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International Women’s Day 2016 in Florence

All over the world on March 8, people pay tribute to the “wonder women” in their lives. In Florence this year, you’ll find Festa della Donna celebrations of every type, ...

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New Year’s Eve 2016 events in Florence, Italy

Piazza Pitti is the place to be this New Year’s Eve in Florence. For the first time in Florentine history, the square with the stately backdrop will host the end-of-year ...

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Tuscany in slow motion

  The movement celebrating the art of sustainable slow travel comes to Tuscany with the first Slow Travel Fest on October 9 to 11. Centred in Monteriggioni, the free festival ...

ART + CULTURE

Free Florentine concerts by Connecticut school

Landing in Florence from Lakeville, Connecticut, the prestigious Hotchkiss School brings a group of 20 talented students to Tuscany this summer for a series of four classical concerts in magnificent musical venues. In addition to spotlighting students, the festival will feature a performance by the school's international instructors (June

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Live Music in Florence in June 2015

  Looking for live music in Florence? Here are The Florentine’s picks for June. For updates and more music events, check out TF Weekly, updated every Thursday. Crocodiles    IDM ...

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Live music in Florence in May 2015

Mezzosangue @Combovia Mannelli 2, May 2Check out this Italian hip hop artist, in Florence for one concert this season, presenting his new album ‘Soul of Supertramp.’   Dub Inc @Flogvia Michele Mercati 27/a, May 7A reggae/dancehall night with an international lineup: Dub Inc, acclaimed French reggae

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Top 10 Taste 2015 events

Taste is back in town from March 7 to 9, along with the citywide food event, Fuori di Taste, and both are bigger than ever to celebrate 10 years of the Florentine food festival. Here’s our top 10 of Fuori di Taste. For the full listing, see theflr.

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Fish to fry

One of Tuscany's best food festivals in spring is Tutti Pazzi per la Palamita, celebrating the bounty of the Etruscan coast and the talent of the local chefs and fishermen in San Vincenzo (Livorno) on May 5 and 6. Here Emiko Davies gives an inside look at this great

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Festival dei Popoli

Today marks Day One of the 48th Festival dei Popoli, a weeklong international documentary film festival held in different venues around Florence, running from November 16th through November 22nd.   Founded in 1959, the not for profit Festival dei Popoli was began by a group of anthropologists, sociologists, ethnologists, media

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The palio

Summer in Siena means the Palio a famed historic horse race run each year on July 2 and Aug. 16.  The Palio tradition dates back to the 11th cen-tury, when the race was initiated to honor the Madonna dellAssunta, patroness and advocate of Siena, for her protection of

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Peace, Politics, and Paper-mache

Most people are familiar with the masked revellers at the Carnevale in Venice, but another truly fantastic celebration ofCarneVa (literally meaning the “meat goes”) is held each year in the Tuscan coastal city of Viareggio. Here the stars of the show are the spectacular papier-mâch&

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Venice unmasked

I got lost on my last trip to Venice.  It makes no difference that it was my twentieth trip to La Serenissima in half as many years, or that I can, on a very good day, navigate its infinite bridges and narrow calli without a second thought.  During

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Chocolate kisses & more

Having a grandfather who worked for an amazing 42 years for the world famous chocolate makers Cadbury’s, it is no wonder I am a raving chocoholic. I have dreamt of walking through a city where the streets are lined with medieval market stalls displaying the most exquisite mouth-

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