Spring Flowers and Social Change

As you stroll the streets of Florence this Saturday, March 8, you will no doubt notice the presence of fluffy yellow mimosa flowers everywhere – pinned to lapels, carried in bouquets and decorating table-tops. The mimosa flower has become the symbolic gift to offer to Italian women on this day, International Women’s Day, known to …

Easter Fires

Not 1000 years but almost. Precisely, 919. Yes, because the Explosion of the Cart, the folk tradition of Florence when on Easter Sunday a cart packed full of fireworks is lit providing a 20-minute pyrotechnical spectacle that symbolizes the distribution to the whole city of the benedict fire, has its origins in the First Crusade, …

In Memory of ‘The’ Florentine Woman

The Medici government had lasted more than 300 years when it finished with an act of extraordinary importance: the testament that Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, better known as the Electress Palatine, signed in 1743. Anna Maria Luisa De’ Medici is without any doubt the most important woman in the history of Florence. She had …

MURDER IN THE DUOMO:

April 26, 1478: Try to picture yourself as a Florentine attending Easter Mass on a bright Sunday morning. The cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is packed with worshipers. People bow their heads in respect as the priest raises the wine-filled chalice towards heaven for the holy act of transubstantiation. In that moment, Giuliano de’ …

Florence in the Blogosphere

While Milan has recently been named “City of the Book and of Reading 2015” to coincide with the Expo 2015 world’s fair, over the course of the last year Florence’s artists and literati have rather carved a niche for themselves on the internet. Expatriate visual artists and writers have exploded into the blogosphere with a …

Unexpected Florentine literary Sojourn

Pull out: This pleasure was bestowed by the knowledge of the Fire Station across the way that had apparently been copied here and there from the Palazzo Vecchio. In homage to Savonarola? Hee! Hee! Anyway, no matter how you looked at it, it was a tolerable ramble in the gloaming…” In his first written—but posthumously …

Spring Literary events

Highlight of the season will be the visit of esteemed novelist Jonathan Coe to Florence who will appear in conversation with our own Baret Magarian at Le Murate Literary Café on March. 17th at 6:30 pm. Birmingham born, London resident, Coe is the author of eleven novels, including the three prize-winners What a Carve Up!, …

Located about an hour to the west of Florence, Lucca is a town filled with Tuscan charm and perfect for a day trip. Lucca is at the bottom of the Apuan Alps, so there is much diversity in the terrain surrounding the city. Those who visit Lucca will find that its modern day attractions display …