Maria Rees

An Anglo-Russian third culture kid, Maria Rees was brought up in Fiesole and finally gave into the urge to come back to Italy after completing a degree in music at Bristol University. A true "Fiorentina" at heart, while attempting to carve a career in journalism, she is making up for lost time starting with the local "pasticcerie".

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A student’s guide to Florence mental health services

Prior to any student’s departure on his or her first solo trip abroad, common offhanded reminders may include not to get homesick, to brace oneself for culture shock or to ...


Porta San Frediano restored

Guided visits to be offered; information forthcoming


Esselunga opens free anniversary exhibition in Florence

Featuring multimedia visuals, trolley installations and posters of memorable products, this immersive exhibition celebrates 60 years of Esselunga through a social flashback of changing Italian fashion, foods and commercials.


Michelangelo’s tomb restored in Santa Croce

The restoration of Michelangelo's tomb at Santa Croce was financed by over 100 donors from 12 countries, 80 per cent of them U.S. citizens.


The Sweet Noise of Life

  Irish sculptor Paddy Campbell and Tuscan painter Simona Dolci have paired up for an exhibition in Pietrasanta exploring the important moments of human life. Campbell’s bronzes and Dolci’s paintings ...


My Le Cure

With the announcement of piazza delle Cure’s redevelopment, I’ve been sorting through my memories as a former resident of Florence’s northern district. Unknown to tourists unwilling to venture past piazza ...


Uffizi Live expands in Summer 2018

The Uffizi Live performing arts festival is doubling its summer entertainment offering for 2018, adding Wednesday night events to a busy schedule.


A new home for the Contini Bonacossi collection

Access was previously restricted, available only during designated tours and events


Petition to save Oltrarno pharmacy circulates

The cause has earned the support of Mayor Dario Nardella


16th-century Florentine villa to be restored by American investor

Farms will be created for producing wine and olive oil and sponsoring cultural activities in the area.


Security screening introduced at Florence Cathedral

The first four metal detectors have already been stationed at the entrance to Florence Cathedral and will enter into force today.


Uffizi inaugurates 17th-century section

Rooms focus on 17th-century highlights; "Medusa" now the centrepiece


Ticket checks installed in Santa Maria Novella

From February 16, ticket barriers and checks will enter into operation at Florence’s main Santa Maria Novella train station.


Mandela Memorial at Mandela Forum, Florence

A glass reproduction of Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell, titled Mandela Memorial, has been unveiled outside Florence’s Mandela Forum.


Step back in time with Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici

There will be six performances and a public discussion to better understand Anna Maria Luisa.


A record year for Italian museums

Despite record revenue, Italy's museums are still far behind the Louvre in profitability.


Uffizi unveils new acquisition: Schor’s vision in gold

Monumental painting depicts a 17th-century Carnival procession


6 international restaurants in Florence

Here is our guide to some of the tastiest international restaurants in Florence, Italy right now. Just don’t tell "nonna"…


Celebrating Il Settecento at Palazzo Pitti

"Il Settecento: Una Selezione" highlights Uffizi Galleries' 18th century collections


Chocolate shops in Florence

Ever since the merchant Francesco Carletti introduced cocoa to the Medici court in 1606, Florence has boasted a long history of artisan chocolate making. Ahead of the 14th edition of ...


Odeon goes green

From February 1, the Odeon Firenze Cinehall in piazza Strozzi will be solely powered using clean energy, making it the first cinema of its kind in Italy.


International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Florence

Florence’s role in the Shoah, with its implementation of anti-Semitic laws and deportation of Italian Jews under the Fascist regime, is a bleak chapter of the city’s history. This week, ...


Uffizi tickets to include free entry to the Archaeology Museum

From March 1, 2018, tickets to the Uffizi Galleries will include free entry to Florence's National Museum of Archaeology.


Top-tier basketball in Florence

Florence has been selected to host the Serie A Basketball League Cup, known as the Final Eight, at the Nelson Mandela Forum in February.