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November 2, 2016
1966 Florence FloodLIFESTYLE

Memories of the 1966 Florence flood

Florence today is a vastly different experience from my first visit 50 years ago. I arrived by train, from Rome, on Sunday, November 6, 1966, two days after the city’s most severe floods. The rampaging flood waters were gone, but puddles were still brimming. The muddy oil-laced water from the Arno had saturated everything up […]
October 29, 2016
1966 Florence FloodCULTURE

Ugo Gherardi on the 1966 Florence flood

The city was still sleeping, the fancy shops of via de’ Tornabuoni were still closed and the lungarno still remained free from curious tourists. Walking along lungarno Acciaiuoli on my way to interview Ugo Gherardi, it is hard to imagine that the total destruction that occurred on November 4, 1966, the quiet of a typical […]
October 7, 2021

The Jewish Community of Florence: from kindergarten to care home

    Freshly baked challah has been carefully wrapped in individual paper packages and arranged in a wicker basket by the entrance into the Jewish Community of Florence. While the copper dome of the Synagogue stands out on the city’s skyline, the community remains relatively little known locally and yet it offers a lifelong commitment […]
February 1, 2021

The Great Synagogue and the Jewish Community of Florence

Standing on the piazzale Michelangelo on a painterly grey afternoon, I see an oxidized green dome not quite towering above the rest, just being “present”. I wonder about its construction, for it isn’t a Russian onion dome and it isn’t a Brunelleschi-shaped cupola, yet there is a statement of humility to it, but a statement […]
December 28, 2020

Postcards from Florence past: Piero Boni + Piero Moschi

    You could walk past Piero Boni’s tabaccheria near Ponte alla Carraia and think it was just like every other of the hundreds in Florence. But if you know a bit about photography, your eye might be caught by the racks of dusty, curling postcards outside.          Perhaps if the city […]
May 28, 2020

Rethinking the future of Florence

The Florence of the future must be more intelligent, inclusive and greener.
July 31, 2019

What to do in August in Florence

August can feel like a slow month in Florence with shops closing and everyone hitting the beach. But if you’re around, seek shelter from the heat at some of these cool indoor events or get a kick out of summer in the city with some fun evening dos.     August 1 / There is […]
July 3, 2019

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 at Lanfredini. While he will no longer be that friendly wealth of wisdom at the door, he will remain a part of proceedings as consultant […]
March 5, 2019

The Bargello Museum in Florence

A visit to the Bargello Museum is a must for anyone looking to fully understand the Renaissance, home to a vast collection of history’s most renowned sculptures by the likes of Michelangelo and Donatello.
December 4, 2018

Winning fashion-art combinations in Florence

Traces: Let Fashion Drive You is an eclectic show dedicated to travel and all the “packing” it requires, whether for jet-setting soirees, opera evenings or the windblown journey from here to there. Pitti’s Museum of Fashion and Costume guides the wanderer through decades of style and otherwise unseen art. Here are a few fashion-art combos […]