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.
April 15, 2021

Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

Restoration Conversations: Women Artists and the Abstract Revolution 5pm/ April 21       On April 21 at 5pm, Christian and Florence Levett will talk with Linda Falcone, director of Advancing Women Artists, about the (mostly American) female abstraction art collection in his Florence home, which features works by Elaine de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois and […]
April 8, 2021

Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

CHARITY/ Run for Fondazione ANT April 9       On April 9, the #run4ANT initiative raises funds for the charity that provides home care for palliative patients and those with long term cancer conditions. Run 4km, donate 4 euro at and post a story on social media, tagging 4 friends, and using the […]
April 6, 2021

Florentine flavours: Stanley Tucci’s CNN series, Searching for Italy

In a moment when Italy’s appeal is ever more appreciated by those who can’t visit just yet, Stanley Tucci has filled the boot-shaped absence with his Searching for Italy series on CNN. A consummate host, Tucci brings his flair, charisma and humour to the episodes, making the already colourful scenes of Italy all the more […]

Pay by weight: sustainable grocery stores in Florence

Plastics, unnecessary bags, boxes within boxes: be gone with them all! Florentine stores are putting the environment first, having replaced excess packaging with pay-by-weight foodstuffs and household essentials. Just bring your own container and fill up based on need.       Low-impact     Receptacles of all sorts line the walls of strictly low-impact […]
April 1, 2021

Best events in Florence this April, 2021

INSTALLATION/ Abete by Giuseppe Penone       The City of Florence and the Uffizi Galleries are paying tribute to Dante Alighieri during the 700th anniversary year of the Florentine poet’s death with a maxi-tree installation by Piedmontese artist Giuseppe Penone. Abete (Spruce) is seen a metaphor for Dante’s Paradiso, the final cantica of the Divine […]
March 24, 2021

Events to mark Dantedì on March 25

This March 25 marks the second annual celebration of Dantedì, the day dedicated to Dante Alighieri. Made all the more significant given the 700th year anniversary celebrations, the 13th-century Florentine poet is the subject of a series of events organized by many cultural bodies and institutions that honour the father of the Italian language.   […]
February 25, 2021

Best events in Florence this March

MARKET/ VinoKilo Until March 28       Sustainability is a keyword in fashion. With the new season approaching, it’s time for a wardrobe clear-out and freshen up, while keeping things environmentally friendly. The vintage market by weight, Vinokilo, returns to Florence with a temporary shop in place of its usual events. Until March 28, […]
February 18, 2021

Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

  MARKET/ La Fierucola  9am-7pm, February 21       The upcoming much-loved La Fierucola organic market is seed-focused with the seeds of fruits, vegetables and garden plants available for purchase. The occasion is an opportunity to observe demonstrations on the various uses of seeds and plants, with exhibitions on agricultural heritage also on display.  […]
February 17, 2021

When music transcends language: Coriandoli Elettronici

Some might balk at the idea of undertaking a professional collaboration without the firm footing of a shared language. However, American drummer and electronic musician Mark DiFlorio and Italian singer-songwriter David Iozzi’s intriguing venture is based solely on a shared artistic vision that drives the project forward.    Introduced via a mutual friend, Emanuele Coggiola […]
February 10, 2021

Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

  GUIDED TOURS/ Waiting for Spring: A merry go-round at the Uffizi Galleries       Delve deep into the Uffizi’s masterpieces in the ‘Waiting for Spring: A merry go-round at the Uffizi Galleries’ virtual series.  The first themes include Love (for Valentine’s Day) and Carnival. The online guided tours bring families and children from […]