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August in Florence

August is here, and for those in town, here are a few ideas on how to spend this hot month in Florence. Museums open at night With the warm weather, tourists flock to Florence, but when the summer heat sets in, walking around town in the sun can get hard. They often end up holing up in their hotel with air conditioning, or if it's at our hotel, in the pool! But when evening falls, they are sorry to have missed the museums and monuments. The City of Florence is here to help, having

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Opening night at Three Sixty, Grand Hotel Minerva’s Rooftop Bar

Last Thursday, May 21 was the official opening party of the new season of Three Sixty, Grand Hotel Minerva's Rooftop Bar. After last summer's success, once again you can come here to sip a poolside drink and enjoy happy hour food with Florence in all its splendor as the backdrop for your evening.

The opening party was a huge success, with a full house of guests relishing a lavish spread and live music. The Rooftop Bar has two terraces: the Chiostri Terrace and the Pool

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Champagne Ritual at the St. Regis

It's seven o'clock and the mood for happy hour strikes. I decide to treat myself to something different than the usual bar and go to a place with extra class, so I head to try out the famous Champagne Ritual at the St. Regis Hotel. I'm ready to see the "sabrage" ritual — opening the champagne bottle with a saber!

This is a place brimming with feeling — that's the only way I can think to describe the relaxing atmosphere enjoyed on the comfortable sofas in their winter garden. A

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Exhibition: “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenist World.”

The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi has opened another fascinating exhibition called "Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenist World," open until June 21, 2015.

The exhibition tells the story of artistic developments in the Hellenist age, from the 4th to 1st centuries BCE, achieved through the use of bronze, which made it possible to create dynamic, full-figure statues and bring naturalism to their portraits, focusing on psychological expression. Statues of gods, athletes,

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Taste 2015: Recap

The Taste fair, in its tenth year, has comes to a close once again. For three days (March 7 to 9), Stazione Leopolda was bustling with 320 exhibitors from around the world. This year was once again a booming success and well attended. A spectacular installation greeted visitors at Stazione Leopolda's entrance, designed by Vetreria Etrusca (which also did the interiors), featuring 1,000 glass bottles lighting the fair's many stands. A wonderful installation was also seen at the culinary book

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Valentine’s Day in Florence

February is for lovers... have you ever imagined spending it in Florence? Florence is a city of romance — the place where love bloomed between Dante and his Beatrice, and every year thousands of couples choose it for their honeymoons or even as a place to marry. Where better to spend next February 14 with your special someone? So what are Florence's most romantic spots?

Photo credit: joshz687 Before the sun goes down, we suggest a sweet, hand-in-hand stroll through the

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Pitti Uomo 87

Florence's big winter fashion event is back, the most important menswear trade show in town. It's Pitti Immagine Uomo. . At the Fortezza da Basso from January 13 to 16, the trade show draws an ever-growing number of exhibitors and industry professionals (last year some 30,000 attendees were recorded). Including emerging brands and the return of some famous ones (Superdry and Northsail), for four days you can admire the new Fall/Winter menswear collection and a preview of womenswear (about 70

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Christmas in Florence

December has arrived at last, and all of Florence has a dazzling, fun Christmas feel about it already. Not only are there glittering shop windows and brilliant lights on the center's streets, as soon as you step into Piazza Duomo, you'll be awed by its gigantic Christmas tree and you'll have to stop spellbound to look at the Santa Maria del Fiore crèche. So how to spend your time while you wait for Christmas Eve to arrive so you can gather with friends and family to unwrap your presents? We

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“Todo Modo”: Bookshop, cafe and theater in one

In Via dei Fossi, last November 18, the independent bookstore "Todo Modo" opened its door to a 180 sq.m. space, offering, beyond books, theatrical shows and chance to sit down for a coffee. More than a bookstore, Todo Modo — whose name comes from Leonardo Sciascia's novel — is also a cafe and theater. Its founders wanted to create a kind of "living room" in Florence to stop and browse books while giving their customers a full experience beyond reading.

The shop has about 15,000

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Florence Expo 2015

Expo 2015 — slated from May 1 to October 2015 in Milan — is being feverishly prepared. A section of Milan covering over a million square meters is dedicated to the Expo, which expects 15 million visitors, involving 130 countries.Florence is gearing up too for Florence Expo 2015, which includes many initiatives and events to promote Florence, its area and its history. Florence is the perfect union of past and future, where the cradle of the Renaissance and its hundreds of years of history meets

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