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A Unique Way to Get Out of Florence: An E-Bike Adventure

It was a rainy Sunday and anyone sane would have taken one look at the forecast and decided to stay in with a bubbling soup and a good book, it was not a day for outdoor activities. I’m not one of those people.  The mere existence of precipitation in Florence is almost always used as a viable excuse to cancel plans and in Italy you can see a pretty good reflection of that in the chaos that can sometimes ensue…

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The Church That Faces the Arno: San Frediano in Cestello

It’s a cold, cold crisp morning. The kind where you can see your breath and the kind that makes you wish you owned thicker socks. I am cursing myself silently for not properly thinking as I rushed to get dressed that morning. Just a thin jacket, vintage which means the sleeves are too short. A shirt, skirt, and tights that probably will ruin by the day’s end from the excited claws of an overexcited beagle. My scarf is wrapped tightly…

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A December to Remember in Florence, Personal Suggestions for a Great Month

December, as you might expect, is chock full of exciting markets, festive cheer and interesting events (here’s a list for all over Italy). This is why we love it. The weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the city are quite busy ones for locals looking to stock up on gifts while also celebrating the year with treasured friends and colleagues. I particularly enjoy being here at this time as the streets are sweetly softened with the…

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Interview With a Bookshop: Todo Modo in Florence

I have been more than pleasantly surprised about how many people like the new series on the blog celebrating independent bookshops in Florence. For my first edition, I interviewed Libreria Clichy and now instead have crossed Ponte Carraia to head down a little street called Via dei Fossi. A place more known for its antiques and proximity to Santa Maria Novella than anything else. It also happens to be home to a place I love, 180 square meters of an independent…

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Helping a Great Artist’s Legacy Stay Alive: In the Name Of Michelangelo

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Toward the end of Michelangelo’s life, he really didn’t like Florence.  Michelangelo was the second of five sons and born in 1475 to a fame-obsessed father. As a teenager, he became the talented young apprentice of the Florentine painter, Domenico Ghirlandaio who famously said ‘This fellow knows more about art than I do’ about the young artist during the works of the chapel of Santa Maria Novella…

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Radical Utopias: An Exhibition On The Radical Movement in Florence in the ’60s and ’70s

Yesterday the Palazzo Strozzi unveiled an exciting new exhibit “Radical Utopias“ in Strozzina curated by Pino Brugellis, Gianni Pettena, Alberto Salvadori on the the Radical Architecture Movement in Florence that took place during the 1960s and ’70s. This was a time post flood (November 1966) when fundamental questions were raised on the future of the city, actively debated by young students of the architecture department in the city of Florence. This will be a chance to see the cultural movement of individuals who revolutionized contemporary architecture,…

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