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December 12, 2013

Festive Florentine gifts

The holiday season is here! And with it comes the joy of giving inspired gifts to friends and family. If you’re an expat, you have the added challenge of finding presents light and small enough to mail overseas or to fit in a suitcase. The editors of The
December 15, 2011

Gifts from Tuscany

  Whether you live in Florence or are just here for a visit, everyone always expects you to bring uniquely Italian gifts when you return home for the holidays. We suggest you eschew tacky souvenirs in favour of something truly local. TF staff has been pounding the cobblestones to find authentic Made-in-Tuscany items for every […]
November 27, 2008

Gifts for life

Wool blankets, insecticide-treated nets, rehydration salts, high-nutrition foods, vaccines and water pumps: these are some of the things Unicef hopes people will purchase for a child in need during the holiday season.   Gifts for Life, Unicef’s 2008 winter campaign, focuses on items that are truly indispensable, even lifesaving, to children in impoverished or warn-torn […]
October 31, 2007

‘Mother’ of all wedding gifts

Archives provide new information about Vasari corridor.   In the spring of 1565, work commenced on the construction of an elevated urban footpath that linked the Palazzo Vecchio to the Palazzo Pitti through the unfinished Uffizi in the centre of Florence. The order for this ambitious project had been issued
February 9, 2006

San Valentino’s gifts

Being known as the land of love, it is only logical that the patron saint of lovers comes from Italy. Strongly associated with the festival of Valentine’s Day, San Valentino lived in Rome when the Empire was under the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Legend has it that
December 4, 2019

The holiday gift guide for Florence lovers

 Here’s The Florentine’s pick of the presents this holiday season for the Florence lovers in your life.     SMELLS LIKE FLORENCE     Crafted entirely by hand, Officina de’ Tornabuoni’s fragrance bars (from 50-60 euro for a box of three fragrance bars) make exquisite and rare gifts. Marrying the finest quality natural ingredients with […]
December 3, 2019

Best events in Florence this December 2019

BALLET/ The Nutcracker December 21, Teatro della Pergola       The Saint Petersburg Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing masterpiece as the Christmas classic returns to Florence. The enchanted tale of toy soldiers, dancing flowers, fairies and royalty is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season. Set on Christmas Eve in the early 19th century, […]
November 19, 2019

Christmas in Florence: 2019 markets, events and lights

Christmas in Florence is a magical time of the year when elegant lights illuminate the cobblestone streets, trees take centre stage in city squares and nativity scenes emphasize the essence of the holiday season. This is The Florentine’s guide to Christmas 2019 in Florence.     Christmas lights in Florence         They’ve already […]
November 11, 2019

Swan Lake and The Nutcracker come to Florence

Two theatrical treats come to Florence this winter. The most famous ballets in the world come to the magnificent Teatro della Pergola for memorable performances of dance classics.    Swan Lake 8.45pm, November 25   The popular Saint Petersburg Ballet returns to Florence, this time with a new masterpiece: Swan Lake. Tchaikovsky’s fabled fantasy is […]
September 23, 2019

Medici bronze sculpture at Palazzo Pitti

The exhibition features the Giambologna's rarely exhibited "Bathing Venus".