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.
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, […]