Sam Lawley is on his year abroad from the University of Cambridge. He has lived in Madrid and Paris, but prefers Florence. As well as writing, Sam enjoys pottery and cycling the Ligurian Apennines. His email address is email@example.com.
While the 2012/13 Serie A season may have finished, and the Viola players are taking a well-earned rest after their successful campaign, ACF Fiorentina’s board members have been busy reinforcing the squad ahead of the 2013/14 season, which will include games at a European level.
The 2013 UCI Road World Cycling Championships, last held in Limburg, Holland, will be held in Tuscany from September 21 to 29, and will pass through the heart of Florence. The International Cycling Union has made public the details of the different races and has confirmed that each of the
Within days of culminating a successful season by reaching the Europa League, ACF Fiorentina have established their ambitions for the upcoming season through their activity in the summer transfer market. Possible arrivals. It has been widely reported that Spanish international Joaquín Sánchez will soon be
As the 2013 Giro d’Italia draws to a close on May 26, 2013, many have remembered Marco Pantani, the last cyclist to win both the Italian national road-race and the Tour de France in the same year (1998). For several years, Italy’s Pantani catapulted the
ACF Fiorentina were within minutes of qualifying for the Champions League until results elsewhere in Serie A conspired against them, leaving them with a place in the Europa League as a consolation. ACF Fiorentina won both of their last two games, capping their successful season with victories against Palermo and
The Chianti area in central Tuscany is synonymous across the world with characteristic undulating countryside, slow-cooked foods and delicate red wines. Indeed, the recent lavish wedding ceremony between Kevin Sharma and Aradhana Lohia, daughter of Indian business magnate Aloke Lohia, which took place at Villa Le Corti in April,
With only three matches left in the 2012–2013 Serie A season, ACF Fiorentina’s hopes of achieving qualification for a European competition still hang in the balance. As teams in the higher echelons of the table are looking over their metaphorical shoulders, the outcome of the race
ACF Fiorentina may have extended their run of good form with victories over Atalanta and Torino, but the final five games of the 2012–2013 Serie A season will be decisive, determining whether Fiorentina achieve their goal of qualification for European football. Qualification into the Champions League or Europa
Italy is known the world over as the land of strong espressos, steaming percolators, and open-air cafés. The sound of milk being frothed for a cappuccino heralds the morning on many streets of Florence. In recent years, however, the concept of the traditional English afternoon tea—
With seven games still to go in the 2012/13 Serie A season, ACF Fiorentina have established themselves as a main competitor in the chase for one of the five places league places that offer European football next season. Although some recent results have gone against them, the Viola remain
ACF Fiorentina recorded a fortunate 3-2 victory against 10-man Genoa at Florence’s Artemio Franchi Stadium on March 17, taking them up to fourth place in Serie A and four points clear of rivals Inter Milan heading into the international break. Creative midfielder Alberto Aquilani put
Half hidden amongst the vineyards and olive trees of the Chianti countryside and boasting panoramic views from the commanding summit of a grassy hill, La Tenuta di Sticciano resort offers ...
ACF Fiorentina extended a run of positive results by overcoming Chievo Verona 2-1 on March 3, and beating Lazio 0-2 on March 10. Six points from six takes Fiorentina up to fourth place in Serie A, and into the Europa League qualification places. The Viola, finally reaping the
On February 17, ACF Fiorentina produced a scintillating performance at Florence’s Artemio Franchi Stadium, beating Internazionale 4-1. It was the first time Fiorentina had the upper hand over Inter Milan since 2006. The victory ensured that the Viola remain within touching distance of the European qualification places.
Stendhal, nom-de-plume of Marie-Henri Beyle, was a nineteenth-century French novelist who, as a young man and budding art connoisseur, travelled through Italy in 1817. His travel journal provides a familiar account of a visit to Florence, but also records Stendhal's distinctive reaction to the literally
ACF Fiorentina's season continued its rollercoaster path after the Viola signed off a comfortable 2-0 win against Parma and a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to archrivals Juventus. Resting in sixth spot in Serie A, Fiorentina have dropped out of Champions League and Europa League qualification places, but
While the annual Carnival festivities originally marked the start of Lent and a period of abstinence from meat, nowadays it is much more than a ‘ciao for now' to protein-rich foods. In Tuscany, the festival has become synonymous with colourful street parties, Bacchanalian excess and unbridled fun. Indeed,
ACF Fiorentina extended their winless streak in 2013 to five games, sliding down to sixth in the Serie A table, and leaving them nine points adrift of the Champions League third spot. Indeed, it has come to the stage of the season when teams will start to look over their
Nestled peacefully in the rolling countryside and better known as the birthplace of Giovanni Boccaccio, Certaldo seems an unlikely springboard for a twenty-first-century artistic revolution. And yet, for the last 15 years, it has been the home of Terry Davies, the place where he has set up his
ACF Fiorentina have slipped to fifth placed in Serie A, after 0-2 loss at home to Pescara and a 3-1 away defeat to Udinese, leaving them five points adrift of ...
With ACF Fiorentina having established themselves as serious contenders for a Champions League place this season, the January transfer window could be a crucial period, both to reinforce the Viola squad and to avoid any big-name exits. Here is a look at the reported transfers that could shape the
Football on the wider European stage beckons for ACF Fiorentina, who have made it five wins from five, and now sit third in Serie A. The Viola have lost striker Stevan Jovetic to a soleus muscle tear over the last fortnight, but midfielder Alberto Aquilani has returned from a long-
ACF Fiorentina are firing on all cylinders, taking 10 points from 12 in the last four games, and moving within two points of a Champions League place. A growing sense of optimism has enfolded the Franchi stadium, with the fans chanting Montella's name and already talking of next season'
Florence's Artemio Franchi stadium will host the Italian rugby team this November. At 3pm on Saturday, November 24, Italy will take on Australia in the third of their autumn friendly matches. By match day, Italy will have played Tonga and New Zealand in Brescia and Rome, but the Australians