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Festival degli Scrittori Kicks Off in Florence

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The much-anticipated Festival degli Scrittori (Festival of Writers) begins tomorrow in Florence, Italy. Now in its third year, the highly praised literary event is the city’s hot ticket this week—and arguably this year.

From June 12–14, 2013, the international culturatti and the intellectually curious will mingle in the heart of old Firenze with some of today’s top authors, translators, critics, and boldface names—all with the high-minded ghosts of the Rennaissance, fittingly, looking on.

Dreamed up by Baronessa Beatrice Monti della Corte, widow of the writer Gregor von Rezzori and founder of the Santa Maddalena Foundation writers’ retreat, the Festival aims to promote and celebrate international literature and the nuanced talents of translation. And this year's line-up promises to be animated—Pulitzer prize-winners Jennifer Egan and Michael Cunningham in conversation; lectures with titles like “Reading and Translating Virgil in the era of Facebook”; even a recital by Jeremy Irons.

Attendees will also hear from Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Jeannette Winterson, and Atiq Rahimi, among other big voices. If that weren’t enough, Colm Tóibín, author of The Master, a novel about Henry James, will lead a bus tour of the 19th-century writer’s Florence.

Over the next few days, from the Palazzo Strozzi to the Palazzo Vecchio, literature will come to life, global talents will be anointed, and new reading lists made, and revised, and revised again.

If you are a lit-lover and cannot attend this year’s Festival of Writers, do dog-ear the event for 2014. In the meantime, we always have books to take us places.

Adrien Glover
Adrien Glover is the deputy digital editor at
Travel + Leisure.

Photo credit: Don Mammoser / Alamy

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