Author: Joelle Edwards

Joolle Edwards is an English event and wedding planner, working in exclusive venues across Italy ( She recently moved to Florence from London after having lived and worked in Switzerland, Palermo and Barcelona. She'd like to sing like Fiorella Mannoia, write like Andrea Camilleri, dance like Ginger Rogers and cook like zia Anna Maria! You can reach her at [email protected]
July 12, 2012

UK to Florence by Vespa!

  As the Tuscan summer heat keeps some people indoors, two people who are making a beeline to feel the warmth of Florence are Dyanne and Keith Edwards from the UK, making the 1500km journey on a bright, shiny, red Vespa all the way from Winchester, Hampshire, where they are saying farewell to the British […]
May 24, 2012

It’s teatime on the Arno!

In 2012 Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, celebrates 60 years of reign as monarch and head of the 16 Commonwealth Realms of the United Kingdom. In Florence, special events organized by the British Institute will join myriad celebrations taking place in London and around the world from June 2 to
April 12, 2012

Elaine Poggi

Elaine Poggi has been living in Florence for almost 38 years, and for the past 10 years she has devoted her life to giving comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors, and caregivers in hospitals around the world through her beautiful photographs of nature. In 2002 she established
March 29, 2012

Of myths and Italian families

Thirty-eight minutes a day, and not a minute more, is the time Italian fathers spend with their children and look after the home, earning them the rank as the worst dads in Europe, according to a recent study conducted by P&G and Social Issues Research Centre. The
March 15, 2012

Jeff Scurran

Jeff Scurran is new in town and is here on a mission. As the new coach of Guelfi Firenze, Florence's American football team (, he has travelled across the Atlantic from Tucson, Arizona, to get the team ready for the start of an exciting new season. The
March 1, 2012

Tomas Simcha Jelinek

Tomas Simcha Jelinek has many stories to tell. He has been living in Tuscany for the past 30 years, both in Florence and in the Chianti hamlet of Lamole, and he is currently the manager of Ruth's kosher and vegetarian restaurant (, next to Florence's Synagogue
February 16, 2012

Elia Nichols

Elia Nichols grew up wanting to be an actress and one day live in Florence. And this is precisely what she set out to do. Today, after five years of living in the city, this very determined young woman is not only an accomplished actress, but she also created an
February 2, 2012

Alessandro Soltrani

Alessandro Soltrani smiles a lot, and he has a lot to smile about as the owner of one of the most popular bars in Florence, Enoteca Sant'Ambrogio Caffè, situated in the Santa Croce district. Born and raised in Iran, he first came to Italy as a student back
January 19, 2012

Keith Sheldrake

We all know the fairytale scenario of a young female foreigner being swept off her feet by a romantic Italian and moving to Florence to live happily ever after. After all, it's not easy for an Italian man to start a new life away from Italy, and it's
December 15, 2011

Bombay Sapphire in Tuscany

  Everyone is familiar with the black rooster label, which has come to symbolize one of Tuscany‘s most famous areas and products, the Chianti Classico and its full-bodied red wine. Not many people, however, would associate the iconic vivid blue bottle of Bombay Sapphire London Gin with the fields of Tuscany, let alone link it […]