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March 5, 2021

Best Dante books: a deep dive into the medieval poet

T.S. Eliot famously said, “Dante and Shakespeare divide the modern world between them; there is no third.” While Dante is still rigorously read in Italian schools, most English-speaking countries limit themselves to a bit of the Inferno in Western literature courses, if at all. Approaching Dante for the first time can be daunting, especially since some knowledge about […]
February 17, 2021

Black stories on the bookshelf

Italy’s Feltrinelli chain is celebrating Black History Month by dedicating a shelf in every bookstore to Black stories this February.         Selected by experts of Razzismo Brutta Storia, the titles speak of the world of the Black Diaspora on both sides of the ocean and embrace a range of reflections. Razzismo Brutta […]
April 15, 2020

Bookstores start to reopen in Florence

On April 14, early signs of hope of a new normality emerged as Florence’s bookshops began reopening their doors. The move comes as the Italian government decided to slacken ever so slightly the five-week-long lockdown by allowing certain businesses to operate again. The timber industry, children’s clothing and stationery stores are the retail companies legally […]
June 11, 2019

The booksellers

  Since 1979, Emily Sue Rosner and Maurizio Panichi have driven the Paperback Exchange, an independent Anglo-American bookstore that has become a cultural hub for the international community with its trusty trade-in scheme and stock of new and current releases. This year, their 40-year old “third child” is being handed over to the enthusiastic young […]
September 7, 2018

Florence’s leading English bookstore for sale

Here’s an opportunity to capture a second wind, or set your kids up for life, owning a successful business in the heart of Renaissance Italy.   And what a life it is! A dream that began 39 years ago in the shadow of the Duomo for a book-loving couple has yielded a professional and personal […]
May 8, 2018

6 new books to deepen your knowledge of Tuscany

Tuscany is bursting with plenty to learn without ever seeming like a school trip. The last six months have provided us with several new reads about the region. Whether looking for a way to spruce up your outlook on life, seeking information about the revered world of art restoration, hankering after some poetry to sink […]
November 6, 2016
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Montblanc restores flood-damaged books

For the fiftieth anniversary of the Florence flood, the German luxury accessories company Montblanc has financed the restoration of three old books damaged in 1966, in collaboration with the city’s National Central Library.     The printed works include the second volume of the third edition of Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences by Diderot […]
August 1, 2016

7 art history books to read before you visit Florence

Florence is bursting at the seams with art. But where to start? Vast collections of Renaissance paintings fill the museums, all around magnificent sculptures look down at us from their bases, note-worthy buildings are to be found on every corner… Though wonderful, the sheer quantity of Florentine art and architecture can be overwhelming. It might […]
June 13, 2016

7 mystery books set in Florence

If you like to be kept on the edge of your seat, this list of mystery books set in Florence could be right up your alley. Mystery, suspense and thriller all spread throughout these novels to leave you feeling as though you’re conducting your very own detective case. With spine-tingling moments and head-spinning plots, these […]
April 22, 2016

6 new books set in Florence

As any avid book lover will know, there’s nothing quite like sitting down to a good read. Whether it be outstretched in a hammock on a warm Tuscan afternoon or curled up on the couch at the end of a long day, to switch off and be momentarily whisked away on a compelling carpet of […]