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Join us for Culture Clash on June 9th

The room of the columns will be filled with life and discussion on June 9th!

On April 26, the former prison known as Le Murate, now fully renovated, was officially opened to the public, with hours that span from noon to midnight daily and a rich calendar of creative and cultural activities through June. Florence’s superintendent of culture, Giuliano da Empoli, says he called on Florence’s best ‘creative minds’ to organize events in Le Murate. The idea is to give the people of Florence a space full of surprises, where something creative will always be ‘in progress.’ Representing the city’s English-speaking community, the staff of The Florentine is among the 25 cultural associations, universities, and magazines asked to provide the initial programming for this space. After the great success of the KnitLounge event organized by The Florentine and BettaKnit last April 28th, we are pleased to announce our second event on the official programme of Le Murate.
Please join us on Thursday June 9th 2011 from 7-9pm for “Culture Clash” at Le Murate (piazza Madonna della Neve 1), a casual debate between English and Italian writers on topics that concern the point of intersection between our two cultures. This is a topic that The Florentine addresses on a daily basis; we’d love to hear your opinion and engage in dialogue about it.
On stage, our very own Deirdre Pirro, international lawyer and author of Italian Sketches, who will be discussing points of “culture clash” with Edoardo Lusena, journalist at Corriere Fiorentino. Moderating their conversation will be Brenda Dionisi, general editor of The Florentine.
The talk will be followed by an aperitivo and an opportunity to purchase books from The Florentine Press.
To find us at Le Murate: the address on google maps is piazza madonna della neve 1, near Mercato Sant’Ambrogio. Once you enter the Murate Complex, there are two courtyards. One has a restaurant and a fountain in it… that is NOT where we will be. Go to the other courtyard, where there is a door at the end, under some arches. We will be on the first floor, there will be signs just outside.
Hey Dante, high five! Yeah, Shakespeare! Illustration by Leo Cardini


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To Florence con Amore Book Launch May 25 2011

The Florentine Press presents the second edition of Jane Fortune’s book To Florence con Amore. First published in 2007, Fortune, The Florentine’s own culture editor, suggested 77 ways to love the city. The expanded 2011 edition now includes 90 unsung treasures and fascinating art and cultural gems, as well as great food and drink to help you best explore the city. The new chapter that expands the book suggests thirteen ways to spend an afternoon that you won’t want to miss!
Come meet the author and have an aperitivo in the beautiful and restored space of Ideal, the new bar/restaurant/event space in the historic “rotonda”. Aperitivo costs 7 euros for a drink and access to the excellent buffet; free with purchase of book.
Wednesday May 25, 6:30 pm, Ideal, via il Prato 4b. For info, [email protected], T 0552306616