Author: Jane Farrell

After five years studying literature, film, and classical civilisation, Jane moved from Ireland to Sicily for what was intended to be a brief stint teaching English, travel writing, and learning Italian. The love affair with Italy was unbreakable and led to making a permanent home in Florence. Always journalistically inclined, she is eager to share her ever-deepening love for Tuscany.
October 14, 2021
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Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

INSTALLATION/ Franco Ionda ‘Smarriti’ Until December 12       Contemporary art returns to Palazzo Pitti with works by the Florentine artist, Franco Ionda. Fearuting irregularly shaped stars, long, narrow nails and black silhouettes, the 36 pieces will be on display in the Andito degli Angiolini in Palazzo Pitti from October 12 to December 12. […]
October 11, 2021
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Restoring Ognissanti Church

Majestically positioned near the Arno River, the Franciscan church in borgo Ognissanti dates to 1251. In addition to 15th-century frescoes by Ghirlandaio, you’ll find the earthly resting places of Botticelli and his muse, Simonetta Vespucci.         The San Salvatore di Ognissanti church is the site of three restoration projects and an upcoming […]
October 8, 2021
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Kacie Rose Burns @kacierose_

A Michigan-born musical theatre performer based in New York visited Florence on a three-day solo trip. Sitting alone at the Jazz Club, she sees Dario, and that’s where her story changed. This is the start of many ex-pat stories in the city, but perhaps without the element of fame that came about when Kacie shared […]
October 7, 2021
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Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

PETS/ Animal Day October 10       Animal lovers rejoice! From 10am to 6pm, Giardino dell’Orticoltura will fill with events focused on four-legged friends and not only. 15 animal welfare associations and the councilor for the environment, Cecilia Del Re, will participate in the event which features two exhibitions, one focusing on the vegan […]
September 30, 2021
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Best events in Florence this October, 2021

CINEMA/ UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival October 21-24       Showcasing the awe, excitement, uncertainty and struggles of childhood, the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival (UIFF) returns to Florence from October 21 to 24. Thirty-seven films from 28 countries depicting diverse but universal experiences of childhood will be shown free of charge at Cinema La Compagnia […]
September 23, 2021
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Impactful yet playful: Marina Calamai

Through art, jewellery and events, Marina Calamai’s oeuvre is emotionally impactful yet playful, operating from the belief that, when we laugh, our hearts open to learning.      Love Labyrinth is the Florentine artist’s most recent project, a 35-metre-wide, heart-shaped installation created with 500 laurel plants. As you make your way through the maze, you […]
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Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

VINO/ Wine Stories 5pm, September 23         Wine Stories are back! In the next English-language episode of the web talk series, three wine professionals talk about what wine means to them, answering the question “how can I learn more about wine” and more. Alexandra Korey will be in conversation with Carlotta Salvini […]
September 16, 2021
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Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

SIP/ Florence Cocktail Week September 20-26       Quality mixology returns as Florence Cocktail Week resumes a weeklong smorgasbord of shaking from September 20 to 26. A mainstay on the city’s social scene, Paola Mencarelli organized the first showcase focused on fine drinks in 2016. Since then, FCW has gone from strength to strength, […]
September 9, 2021
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Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

SHOW/ Hershey Felder’s George Gershwin Solo  September 14, 9pm   Ph/ Marco Badiani   The much-loved Canadian pianist, actor and producer gears up to perform his George Gershwin Solo in the historic location of Fiesole’s Roman theatre. Felder brings the premiere of his first ever show in Italian (the songs will be in English with […]
September 8, 2021
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The Divine Comedy in sculpture: Timothy Schmalz

Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz is the creative force behind an engaging and dramatic upcoming exhibition at the Badia Fiorentina. The 100 cantos of Dante Alighieri’s much-loved masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, will be interpreted in bronze sculptures, 30 of which will be scattered throughout the historic monastery, creating a visual journey through the literary work. The […]