inspire CR Lloyd's book, The Second Shot, a controversial political thriller set in Florence, which

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Amid the horror, a man is born

A dynamic conclusion to Paul Salsini's Tuscan trilogy of historical fiction, Dino's Story: A Novel of 1960s Tuscany is a tale of the young boy, Dino Sporenza, who we watch grow up throughout the series. The trilogy opens during World War II with The Cielo: A Novel of

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Contemplating Florence

Andrea Ponsi's Florence: A Map of Perceptions takes an unusual and innovative look at the birthplace of the Renaissance through the eyes of an architect. Ponsi, who has lived both in Florence and in the United States, takes both a personal and professional view of a city in which

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