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

    Biblioteca dei Ragazzi children’s library reopens

    The Biblioteca dei Ragazzi returns with books, workshops and readings to delight children of all ages.

    THINGS TO DO

    Anselm Kiefer’s Fallen Angels at Palazzo Strozzi

    25 large-scale works engage with themes of memory, history and war.

    THINGS TO DO

    Roberto Innocenti at Palazzo Medici Riccardi

    From February 22-May 26, works by the renowned Florentine illustrator detail literary classics and historical moments.

    THINGS TO DO

    Look up: Celestial Splendors at Santa Maria Novella

    The exhibition opens up new skies for the anniversary of Galileo's groundbreaking work.

    COMMUNITY

    Kid-friendly cafés in Florence

    A collection of comfortable and accessible spaces for parents with prams.

    THINGS TO DO

    Different Might be Everything: street art at Museo Novecento

    The modern art museum displays street art for the first time.

    COMMUNITY

    Self-defence courses in Florence

    Learn the tips and tricks to protect yourself.

    THINGS TO DO

    The strides of a shoemaker: Salvatore Ferragamo 1898-1960

    The Ferragamo Museum dedicates an exhibition to the shoemaker's life and vision.

    ART + CULTURE

    Contemporary cultural salons

    The tradition of literary and artistic collaboration live on.

    COMMUNITY

    Firenze Moms 4 Moms Network

    From baby-related paraphernalia to navigating bilingualism, the group helps parents in Florence.

    THINGS TO DO

    Things to do for families this Christmas 2023

    From Santa sightings to skating and spectacular displays, take a look at our holiday happenings.

    ART + CULTURE

    New layout of the medals and Baroque rooms at the Bargello Museum

    The spaces spotlight the Lorraine Medici medal collection, with Baroque sculptures showcased.

    FOOD + WINE

    Travel-inspired TÅG bistro to open at the HZERO train museum

    An international and locomotive-inspired bistro in piazza degli Ottaviani.

    THINGS TO DO

    Olivo Barbieri’s ‘Pensieri Diversi’ at Villa Bardini

    50 works take a new look at familiar settings.

    ART + CULTURE

    Multi-sensory experiences at Keil Space reawaken advanced art

    A 500-square meter environment by British artist Sam Keil.

    COMMUNITY

    Art meets medicine with Duncan Geddes

    The Professor of Medicine gives entertaining talks taking a medical perspective on paintings.

    COMMUNITY

    A Castle for Kyiv: behind the scenes

    American director Madison Kinsella and Tuscan castle owner Stefanie Grassley share their thoughts.

    THINGS TO DO

    Alphonse Mucha’s ‘The Seduction of Art Nouveau’ at Museo degli Innocenti

    Works by the influential art nouveau artist come to the historic setting.

    ART + CULTURE

    Bret Easton Ellis in Florence to present his latest novel

    La Città dei Lettori hosts the author at Teatro della Pergola on October 18.

    THINGS TO DO

    Nathaniel Mary Quinn’s ‘Split Face’ at Museo Stefano Bardini

    Museo Stefano Bardini and Museo Novecento host works by the Chicago-born artist until March 11.

    THINGS TO DO

    Depero’s ‘Cavalcata Fantastica’ at Palazzo Medici Riccardi

    The colourful, joyful and geometric works marry art, advertising, design and architecture.

    THINGS TO DO

    Cecily Brown ‘Temptations, Torments, Trials and Tribulations’

    Museo Novecento and Palazzo Vecchio host works by the renowned artist until February 4.

    THINGS TO DO

    Florence Biennale brings 600-plus international artists to the city

    Lifetime achievement awards will be presented to David LaChapelle and Santiago Calatrava.

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