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.
June 18, 2020

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

EXHIBITION/ At the edge of chaos June 18-28     An online photographic exhibition hosted by Manifattura Tabacchi and curated by the Master in Arts Management of IED (European Institute of Design in Florence), organized in collaboration with the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, features contemporary works created by 13 young international artists selected from the most noted […]
June 15, 2020

La Città dei Lettori – interview with Gabriele Ametrano

The fact that the literature festival directed by Gabriele Ametrano has been rescheduled for this summer gives cause for cerebral excitement. Readers can rejoice that the third edition of La Città dei Lettori will take place at Villa Bardini from August 27 to 30, almost two months later than originally planned. From the terrace with […]
June 11, 2020

Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

MUSIC/ Stefano Noferini #LIVEFORFLORENCE at The Student Hotel 10pm, June 11       Electronic music turns to active solidarity with a live-streamed DJ set from The Student Hotel in aid of Florence’s Civil Protection Service. Florentine Stefano Noferini, an internationally renowned DJ and techno legend, streams a DJ Set from the spectacular setting of The Student […]
June 1, 2020

Geocaching in Italy

Our summer holidays may have required a rethink and while seeking things to do closer to home, it doesn’t take long to come up with an exciting alternative: geocaching, an international treasure hunt that simply requires a good pair of walking shoes, a pen and an app.   Adventure is far closer to hand than […]

Best events in Florence in June 2020

REOPENINGS/ Museums + more     Breathe in the fresh air of a new start and breathe out a sigh of relief. Many of Florence’s museums open their doors again this month. Many exhibitions that had been placed in limbo have now resumed their run. Among them, Inside Magritte at the Cattedrale dell’Immagine, Chiesa di Santa Stefano al […]
May 13, 2020

Family resources in Florence

For those with younger members of the family around, an undeniable struggle throughout this lockdown has been entertaining children who normally enjoy the stimulation of a packed school day. Thankfully, many organizations have come to the rescue with both educational and fun resources to break up the monotony.         The Istituto degli […]
May 11, 2020

Best online events May 11-18, 2020

FLORAL/ Giardino dell’Iris       The wonderful pleasure of strolling Florence’s Iris Garden returns! Open from 10am to 6pm, head to Viale Michelangelo to embark upon a safely designed trail through the colourful crop for a soothing immersion in nature. See here for more details.        HISTORY/ Renaissance Medals 9pm, May 17   […]
May 4, 2020

Best online events May 4-11, 2020

CULTURE/ International Lyceum Club of Florence     Tune in for “Culture Pills” with the Lyceum Club’s virtual programme. The month of May will be filled with artistic, musical, literary, scientific and agricultural installments. Concerts, readings and theatre are rolled out weekly on the website and Facebook page as part of the #pilloledicultura programme. On […]
April 27, 2020

Best online events April 27-May 4

CULTURE/ Manifattura Tabacchi Living Room series       Manifattura Tabacchi have released a new digital programme centered on culture and contemporary art online. Titled ‘Living Room’, the series focuses on research and experimentation with regular content released via Facebook and Instagram. Film, books, podcasts, poems, interviews and various artistic contributions make up the packed […]
April 20, 2020

Best online events, April 20-27, 2020

ART/ Art history encounters with Elaine Ruffolo: An Evening with Michelangelo 8pm, April 26        A series of talk focusing on Italian Renaissance art continues following the success of its last session on Caravaggio. This Sunday’s encounter delves into the life of Michelangelo Buonarroti, unrivaled in Renaissance art. Traveling virtually to Florence, Cararra […]