Mille “grazie”: letter from the editor
October 29, 2021 – 5:06 PM
Thank you must be one of the most frequently used words in the English language. This and sorry. But does there come a time when a sentence becomes so banal that its meaning begins to lose importance?
Grazie is different. Latin as a courtesy, this simple word contains a galaxy of meanings. It can be embellished in a thousand and one ways: thank you so much, grazie di cuore, infinite grazie. We can lift it up to the heavens (grazie al cielo) or raise our gratitude to the heavens (Grazie a Dio) of overwhelming relief. Corn grazie always stays in the plural as if a thank you was never enough, or perhaps by referring to The daughters of Zeus, the Graces (The Tré Grazie), Euphrosyne, Aglaea and Thalia, who were said to represent beauty, cheerfulness and elegance, for grazie always designates refinement, harmony and delicacy. Italian gratitude also conveys an element of salvation and liberation; if you are pardoned for a crime, you are graziato.
Before Thanksgiving this year I hear–and feel the grazie–Everywhere I go. Sunday lunch at I’Brindellone saw me handing over the money and being lavished with a plethora of grazie for choosing to eat there. (Personally, I’m grateful for an Oltrarno restaurant where the food remains top notch and reasonably priced. tagliolini al tartufo!) The other day, a couple of Americans in their twilight years were struggling on the steps of Santa Maria Novella station with a quartet of checkouts. A young Italian stopped and insisted on helping them. “Grazie!They rang, tiredness in their voices. “Grazie has voi per essere qua!He answered sincerely, grateful for their return to Italy. If there’s one lesson we’ve learned over the past twenty months, it’s the importance of kindness, kindness, another word brimming with a typically Italian import that should never be overlooked.
There is something about beauty that makes us subconsciously grateful and Capture of Florencehenge by New York photographer Ryan David (forgive the appropriation!) is an impromptu act of thanksgiving to the city that is so dear to us. We are not the only ones to think so because Lonely Planet names our Florence as the only Italian destination in its Best in Travel 2022 guide.
In this November issue of The Florentine, Daniela Lucioni talks about his benevolent custody of a 13th century palace, now a B&B overlooking the Duomo where the cover photo was taken; actor Debi Mazar and his food entrepreneur Gabriele Corcos detail their return to Florence after 20 years living in the United States (you may have heard them speaking in person at The Florentine breakfast last month); and our friends at Creatives in Florence give us a taste of the craft scene, just like Kris garland with her desire to support the artisans of the city during this holiday season with her AtBottega online shopping connection. Art and culture take center stage this month with Martin Holman’s review of Jeff Koons. Sparkle at Palazzo Strozzi, a look at the new Selfie Museum (it’s more of an installation!) and the next contemporary musical film by Hershey Felder, Dante and Beatrice in Florence. Back by popular demand: our fashion pages showcasing local designers and featuring local models, this time shot on the theme of Heaven and Hell (Dante again!) at 25hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino.
In November, to you, our readers, there is only one thing I really want to say, and the cat is already out of the proverbial (eco-leather) bag: grazie di tutto.
See you on Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving with the Florentine
At 6:30 p.m. on November 25, join us at the Poggio Casciano de Ruffino Winery to celebrate the occasion while being nestled in the Tuscan hills just 20 minutes from Florence. Reserve your seat for 38 euros per person and dine on traditional stuffed turkey and American classics with a Tuscan twist. Get a head start on Black Friday with special discounts on all Ruffino wines and gift boxes. Enjoy the holidays with an exclusive overnight stay: 180 euros include Thanksgiving dinner and one night in a double room for two. E-mail: [email protected], T: +39 378 3050220.
Contents of the November issue of The Florentine
At breakfast with Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
For New York actor Debi Mazar (Goodfellas, Entourage, Younger), the dream of living in Italy was once imaginable only on the big screen. That all changed when she met Gabriele Corcos (food entrepreneur and TV host, Extra Virgin) on vacation in Florence in the summer of 2001. After marriage, children and 20 years living in the United States, the couple recently made the decision to return to Fiesole, Gabriele’s hometown. A little over 13 years after our last interview, we met Debi and Gabriele at a Readers’ Breakfast at 25hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino.
Instainterview with Danella Lucioni: @windowtotheduomo
The creator behind one of the city’s most coveted spaces, Peruvian-born American artist and designer Danella Lucioni, reveals the backstory of Italy’s most “loved” Airbnb in 2020 “Window to the Duomo “and its Antelux and Astrum Penthouse apartments.
