Florence on a plate from Nov. 10–30

  Gastronomy takes over Florence for 21 days with the Florence Food & Wine Biennale from November 10–30. Born from the desire to promote traditional Florentine cuisine in the context of history and art, the event is staged across restaurants, shops, piazzas and historic buildings with a full program of dinners, wine-tastings, presentations, shows, food …

Christmas Markets and German Traditions

  In Santa Croce from Dec 3-21 Florence’s Christmas markets bathe the city’s piazzas and buildings in a warm wintery glow once again from the end of November, as Piazza Santa Croce transforms into a German Christmas market from December 3–21. Fifty-five wooden house-shaped kiosks take over the piazza, with stalls selling products from various …

As American as Pumpkin Pie

  Celebrating Thanksgiving in Florence   Emily Outtarac and Juliet Stephenson   Although the sweet smell of Thanksgiving turkey and buttery mashed potatoes aren’t customary here, Florence’s American population have plenty of options to enjoy this tradition away from home.   Thanksgiving is more than just food. The tradition of giving thanks started with the …

Top Wines and Gastronomy on Display

  At Merano WineFestival until Nov. 11   Italy’s most important wine event, Merano WineFestival, runs until November 11. The Festival showcases top-quality wine from more than 500 selected Italian and international winemakers alongside products from more than 100 gastronomical masters and provides an opportunity for all those working in the wine and haute gastronomie …

The ‘Village’ of Florence

  by Claudia Niemann and Ivana Scatola   It is no coincidence that celebrities such as Sting and Madonna own an apartment in this neighborhood: Santo Spirito is in fact to Florence what Greenwich Village is to New York and Shoreditch is to London. Less frequented by tourists than the center, the chic yet laid-back …

Where to find authentic Florentine craftsmanship

    From hand-made leather goods to artisan jewellery known as bigiotteria, Florence hosts several practitioners of the bigiotteria craft. At L’Oro Fuggia visitors can discover the tradition of arte povera, where owners Leonardo Bertucci and Leonora Moschitta create singular and colourful works of art using a variety of materials, including brass, copper, silver, freshwater …