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.
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 […]