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interviews

THINGS TO DO

American International League of Florence Christmas Bazaar

The American International League of Florence hosts their annual charity Christmas market on December 7 and 8.

COMMUNITY

Work hard, play harder: Rob and Kim Murgatroyd

The Murgatroyds are settling into life in Florence, from buying entire new outfits to befriending their local greengrocer

ART + CULTURE

Meet art historian Elaine Ruffolo

David Bach speaks with Elaine Ruffolo about art history classes, adapting during Covid, and doing tours for celebrities.

COMMUNITY

Meet Sharyn Baddeley, the new Head of School at ISF

Having recently arrived in Florence, Sharyn discusses settling in, similarities between China and Italy, and plans for ISF.

COMMUNITY

A conversation with Reverend Chris Williams

Reverend Chris Williams of St Mark's English Church talks about settling into life in Florence and his plans for the community.

ART + CULTURE

Piero Barberi: the marble turner in Versilia

Born in the Versilia area in 1936, Piero Barberi partied with Giovanni Agnelli and crafted a lampshade for singer Mina.

ART + CULTURE

Elliott Erwitt exhibition: a conversation with the curator

An interview with Biba Giacchetti about the Elliott Erwitt exhibition at Villa Bardini this October.

ART + CULTURE

Women advancing the arts in Tuscany

Three conversations with women in Tuscany about their cultural endeavours.

COMMUNITY

Talking business with Josh Henderson

Businessman Josh Henderson talks about moving to Florence, integrating through chess and his involvement in the Consulate’s Connect US scheme.

FOOD + WINE

Meet Valeriano Antonioli, CEO of Lungarno Collection

David Bach speaks with Valeriano Antonioli, CEO of Lungarno Collection, about hotels, spoon dinners and the hospitality industry.

ART + CULTURE

Alireza Mohtashami: contemporary and conceptual artist

The Tehran-born artist speaks about his career and works on display at La Ménagère.

ART + CULTURE

Meet Nafisa, artist and author of Tuscan Temptations

A conversation with artist Nafisa about her new book and her love of Florence.

ART + CULTURE

Emanuele Giannelli on Mr. Arbitrium and contemporary art

The Pietrasanta-based artist discusses the significance of the works on display in Florence and his view on contemporary art’s role in society.  

FOOD + WINE

A second life at Villa Le Corti: Gaetano and Meigan Arnone

Gaetano and Meigan Arnone are carving out a new life for themselves at Tuscany's Villa Le Corti.

ART + CULTURE

Defining home with Frances Mayes

Bestselling author Frances Mayes entertains us with anecdotes from her life in Cortona, and reading and writing tips ahead of the publication of her new book, A Place in the World.

COMMUNITY

Meet the Canadian School of Florence’s new Head of School, Isabelle Leblanc

The Canadian School of Florence welcomes a new Head of School. Isabelle Leblanc chats with The Florentine about her move to Italy. 

COMMUNITY

Vincenzo Lodato: a true renaissance creative

Meet Vincenzo Lodato, a real renaissance man who works at several levels of creativity.

FOOD + WINE

Talking gelato with Vetulio Bondi

We are always in search of the best gelato, so we asked master gelatiere Vetulio Bondi what we should be looking for.

COMMUNITY

A coffee with Joshua Dick

Joshua Dick relocated to Florence after selling his company Urnex, a market leader specialized in cleaning products for coffee machines.

THINGS TO DO

Speakeasy Multilingual: finding friendships

Miriam Hurley and Lexie Cimko created the Speakeasy Multilingual get-togethers in Florence in 2014.

COMMUNITY

On a “first date” with Mandy Ginsberg

Former CEO of Match.com, Mandy Ginsberg, talks about moving to Florence and her business accomplishments, including how she championed women’s rights in the tech world.

COMMUNITY

Meet Lisa Brancatisano of This Tuscan Life

David Bach talks with Lisa Brancatisano, artist, entrepreneur and founder of This Tuscan Life magazine in Florence.

FOOD + WINE

Chef profile: Paolo Gori, Da Burde

Chef-patron Paolo Gori of Da Burde in via Pistoiese talks about his century-old business and pandemic pivoting.

FOOD + WINE

The first (and only) Italian Master of Wine: Gabriele Gorelli

Gabriele Gorelli achieved the nigh-impossible dream of becoming a Master of Wine in February 2021, becoming the first and only Italian to hold the elusive title.

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