April in Florentine History

In the classic Florentine song ‘Mattinata Fiorentina,’ April is personified as a gentlemanly heart-throb who steals the hearts of young ladies at the Cascine Park. But in local traditions, April is not just the month of this well-regarded ‘thief’, to whom we should actually apologize for the unmasking. April also marks the death of one …

Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards

Exhibit on display at Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and Forte Belvedere until Oct. 2   The exhibition Jan Fabre. Spiritual Guards will be on display at Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio from April 15 to Oct. 2, and at the Forte Belvedere from May 14 to Oct. 2.   With three such locations, …

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 …

Florence Creativity Returns

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 …

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 modern day attractions display …

IN HONOR OF VALENTINE’S DAY:

IN HONOR OF VALENTINE’S DAY: NATURAL APHRODISIACS TO IMPROVE YOUR LIBIDO by C. De Melo LIBIDO: Definition: 1. The psychic and emotional energy associated with instinctual biological drives. a. Sexual desire. b. Manifestation of the sexual drive. It happens to almost every couple in a long-term relationship. In time, the sizzling passion cools. Should you …

LOVE YOURSELF A Better YOU Awaits!

LOVE YOURSELF A Better YOU Awaits! I first met professional Life Coach, Sophie Kruijsdijk, at the wonderful “Live it Local” event in Palazzo Belfiore this past October. We exchanged business cards, and a month later I received an email from her offering me a complimentary mini life-coaching session. Since I strive to  promote local businesses …

The Port of Florentine Musicians

The Port of Florentine Musicians Jazz and traditional Italian music at the Porto di Mare club As with any port, Porto di Mare-Eskimo is synonymous with exchange, correspondence, and coming and going. This year the club has an important novelty: courses of typical Italian dance Tarantella, which will be taking place on Friday night. Porto …

Pitti Uomo Ends with Record-Breaking

Pitti Uomo Ends with Record-Breaking   The 2016 edition of the Pitti Immagine Uomo fair hit a record in terms of the companies attending (1.219 brands), the figures for the buyers, press and members of the trade, confirming the main Florence fashion event as one of the most important in the world for menswear. Figures …