July 17, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO FLORENCE, ITALY From LAX, Alitalia, Air France and Lufthansa offer connecting service (change of plane) to Florence. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $884, excluding fees and taxes. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (the international dialing code), 39 (the country code for Italy) and then the local number. WHERE TO STAY Granduomo, No. 1/7 Piazza del Duomo; 055-2670004, http://www.granduomo.com . A newly restored 18th century palazzo overlooking the Duomo offers elegant mini-apartments, a roof terrace and a cozy library.
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June 26, 2013 |
L.A. County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in the unincorporated Florence area, officials said Wednesday. The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 5900 block of Miramonte Boulevard. The unidentified man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff's department said. No other details were available. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
August 7, 2013 |
A 600-year-old statue residing in a museum in Florence, Italy, has one fewer finger on its right hand thanks to an American tourist who came in contact with the artwork and broke off a digit. The tourist, whose name has not been reported, allegedly broke off the right pinky finger of the statue while attempting to measure it. The incident is thought to have been an accident, but officials in Italy questioned the American and are weighing what action to take. Reports have described the tourist as a 55-year-old man from Missouri. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The statue, which is thought to depict the Virgin Mary, dates from either the 14th or 15th century.
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May 16, 2013 |
A bicyclist was killed Wednesday night when he was struck by a car fleeing police after a shooting incident in Florence, authorities said. The victim was a 34-year-old Latino man, police said. He was hit about 10:45 p.m. at East 84th Street and South Central Avenue in Florence and was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher No said Thursday. The car struck the bicyclist and dragged him across the street, where it also knocked over a corner street sign, KTLA-TV reported.
July 17, 2011 |
"Florence has changed," my friend Alessandra told me on the phone. "There's a new spirit here. " "I don't believe it," I said. "I know Florentines; they're conservative people who hate change. " "Come and see for yourself. I'm going on a trip. You can have my apartment," Alessandra said. It was an offer I couldn't refuse. Although Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, and its entire center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, both of us worried that it had become tourist hell.
November 3, 2012 |
When in Florence, Italy, be sure to visit the small Opificio delle Pietre Dure, the Museum of Precious Stones, to see how artisans used semi-precious stones and marble to create beautiful artwork hundreds of years ago. Opificio delle Pietre Dure, 78 Via Alfani, Florence; 011-39-055-26511, http://www.opificiodellepietredure.it . Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission about $5. Cheryl Kohr Palos Verdes Estates