Author: Jane Farrell

After five years studying literature, film, and classical civilisation, Jane moved from Ireland to Sicily for what was intended to be a brief stint teaching english, travel writing, and learning Italian. The love affair with Italy was unbreakable and led to making a permanent home in Florence. Always journalistically inclined, she is eager to share her ever-deepening love for Tuscany.
September 18, 2019

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

ANIMALS/Follow Your Pet September 21 and 22   The dedicated event to man’s best friend (and all other animal pals) is here for a weekend full of ecology and respect for the environment in the company of your pets. Experience dog plogging (collecting park waste in the company of your dog) as well as pet-themed […]
September 14, 2019

Environmentally friendly homes in Florence

When you were looking for your perfect home in Florence, did you pay much (or any) attention to that sliding scale from “A4” to “G” that declared the energy efficiency of your future four walls? Perhaps you were more taken by the Tuscan countryside and smitten by the sunsets. I don’t blame you for favouring […]
September 11, 2019

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

MUSIC AND ART/ Firenze Suona Contemporanea Until September 24     This festival celebrates the out-of-the-ordinary with a range of experimental events related to contemporary art and music. The 11th edition runs until September 27 with a series of exhibitions, installations and concerts across four locations: Museo Novecento, the Tepidarium in Giardino dell’Orticoltura on via […]
September 4, 2019

Redressing the balance: Progetto Arcobaleno

When you fall out of love with a jumper, what do you do? Hide it in the back of your wardrobe, doomed to never see the light of day again, a feast for the moths; or simply just throw it away? Why not do something meaningful instead? Donating clothes to charity shops is worth the […]
September 2, 2019

Best events in September 2019

SCIENCE/BRIGHT Researchers’ festival September 26-28       Intellectuals take to the streets on September 26 for speaker’s corners in piazza San Giovanni and piazza Strozzi: catch a talk about the city on an evening stroll and wake up your mind to the ground-breaking research undertaken by Florentine scholars. Look to the stars with a […]
July 31, 2019

What to do in August in Florence

August can feel like a slow month in Florence with shops closing and everyone hitting the beach. But if you’re around, seek shelter from the heat at some of these cool indoor events or get a kick out of summer in the city with some fun evening dos.     August 1 / There is […]
July 17, 2019

How to survive the summer with kids

What do you do when you’re hot, your kids are hot, and things are going to explode into a fiery argument if you don’t cool down pronto? Never fear, solutions are here!     COOLING DOWN     There is nothing quite like the sweet relief of a cool dip in one of Florence’s many […]
July 10, 2019


Dear readers,   I’ve always been someone to take risks. Nothing dangerous, mind you, but I certainly like to throw myself into challenges. Leaving Ireland for Sicily four years ago, having just emerged from a gruelling few years of studies and work, I embarked on what was intended to be a brief stint teaching English, […]
July 4, 2019

La Wanda Gastrica and the art of a drag queen

  Diego Claudio has been a drag artist for 22 years. Here he talks to The Florentine about his drag persona, La Wanda Gastrica, the scene in Florence and Tuscany (or the absence of it), and his glamorous career.           Jane Farrell: La Wanda Gastrica is a name that catches your […]
July 3, 2019

Mark Roberts retires from The British Institute of Florence

An institution at The British Institute of Florence, Mark Roberts has been the warm face that greets you when you enter the historic book-lined walls of the Harold Acton Library at Lanfredini. While he will no longer be that friendly wealth of wisdom at the door, he will remain a part of proceedings as consultant […]