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.
March 28, 2013

Viva le differenze!

In TF 177, our Valentine’s Day issue, we looked at expatriates who have stayed in Florence for love. But what happens years down the line, once the honeymoon period has passed, and you have to come to terms with many cross-cultural differences? Relationships can be a challenge
December 13, 2012

We wish you a kiddie’s Christmas…

With the holidays approaching, perhaps you're wondering what to do with your little ones? I asked the people who know best: the Firenze Mums4Mums ( network. Here are their top 10 activities for kids in Florence at Christmas.     SEE SANTA. Perhaps put off by the
November 22, 2012

Nicholas Brownlees

When it comes to knowledge of the English language, Nicholas Brownlees is an expert, not only because it's his mother tongue, but also because he has taught English in Florence for 38 years. Starting his career as a teacher at the British Institute, Brownlees is now associate professor at
June 21, 2012

Susan Nevelson

Think of fashion in the 1960s, and you are probably picturing Susan Nevelson's work. She pioneered the flower-power prints of the decade, working for her friend and designer Ken Scott. Her prints have been worn by celebrities like Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot. Aged 87, she
May 24, 2012

Alison Walker: A minister in Florence

Think of the movie stereotype of the Protestant minister. Now picture Alison Walker, who is 36, female, married, drives a camper van and, yes, is a Methodist minister.   Walker moved to Florence almost three years ago, speaking no Italian. But that had to quickly change. As pastor of the
November 25, 2011

Sleeping beauty

Once abandoned, Castelfalfi, an 800-year-old Tuscan village, is being reborn. A German travel company purchased the town and began renovating it, with plans to make it a thriving town and resort. The project, one of the largest such in Europe, promises to bring the village ‘back to
November 10, 2011

What lies beneath

Preliminary work on the high-speed TAV lines started in Florence this month. While the railway system promises to ease intercity travel, shorten journey times to France, and lessen road traffic, there is much fear among residents in Florence's northern neighbourhoods about the impact that the underground drilling may
October 13, 2011

Justice in the press?

Over the past four years, the trials of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of Knox's roommate in Perugia, British study-abroad student Meredith Kercher, have received international media attention. In Italy and the United Kingdom, many of the lurid front-page headlines and articles portrayed Knox