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In Memoriam: Elisabeth Robbins Cole

Friends come and go in this life. Connections wax and wane. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can direct and drive their paths. You can’t. But you can ...

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Florentine exile and the tyranny of distance

Do I need that black cardigan? I thought, pulling the heavy door shut. Then I thought, No, I’ll be back in four weeks. I can do without it. What I ...

ART + CULTURE

Margaret Fuller and her last months in Florence

The Atlantic Ocean pounding the sandy shore of Fire Island, New York during hurricane season is unpredictable at best and ferocious at worst. It claimed the life of one of ...

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Giulia Lorimer: a Tuscan legacy

There is something profoundly touching when someone like Giulia Daneo Lorimer exits life’s stage while her sons and daughters watch as her lights slowly dim. But then, on September 11, ...

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Impactful yet playful: Marina Calamai

Through art, jewellery and events, Marina Calamai’s oeuvre is emotionally impactful yet playful, operating from the belief that, when we laugh, our hearts open to learning.      Love Labyrinth ...

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Sylvano Bussotti

For five days between September 20 and 25, as part of Estate Fiorentina, several major Florentine cultural organisations will celebrate the 90th birthday of Sylvano Bussotti, one of the city’s ...

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Francesco Carletti

The son of Antonio Carletti and his wife Lucrezia Macinghi, Francesco Carletti was born in Florence in either 1573 or 1574. His father was a descendant of an old merchant ...

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Discover Florence’s LGBT+ community

A wide-range of events and tours bring you on a journey of discovery through rainbow Florence. Here, we detail the unmissable cultural highlights and guided itineraries that will enhance your ...

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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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Felix Le Monnier

The court case lasted almost 20 years and created a sensation at the time because it involved one of Italy’s most beloved authors and a prestigious French publisher, who had ...

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Lady Ripple: Sustainability and circular prosperity | TF Together

  Allyson Volpe and Laura Shadden chat about Lady Ripple and their principles of sustainability, circular prosperity and their work in support of the local community including their craftsmanship initiatives ...

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Rose Montmasson

When in via della Scala, take a moment to pause outside number 50 and look at the plaque on the wall. It translates into English: In this palace which was ...

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Barsene “Baldissera” Conti

On May 15, 1896, a small, slender woman with a baby in her arms lay down across the tram track in Brozzi, a town on the outskirts of Florence. Her ...

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A modern Florentine patroness: Maria Manetti Shrem

I first met Maria Manetti Shrem one overcast evening on the rooftop of Palazzo Gondi. The exchange was short but special. It was as though the clouds had opened 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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Prince Paul of Yugoslavia

From April 21 to 24, 1969, Sotheby’s of London held its first auction in Italy. At the request of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, it sold important Italian and French furniture, ...

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Gioachino Rossini

In 1829, at the peak of his superstar fame as the composer of more than 40 operas including L’Italiana in Algeri, La Cenerentola, La gazza ladra, La donna del lago, ...

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Edgar Degas and his Italian family

One of the earliest masterpieces by the 19th-century French impressionist artist and collector Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas, who later adopted the simplified version of his name, Edgar Degas (1834–1917), hangs in ...

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On Lorenza Mazzetti and remembering Einstein

Some years ago, our family moved from the city center to a quiet farmhouse just 10 kilometers south of Florence, not far from San Donato in Collina. This small town, ...

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A ride with Zia Caterina

It was midnight when the airport bus dropped me off at Santa Maria Novella station where the taxis should have been. There was a sad little line of people waiting ...

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Problem of the soup

When my friend Cristina asked me to take care of her father, Antonio, the request came at the perfect moment. I wanted an excuse to extend my time in Italy. ...

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Suso Cecchi d’Amico

Protests about the gender equality gap in the film industry continued to rumble on as the lights of the 76th annual Venice International Film Festival went out at the end ...

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Mark Roberts retires from The British Institute of Florence

An institution at The British Institute of Florence, Mark Roberts has been the warm face that greets you when you enter the historic book-lined walls of the Harold Acton Library ...

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The Fontana sisters

The Fontana sisters, Zoe, Micol and Giovanna, were pivotal in establishing the “Made in Italy” fashion brand internationally.

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