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Stark contrasts

The current exhibit of the photographs by Walker Evans at the Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia offers a view of cultural history largely forgotten by the current generation, for whom the United States has always been a formidable world power. The Great Depression of the 1930s, which lasted the better

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Making connections through theater

‘Theatre is a powerful and unique art form because its essential nature is based on gathering people together to tell stories, hear them, see them and feel them. The stories ...

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The night the bridges come falling down

Rumours were rife all over the city. Many said the Anglo-American troops had already reached the outskirts of the city. However, one thing was certain. On the afternoon of August 3, 1944, the German High Command in Florence had the following ordinance displayed on the street corners: Beginning from

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To whom we owe it all

Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici (1667-1743) ought to be one of the most famous and popular Florentines of all times, for it was she who turned Florence into a cultural mecca. With a stroke of her pen, she bequeathed the Medici’s jewels, pictures, sculptures, manuscripts and

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Row, row, row your dragon boat?!

Walking along the Arno, you’re almost as likely to hear the rhythmic beatings of a dragon boat drummer as a motorino’s horn. The sport of dragon boat racing, introduced to the west less than two decades ago, is thriving at Società Canottieri Comunali Firenze, as

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Nestled within a cove

As you wander up Via dei Benci towards Santa Croce, you find a curious little nook just beyond the clattering keyboards of the Internet Train. Descending from the street level entrance into the Fine ArtS Cove, you encounter an unexpected surprise as the space opens up into a contemporary art

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Homage for his hundredth

In a year that marks not only the 100th anniversary of his birth but also the 30 years that have passed since his death, contemporary Italian artists have come together to acknowledge their great common debt owed to director Luchino Visconti. The respect and admiration held for the renowned filmmaker

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When Spain colors Florence

In The Stones of Florence, Mary McCarthy describes Florence in shades of brown, gray and black.  Not so in this fall’s Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s updated production of Mozart’s early opera, La Finta Giardinieria.  Jesús Ruiz, Spanish scene designer

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Transforming tradition

The Christmas I’m used to includes fighting over the last ‘perfect’ gift in an over-crowded shop-ping mall and sitting on my Italian-American grandmother’s plastic covered couch watching her decorate her tinsel covered tree. As much of a pain these things are,

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Captured moments 1841-1941

If the cliché holds true that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words,’ then the inaugural exhibit at the new Museo Nazionale Alinari della Fotografia presents a history of Italy during a crucial century that might fill an encyclopaedia if told in words. This special exhibit, entitled

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The trouble with corners

Make believe for a moment that you’re the Medici’s favourite architect Bartolomeo Michelozzo. The year is 1444, and Cosimo the Elder has asked you to design him a new town palace. ‘We,’ says Cosimo, ‘will have our courtyard with columns, arches, archivolts, roundels

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One layer at a time

In a city where people come from all over the world to feast their eyes on the most classic bits of art, hurried tourists and eager students have become quite commonplace. To keep its masterpieces viewable, Florence is constantly in a state of restoration under the watchful eyes of its

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Inside Marini, ouside of time

It would be easy to miss the Marini museum, sandwiched as it is between two of Florence’s busiest and most elegant streets, Via della Vigna and Via della Spada (where shops such as Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce and Gabbana, Ferré are found). There is nothing to proclaim

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Flick ‘n Flee

It is not often that one witnesses an exhibition curator pushing a large black projection box balanced precariously on bicycle wheels through the streets of Florence. It is also decidedly rare to see the side of the Duomo being appropriated as a make-shift screen for an independent short film.

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A goblet at the doorlet,

Have you ever noticed those small little windows in the walls of the old palazzi in Florence—not really windows at all but more like Lilliputian doors? Miniature copies of their full size counterparts, the main entrances to each palazzo, these tiny doors are made of solid wood, sometimes

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A not-so-real Italian Neorealism?

Afather carries his raggedly dressed child upon his shoulders as his wife hangs behind, guiding along their other son and lugging the family’s only suitcase. The father solemnly dresses the youngest boy, whose eyes see not the soiled linens hanging behind him but in-stead reveal an eagerness

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Theatre rocks the cradle of the Renaissance

As William Shakespeare once wrote, ‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players’ (As You Like It, Act ii. Sc. 7). Florence has always been host to some of the most interesting and renowned casts of characters in the world, many

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Getaways for everyday,,

Boboli GardensPiazza Pitti - FlorenceOpen from 9.00am-4.30pm daily; closed on the first and last Monday of each month. Admission costs 6 euro. Accessible to dis-abled people. Le CascinePiazza Vittorio Veneto - Florence Open everyday. Admission free. Accessible to disabled people. THE BOBOLI GARDENS The immense stretch of green

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Foodies corner: A scoop a day,

Some consider gelato a sweet treat and some call it a staple in their diet. Whatever you may call it, everyone knows that Italy is the place for gelato. But what exactly is gelato? Is it just another name for ice cream? The proof is in the pudding, so they

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A backwards glance at Villa Capponi

Shortly after their marriage in 1928, my parents, Henry and Esther Clifford, bought the Villa Capponi. The house, with its famous gardens and stunning view of Florence from the hills of Arcetri, had earlier been owned by Charles Perkins, a Boston art historian, and later by Lady Scott, grandmother of

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‘Passion for life’

One of the best things about Florence in the summer months is being able to be out and about with events, concerts and exhibitions; there is always an array of things going on to do and see. Heres an idea for something to do while youre roaming the streets, looking

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You meet the nicest people in a cemetery

So youre asking, why write about cemeteries, let alone visit them? I mean, thats pretty morbid, isnt it? Well, I suppose in some parts of the world anything connected with death must be avoided at all costs; but in Italy there is not only great respect for the dead, but

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An art walk on the Oltrarno

There are two sides to everything, especially when it comes to visiting and living in Florence. When we first think of the city, most peo-ple think of the breathtaking Duomo, the art-filled Uffizi, and the still standing Ponte Vecchio. However, there is another beautiful side to Florence, and

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Art from the heart

The suggestive ambiance of the OE Club in Borgo Allegri is perfect for showcasing ‘Poupées’, an exhibition of very different dolls by Swedish artist Anita Matell. There are Japanese-inspired ‘dragon babies’, an African sleeping doll lying in her banana leaf; Swedish solar dolls

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