Fall / Winter Looks: Giving Up All Hope Is No Longer An Option
Elevate your image in heaven or hell this fall / winter with local, durable and devilishly flirty outfits that encourage you to wear Florence on your sleeve. All these looks are signed by young creatives open to the world: yes, they all sell their fashion online. There has never been a better time for a vita nova!
Foodservice Conversations: The New Woman Behind the Camera
On November 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Italy, listen to Restoration Conversations, the latest episode in the online interview series, featuring exhibition curator Andrea Nelson, during the groundbreaking exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC, titled The new woman behind the camera, which highlights 120 female photographers who worked around the world between the 1920s and 1950s. Tune in to The Florentine’s YouTube channel to watch.
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Martin Holman offers us a review of Jeff Koons’ exhibition, Shine, at Palazzo Strozzi.
Harry Cochrane examines the situation in Siena as the Palio is still unable to regain ground after the pandemic.
Exceptional and influential women in early modern Florence
Anna Dowling-Clarke examines the theme of female patronage in Florence.
An alternative artistic tour of Pisa
There is much more to Pisa than the Leaning Tower, the bend of the Arno River and the Galileo Galilei Airport. The Florentine spent a day exploring all that is artistic in Pisa on behalf of Toscana Promozione Turistica, the regional tourist office of Tuscany.
Famous expats: Hiram Powers
The elegant spirituality in content and form as well as the marble purity of the quarries of Seravezza near Carrara are depicted in the chained life-size female nude called The Greek slave. Carved with these goals in mind by American neoclassical artist Hiram Powers in Florence between 1841 and 1843, the statue established his international reputation as a sculptor. Deirdre Pirro examines the artist’s life.
Antonia Mufarech talks to Ilaria Tolossi, owner and designer of Essère workshop, and Beatrice Parri Gori, manager and granddaughter of one of the founders of Scuola del Cuoio, on their vocation as craftsmen in Florence.
A new season of art and design with local designers
From art exhibitions and workshops, to new fashion and accessory collections, the local craft scene in Florence is in full swing this fall. We contacted the artists and designers of the Creative People cultural association in Florence for all the latest news from their workbenches, easels and workshops.
Dante and Beatrice: an eternal love story
Hershey Felder is filming his latest musical film in Florence, a tribute to the love story of Dante and Beatrice.
Buy tickets for the world premiere on November 30 and an additional viewing week here.
THINGS TO DO
New Florence-inspired books for cool-weather reading
Writers have been busy in recent months, especially scholars who yearn for Florence or anyone who closed their doors in medieval palaces during the darker days of this pandemic time. This fall, indulge yourself with one of the many Florence-inspired reads on your flight back to Peretola or from your easy chair. It’s time to welcome the bookish season again with these new Tuscany-centric readings.
Article sponsored by David and Alatia Bach.
Selfie museum: quite simply worthy of an insta
Hayley Daffern spends a few hours at Florence’s latest entertainment: the Selfie Museum (it’s actually more of an installation).
Eight miles south of Florence is the Florence American Cemetery, commemorating the thousands of Americans who fell liberating Italy during World War II. Caroline Savage recently spoke with the Superintendent Angel Matos on overseeing all aspects of day-to-day cemetery operations.
FOOD + WINE
The Stellar: the sky’s the limit
Devouring deconstructed “carbonara” in a spatial cocoon is not everyday, but the ambitions of The Stellar, the restaurant, the cocktail bar and the event space, have something disproportionate, which made Granaio dell vibrate. ‘Abbondanza, the old urban granary. and army barracks transformed into a coworking and socializing center.
Cellars with kitchens to warm you up this fall
As the mercury heads south, our taste buds turn to Tuscan reds. Warm and generous, Sangiovese kisses like this favorite scarf around our shoulders. Those wineries in Montalcino and Montepulciano serve famous local dishes to accompany their best rosso wine.
The olive harvest of Tuscany: a precious tradition in the face of seasonal challenges
As October drew to a close and the cool autumn breeze began to envelop the Tuscan hills, it marked the start of one of Tuscany’s most famous traditions: the olive harvest. Florence International School students Bernardo Petochi and Jack Bach take a look at the 2021 olive oil season.
Fall events at Villa San Michele
The fall calendar of Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel in the hills of Fiesole will charm and seduce you with a multitude of culinary and cultural activities. Find out more.
A top of the range food: Tuscan Florence taste
Ashton Saldana talks about artisanal tasting and specialty store, Tuscan taste Florence, in the heart of Oltrarno.
Grow yours: Orto San Frediano
Florence now has her own vegetable garden with the opening of Orto San Frediano designed by Italian chef and finalist Masterchef Enrica Della Martira.