Uffizi Presents Program of Exhibits

The Gallerie degli Uffizi museum complex released the program of its 2017 temporary exhibits last month. The program ranges from the Renaissance to a commemoration of the October Revolution, as well as solo exhibitions by contemporary artists. A number of restored works and new acquisitions will also be presented. A major exhibition at Palazzo Pitti …

Renzi Professor

Former Italian Prime Minister and Florence mayor Matteo Renzi will teach at the Florence campus of Stanford University on Via de’ Bar- di, the Italian media reported last month. Renzi has always admit- ted his interest in teaching and his admiration for US university cam- puses, which he considers an ideal model of organization. After …

Ai Weiwei Donates

His “Libero” exhibition at Pala- zzo Strozzi last year saw a re- cord number of visitors: 150,000 in four months. Following this success and to thank the city for the space offered, Weiwei recently donated two works to Florence. The first is a variation of the Portrait of Filip- po Strozzi, a portrait made of …

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 …

Carla Sorrenti’s Style

Bold and imperious creations, elegant baroque bags designed to be tiny and perfect for both day and night—this is the world of the emerging, Calabrian-born stylist currently in Florence, Carla Sorrenti. After several partnerships with famous accessories maisons, Carla made her debut with the Venusia bags. Personalization and limited edition are the key elements of …

Two Authentic Florentine Hands

Wallets, jewelry, fragrance, handmade by a real Florentine craftsman, Marco Cantini. Marco was born and raised in Piazza della Passera, in the most ‘authentic’ neighborhood of Florence, Santo Spirito, where you can still find pure Florentines today, which seems to be an increasing rarity in this city. Since childhood, his life has been devoted to …

Tailoring Since 1818

The story of Sartoria Vanni dates all the way back to 1818, when a small tailor shop opened in the heart of Florence and quickly earned a solid reputation as the destination for premium bespoke tailoring. Since then, all of their garments have been made using the most prestigious fabrics: from exceptional cashmere and merino …

Discover Gucci Through His Museum

The Gucci Museum portrays the brand’s history through a variety of products ranging from travel and homeware to fashion and art. The museum, which opened in 2011 to celebrate Gucci’s 90th birthday, is 1,715 square meters in size and spans three oors of the the Palazzo della Mercanzia near Piazza della Signoria. The location was …

The ‘Supermodels’ of the Past

Through Renaissance portraits of women it is possible to un- derstand how modern fashion be- gan. It was during this period, in fact, that for the rst time in art history, women became the object of a somewhat obsessive attention to the details of beauty. Artists be- gan focusing intently on women’s faces, hair and …