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.
January 15, 2020

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

VIDEOGAMES/ Fantasy Westward Journey Cultural Heritage Exhibition Until January 16       Where traditional Chinese art meets videogames: pieces made by master craftsmen for one of the most played videogames in the far east will be on display for the first time. From rice paper to ink and water calligraphy to fantasy comics and […]
January 14, 2020

The indie Piaf: Sabina Sciubba

Singer, composer, actress and video artist Sabina Sciubba is not easily categorized. It is precisely this mystery that makes her so intriguing. After a peripatetic life between Rome, Germany, France and New York, Florence is lucky to have her here.         Singing from a very young age, Sabina remembers how her musical […]
January 7, 2020

Best events in Florence this January 2020

SKATE/ Florence Ice Village Until February 29       Feeling like a challenge? Have a go at ice skating on Europe’s longest skating rink in the Fortezza da Basso gardens. The purpose-built 300-metre circular track is ideal for all ages, from ice-skating enthusiasts to those simply happy to slide into the new year. With […]
December 23, 2019

Expats in Florence: Mark Petrasso

It’s not easy to have a successful career in the arts. It takes passion, patience, a bit of luck and above all, dedication. Luckily, that is something Mark Petrasso has in spades. Born in Australia to Italian parents, Mark has called Florence home for more than 20 years. A teenager who loved to draw and […]
December 18, 2019

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

  WARDROBE/ Pinocchio in costumes by Massimo Cantini Parrini From December 21 to March 22       A unique exhibition dedicated to the award-winning cinematographic costume designer Massimo Cantini Parrini comes to the Museo del Tessuto in Prato. Over 30 costumes made in collaboration with the Sartoria Tirelli of Rome for the film Pinocchio […]

Finding the light

Ask people what’s their favourite thing about the city and many will tell you “getting lost”.   There is something exhilarating about wandering the cobblestone streets and seeing where they take you, sure (or hopeful) to emerge from some seemingly commonplace alley into a dramatic piazza with masterpieces peering at you from every edifice. Now, […]
December 11, 2019

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

CRIBS/ 30 nativity scenes by Carlo Ladurini Until January 6       Thirty (both usual and unusual) nativity scenes by Carlo Ladurini are on display at the Rivoli Boutique Hotel until January 6. Among the works exhibited will be a crib focused on remembering the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, cribs on […]
December 3, 2019

Best events in Florence this December 2019

BALLET/ The Nutcracker December 21, Teatro della Pergola       The Saint Petersburg Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing masterpiece as the Christmas classic returns to Florence. The enchanted tale of toy soldiers, dancing flowers, fairies and royalty is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season. Set on Christmas Eve in the early 19th century, […]
November 26, 2019

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

BUTTERFLIES/ Lepidoptera, nel Mondo delle Farfalle Until December 8   Colour and wonder     Something colourful is coming to Florence. Marvel at the magic of hundreds of butterflies fluttering together in an astonishing house. Whether you’re an enthusiast or simply curious, this is a display of beauty and nature unlike any other. Entrance 7 […]
November 22, 2019

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25 is the day dedicated to raising global awareness about females who are subjected to rape, domestic violence and other forms of trauma. The flag above the Palazzo Vecchio will be flown at half-mast as a mark of solidarity with victims of domestic violence and to condemn all acts of violence against women.    […]