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.
November 13, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

FILM AND CONTEMPORARY ART/ Lo Schermo dell’arte film festival and VISIO exhibition November 12-17 and November 12-December 1       Art-centric cinema and contemporary art come together for two noteworthy events. Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller will be the star of the 12th edition of Lo Schermo dell’Arte, taking place at Cinema La Compagnia […]
November 12, 2019
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Weaving words and music

Award-winning author Julian Barnes and internationally renowned pianist Angela Hewitt are joining forces for an inspiring evening of prose, poetry and classical music at The British Institute of Florence this December.   Barnes, whose novel The Sense of an Ending garnered him the Man Booker Prize in 2011, will read literary selections by himself and […]
November 6, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

DANCE/ Marie Antoinette, Lyric Dance Company November 7       The show, produced by the Lyric dance company with choreography by Alberto Canestro, traces the life of the queen of France, one of the most fascinating and controversial characters in history. Her insecurities and daily dramas are expertly rendered as the audience follows the […]
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Soul of the city: the Cassettai

They are in the city’s piazzas every day of the year, but you might have thought they were just ubiquitous tourist booths, selling the usual souvenirs. The Cassettai Storici Fiorentini represent a 110-year-long history of souvenir selling and watching out for visitors as they go about their sightseeing.     Mobile kiosks are taken down […]
October 29, 2019
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Best events in Florence this November 2019

CINEMA/ Film festivals Festival dei Popoli and Lo Schermo dell’Arte     Grab the popcorn and cosy up, film season is upon us. Delve into international documentaries at Festival dei Popoli (November 2-9) and art-centric cinema at Lo Schermo dell’Arte (November 12-17). The former is Italy’s leading international documentary film festival, active since 1959. The […]
October 23, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

EXHIBITION/ Enigma Pinocchio. Da Giacometti a LaChapelle October 22 – March 22, 2020       Pinocchio’s adventures are known the world over. This exhibition explores the puppet’s influence and why he has grasped imaginations for generations. Carlo Collodi’s creation has been the subject of works by Giacometti, LaChapelle, Munari, Paladino, McCarthy, Venturino Venturi and […]
October 18, 2019
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Halloween in Florence 2019

Costume planned, spider webs stretched across doorframes and pumpkin carving kit ready for action? Whatever your levels of Halloween-organisation, we have you covered with where to celebrate it. The striking, the frightening and the outright mad this October 31, 2019. Break out your jack-o-lanterns and scary stories for the ultimate Halloween in Florence.     […]
October 16, 2019
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Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

EXHIBITION/ Lapo Binazzi’s Philosophy of the Roasted Chicken October 24 – December 7   Lapo Binazzi’s ‘Green Chicken’   An exhibition of radical design objects by Lapo Binazzi, worked on with SACI (Studio Arts College International) ceramics and sculpture students provides a glimpse of Binazzi’s lifelong work. Curated by Špela Zidar and guided by SACI instructors […]
October 8, 2019
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Your Thursday Forecast: best events in Florence

EXHIBITION/ #Art4GlobalGoals Until October 27   Löwentraut’s interpretation of Global Development goal for Sustainable Cities and Communities     In 2015, 193 heads of state agreed on 17 goals for a better world to be achieved by 2030. The so-called Global Goals are aimed at eliminating extreme poverty, fighting inequalities and combatting other urgent issues. […]
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Lolita Valderrama Savage exhibition: In Search of Dreams

An international woman artist working in Italy, Lolita Valderrama Savage’s works are invitations to reflect on harmony, the pleasantness of solitude and how the natural world contains the greatest beauty. Vaunting a prolific career, a speaker of seven languages and a holder of an impressive number of awards, the most outstanding thing about Lolita is […]