The Dead Season

The Dead Season by Christobel Kent Atlantic Books (e-book)

Sunday, 10 June, 2012, 12:00am

JEWEL IN the crown

If there were such a thing as a royal family in Florence, the Ferragamos would be it. The brothers and sisters, their children and mother - Wanda Ferragamo, widow of Salvatore and a powerful Italian matriarch - are the most famous people in this gorgeous, historic city, but remain respected, private, unsullied by gossip and tabloid-worthy shenanigans.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

An enamoured suitor's persistence pays off

It's often tricky to date your best friend. In this case, it took Thomas Ng about six years to finally win Florence Wing's heart.

Thomas, a government officer, and Florence, a shipping manager, were married on March 17 at St Margaret's Church. They celebrated with 160 friends and relatives at Hong Kong Parkview.

2 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Artistic impressions

Jumping Frames began life eight years ago as a weekend screening of dance videos in a small 60-seat space. It has since evolved into a biennial festival, organised by the City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), which celebrates an art form that combines choreography and dance with filmmaking.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Gilded stage

Florence was the jewel of the Italian Renaissance and it remains a city packed with art and architecture. It hosts works by some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance: Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli and more. It was also the birthplace of the modern financial system and had a burgeoning economy that allowed art and culture to flourish.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Visions of greatness for Florence's favoured son

Officine Panerai calls the lovely Italian city of Florence its home, as did perhaps the most famous scientist and stargazer in history, Galileo Galilei.

The systems and ideas Galileo put into motion became the foundation for modern science, navigation and even time-keeping.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Life and times of a handsome young man in Florence

David By Mary Hoffman Published by Bloomsbury ISBN 978 1 4088 0052 2

Michelangelo's statue of the biblical hero David is famous all over the world.

The sculpture has stood in Florence for more than 500 years but the identity of the young man who modelled for it is still a mystery.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

On style, she rules

I'm so excited to hear Farmacia Santa Maria Novella has landed in Hong Kong, but where is it hiding? I've loved its Melograno products forever and it would be such a relief not to have to deal with carrying from Rome or getting the liquid stuff delivered to Hong Kong.

Hail Mary, Stanley

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

FILM (1965)

The Agony and the Ecstasy Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento Director: Carol Reed

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Da Firenze - Conet Lee

Florence-based Hong Kong painter Conet Lee demonstrates his artistic range in etchings, watercolours, inks and oils. The works are inspired by his life in Italy and travels in France and Germany, and show rabbits, dogs, fish and impressionist landscapes. Today, 10am-9pm, HK Visual Arts Centre, 7A Kennedy Rd, Central. Inquiries: 2521 3008. Ends today

17 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Tuesday, Sept 27, 9.05-9.35pm

Tuesday, Sept 27, 9.05-9.35pm

David Rocco's Dolce Vita

TVB Pearl

David Rocco is not a chef - he's Italian.

Part cooking show, part cultural lesson, Canadian-born Rocco takes viewers to his

kitchen in Florence, Italy,

showing them that they don't need a cooking diploma to make Italian dishes.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Tuscan cooking schools

Coltibuono Lorenza de'Medici, who has published more than 30 cookbooks, started this famous cooking school in the mid-1970s and it is still going strong under the direction of resident chef Francesco Torre. One-day (Euro155/$1,500) and five-day (Euro2,550) classes are held at Badia a Coltibuono, an 11th-century estate and winery near the Chianti region of Tuscany.

28 Nov 2004 - 12:00am


Getting there

If you plan to arrive by train from Nice, remember to reserve a seat. We forgot and were left standing and sharing seats for about six hours. From Milan, it's a good idea to get on the Eurostar as the journey will be much quicker.


17 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

A fond farewell

When people have asked me how I fill this page every week, this is what I say: I go out to lunch with publicists, socialites, designers and retailers; I spend loads of time on the phone; and occasionally I fly to Florence for perfume launches and Paris for the debut of a new handbag line. As career choices go, it's a hectic and glorious ride. For me, however, it is one that must now end.

23 Dec 2001 - 12:00am