Author: Phoebe Owston

Born and raised in London, Phoebe Owston came to Florence this year to pursue a Masters in cultural heritage. As a linguist, art enthusiast and Italy lover these are her first forays into the world of journalism.
February 12, 2019

Colour theory in Florence

From Innocenti blue to Ponte Vecchio orpiment and louvre green, the city of Florence is a rainbow waiting to be discovered.
February 5, 2019

Farah Liz Pallaro

On a dreary January afternoon, Farah Liz Pallaro and her infectious positivity fill the office like a ray of winter sunshine. Passion, determination and an undefeatable belief in the fashion industry are my first impressions of this designer-turned-consultant-turned-author. In a country where disdain towards the machinations of everyday life is sometimes as prevalent as pizza, […]
January 15, 2019

Four personality types and their favorite Florentine hangouts

Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology. Serious stuff, but we can use his personality-defining techniques to lead us to yet more revelry. Although there are 16 personality types we could consider, in the interest of ease and general post-Christmas fatigue, here we’ll narrow it down to four. January can […]
November 30, 2018

Is the Ponte Vecchio really paved with gold?

She’s on the A-list of bridges, up there with Brooklyn, Tower, Sighs and Golden Gate. Most visitors to Florence will find themselves at some point crossing, photographing, admiring or cursing the Ponte Vecchio (the latter due to the amount of elbowing needed to get through the crowds). After more than 800 years of existence it’s […]
November 23, 2018

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Florence

On November 25, for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Florence, The Florentine has picked out events from film festivals to theatre productions or getting active through self-defence workshops and masterclasses.
November 15, 2018

Vienna at Palazzo Pitti

The exhibition highlights the overlapping culture of porcelain production in 18th-century Vienna and Florence
November 6, 2018

BHMF launches Black Archive Alliance

Villa Romana to host BAA exhibition
November 5, 2018

The Serenissima in Florence

In his novel Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino has Marco Polo say, “Every time I describe a city, I am saying something about Venice.” Half (self-proclaimed) veneta, half British, I empathise with the great Venetian explorer. Having spent the last 10 years visiting, holidaying, and periodically working in the Veneto, the spellbinding, northern region misunderstood by […]
October 12, 2018

Four classes of cyclists in Florence

When we imagine gliding through European cities on two wheels, Amsterdam and Berlin immediately spring to mind. Florence, with its narrow streets, one-way system and uneven paving, twisting the ankles of even the most sensibly shoe-d tourist, is not a city usually associated with cycling. There are, however, four types of cyclists who have mastered, […]