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October 15, 2020

How to take a sabbatical in Florence

There’s never been a better time to plan a sabbatical in Florence and consider spending a life-enriching extended period of time in Italy.   Earlier in the year, more than 280,000 people applied to take part in a three-month sabbatical organized as a marketing ploy by Airbnb in a village near Matera, in southern Italy. […]
April 29, 2020

On “radical sabbatical” with David Bach

On the Friday before lockdown, I sat down for an hour or so with David Bach, one of America’s bestselling financial authors, who’s currently on a “radical sabbatical” with his family in Florence. We spoke about what brought him to our city, his successful career as a financial adviser to women and his upcoming publishing […]
October 15, 2020

Draw strength from beauty

Draw strength from beauty.   On Tuesday, I stood, masked, on Ponte alla Carraia for 10 minutes between appointments and drank in all of Florence’s perpetual possibilities. Horace coined carpe diem back in 23 BC and now we seize today while doing our best to protect tomorrow. It’s tiring, we’re exhausted, I know. But standing […]
August 28, 2020

A homecoming for Sandro Cellini: “The Viper”

We’ve all been locked down, to one degree or another, for most of this year. From my nice house in the English countryside, I have felt awestruck by the courage, fellow-feeling, warmth and stoicism of the Italians in the front line and under far greater restrictions and also, I must admit—deeply selfishly—I have felt locked […]
July 17, 2020

Healthy aging in Tuscany

My book Healthy Aging: Well-being and Sexuality at Menopause and Beyond comes from the clinical observations I made throughout my professional career ( Re-thinking about what happens during appointments is the best way for me to understand how medicine works and how to make it more effective. Writing down these considerations is a way to […]
July 14, 2020

Florence Restaurant Weeks: summer bites

  We all have a hunger to hang out with friends, boost Florence’s flagging economy and enjoy a few leisurely bites of the city’s eclectic restaurant scene this summer. That’s why we came up with Florence Restaurant Weeks, in conjunction with David Bach, the bestselling American financial author who moved to Florence for a “radical […]
June 29, 2020


The war is over. These four words sum up the mood in Florence as we go to press with this Summer Issue of The Florentine.
October 17, 2019

New artisan training hub in Florence

Two important players on the Florentine artisan scene are joining forces to become a world-wide hub for leather and crafts training.
February 1, 2019

A love affair with Palazzo Rucellai

You could say there was something of an age difference. I was 18 years old; the house was 536. Nevertheless, it was love at first sight. Sitting in a darkened college classroom in the American South, hazily absorbing the steady stream of Renaissance masterpieces that flickered before me, my eyes suddenly widened. The professor’s monologue […]
October 26, 2017

A cold day in Carrara

“Bar the thrill of admiring its marble pavements, marble street benches, decorative marble putti, marble-clad post office and marble everything else, Carrara doesn’t offer much for the visitor.” This is the rather pointed stance taken by Lonely Planet in its entry on the Città del Marmo. At first glance, it reads a little cold: are […]