Not that long ago, the only facilities in Florence for travelling business professionals or those without permanent office spaces were those offered by Marconi World Office, Centro Servizi Firenze Nord and Executive Service, all of which still provide offices and support services but with prices and facilities aimed at top companies and consultants. While a business traveller on a much smaller budget might sit in her hotel, laptop balanced on her knees, there was no such place for independent contractors or entrepreneurs. Enter coworking: sharing a workspace whilst undertaking independent business activities. Not only is coworking affordable but the collateral effect is ‘coffee-break synergy,’ the opportunity to bounce ideas off people from an entirely different field. It is a concept, moreover, that businesses and even a forward-thinking Florence city councillor are embracing.