A Room with a View

A masterpiece revisited Hollywood’s eye, either with the sparkle or infectious discharge of nostalgia, has fixed itself here on the capital of the Renaissance. Last year, Inferno, the third instalment of Ron Howard’s blockbusters based on Dan Brown’s books, came to theaters around the world; earlier this winter, the hugely-popular entertainment company, Netflix, started streaming …

Ring in the New Year, Florentine-Style

It is a tradition somewhat odd that of the Florentine ringing of the new year, yet a quite interesting one. One of the many that the Florentine government has, in recent years, decided to revive. Maybe because Florentines have always remained so attached to their traditions, maybe because they have always felt to be so …

In Memory of ‘The’ Florentine Woman

Tributing Anna Maria Luisa De’ Medici The Medici government had lasted more than 300 years when it finished with an act of extraordinary importance: the testament that Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, better known as the Electress Palatine, signed in 1743. Anna Maria Luisa De’ Medici is without any doubt the most important woman in …

Starbucks Invasion

Starbucks announced last month the opening of 200-300 stores in Italy. The announcement came from former footballer Antonio Percassi, who is now working with Starbucks bosses to bring the brand to Italy. The first stores will be opened in Milan and Rome, though the opening date of the Italian flagship store has been pushed back, …

Dressing Up Pitti Presents Uomo and Filati

Pitti Dance Off is the title-theme of the next edition of Pitti Uomo which will return for its 91st edition at the Fortezza da Basso from Jan. 10-13. The theme is to promote the expression of yourself, of your own body, the energy and pleasure of living as well as performing. The protagonist is dance …

Tower Fears Earthquakes

The Giotto’s Bell Tower is the first famous Italian monument whose conditions and capacity of resistance will be checked-up after the recent earthquakes. Experts fear that, should another earthquake hit central Italy, Giotto’s Campanile may not withstand the impact. The monitoring of the tower began in November and will go on for one year. It …

Popular Florence Events

As the heat of summer gives way to the cooler breezes of fall, Florence comes back to life with some of the most popular events of the year. This September sees more than just a change of season in the air, with newly appointed museum directors Eike Schmidt and Cecilie Hollberg taking the reins of …

Showcasing Flowers

Flowers on Display   Mercato Primaverile ed Autunnale di Piante e Fiori   The Florence Botanical garden is hosting the exhibit Mercato Primaverile ed Autunnale di Piante e Fiori from April 23 to May 1. The exhibit is organized by the  Società Toscana di Orticultura, opening hours are 9 a.m. – 7.30 p.m., entrance is …