Interviews

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ART + CULTURE

The power of plants: Stefano Mancuso

Stefano Mancuso knows more about plants than most people. He’s the director of LINV – International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology, whose headquarters are in Florence, but whose tendrils unfurl all ...

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Nina Peci and Quir magazine in 1990s Florence

Nina Peci is a woman of firsts: a founder of Arcigay Lesbica, one of the first lesbians to be interviewed as coming out on Italian television and the first Jew ...

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Carmela Batacchi

There is not much that can faze Carmela Batacchi. Certainly not the questions she’s posed in Vino al Vino, the wine shop she owns on borgo Ognissanti. Tipsy on Tuscany, ...

NEWS

A talk with Tuscany’s agriculture councillor

Shifts in the dairy sector, wine culture developments

COMMUNITY

The last Jewish nonna in Pitigliano

Pitigliano’s last Jewish nonna is a survivor, an advocate, a local celebrity and pretty much exactly what you’d imagine an Italian grandmother to be like. It’s wet and windy Thursday ...

COMMUNITY

Casey Kauffman and Alessandro Cassigoli

Filmmaker Alessandro Cassigoli is not all that prolific an Instagramer, by the looks of it. He hasn’t posted anything in close to two months, and has yet to reach the ...

COMMUNITY

Farah Liz Pallaro

On a dreary January afternoon, Farah Liz Pallaro and her infectious positivity fill the office like a ray of winter sunshine. Passion, determination and an undefeatable belief in the fashion ...

COMMUNITY

Interview with Tuscany’s immigration councillor

The Salvini Decree, social inclusion and the Tuscan response

COMMUNITY

A chat with the new director of Florence’s French Institute

"I always want to discover Florence’s wealth of heritage"

FOOD + WINE

A contemporary baron: Francesco Ricasoli

As the spring sun filtered in through the modern offices of millennium-old Barone Ricasoli, owner Francesco Ricasoli spoke to The Florentine about the importance of soil for Sangiovese, a lifetime ...

ART + CULTURE

The man behind Pitti Uomo: Andrea Cavicchi

Andrea Cavicchi, president of Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana, talks about the future of fashion and Florence as a centre of it all

COMMUNITY

The perpetual student: Danilo Venturi

Florence-based fashion institute Polimoda is frequently cited in style world-strongholds such as Women’s Wear Daily, recently came to a new agreement with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and ...

COMMUNITY

A chat with Benjamin Wohlauer

On the SelectUSA program, his priorities and favorite off-duty spots

NEWS

Interview with Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence

On mass tourism, anti-terrorism efforts, the international student community and more

ART + CULTURE

A conversation with Cecilie Hollberg

On a high-season day more than 8,000 people visit the Accademia, making it the second most visited museum in Italy after the Uffizi. Director of the Accademia Cecilie Hollberg spoke ...

NEWS

The real Brexit: an interview with Jill Morris

Morris discusses UK citizens' concerns on a recent visit to Florence

COMMUNITY

Expats in Florence: Janine Gaëlle Dieudji

Kevin Bacon is less relevant than he used to be. It might be time to start playing “Six Degrees of Janine Gaëlle Dieudji” instead. Known to many as the former ...

ART + CULTURE

Flame Parade: music from the Tuscan canyon

Many might not know that Tuscany and Arizona share a geological bond, an ancient legacy of curvaceous eroded rock. The Italian cousin of the Gran Canyon is known as Le ...

ART + CULTURE

An interview with Tim Rutili of Califone

On Wednesday, May 31 at 9.15 pm, a piece of rock history will be hitting the picturesque Oltrarno venue of Sala Vanni on occasion of the Glorytellers songwriter concert series. From Chicago’s ...

ART + CULTURE

Massimo Ricci: the man who cracked the Duomo

Massimo Ricci was born into a deeply Florentine family, his ancestry going back centuries. The family name can be found on the base of the cathedral, where all the church’s ...

ART + CULTURE

BowLand’s “Floating Trip”: a soaring debut

A backstage chat is a rare journalistic privilege nowadays, where skype calls and interviews via mail are the norm. Savouring that beautiful dressing room tension, on April 8 I sat ...

ART + CULTURE

⁄handlogic: an overnight sensation

A little over a year ago,  ⁄handlogic was but a dream in the minds of its founders – now these young Florentine musicians are marching their über-talented creation out into the world. Powerfully ...

ART + CULTURE

Colombia remastered: the music of Jhon Montoya

Jhon Montoya was born at the foothills of the Andes. His passion for music goes way back: driven by an undying love for great composers such as Bach and Vivaldi, ...

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