Author: Kirsten Hills

Kirsten Hills worked as a video-journalist for BBC and ITV for ten years. She moved to Florence in 2011 and now works as a videomaker here.
May 4, 2020

Children return to the piazzas

  On May 1, Tuscany lifted lockdown measures, allowing residents outside for walks and bike rides. What we’re seeing is Florence emerge as a city for children and families, who can enjoy the piazzas and parks to their heart’s content, as long as social distancing is observed and face protection is worn in the presence […]
May 24, 2016
July 3, 2014

The Monuments’ man

  We all know that in the World War II large parts of the centre of Florence were bombed as the Germans retreated. But how is it that so much of its art survived? This is the question that writer Robert Edsel asked himself when he was living in Florence. The answer, he found, lies […]
April 3, 2014

First impressions

Every year thousands of students come to Florence to study. The move is often the first time abroad for many of them, so just what do they think when they arrive in the city? What are the best ways to feel at home for a semester or longer? And what
January 30, 2014

Speaking about the unspeakable

The high rate of domestic violence and femicide in Italy is a well-documented fact, and the expat community is not immune to this problem. An American professor has developed a play that looks at domestic violence among American women married to Italian men, striving to break the silence surrounding
January 16, 2014

Silver service

Florentine firm Pampaloni is famous for its original and beautiful silverware. Behind the brand is a dynamic company headed by two brothers who continue the business that their grandfather started more than 100 years ago. Kirsten Hills went to check out the brothers’ latest innovations.   If you walk

A kick where it hurts

Florence’s disciplinary committee for its famed sport of calcio storico has ruled that 20 players are to be disqualified from next year’s game. The decision comes after a particularly brutal final between the Blues and Whites last June.   Although the game is famed for its
December 12, 2013

Nehemiah H. Brown

Christmas is the busiest time of year for choirs, and none more so than the Florence Gospel Choir, the first of its kind in Italy. It was co-founded more than 15 years ago by American musician Nehemiah H. Brown and Eusebio De Cristofaro. I went to meet Nehemiah Brown,

The culture of cinematography

Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who filmed Academy Award winners Apocalypse Now, Reds and The Last Emperor as well as Last Tango In Paris, The Conformist and Dick Tracy, was recently in Florence to attend an event hosted by Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici.   Storaro, born in Rome in
October 24, 2013

Community blossoms

The United States first invented community gardening—the process of transforming disused urban spaces into greener ones. Now the idea is taking off in Florence. For three years, teams of volunteers have been hard at work constructing a garden for the community.   Florence’s first community garden