Leonardo Cardini

Leo (aka Cardinsky) is The Florentine's resident graphic artist and illustrator.

Articles by the author


How to wear a mask

We’ve been told we all have to “use” face protection in Tuscany, but exactly how this should be done seems to challenge a number of locals. The Florentine’s resident illustrator ...


Master of laughter

Totò, one of the best loved Italian comedians of all time, was born in Naples as Antonio Vincenzo Clemente on February 15, 1898, in the heart of poverty-ridden Rione Sanità. He went by his mother’s surname until 1921, when Marquis De Curtis, the young heir


Little devil and great master

Its the night of the Academy Awards and one of the most beautiful and famous Italian actresses of all time is slowly opening the envelope that contains the name of the Oscar winner for best actor. Sofia Loren reads the verdict to herself first, before sharing it with the pub-


Forza Azzurri!!!

We all know that in the Belpaese, football is a fundamental part of everyday life, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. There is, however a segment of the Italian population that remains entirely untouched by this national disease. First, there are the wives and children of those guys


‘Four weddings and a funeral’: part 2

Vittorio Cecchi Gori   My Third Marriage   My third marriage was not entirely related to the history of the Fiorentina team. It was, in fact, a flesh and blood union between two real people - or more precisely, four. When my wife and I got married, we already had two


‘Four Weddings and a funeral’

PART ONE   Italy is famous throughout the world for the Mafia, pizza, fashion and mandolins, as well as another popular phenomenon: soccer. If soccer is sometimes considered a sickness in Italy, then in Florence there?s a high concentration of desperate cases. The passion Florentines feel for their team ?