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January 12, 2021

Valentine’s Day gifts: The Promise of Florence

Give the promise of Florence this Valentine’s Day. Help local businesses from across the miles by selecting a specialty gift. Here’s The Florentine’s pick of the crop for the Tuscany lovers in your life. Many ship internationally and have English-friendly online shops.           For the diehard chocoholic     Indulge in […]
December 4, 2020

Lockdown-inspired gifts from Florence, Italy

The months spent at home have inspired creativity as Florence’s publishing houses, graphic design studios and bookstores devise unique books, games and gifts to mark these particular times.   Here’s a round-up of lockdown-inspired gifts from Florence.     Playing cards       Graphic design, current events and lifestyle come together in an all-female […]
November 29, 2020

Holiday food gifts from Tuscany

It’s time to buy Tuscan. Help from across the miles this holiday season by selecting a specialty food gift from the region’s businesses. Here’s The Florentine’s pick of the crop for the Tuscany lovers in your life. All ship internationally and have English-friendly online shops.           For vegetarians     Organic […]
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
February 9, 2021

Where to drink quality craft coffee in Florence

One of the little rituals that has kept me going through the technicolour COVID rules of the last few weeks and months has been sourcing and making really good coffee at home. Sure, nothing will replace the charm of sitting in a Florentine caffè and watching the world go by over a perfectly frothed cappuccino, […]
January 11, 2021

We Saw the Stars Again: Editor’s Letter

Last Friday, I saw the stars again. In the pitch black of the Tuscan hills, the constellations studded the night sky. Overwhelmed, I couldn’t look away; months had passed since the sacrosanct brightness of Orion’s Belt and the Seven Sisters had illuminated my retina.         My Guide and I, our journey to […]