Pontassieve-based American-owned wine company Ruffino has reacted to the Covid-19 emergency by putting people first. Personal protective equipment was swiftly provided to employees and collaborators, teleworking introduced among office-based staff, and insurance policies stipulated for all workers in case of hospitalization caused by the virus. “Most of our production is linked with the countryside. Here […]
Citizens return to Florence's time-worn streets, responsibly observing social distancing and wearing face protection, following the April 29 dispensation from the regional government of Tuscany permitting walking and cycling.
Saturday evening, February 29, I found myself eating in an Oltrarno restaurant, Antico Ristoro di Cambi. The place was packed to the gills, but fish was a rare sight on the menu: it was proper Florentine fare, beefy and bready. I was contrary and went for my new favourite, thoroughly southern dish: melanzane alla parmigiana. […]
CULTURE/ Manifattura Tabacchi Living Room series Manifattura Tabacchi have released a new digital programme centered on culture and contemporary art online. Titled ‘Living Room’, the series focuses on research and experimentation with regular content released via Facebook and Instagram. Film, books, podcasts, poems, interviews and various artistic contributions make up the packed […]
The British Institute of Florence was founded at a time of global crisis: the First World War. In 1915, following extended negotiations, Italy had finally entered the war, siding with Britain and France, against former allies Germany and Austria-Hungary. Two years later, when a group of prominent citizens from the Anglo-Florentine community decided to […]
I’ll go back to Wednesday, March 4. I was administering Cambridge exams in the small, beautiful Tuscan medieval towns of Monteriggioni and Colle di Val D’Elsa. Halfway through the first session, the news came through that the Italian government was thinking of closing the schools. We continued with the second session, got back to Florence […]