Author: Emma Prunty

A Dublin native, Emma Prunty studied many years ago in Florence and has since lived in London, New York, Canada and Norway before landing down in Florence again, this time with a family. A translator and editor, she also writes a blog on real life and language at
September 29, 2017

Visiting museums in Florence with kids

Living in a city full of art, you would think that my school-age kids have seen and loved all of Florence’s cultural treasures. But like those of their Italian classmates, family weekends get booked up with sports events, birthday parties, shopping trips, visiting other towns or just much-needed downtime. When we do go to a […]
September 20, 2017

Rollerblading with kids in Florence

As September afternoons begin to cool down and the evenings shorten, my daughter and I often feel the need to get outside after school. Living up the hill in Fiesole, it’s not easy to go for a quick bike ride here. What we crave is flatness and the only place in Florence to really get […]
July 5, 2017

Tuscany’s best beaches

Having lived only in northern climes before moving to Italy, we were beach novices when we touched down in Tuscany one August. After one day in plus-30 temperatures we quickly realised that we—and especially our kids—needed to find our way to a beach. But where to go? Searching online we found some tips, but little […]
June 6, 2017

Making a splash: swimming pools in Florence

The concrete diving board at Costoli, Florence’s largest outdoor swimming pool, is the real deal. With three levels to jump from, it is a daunting prospect to anyone with sense—like me. But our daughter conquered all 10 metres of it, in her own particular style.   This was August. We had just moved to Florence […]
May 12, 2017

Learning on the land

Monday morning, start of the week, and I park the car at the side of a country road. It’s about 9.15 but no school gates slam shut here. My eight year old joins her classmates at the top of a dirt track and as they wave goodbye, their teacher walks beside them along the windy […]