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Italy vs. the tourists

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People have been complaining about “the tourists” in Florence for at least a century, but crowds and their behaviour keep getting worse, not better. This year, city administrations are taking action. But is there any way to reverse the trend? November may be rainy here, but it’s a fast walker’s paradise. The streets, devoid of tourists, take back their medieval …

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36 Hours in Perugia, Italy

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New York Times: Despite its proximity to the epicenter of last year’s earthquakes in Italy (Perugia suffered no significant damage) and some bad publicity after the Amanda Knox trial, Perugia remains one of the country’s most vibrant and underrated destinations. This is due, in no small part, to the energy of the early 14th-century University of Perugia, one of the oldest universities in Italy. …

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Venice Biennale of Architecture 2016: Reporting from the Front

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“For some years now we have been saying that the hallmark of our times is the mismatch between architecture and civil society,” says Paolo Baratta, the President of La Biennale di Venezia, the umbrella body that oversees the Biennale of Architecture, as well those of art, cinema, dance, music, and theater. “On the one hand, architecture seems preoccupied with producing …

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A Writer’s Headlong Immersion Into Italian

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Jhumpa Lahiri is one of literature’s linguistic nomads. Born in London to Indian immigrants, her first language was Bengali. She learned English while young (she was raised in Rhode Island) and in it has written four authoritative works of fiction, including “Interpreter of Maladies” (1999), for which she won a Pulitzer Prize.“In Other Words” is Ms. Lahiri’s first nonfiction book. …

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Where to Go in Florence

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Abutting Florence’s main train station, San Lorenzo is a maze of mostly dingy streets that locals typically avoided, especially after dark. But since the district’s historic Mercato Centrale opened its gorgeous upper floor — a gleaming space filled with vendors of Tuscany’s finest artisanal foodstuffs — in 2014, the entire neighborhood has been looking better. By day, the streets surrounding …

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Want to spoil your semester in Florence? Here’s how

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You’ve weighed the pros and cons and have finally decided to take the plunge: you’re going to study abroad in Florence! The birthplace of the Renaissance. The former stomping grounds of the Supreme Poet himself, Dante Alighieri. A longstanding style capital filled with flagship stores and sartorial hotspots. The hometown of gelato, bistecca fiorentina and tons of famously fresh Tuscan …

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In Tuscany, Following the Rise and Fall of Machiavelli

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The medieval hamlet of Sant’Andrea in Percussina sits in the Tuscan hills amid rose-covered stone farmhouses and small country chapels surrounded by acres of silver-green olive groves. Farmers drive Apes, the tiny three-wheeled farm vehicles favored by pensioners here, piled high with fruit and vegetables from their land, while the scent of grapes fermenting for local Chianti wine, one of …

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NYU Florence Heirs Might Be Owed 50% Of Estate

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An update to European inheritance laws could spell a major loss for NYU’s Florence campus. The Florence campus, located on the 57-acre Villa La Pietra estate, was gifted to NYU in 1994 after the death of its previous owner, Sir Harold Acton. With no children to inherit the estate, Acton’s Villa La Pietra became a functioning NYU campus within the next year. But …

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36 Hours in Florence

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Florence was thrust into the spotlight in February when its mayor, the dynamic 39-year-old Matteo Renzi, became Italy’s youngest prime minister. But the Tuscan capital he left behind appears to be flourishing. Once-neglected landmarks have been repurposed as contemporary cultural spaces. This spring, the historic Mercato Centrale market hall unveiled a new floor filled with stalls from the region’s top …

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Top 10 summer exhibits in Florence

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Escape the heat this summer by exploring the best exhibitions that Florence has to offer in its best- and lesser-known, often air-conditioned museums. Alternatively, check out the outdoor art installations up at beloved Forte Belvedere and in Giardino dell’Orticoltura. There’s something for all art lovers this summer in Florence!  Read more. From the Florentine, BY CATRIONA MILLER   (JULY 8, 2014 – 11:00)