Sam Griswold

Sam Griswold is a writer/translator and above all student in Middlebury College's Italian Master's program who, after spending two years of high school in Florence, somehow keeps finding his way back here.

Articles by the author


Florentine rugby finesse

After a 34-year exile I Medicei Rugby Club has won promotion to the top Italian division after a 38–14 playoff victory over L’Aquila. The team rejoiced alongside the 1,000-strong fans ...


Vivicittà Half Marathon: standing up to bullying

On Sunday, April 9, the Vivicittà Half Marathon will take place in the streets of Florence—to have fun and to put an end to bullying.


Back on track

Fiorentina picked up back-to-back wins in the Serie A as they beat Catania at home on November 1, and then a week later picked up three points away to Udinese on November 8. The Viola were deserved 3-1 winners against Catania; however the match was in question


Chasing points

On October 20, the Fiorentina earned a crucial Champions League away victory and picked up a vital three points in Budapest by prevailing 4-3 in a thrilling encounter with Hungarian hosts Debrecen.   The Viola entered the match with high hopes for earning the crucial three points, but the


Azzurri painted purple

Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino was Italy's hero on October 10 as his last-minute equalizer against Ireland earned the Azzurri a 2-2 draw in Dublin and ensured the defending World Cup Champions a place at this summer's World Cup in South Africa. Gilardino, who was brought on


Viola is magic

Magical night A turbulent two weeks ended in marvelous fashion for Fiorentina, who won a historic 2-0 victory over English and European giants Liverpool in the second game of the Champions League group phase. Nineteen-year-old Stevan Jovetic was the hero of the night, scoring both goals before


A window of opportunity

Following the club's unfortunate exit from the Champions League and the upcoming transfer window in January 2009, the Fiorentina may be forced to part ways with more than a few players mid-season.   At the top of the transfer list are strikers Giampaolo Pazzini and Pablo Osvaldo, both


Shattered dreams

Fiorentina bid farewell to this year's Champions League campaign after an entertaining 2-1 defeat at the hands of French champion Lyon. The Viola now have to secure at least a draw in their final group match against Steaua Bucharest for a spot in this year's UEFA Cup. &



Serie A: Fiorentina 0 - 0 Inter Fiorentina and Inter played to an entertaining 0-0 draw on October 29, before a near capacity crowd in Florence's Franchi stadium. The Viola, who were without their two top scorers, Gilardino and Mutu, had the better of the play, but neither side


Viola Update

Italian Serie A: Fiorentina 3-0 Reggina Fiorentina returned to Serie A action on October 18 with a convincing 3-0 victory over a 10-player Reggina. After failing to score for Italy ...