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Victor Caulfield

Nineteenth-century poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are among the most renowned expatriates to have lived in Florence and their home, Casa Guidi, stands across from the Palazzo Pitti. Today, one of its most luxurious flats is occupied by Victor John Barrett Caulfield, a distant relative of Elizabeth,

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Susanna Myers

A progressive Jew who moved from the United States to Florence to be with her husband, Susanna Myers found nowhere to practice her faith upon her arrival. Along with three other American expats, she founded Shir Hadash, a nonprofit congregation of Progressive Judaism, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  

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Swietlan Kraczyna

A Russian who was born in Poland and grew up in Germany and the United States, Swietlan Kraczyna was inspired to move to Florence by Masaccio’s murals. From humble beginnings, supporting a family on just 100 dollars a month in the Santo Spirito area, he has become an

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Kristina Grancaric

Going to meet Kristina Grancaric in her office is an unusual experience: most days she sets up ‘office’ in a different restaurant or bar, where people drop in to see her and she reviews the place as part of her work with the website Yelp. Today she has

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Andrea Davis

Andrea Davis came to Florence in the mid-1980s, a bright, young lawyer from Boston who was looking to take a career break and live the dolce vita in Italy. It ...

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Elaine Poggi

Elaine Poggi has been living in Florence for almost 38 years, and for the past 10 years she has devoted her life to giving comfort and hope to patients and ...

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David Broomfield

On March 21, the British Embassy in Rome announced that the British Consulate in Florence, after a presence in the city lasting over half a millennium, will close. Effective on December 31, 2011, British consular services for Northern Italy, including Florence, will be available through the British Consulate General in

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Elaine Ruffolo

When Elaine Ruffolo was an undergraduate studying baroque art in Rome for two weeks, she took a train to Florence for a visit. She had such a strong sense of ...

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An interview with Bill Viola

Born in New York in 1951, Bill Viola is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading visual artists. Over the last 35 years, he has created video tapes, architectural ...

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An interview with Natalia Guicciardini Strozzi

Florentine actress, writer and vintner, Natalia Giucciardini Strozzi was recently confirmed as a descendant of the Mona Lisa. She is the daughter of Prince Girolamo Giucciardini Strozzi and Irina Reine. Her ...

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An interview with Giovanna Ferrer

Giovanna Ferrer was once the director of International Public Relations for Salvatore Ferragamo, drove a sports car, and lived in the centre of Florence. Since then she moved on to ...

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Fr. Kramer Cameron: a chat with Florence’s Canadian priest

Fr. Kramer Cameron is a priest for the English-speaking community in Florence based at the Romanesque church of Santi Apostoli.

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