The war is over. These four words sum up the mood in Florence as we go to press with this Summer Issue of The Florentine.

Mon 29 Jun 2020 10:01 AM

The war is over. These four words sum up the mood in Florence as we go to press with this Summer Issue of The Florentine. Locals and European returners chat in piazzas splashed with greenery and secret gardens unfurl their bowers for the long, balmy summer of 2020. Carefree but careful, this is an Italian pause in the pandemic.





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Contents include:


EVENTS / What’s on this summer in Florence

Florence must be on the mend as the popular events planner returns to our pages, plus we take a look at the city’s latest outdoor hangouts, cinema and film nights, exhibitions, music and running challenges.



LONG READ / The Housing Virus

Harry Cochrane examines the changing rental scene in Florence as beggars can now be choosers.



RESTORATION / The Art of Healing

Advancing Women Artists share highlights from the conservation process of Violante Ferroni’s painting Saint John of God Heals Plague Victims. Watch the video.



ART / Kevin Francis Gray at the Stefano Bardini Museum

Jane Farrell speaks with Northern Irish artist Kevin Francis Gray on the occasion of his exhibition at the Stefano Bardini Museum.



PERFORMING / Live From Florence: A chat with Hershey Felder

Helen Farrell chats with actor, playwright and pianist Hershey Felder about about life in Tuscany and his Live From Florence brand, which will see him perform Beethoven on July 12. Buy your tickets here.



EATING OUT / Florence Restaurant Weeks: Summer Bites

We all have a hunger to hang out with friends, boost Florence’s flagging economy and enjoy a few leisurely bites of the city’s eclectic restaurant scene this summer. That’s why we came up with Florence Restaurant Weeks, in conjunction with David Bach, the bestselling American financial author who moved to Florence for a “radical sabbatical” and generously purchased advertising space in The Florentine, which he donated to Florence’s businesses during these challenging times.



CHIANTI / Finding Machiavelli

Kirsty Jane Falconer explains that if you want to find the Machiavelli of the letters, plays and poems—funny, amorous, always conflicted and rarely content—you have to leave Florence and head for Sant’Andrea in Percussina. In difficult times, Machiavelli’s hell is a small paradise. 



CORTONA / The Covid-19 Visual Project

The Covid-19 Visual Project is an ever-expanding virtual exhibition that chronicles life in the time of Coronavirus and Cortona On The Move commissioned photographers to contribute towards its “chapters”, eight and counting.



BHMF / Whoever drinks black, earns color

The column Chi Beve Nero, Guadagna Colore (Whoever Drinks Black, Earns Color), edited by Black History Month Florence, extends beyond the important gesture of solidarity on behalf of institutions and publications that has emerged with the current protests across the world and establishes an ongoing and longstanding commitment to under-acknowledged voices, perspectives and histories rooted in Florence and Italy.


MONUMENTS + MORE / Viareggio’s Balena Baths

Deirdre Pirro dives into the history of Viareggio’s Balena Baths, dating to the mid 1800s and later decorated by Florentine painter, decorator and ceramist Galileo Chini.




Where to get a free copy of The Florentine Summer issue



For the cover, we headed for the Florentine hills on the occasion of the glorious Cinema di Vino film nights held at Villa Medicea di Lilliano every Thursday in July. Photo by Gianni Aiazzi.



While we hope that you subscribe to our magazine to support our independent journalism during these challenging times, as from Thursday, July 2, the Summer Issue of The Florentine will be available, for free, from the following pick-up points in Florence:



Duomo / Repubblica Area:


Eataly, via dei Martelli 22

Hotel Duomo, piazza Duomo 1

Bottega Strozzi Bookshop piazza Strozzi, 1

Paperback Exchange via delle Oche, 4R

Ristorante Accademia, piazza San Marco 7R

Rosalia Salad Gourmet via de’ Servi, 37

Tourist Information, via Cavour 1R



SMN / S. Lorenzo Area:


Mercato Centrale S. Lorenzo

Münstermann piazza Goldoni 2R

Nails & Beauty, via Nazionale 120R

Vino al Vino Wineshop borgo Ognissanti, 70R

Riva Lofts, via Baccio Bandinelli, 98

St. James Church, via Rucellai 9

Sit’n’Breakfast, via San Gallo 21R

Student Hotel, viale Spartaco Lavagnini, 70-72

Todo Modo, via dei Fossi 15R

Tourist Information, piazza Stazione 4

Tourist Information, Florence airport



S. Croce / S. Ambrogio Area:


Mercato S. Ambrogio, piazza Ghiberti

Acqua al 2 Restaurant, via della Vigna Vecchia 40r

Ditta Artigianale, via dei Neri 32R

Le Vespe, via Ghibellina 76R

Melaleuca Bakery + Bistrot, Lungarno delle Grazie, 18

Nails & Beauty, via dell’Agnolo 109r

Red Garter Restaurant, via dei Benci 33r

Ruth’s Kosher, via Farini 2A

Vestri, Borgo Albizi 11r




S. Spirito Area:


Carduccio, sdrucciolo de’ Pitti 10R

Conventino Caffè Letterario, via Giano della Bella 20

Ditta Artigianale, via dello Sprone 3

High Bar, via dei Renai, 27a

Giulia Materia, sdrucciolo de’ Pitti 13R

Palazzo San Niccolò, via di San Niccolò 79

Santa Rosa Bistrot, Lungarno di Santa Rosa

S.forno Bakery, via Santa Monaca 3R

Signorvino, via de’ Bardi 46-48R

Sweaty Betty Tatoo, via de’ Vellutini 7R

St. Marks English Church, via Maggio 16/18

Volume, piazza Santo Spirito 5R


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