Author: Christobel Kent

Christobel Kent was born in London in 1962 and educated at Cambridge, where she now lives with her husband and five children. She has also lived in Modena and in Florence, and spends part of every year in her home in San Niccol?.
August 28, 2020

A homecoming for Sandro Cellini: “The Viper”

We’ve all been locked down, to one degree or another, for most of this year. From my nice house in the English countryside, I have felt awestruck by the courage, fellow-feeling, warmth and stoicism of the Italians in the front line and under far greater restrictions and also, I must admit—deeply selfishly—I have felt locked […]
September 6, 2017

The enchanted street: via San Niccolò

Although I had been coming to Florence on and off for a decade and had lived in the city for more than six months before I discovered it, it is safe to say that the few streets that make up its prettiest corner, San Niccolò, changed my life. In the summer of 2000, after months […]
November 6, 2014

Saying goodbye

Italy was my way into writing: I’d always wanted to do it but never felt brave enough—or felt I had anything to write about. Until returning from a year in Florence, with nothing you could call a career under my belt (ten years in publishing followed