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Rental Diaries, vol. 29

“I’m going to have to zoom in on your face and on the food, Mary,” said my cameraman colleague during a recent filming session in my kitchen. We were shooting ...

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Rental Diaries, vol.28

I was three Negronis deep with my friend Valentina recently when the conversation took a familiar turn. You know the one: discussing the merits and drawbacks of the day-to-day in ...

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Coronavirus in Italy: what to do

On March 8, the Italian Government issued strict legislation to slow the contagion of Coronavirus. Read the full legislation here (in Italian).   Due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus ...

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Vietnam to Tuscany: international adoption

Between 2004 and 2018, the number of children adopted from abroad in Italy decreased. According to data, the number of adopted children peaked in 2010 with 4,130 adoptions, and fell ...

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Moving your family to Italy

  The following three priorities should be taken into consideration if you are planning on moving to Italy with your family: 1) residency at the local anagrafe, the vital records ...

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A family-friendly guide to Florence

Cast your mind back to your early days in Florence: you and your significant other are strolling hand in hand along the cobbled streets. Undaunted by crowds or soaring temperatures, ...

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Tomorrow’s children: Leading Minds conference

This month’s cover story of The Florentine concentrates on a local event of global resonance for the future.   Research has shown that up to 20 percent of adolescents are ...

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It’s in the blood: my road to Italian citizenship

There are multiple paths to Italian citizenship, but only one is a birthright. Jus sanguinis, or “right of blood”, is Italian citizenship that is passed to children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and ...

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Italian citizenship rights for women

One of the most important principles of acquiring Italian citizenship is based on the nationality of one or both of your parents. Known as “jus sanguinis” (meaning “right of blood” ...

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Rental Diaries, vol. 24

At the start of our senior year of high school, my friend Anna and I discovered we’d neglected to earn the gym credits required to graduate. In a kind of ...

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UNICEF in Florence: upcoming events

In a city steeped in history, anniversaries in Florence are a dime a dozen, but a history that foretold a future is rare indeed. Thirty years ago, something remarkable happened. ...

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Experiencing the grape harvest in the Maremma

Summer’s over and thoughts in the Maremma turn to vino without exception. The annual vendemmia, or grape harvest, is an all-encompassing state of mind. Even if you’re not a wine ...

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Do-over: clothing collection points

For Florence dwellers, there are plenty of clothing collection points run by the city’s social cooperative San Martino as well as a few charity shops. It’s time for a clear-out… ...

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Foreign pensions

  We often help foreign clients to clarify taxation and declaration of properties and earnings held abroad. Many people decide to live and take up residency in Italy while maintaining ...

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Six scents of Florence

Confession time, for context: my senses aren’t exactly the sharpest. Coming from a moderately myopic family, some visual impairment is probably inevitable, but my stubbornness to embrace neither specs nor ...

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The Tuscan dream: responsibilities and obligations

  Is there anyone who hasn’t dreamt of being immersed in the nature of the Tuscan countryside or of being surrounded by art and history in one of Tuscany’s beautiful ...

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How to survive the summer with kids

What do you do when you’re hot, your kids are hot, and things are going to explode into a fiery argument if you don’t cool down pronto? Never fear, solutions ...

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Maremma: an authentic experience

You make the almost three-hour drive from Florence south into country Tuscany because you’re looking for authenticity. It’s a cliché, I know. Travel writers have used the word to describe ...

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Summer camps for kids in Florence and Tuscany

As the school year winds down, what better way to spend the holidays than at summer camp, where kids can explore their potential with a variety of English activities? For ...

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A love letter to Italian bar food

Many years have passed since I last watched the beloved 1968 British musical Oliver!, but the prepubescent cherub voices of the movie’s orphan boys often ring out in my head. Every ...

ART + CULTURE

Colour theory in Florence

From Innocenti blue to Ponte Vecchio orpiment and louvre green, the city of Florence is a rainbow waiting to be discovered.

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Striking truffle gold in southern Tuscany

Ask around and the city folk of Florence will tell you the Maremma, in the region’s south, is rural and, let’s be honest, a little backwards. If you ask the ...

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The Florentine’s tribute to Jane Fortune

Reflections from Linda Falcone, Marco Badiani

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The four fashion types you’ll meet in Florence

While first-time travellers to the Tuscan capital may expect a city awash with colourfully clad locals, in reality most Florence dwellers don’t look as if they were plucked straight from ...

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