Issue 283, November 2021


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We’ve never been more thankful for the beauty of Florence, and so is the world as Lonely Planet names our city as the only Italian destination in its Best in Travel 2022 guidebook. In the November issue, we focus on art and culture.


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What’s in the November issue of The Florentine



Jane Farrell gives us the overview on the cultural festivals and things worth doing this November in Florence.



At breakfast with Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

For New York actor Debi Mazar (Goodfellas, Entourage, Younger), the dream of living in Italy was once something only imaginable on the big screen. Everything changed when she met Gabriele Corcos (food entrepreneur and TV host, Extra Virgin) on holiday in Florence during the summer of 2001. After marriage, kids and 20 years of living in the US, the pair recently made the decision to move back to Gabriele’s hometown of Fiesole. Just over 13 years since our last interview, we caught up with Debi and Gabriele over a readers’ breakfast at 25hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino.


Instainterview with Danella Lucioni: @windowtotheduomo

The creator behind one of the most covetable spaces in the city, Peru-born American artist and designer Danella Lucioni, reveals the backstory to the most “liked” Airbnb in Italy in 2020 “Window to the Duomo” and her Antelux apartments and Astrum Penthouse.


Autumn/winter looks: Abandoning all hope is no longer an option

Raise your image to heaven or damn it to hell this autumn/winter with local, sustainable and devilishly enticing outfits that encourage you to wear Florence on your sleeve. All these looks are by young creatives with a global outlook: yes, they all sell their fashion online. There’s never been a better time for a vita nova!



Restoration Conversations: The New Woman Behind the Camera

On November 16, at 6.30pm in Italy, tune into Restoration Conversations, the newest episode of the online interview series, featuring exhibition curator Andrea Nelson, on the groundbreaking show at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., titled The New Woman Behind the Camera, which spotlights 120 female photographers who were working worldwide between the 1920s and 1950s. Tune into The Florentine’s YouTube channel to watch.


All that glitters…

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Martin Holman treats us to a review of the Jeff Koons exhibition, Shine, at Palazzo Strozzi.


The Palio problem

Harry Cochrane examines the situation in Siena as the Palio is still unable to regain ground after the pandemic.

Exceptional and influential women in early-modern Florence

Anna Dowling-Clarke takes a look at the subject of female patronage in Florence.


An alternative art tour of Pisa

There’s far more to Pisa than the Leaning Tower, the sweeping curve of the River Arno and Galileo Galilei Airport. The Florentine spent a day exploring all things artistic in Pisa on behalf of Toscana Promozione Turistica, Tuscany’s regional tourism board.


Famous Expats: Hiram Powers

Elegant spirituality in content and form as well as purity in the marble from the Seravezza quarries near Carrara is represented in the life-size, female nude in chains called The Greek Slave. Sculpted with these aims in mind by American neoclassical artist Hiram Powers in Florence between 1841 and 1843, the statue established his international reputation as a sculptor. Deirdre Pirro looks at the artist’s life.


Made in Firenze

Antonia Mufarech speaks with Ilaria Tolossi, owner and designer of Essère Atelier, and Beatrice Parri Gori, manager and granddaughter of one of the founders of the Scuola del Cuoio, about their vocation as artisans in Florence.


A new season of art and design with local creatives

From art exhibitions to workshops, to new fashion and accessories collections, the local artisan scene in Florence is in full swing for fall. We reached out to the artists and designers of the cultural association Creative People in Florence for all the latest news from their workbenches, easels, and ateliers.


Dante and Beatrice: an eternal love story

Hershey Felder is in the throes of filming his latest musical film in Florence, a tribute to the love story of Dante and Beatrice.



New books inspired by Florence for cool weather reading

Writers have been busy in recent months, especially the literati yearning for Florence or all those shuttered in medieval palazzos during the darkest days of these pandemic times. This autumn, indulge in one of these many Florence-inspired reads on your flight back to Peretola or ensconced in your armchair. It’s time to welcome back the bookish season with these new Tuscany-centric reads.

Article sponsored by David and Alatia Bach.


Selfie Museum: simply insta-worthy

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Hayley Daffern spends a couple of hours of Florence’s latest entertainment: the Selfie Museum (it’s actually more of an installation).


Duty and remembrance

Eight miles south of Florence lies the Florence American Cemetery, memorializing thousands of Americans who fell while liberating Italy during World War II. Caroline Savage recently spoke with Superintendent Angel Matos about overseeing all aspects of the cemetery’s ongoing operations.



The Stellar: the sky’s the limit

Devouring deconstructed “carbonara” in a space cocoon is not a daily occurrence, but then there’s something boundless about the ambitions at The Stellar, the restaurant, cocktail bar and events space that has set tongues wagging at Granaio dell’Abbondanza, the former urban granary and army barracks transformed into a hub for coworking and socializing.


Wineries with kitchens to warm you up this autumn

As the mercury heads south, our taste buds turn to Tuscan reds. Warming and generous, Sangiovese embraces like that favourite scarf around our shoulders. These wineries in Montalcino and Montepulciano serve considered local fare to accompany their top vino rosso.


Tuscany’s olive harvest: a treasured tradition faces seasonal challenges

As October came to an end and the crisp autumn breeze began to envelop the Tuscan hills, it marked the beginning of one of Tuscany’s most celebrated traditions: the olive harvest. Students at The International School of Florence, Bernardo Petochi and Jack Bach, examine the 2021 olive oil season.


Autumn events at Villa San Michele

The autumnal calendar at Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel in the hills of Fiesole is set to charm and entice with a host of culinary and cultural activities.


An upscale alimentari: Tuscan Taste Florence

Ashton Saldana tells us about artisanal tasting and specialty store, Tuscan Taste Florence, in the heart of the Oltrarno.


Grow your own: Orto San Frediano

Florence now has its own kitchen garden with the opening of Orto San Frediano conceived by chef and Italian Masterchef runner-up Enrica Della Martira.

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