Investment in Culture

Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, announced last month that the City Council will invest €19 million for maintenance of historic sites and 40 million for promoting cultural events. The objective of the Council is repeating the successes of 2017, with Flor-ence being named the best city for cultural events by the prestigious Artribune Magazine. “We …

Entrance Hall of Palazzo Wilson Gattai in Piazza D’azeglio: A Hidden Treasure of Liberty Architecture in Florence

Mercedes Carrara All visitors coming to Florence for the first time want to see Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus in the Uffizi Gallery, even if it means standing in line for hours to be able to get inside the museums. The average tourist will go inside the Florence Cathedral (the …

A ‘Port’ for All Musicians

As with any port, Porto di Mare – Eskimo is synonymous with exchange, correspondence, and coming and going. Anyone is welcomed through the doors of this club, which also hosts a pizzeria and cafè.  And this year there is an important novelty: courses of typical Italian dance Tarantella, which will be taking place on Friday …

Baptistery for Free for Residents

Entrance ticket to the Baptistery was abolished last month for all Florentines and all residents of the province of Florence. To access the religious building, which has the status of a minor basilica, it is now enough to show a document indicating residency in the city, or in the province, of Florence. Until last month, …

Luisa Via Roma Goes With Cantini

After working for Tiffany, New York, and David Morris in London and Miami, Florentine Marco Cantini has been chosen by the prestigious brand Luisa Via Roma to create accessories and exclusive jewels. Cantini, who defines himself as a “contemporary artisan” and has recently opened a new shop on Via Castello D’Altafronte, a tiny street off …

Florence Creativity Returns

Creativity never ends, especially with the fall edition of the Florence Creativity taking place at the Fortezza da Basso from Thursday, Oct.26 to Sunday, Oct. 29. The fair includes events, courses and expositors presenting new ideas, techniques and materials, and is a not-to-miss event for all of those who feel passion in their hands and …

Theresa May Addresses Post-Brexit Abyss in Florence Speech

Attempting to bridge the gridlock in Brexit negotiations and within her party, British Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech in Florence on Friday, Sept. 22, that proposed continuous contributions to the European Union (EU) during an implementation period. Demonstrators gathered outside the Santa Maria Novella church, protesting against the political consequences that could give …

March Madness

Mad as a March Hare! “In like a lion, out like a lamb” aptly describes the month of March. As the goddess Flora descends upon the Renaissance city, the days gradually grow longer and warmer. The chill of winter is quickly forgotten, and the countryside beckons us with vibrant buds and fragrant breezes. To sports …