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June 25, 2020

Permanence, functionality and delight in Florentine architecture

When thinking about three iconic Florentine buildings that best exemplify its architecture, these words come to mind, which were used by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius to set the standard for good architecture: Firmitas, let’s translate that as permanence; Utilitas, as functionality; and Venustas, as beauty or delight.     Firmitas | permanence | The […]
June 21, 2017

The theatre of architecture

Hidden within the architecture faculty of the University of Florence, the deconsecrated Santa Verdiana church and cloister (piazza Ghiberti 27) are currently hosting the fourth edition of the architecture and performance-themed festival, “Nel Chiostro delle Geometrie,” running until October 19.   Launched in 2014 through a collaboration between the Teatro Studio Krypton and DIDA, the University of Florence […]
January 15, 2015

High-speed rail link puts Palladio architecture at risk

Architectural experts are concerned that a high-speed railway development between Verona and Padua could cause damage to a seventeenth-century villa containing the works of Andrea Palladio, one of the most influential architects in Western history. Experts believe that the proposed railway may also jeopardize Vicenza’s cultural
June 25, 2020

Children-friendly parks in Florence

Keeping kids entertained is never as easy as one would like to think. Especially now as schools will remain closed until September, I find myself scrambling to come up with child-friendly activities on a daily basis—or, rather, activities that will keep my kids busy and tire them out at the same time. The days are […]
June 18, 2020

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

EXHIBITION/ At the edge of chaos June 18-28     An online photographic exhibition hosted by Manifattura Tabacchi and curated by the Master in Arts Management of IED (European Institute of Design in Florence), organized in collaboration with the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, features contemporary works created by 13 young international artists selected from the most noted […]
June 9, 2020

From towers to palaces: a walk through history

Florence is universally recognized as the birthplace of the Renaissance, yet many people are unaware that the city has a pre-Renaissance past of great cultural importance. This period is defined by buildings constructed more than a century earlier than those of Brunelleschi, Alberti and Michelangelo. You can appreciate the historical development of the city by […]
June 3, 2020

Soon there will be flowers

“Soon There Will Be Flowers,” the June Issue of The Florentine will be out on June 4.
June 1, 2020

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 so much in Florence—the architecture but also the figures in paintings, its works of literature. One must only think of the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the […]
May 13, 2020

Frances Mayes, Always Italy

Frances Mayes usually spends her springs in Cortona, at her famous Bramasole, the villa that is at the center of her bestselling book Under the Tuscan Sun and the dream it represents. Due to travel restrictions, of course, this spring is different: she’s at her home in North Carolina, where she says “when life gives […]
May 7, 2020

A message from Friends of Florence

To celebrate our past and look to the future, these current projects are emblematic of our work to which we will soon return.