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January 28, 2021

Famous Expats: Felix Le Monnier

The court case lasted almost 20 years and created a sensation at the time because it involved one of Italy’s most beloved authors and a prestigious French publisher, who had made his home and established his reputation in Florence. Between 1840 and 1845, the publisher Felix (often called “Felice” in Italian) Le Monnier republished thousands […]
December 23, 2019

Expats in Florence: Mark Petrasso

It’s not easy to have a successful career in the arts. It takes passion, patience, a bit of luck and above all, dedication. Luckily, that is something Mark Petrasso has in spades. Born in Australia to Italian parents, Mark has called Florence home for more than 20 years. A teenager who loved to draw and […]
September 7, 2017

Expats in Florence: Janine Gaëlle Dieudji

Kevin Bacon is less relevant than he used to be. It might be time to start playing “Six Degrees of Janine Gaëlle Dieudji” instead. Known to many as the former assistant to artist Clet Abraham, Janine is a born connector who’s built a career out of putting people in touch: she’s an art and film […]
October 5, 2016

Expats in Florence: Tim Daish

Britain-born, Florence-based actor Tim Daish currently co-stars in The Medici Dynasty Show, spending most nights as Gian Gastone, flamboyant Grand Duke of Tuscany and the family’s final male heir. The production explores Medici history—and plenty of the duke’s drunken exploits—through his deathbed conversation with sister Anna Maria Luisa. Off-duty Daish met me for a calm […]
September 7, 2016

Famous Expats: Alfred Guillaume Gabriel d’Orsay

Foppish dandy Eustace Tilley, with his exaggerated top hat, morning coat and high-collared shirt who scrutinises a pretty butterfly through his monocle, has been the mascot of The New Yorker magazine since it was first published in 1925 and still appears on its anniversary issues. The publication’s first art director and cartoonist Rea Irvin based […]

Expats in Florence: Eric Veroliemeulen

Charismatic Dutchman Eric Veroliemeulen moved to Florence ten years ago for love. Decked out in a white naval uniform complete with gold epaulettes, he walked off the ship on which he was working and straight into the man who would become his husband. Six months later he followed his heart to Italy, where it has […]
June 27, 2016

British expats in Italy react to Brexit

On June 24, 51.9 per cent of the British people voted to leave the European Union. For the other 48.1 per cent in the Remain camp, the decision was marked as a “day of despair” (Jonathan Freedland, Guardian). British immigrants living in Florence and Tuscany are firmly against the UK leaving the EU. Their reaction, […]
May 25, 2016

What will happen to the expats?

On June 23, British citizens will decide whether to leave the European Union or not. The United Kingdom last had a say about its EU membership in 1975. As pledged by Prime Minister David Cameron during his election campaign, now, 41 years on, the time has come to reassess the situation.     Italy is […]
February 4, 2016

UK expats: vote in the EU referendum

Florence has always been a very important town for the British community. Right up until a few years ago our oldest Embassy anywhere in the world was located here. The ties with the city, and indeed the entire Tuscany region, go back centuries and still today there is a sizeable
September 11, 2014

The ‘lawyer of the expats’

It’s not all long lunches and glittering parties for those of us in the world of newspapers and publishing; sadly, nowadays, it’s rarely like that at all. The Florentine recently was forced to endure a legal tussle over a photograph we used as the basis for