Jane Farrell

    With a background in 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 writes about culture and community in Florence.

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    COMMUNITY

    Humanitarian efforts in Florence

    Nancy Bailey gives The Florentine an insight into the humanitarian response to refugees in Florence and wider Europe.

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    Rifugio Digitale: bomb shelter turned into an arts space

    The disused WW2 air raid shelter in San Niccolò has recently been repurposed as a digital art exhibition space, Rifugio Digitale.

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    Former Ariston cinema homes HZERO model railway museum

    The recently launched museum orients around its giant centerpiece, a 280-square metre-railway model that’s one of the largest in Europe.

    ART + CULTURE

    Cosimo De Vita: the artiginer

    Cosimo De Vita calls himself "the artiginer", a portmanteau word for artisan meets designer, as we meet him in his via de' Bardi show space.

    NEWS

    Tips + tricks for a more sustainable (tech) life

    Here are a few tips and tricks for a more sustainable tech life when it comes to web and electronic device usage.

    ART + CULTURE

    Alice & Co. cultural hub for sharing stories

    Discover the newly opened Alice & Co. independent bookstore and storytelling school mere footsteps from the Duomo.

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    The 5 most beautiful parks in Florence this spring

    Where to make the most of nature in the city and surroundings.

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    Speakeasy Multilingual: finding friendships

    Miriam Hurley and Lexie Cimko created the Speakeasy Multilingual get-togethers in Florence in 2014.

    ART + CULTURE

    Tornabuoni Arte – Arte Antica opens new gallery space

    Tornabuoni Arte inaugurates new exhibition space at via de’ Tornabuoni 5, one of the most sought-after streets for all sellers. 

    ART + CULTURE

    Giuseppe Bezzuoli: A great painter of the Romantic era at Palazzo Pitti

    On display from March 29 to June 5 in the magnificent rooms of Palazzina della Meridiana in Palazzo Pitti.

    ART + CULTURE

    ‘Donatello, The Renaissance’ opens in Palazzo Strozzi and the Bargello National Museum

    Donatello's Renaissance masterpieces are the focus of the display at Palazzo Strozzi and the Bargello National Museum from March 19 to July 31.

    COMMUNITY

    Martina Bartolozzi @mementomartina

    With a Florentine father, American mother and a full family immersion into the foodie universe (her stepfather is the well-known butcher, Dario Cecchini), Mugello-born Martina Bartolozzi explores Italy and the ...

    COMMUNITY

    Where to worship in Florence

    Florence is filled with churches and religious centres to embrace all faiths. Here’s a round-up of English-speaking services. Agape Protestant United Church. Services at 4pm every 2nd and 4th Sunday ...

    ART + CULTURE

    The three pietàs by Michelangelo exhibited at the Opera del Duomo Museum

    For the first time, the three Pietàs (image of the Virgin Mary mourning the dead body of Christ) by Michelangelo are on display together in the Tribune Room at the ...

    NEWS

    Boom in film sets in Tuscany

    Films, documentaries, TV series and audiovisual creations seek the beauty of Tuscany as their backdrop. 2021 saw an increase of 100% compared to 2019, with over 146 productions made by ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Black History Month in Florence, 2022

    Three exhibitions at MAD Murate Art District centre on Afro-descendant artists from February 10 through to April 2, 2022, curated in collaboration with Black History Month Florence.

    ART + CULTURE

    Stefano Bardini Museum: Anj Smith

    The blue rooms of the eclectic Stefano Bardini Museum are fixed with 12 uncanny works that beguile viewers as they immerse themselves in the fantastical and, at times, unsettling objects ...

    COMMUNITY

    Mental health services in Florence

    Feeling heard when you’re struggling and knowing when and where to find help is crucial for those in need of mental health assistance. For many who have transplanted to Italy, ...

    COMMUNITY

    Danae Mercer @danaemercer

    Danae Mercer, a journalist, activist, content creator and Cambridge alumna, reveals the tricks of the trade behind posed and filtered photos to highlight the difference between appearance and reality and ...

    THINGS TO DO

    Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

    REMEMBER/ International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27       On the occasion of the holocaust memorial on January 27, various initiatives are organized around the city, including the projection ...

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    Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

    COMMUNITY / Thanksgiving with The Florentine 6.30pm, November 25   Come dine with us!     At 6.30pm on November 25, join us at Ruffino’s Poggio Casciano wine estate to ...

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    Best events in Florence this January, 2022

    FASHION/ Pitti Immagine       The fashion-filled fest at Fortezza da Basso spreads style all over the city with Pitti Immagine Uomo 101 (menswear) and Pitti Immagine Bimbo 94 ...

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    Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

    EXHIBITION/ Anj Smith A Willow Grows Aslant the Brook December 17 to May 1, 2022 12 works by the British artist Anj Smith (Kent, United Kingdom, 1978) will be on ...

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    Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

    CONTEMPORARY/ HI WOMAN! The News of the Future December 11 to February 27, 2022   Paola Pivi ‘Have you seen me before’     Twenty-two international artists feature in this ...

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