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February 5, 2020

Spa sublimity in the Siena countryside

It was a bitterly cold January day as we sought solace at the spas sprinkled throughout the Siena countryside. The clue’s in the name: look for a terme (Italian for “thermal baths”) and you’ll divine water. Rapolano Terme, Chianciano Terme, Terme di Montepulciano and Terme di Petriolo all have singular healing properties and boast contemporary […]
January 19, 2019

Silence is the space: Stefano Tamborrino AKA Don Karate

Multi-instrumentalist Stefano Tamborrino dives headfirst into the New Year, mastering albums and deadly moves under the moniker Don Karate. His debut album I Dance to The Silence was released on cassette by Rous Records on December 28. We got a kick out of its eclectic vibes while interviewing the Mr. Miyagi of waxing poetic.   […]
November 20, 2018

What if Flush the cocker spaniel were a millennial?

Flush @flushthedog Just sniffing around #Florence with my human @ElizabethBB who calls me her “Pretty Sportive Friend”. OUT NOW: @VirginiaWoolfReal’s “Flush” (yup, it’s me!) Fetch your copy >     Flush the English cocker spaniel Flush was a cocker spaniel who the beloved English poet and Florence resident Elizabeth Barrett Browning kept as a […]
April 6, 2018


‘Eat them now or wait for another year’ sums up the agretti affair. Depending on the weather, these grass-like leaves appear in greengrocers for six weeks or so every spring. Known as saltwort or monk’s beard in English, I stumbled across some in the last week of February, a whole month earlier than usual, “because […]
February 27, 2018

Spain and Italy in Dialogue exhibition

The show showcases the fruitful exchange between the two nations.
February 5, 2018

Remembering Muriel Spark

It was by chance, not design, that Muriel Spark went to dwell in Tuscany. Nothing in her past suggested she was the kind of person who would embrace life in the countryside. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1918, she had lived mostly in big cities—London, New York, Rome—until she settled in the rambling, dilapidated, 14th-century […]
January 18, 2018

Orgies on a dancefloor: Space Electronic

Orgies on a dancefloor. That’s what I saw in the Super 8 footage I found in my father Fabrizio Fiumi’s archive when he passed away four years ago. Like with the rest of his archives, I have had to research every item to discover its meaning. What had looked like orgies was simply a theatrical […]
May 31, 2017

Ten ways to use ten kilos of Tuscan asparagus

Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve got a new dealer in Maremma. An asparagus dealer. Her name is Irma and she defines herself as an “asparagaia”. The adjective is interesting since she does not seem to farm anything else. Asparagus grows only for a few weeks every year, so I wonder what she gets up to […]

Contemporary spaces in Florence: the definitive guide

Last month we gave you a comprehensive guide to Florence’s major monuments and museums. This edition here is the definitive list of city’s contemporary museums and galleries. More fervent and friskier than you could ever imagine. 79rosso Gallery This creative hub, situated in the heart of the Oltrarno, is dedicated to exhibitions, artist residencies and […]
March 23, 2017

Numeroventi: spaces for contemporaneity

Half of Florence’s charm is enshrined behind closed doors, inside the city’s historical palazzos and private gardens. But some entrances hide more than others and there is a whole world worth discovering once you’ve crossed the threshold of Palazzo Galli Tassi, in via Pandolfini 20. The sombre, century old stone staircase winds up to the […]