An interview with Tim Rutili of Califone

On Wednesday, May 31 at 9.15 pm, a piece of rock history will be hitting the picturesque Oltrarno venue of Sala Vanni on occasion of the Glorytellers songwriter concert series. From Chicago’s ...


BowLand’s “Floating Trip”: a soaring debut

A backstage chat is a rare journalistic privilege nowadays, where skype calls and interviews via mail are the norm. Savouring that beautiful dressing room tension, on April 8 I sat ...


⁄handlogic: an overnight sensation

A little over a year ago,  ⁄handlogic was but a dream in the minds of its founders – now these young Florentine musicians are marching their über-talented creation out into the world. Powerfully ...


Colombia remastered: the music of Jhon Montoya

Jhon Montoya was born at the foothills of the Andes. His passion for music goes way back: driven by an undying love for great composers such as Bach and Vivaldi, ...


Sex Pizzul: live and kicking

Step aside Fiorentina: Florence has a new dream team and it’s sporting the colours of rock, dribble and roll. Sex Pizzul are a champion formation boasting the strength of three musicians among ...


Setting sail with indie band RIVA

A new name is setting Florence’s musical horizon ablaze, a pirate ship charged with groovalicious ammo just waiting to be unloaded on our unsuspecting shores (and hips!). RIVA is a ...


Ugo Gherardi on the 1966 Florence flood

The city was still sleeping, the fancy shops of via de’ Tornabuoni were still closed and the lungarno still remained free from curious tourists. Walking along lungarno Acciaiuoli on my ...


Casa Museo Bruschi’s Elisabetta Bidini

Oonagh Stransky, The Tuscan Times correspondent in Arezzo, interviews Elisabetta Bidini, the assistant director of Casa Museo Bruschi to find out what life is like behind the walls and in ...


Beatrice Grassi, President of Consorzio Firenze Albergo

The week after Ferragosto is curiously quiet in Florence, but while the locals have deserted the city in search of water fights on Tuscany’s beaches, Florence’s hotels are still busy welcoming guests from all over the world. The Florentine met with Beatrice Grassi, president of Consorzio


The man behind the move

ph. Phillip Toledano – ‘Maybe’   Now in its fifth year, the Cortona on the Move Festival is a summer-long celebration of photography. This always-astonishing mosaic of exhibitions, workshops, portfolio ...


Interview with Max Weinberg, drummer for Bruce Springsteen

Weinberg performing at the Cortona Mix Festival   “The screen door slams, Mary’s dress sways, Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays…”   I’ve written ...


An interview with Linda Loppa

White and minimalist, the office of the director of Polimoda Linda Loppa belies the international fashion institute’s focus and creativity.


Meet the president of Florence’s Chamber of Commerce

With Expo 2015 in nearby Milan and myriad other international events, such as the Flora Firenze flower show in May and Pope Francis’ visit in November, this is a year of opportunity for Tuscan businesses. The Florentine spoke with Leonardo Bassilichi, president of Florence’s Chamber of Commerce,


Coffee with Louise Holm Ferragamo

On a crisp day, The Florentine had the pleasure of chatting with Louise Holm Ferragamo in the discreet ambience of Caffè dell’Oro along lungarno degli Acciaiuoli. As the winter rays streamed in through the windows, Louise explained what brought her to Florence, her fervent support of Meyer


A chat with Abigail Rupp

Photos by Marco Badiani Before the holiday season got underway, The Florentine paid a visit to the recently renovated Palazzo Canevaro to chat with U.S. Consul General Abigail Rupp about life in Florence, the work of the U.S. Consulate and the weirdest thing she has seen in the


Valeria Piccini

A sought-after destination for the likes of Queen Victoria, the St. Regis Florence is now more than just a luxurious place to stay. The Art Deco-style winter garden at one of Florence’s leading hotels has opened its doors to Valeria Piccini, one of Tuscany’s


Vito Mollica

Walking into the sumptuous surroundings of Palazzo della Gherardesca is always a soothing and pleasurable experience, but it is all the more so when one is about to meet the Four Seasons Florence’s Michelin-starred chef, Vito Mollica. Modest in his success and amiable with all, Basilicata-born