Four Good Reasons to Try Oltrarno

Four Good Reasons to Try Oltrarno Artisan: Handmade items are a specialty of Florence and many artisan workshops can be found in the Oltrarno. From leather goods, to mosaics, not only are there great buying opportunities in the Oltrarno, sometimes you can see the work in the process of being made. Seeing the attention and …

The Sweet Melodic Life of an Expat

The Sweet Melodic Life of an Expat   Getting to Know Derek Mattucchio   Italian-American multi-instrumentalist and DJ Derek James Mattucchio is a Boston native   who has made a name for himself performing on stage in Florence behind the DJ booth and hosting the city’s biggest Trivia night. A natural vocalist and percussionist, Derek …

Italian Oscar appeal explored: Cinema Paradiso, Mediterraneo, Life Is Beautiful & The Great Beauty

  2 PULL OUTS: “professional recognition in Hollywood is driven as much by embedded processes than individual skill.” We may identify a new Italian winning pattern   Winning Against All Odds Italian Oscar appeal explored: Cinema Paradiso, Mediterraneo, Life Is Beautiful & The Great Beauty Written by: Ashton Hampton, student at Richmond University in Florence …

Five Tips for Leather Shopping

Five Tips for Leather Shopping The Scent: Real leather smells distinctively of cowhide, whereas synthetic manmade items will smell like plastic or unscented. If you’re not sure what the scent of real leather is, walk into a high­end store and scope out their jackets and boots. Chances are you’ll be able to discern that specific …

Chocolate Fair Returns Feb. 12­21

Chocolate Fair Returns Feb. 12­21 Thomas Ricciotti Ten long, sweet days of chocolate of all kinds. It is precisely this the (only) ingredient of the Chocolate Fair taking place in Santa Maria Novella from Friday February 12 to Sunday February 16. This year edition, the 12th of the event, presents an important novelty, as the …

Six Tips to Jog in Florence

Six Tips to Jog in Florence Jogging in a crowded city with hardly any sufficient sidewalk space can be frustrating and dangerous. Luckily, Florence offers scenic routes where jogging is safe and enjoyable. Walking in the city center in the morning or evening, you are likely to encounter individuals in their sportswear, especially in parks …