7 Delicious Reasons to Visit Florence in Autumn

7 Delicious Reasons to Visit Florence in Autumn The invigorating nip in the air combined with the comforting scents of chimney smoke and roasting chestnuts means that autumn is officially here. Fashion-conscious Florentines break out their sleek leather boots, wool coats, and cashmere wraps to hit the streets in style. In my opinion, this is …

Dine with Dante’s…

Named after Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, a homely, rustic taverna fittingly lies on Via dei Cimatori, only a few meters away from Dante’s house. The restaurant offers traditional dishes based on medieval recipes. Some are adapted and revisited for the modern age in a way that one maintains the omnipresent feeling of Florentine history …

A Taste of Italian and Florentine Christmas Traditions

Christmas celebrations kick off on December 8th which is the day of the Immaculate Conception. This day is usually also the day when Christmas decorations are officially put out in the main piazzas and when Christmas markets start to open. Then just eight days before the magical holiday, which are also known as the Novena, …

As American as Pumpkin Pie

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 Wampanoag Native Americans of southeastern Massachusetts who held festivities in celebration of a …

“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 …

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Luciano Lanfranchi began his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and at the University of Milan, Italy where he graduated with honors. He received his training in Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery from the University of Milan, Italy. He was also a fellow in facial aesthetic surgery in Policlinique de …

Bringing Ancient East and Modern West

“I’m the point where the East meets the West,” she says about herself and her design style. Her ‘branding’ style is a bridge between two cultures, two different worlds that cross their line of boundary and merge while still maintaining their distinctive features: ancient Persia and modern West. Taraneh Azad came to Italy from Iran …

Rex Hosts Martera’s House’n’Roll

Breaking barriers between different styles of music is DJ’s Leo Martera formula for his Saturday night at Rex bar. The idea came when Martera noticed that one-musical-theme nights were beginning to bore people after a while. Thus came the intuition to mix not just songs, but also styles of music. And it worked, making Saturday …

Nicola Coccia Wins Carlo Levi Prize

The book on Carlo Levi written by Florentine journalist Nicola Coccia won the Carlo Levi award. The award ceremony took place in Aliano, where Levi was confined by the Fascist government and where is buried, on Oct. 29. The title of the book, L’arse Argille Consolerai, refers to poetry written by Levi in his exile …