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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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Boboli: a meaningful walk in the Medici gardens

Florence is a city of stone, of imposing civic, religious and domestic architecture—where power and wealth are communicated in girth and in height. Massiccio—solid, hefty—is the adjective used to describe ...

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The indie Piaf: Sabina Sciubba

Singer, composer, actress and video artist Sabina Sciubba is not easily categorized. It is precisely this mystery that makes her so intriguing. After a peripatetic life between Rome, Germany, France ...

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New Year’s Eve 2020 in Florence

If you’re in Florence this New Year’s Eve, it probably means you’re wondering where to have your fill of lentils, cotechino and culture. Here’s our guide to New Year’s Eve ...

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An interview with Julian Barnes and Angela Hewitt

Award-winning author Julian Barnes and internationally renowned pianist Angela Hewitt are joining forces for an inspiring evening of prose, poetry and classical music at The British Institute of Florence this ...

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Rocking the cradle

What’s the very first song that you can remember hearing as a child? I recall looking at the tape sprockets hypnotically spinning inside the family stereo, the reels clicking and ...

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Firenze Jazz Festival returns for a 3rd edition

  The Firenze Jazz Festival is back for another edition, sweeping through the Oltrarno with its fast beats and smooth sounds. Dropping the “fringe” of the first two editions, the ...

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Ghiaccioli e Branzini during Florence Folks Festival

Marco Dalmasso, aka Ghiaccioli e Branzini, is an unchained spirit, a musical time traveler who’s not afraid to mix the past, the present and possible futures in his colorful world-inspired ...

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Notes from the Maremma: Summer 2019

Summer in southern Tuscany isn’t just about melting by the seaside before chowing down on more seafood and gelato than is medically advisable. It’s also about those envy-inducing balmy nights ...

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LGBT+ tunes from Italy

Rainbows don’t have a beginning or an end. That’s what makes them the most representative symbol for a love that defies gender, sexuality and all preconceived notions. Like love, however, ...

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Josephine Foster at Circolo ARCI Il Progresso

American singer songwriter Josephine Foster has tried on many hats over the years, studying opera and classical repertoire, teaching singing, even performing at funerals. When asked about her past, the ...

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Silence is the space: Stefano Tamborrino AKA Don Karate

Multi-instrumentalist Stefano Tamborrino dives headfirst into the New Year, mastering albums and deadly moves under the moniker Don Karate. His debut album I Dance to The Silence was released on ...

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Brilliant friends: Mademoiselles Sarabande

December in Florence offers the perfect tinsel-touched backdrop for fairytales, and the marvelous story of female piano duo Mademoiselles Sarabande seems to pop off of a printed page. Inseparable since ...

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Teatro? #BellaStoria! is back

Teatro? #BellaStoria! is back, encouraging teen urbanites to check out Florence’s fabulous theatre scene. For the cost of one ticket, everyone aged between 14 and 19 can enjoy eight shows and a pop concert, attend mask-making workshops, go behind the scenes and even meet the stars.

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Psychedelic Florence: Go!Zilla at Glue

Florence turns paisley as local music heroes Go!Zilla take to the stage tomorrow evening at Glue Alternative Concept Space, with an opening set from rock marauders Dust & The Dukes. ...

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From seedling to harvest: Redtree Groove

In the depths of our cobblestone jungle lies a slowly expanding musical ecosystem that we tend to regularly here at The Florentine. Over the past three years, young Florence-based band Redtree ...

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Fringe benefits

  Back to school, “reality,” il rientro: however you frame the annual fresh start that takes place in September, it generally means a return to routine. If you’re not quite ...

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A stellar festival season in Tuscany

When summer hits, Tuscany turns into a bona fide festival-goer smorgasbord. June through September, music fills the landscape, rocking the rolling hills with everything from beachside grooves to high-altitude piano ...

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Music for unmade movies

On a warm Sunday afternoon, as the first sun of the season cut through a week of desponding rainfall, I had a sit-down with musician Andrea Pirro, frontman and driving ...

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Where to ring in 2018 in Florence and surrounding areas

Florence and Tuscany are all lit up for the height of the holiday season, with mulled wine still being sipped at the markets for a few more days. As busy as ...

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Tuscany’s top 12 albums in the year 2017

As December whisks by and we ready our glasses to toast to the New Year, I’ve come up with a selection of 12 albums. Yes, 12, not 10, one for ...

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Naomi Berrill’s new album is out

Following up her first release, From the Ground, Naomi Berrill is ready to present her second musical endeavour To The Sky. As both titles suggest, the Irish singer-songwriter’s inspiration lies ...

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Ginevra Di Marco: San Niccolò’s songbird

A smile so contagious that you can’t help but smile back, a voice so expressive that each note becomes a timeless story: San Niccolò resident Ginevra Di Marco is a ...

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Jazzing up Florence

As summer fades and office days return to the norm, Florence’s Estate Fiorentina shows no sign of shying away from showing our city a good time. The latest new entry ...

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