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ART + CULTURE

A magical Tuscan road to music: Incontri in Terra di Siena

In 1924, just after being married, Antonio and Iris Origo purchased a rundown 15th-century villa named La Foce on the via Francigena in Val d’Orcia. Restoring the property became their ...

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Estate Fiorentina 2021

Four months of fun make up this year’s Estate Fiorentina programme of cultural allsorts, setting us up for a memorable summer. With 15 festivals, 146 projects and a countless number ...

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Best events this summer, 2021

Summer is finally here and we’ve never been in more need of sun and fun. While it might be tempting to loll about with buckets of ice and savour the ...

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Backstage at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino is legendary. It takes its name from the age-old Florentine May holidays, when nobility and civilians alike would decorate all of Florence with spring blooms to ...

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Fanfara Station: music all over the map

It’s a sunny afternoon in May when I virtually meet up with Fanfara Station band members Marco Dalmasso, Charles Ferris and Marzouk Mejri, the larger-than-life trio that is bringing the ...

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Ireland meets Italy: Willos’ folk music

Stephanie Martin left Belfast in Northern Ireland for Siena, travelling with an Englishman. Together they sold olive oil on an idyllic 12 acres of land, living the Tuscan dream. A ...

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Best events in Florence this June, 2021

This month’s best events have seen press releases pouring in, a true sign that Florence is putting itself back together. Here are this month’s top picks for a joyous June. ...

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Live music returns to Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

We’ve waited for what has felt like an eternity for so many aspects of life to open back up again, and live music was undoubtedly one of the most missed. ...

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Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

OPENINGS/ Visit private courtyards and gardens May 23   Giardino Torrigiani, one of the sites viewable this weekend     A rare opportunity presents itself this weekend with the chance ...

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All the lost albums

When Boccaccio’s ten-person brigata flocked to the isolated countryside during the plague, music set the rhythm to their days, acting as a cure-all for the biological and the social body. ...

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Best events in Florence this May, 2021

The new pandemic-related rules in Italy are detailed on The Florentine’s website and on page 4 of this issue. Please be advised that many openings are dependent on yellow zone ...

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Best events in Florence this April, 2021

INSTALLATION/ Abete by Giuseppe Penone       The City of Florence and the Uffizi Galleries are paying tribute to Dante Alighieri during the 700th anniversary year of the Florentine ...

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Elvira Gemignani Puccini

On November 29, 1924, aged 65, the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died of a heart attack as a result of radiation treatment he was undergoing for throat cancer at the ...

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At the pub (when we could) with Benson Taylor

It’s an overcast Friday afternoon as I sit down with Benson Taylor in the pub in piazza Santa Maria Novella. The composer and producer is usually making music in his ...

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The power of Puccini: Gianni Schicchi and Dante

It was a grey wintry afternoon in a 1980s Montreal. The snow was piled high and the streets had developed a dirty sludge, but there, on a street called Sherbrooke, ...

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Best events in Florence this March

MARKET/ VinoKilo Until March 28 Sustainability is a keyword in fashion. With the new season approaching, it’s time for a wardrobe clear-out and freshen up, while keeping things environmentally friendly. ...

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When music transcends language: Coriandoli Elettronici

Some might balk at the idea of undertaking a professional collaboration without the firm footing of a shared language. However, American drummer and electronic musician Mark DiFlorio and Italian singer-songwriter ...

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A Santo Spirito lunch with Andre Thomas Halyard

Lockdown red became careful orange before turning to a liberal yellow, and a midday stop at an osteria once again became a possibility. I enter Osteria di Santo Spirito, at ...

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Best events in Florence this February

EXHIBITION/ I love Lego January 27 – June 13       The entertaining I Love Lego exhibition arrives at Pontedera’s PALP Palazzo Pretorio. With over a million bricks in ...

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Behind the scenes: Hershey Felder’s Debussy

A lady is dressed in nineteenth-century garb as we walk into the farmhouse where “memory sequences” are being filmed between wooden beams and terracotta tiles. Hershey Felder’s latest online-only performance, ...

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The Magic Box

It all began when I was a very little boy, so I am told.   I was born in Montreal, one of North America’s oldest cities that held on fast ...

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Behind the scenes: Hershey Felder’s George Gershwin Alone

Walking down the central aisle and up the burgundy red felt steps onto the historic boards of Florence’s oldest theatre, Teatro della Pergola, stirred surreal feelings in these dark times ...

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Behind the scenes: Hershey Felder’s Beethoven

  The cicadas were keen to get in on the act as Hershey Felder and his Florentine crew filmed memory sequences for the upcoming Beethoven play at the pianist and ...

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Live From Florence: a chat with Hershey Felder

In the background stands an 1845 Pleyel grand piano with yellowed ivories once caressed by Chopin. In the foreground, actor, playwright and pianist Hershey Felder waxes lyrical about life in ...

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