Thomas Austen

Tom Austen was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and currently attends Syracuse University in New York. With an interest in both journalism and Italian, Tom headed to Florence for six weeks to practice his language in the classroom and his writing as an intern at the Florentine.

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An American’s guide to restaurant Italian

It’s no secret that traces of Hollywood mob films and Olive Garden ads pollute many Americans’ Italian vocabularies—vocabularies usually limited to words of or related to dining. While channeling James ...


Bookshop cafes in Florence

Lingering over a book and a cup of coffee, and maybe even a conversation, is a pleasure shared by many. Around the world, making it possible for customers to browse and sip has proven a solid business model, as evident in the increase in bookstores that include cafés,


A push for Il Palmerino

Il Palmerino, the Renaissance villa turned cultural hub, has just under a week left in a fundraising campaign for its renovation. Launched on crowdfunding platform IndieGogo, the campaign has three principal objectives: creating a new multidisciplinary room to be used for conferences, exhibitions, workshops, and lectures; building a library that


The chocolate wall

Just three years after the nearly 150-year-old Piedmontese cioccolateria founded by Silvano Venchi opened a store in Via Calimaruzza, a stone's throw from the iconic "Porcellino" statue, Venchi has now opened its second Florentine store on major thoroughfare via Calzaiuoli.   Unlike Venchi by piazza del Mercato


Leonardo, live at Santo Stefano al Ponte

photos by Andrea PaolettiFollowing the extremely successful Van Gogh Alive show, which ended on June 2, another multimedia exhibition has just opened at Santo Stefano al Ponte. This time, it’s dedicated to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. Titled ‘Da Vinci Alive: The Experience,' the show will


Rose restored

ph. Andrea Paoletti   Restoration work has been completed on Florence Cathedral’s famous rose window.   Positioned above the doorway of Arnolfo di Cambio’s then-unfinished facade in June 1405, the ...