Uffizi Reopens With 14 New Rooms

Museumgoers rejoice! After months of waiting, the Uffizi Gallery reopened starting May 4 with not one, not two, not three, but 14 new rooms showcasing over 120 self-portraits from the 16th century. Newly displayed works by artists including Daniele da Volterra, Rosso Fiorentino, and Bartolomeo Passerotti will be showcased, with 13 rooms dedicated to the masterpieces by artists of Florentine, Emilian, and Roman origin. The 14th and final room will display the self-portraits of the artists along [...]

Market ‘Anti-Covid’ Flooring & New Portico

San Lorenzo Market will have a new ‘anti-Covid’ pavement put in as a safety precaution to reduce the future spread of virus transmissions in public spaces.  The new non-slip and resistant flooring has recently been approved by the Superintendency and was announced by the Councillor for Public Works, Titta Meucci and the President of the Mercato Centrale, Massimo Manetti as the new project for keeping the Market safe and sanitary.  The new flooring [...]

Vanessa Incontrada Against Body Shaming

  “Don’t judge, beauty will save the world.” The Florentine street artist collective Lediesis includes this caption on their Instagram @lediesis alongside a photo of their latest mural of Spanish-Italian actress, model, and TV presenter, Vanessa Incontrada, who recently posed nude for the cover of the latest Vanity Fair. Incontrada’s decision to model naked for the cover shoot and Lediesis’ mural in response both comment in favor of the body positivity movement.  The [...]

A Trio of Women Conductors at ORT

A woman has been appointed conductor and two women principal guest conductors of the prestigious ORT (Orchestra della Toscana). ORT artistic director Giorgio Battistelli went on record to say “to put things into perspective, if three men had been chosen, it would be taken for granted and not make headlines.” The 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Orchestra della Toscana will be celebrated in 2020 with a series of important changes with [...]

The Paperback Exchange: A Fresh New Start

“This bookstore, we could say, was like a series of fortunate events,” says Icaro Rotunda. He and Gianluca Romeo took a leap of faith when they bought the Paperback Exchange bookstore (via delle Oche 4/r) at the beginning of May 2019. With no background in managing or owning a store, the two entrepreneurs have faced this challenge head on and have maneuvered their way into success. After living in Montreal, Canada for a [...]

Simbiosi Expands with a New Organic Café

In keeping up with ever-changing international melting pot of cuisines, and unique dietary needs is the rise of more self-conscious diners who crave a healthier alternative. Luckily for them, there is a new local café which delivers just that and more. Simbiosi Organic Café & Lovely Bistro on Via Ginori 64r, opened its doors recently to deliver an organic experience like no other in Florence. The lovely premises hold true to its name [...]

Caffé Lietta: A Spinoff of Caffé Giacosa

CAFFE’ LIETTA. Piazza Libertà 6/7/8 red at the end of via San Gallo, Florence.  Open Monday to Saturday from 7 am – 9 pm. Thanks to designer’s Roberto Cavalli’s nieces, Florence’s historic Caffè Giacosa, which recently closed, is the inspiration for the brand-new Caffè Lietta.  Reimagined by two sisters, Francesca and Lucilla Tacconi, Caffè Lietta opens as a remake of their uncle’s Caffe Giacosa, with a new appearance now combining both nature and urban [...]

The Uffizi’s New Acquisition

The Uffizi recently purchased Daniele Ricciarelli’s (the artist better known as Daniele da Volterra) Elijah in the Desert. The painting was completed between 1543-1547, under the papacy of Paul II Farnese. A masterpiece of 16th century Italian painting, the work depicts the prophet Elijah in a moment of meditation. The influence of Michelangelo’s monumental figures in the Sistine Chapel is evident in Elijah’s musculature and pose, as well as the work’s rich tonality. [...]

TSH: A New Kind of Hotel in Florence

Opening on July 1, The Student Hotel‘s (TSH) first Florence location will bring 390 modern, stylishly designed rooms to the city, targeted to an ever-growing population of global and digital “nomads.” Complete with a state-of-the-art gym, extensive collaborative spaces for co-working, and a rooftop bar and pool with staggering views of the Duomo, The Student Hotel holds to true to its tag phrase: “Completely Connected Community.” It is a model with an undeniable [...]

From ‘Old England’ Comes ‘Souvenir’

Old England, an independent historical clothing store located on Via dei Vecchietti, 28, once popular among many Florentines, re-opened under new management on Sept. 8 as Souvenir, a contemporary women’s clothing boutique. The new store will continue Old England’s up-scale styles while adding a contemporary twist. First established in 1924, Old England was like no other in the city, known for its English wool sweaters and other English-style clothing, fabrics and umbrellas. Aside [...]