“The Future of Furniture? It’s in the Past”

The future of furniture is in the past,” Ramin tells us. And in many cases the past has to do with Florence, especially when it comes to design. Ramin is an interior designer whose family has been producing furniture in Iran and exporting its products mainly to Italy for 65 years under the Gallery 20 …

Leather and Suitcases for over 200 Years

It all began shortly after Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba after his military campaigns in Europe. In 1815 the Gazzarrini store opened in Florence at the same location as today, on Via Porta Rossa. At that time the store’s address was number 13, which corresponds to today’s 71–73/r. The shop initially produced …

A Shuttle to the Barberino Designer Outlet

Located in the green heart of Tuscany, just 30 minutes from Florence, Barberino Designer Outlet is the shopping destination where you can shop 200 of the most luxurious Designer fashion Brands, including Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Patrizia Pepe and many more at 30-70% less all year round. You …

The ‘Italian’ Dishes that Don’t Actually Exist in Italy

Tourists who travel Italy, and more generally foreigners, have misconceptions about authentic Italian food. They are often surprised to find that common Italian-American dishes such as penne alfredo, garlic bread, spaghetti with meatballs and pepperoni pizza are nowhere to be found in Italy. They quickly discover that America’s favorite Italian foods are not actually at …

Florence Creativity Returns for Fall 2015 Edition

Creativity never ends, especially at the fall edition of the Florence Creativity Festival that is taking place at the Fortezza da Basso next month from Thursday, Oct.29 to Sunday, Nov. 1. The fair, now in its fifth year, includes events, courses and expositors presenting new ideas, techniques and materials, and is a not-to-miss event for …

Lucca

by Marine Le Canne 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 …

Florence in the Blogosphere

Lee Foust 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 …

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!, …