Everyone’s masked, standing more than two metres apart and patiently waiting their turn, but more than that there's a glimmer as lights are now back on in shops that have been closed for over five weeks.
One of the silver linings of the lockdown experience is witnessing the amount of charitable energy people have displayed. A number of initiatives are being rapidly implemented to ensure that those struggling to put food on their tables will be able to do so. Here are the food donation points around Florence and what you […]
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 […]
For the second “Wine Wednesday” event in our TF Together online event series, we asked readers to grab a bottle of Sangiovese for a lively discussion of how this typically Tuscan grape expresses itself in different terroirs. Led by The Florentine‘s Helen Farrell, we were joined by wine educators Filippo Bartolotta and Emily O’Hare, […]
LITERATURE/ Dante Day March 25 This March 25 marks the first annual celebration of Dantedì, when Italy will celebrate Dante Alighieri. Organized prior to the Covid-19 emergency, the 13th-century Florentine poet is being embraced as a symbol of Italian culture and language to unite the country at this difficult time. Everyone is […]
The Florentine’s music editor Michelle Davis interviews LMNL aka Simon Batten, whose new album Moonlight Cinema will be out soon. Hear an exclusive preview as well as a review of some of Simon’s songs from his previous albums. Episode summary 00:00 – Introduction by TF’s Alexandra Korey 1:26 – […]
For the first episode of TF Together, our daily online events to help our community stay connected during the coronavirus lockdown, TF’s Alexandra Korey chatted with wine educator Filippo Bartolotta about wine tasting. Far from your simple guidelines on sight, smell and taste, our participatory conversation explored everything from why Bartolotta loves Vin Santo […]