Problem 286 – Understanding Florence


This month, Florence is expected to have a very special guest. Pope Francis attends the last Italian Episcopal Conference. “Mediterranean Frontier of Peace” February 27The meeting brought together 100 mayors from major cities. in the Mediterranean and pastors from every church on the Mediterranean coast. This meeting is a shared commitment to peace, environment, development cooperation. and social integration The Pope’s visit serves as a beacon for reflection in times of trouble. It is an opportunity for us to analyze the role that faith and spirit play in our lives

in this edition of Florencewe give details of Pope’s visit on 27 February (page 5) with comments from Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, Archbishop of Florence. and Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, President of the Italian Bishops Conference. And American journalists Ryan and Molly McAnany are like the past. “Mayor of Saints” Giorgio La Pirawhich held a meeting of the Metropolitan Mayors in the city of Renaissance in 1955 (Page 6+7). Profile of Deirdre Pirro Elia Dalla CostaCompanion of Lapira and former Cardinal and Archbishop of Florence (page 31). A Canadian clergyman based in Church of Santi Apostoli, Father Kramer Cameron talks about his vision for Florence’s international Catholic community (page 8) and architectural photographer. Davide Virdis Provide this month’s special cover and photo of the city’s aqueduct beneath Michelangelo Square. as part of the Publiacqua project, which manages the city’s water supply (Pages 16+17).

Covid is still in our hearts for sure though. Omicron waves show signs of subsidence., The hospital bed is getting more and more empty. And the Italian government has taken additional measures to protect its people. It comes into effect this month. People over 50 are legally required to be vaccinated. Failure to do so will result in a fine of 100 euros for a single slap on the wrist. the other side of the same coin People over 50 must be able to provide evidence of vaccination or recovery from coronavirus in the past 6 months (called Super Green Pass or Optional green pass) to access the workplace The fine ranges from 600 to 1,500 euros, and additional steps are being taken this month. Expect a point check for a basic green pass in stores, banks and post offices. (Negative antigen test 48 hours before or PCR 72 hours prior Evidence of vaccinations or recovery in the past 6 months) Although business owners are not obliged to scan everyone’s QR codes, they reserve the right to review. Trenitalia office changed our platform at the last minute. And every passerby was stopped to check the green pass on the chilly steps to the railroad tracks. shocking Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi recognizes our collective exhaustion. This is especially true for parents who are constantly confronted with quarantined children. even if vaccinated From February 7th that will be changed. “We want Italy to be more open. Especially for our children,” Prime Minister Draghi commented. As his government approves a measure to remove distance learning for all vaccinated children. and halving the distance learning time from 10 to 5 days, except children aged 0 to 6 are exempt from the vaccination campaign. Other new measures include an unlimited green pass for people who have received three or two doses and are recovering from COVID. From February 7th, foreign tourists will be able to stay in hotels and dine in restaurants with a basic green card (vaccination plus sputnik. or vaccines that are not licensed in Italy or recovered in the past 6 months or had a negative antigen test 48 hours ago or PCR 72 hours ago). Florence cannot wait to welcome more visitors.

But now, as we come out of the long winter of social life that has stunted and hindered economic activity, It’s time to embrace the feeling of 1 Corinthians 13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love, but the greatest love” that leads us to Valentine’s Day. Our usual gift guide (Page 20+21) focuses on the arts and crafts of the city, while Ashton Saldana offers us the most romantic February 14th experience. From heart-shaped pizzas to delivering flowers, Hershey Felder explores the palace behind partially opened shutters in Santissima Annunziata Square (Pages 18+19), where a 16th-century ghost bride is still said to await the return of her stray husband on the battlefield, Phoebe Hunt describes a more modern love story that speaks to founder Matteo Sani. Photoautomaticaabout the ancient photo booths he restored and placed around the city.

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