Author: Lavinia Butt

Lavinia Butt is an Erasmus student from London. In her free time she likes eating ice cream and going for a run.
December 3, 2015
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

Visionary Tuscany

Move over, Madonnas and Mannerists. Three exhibitions in Tuscany this winter pack an unusual punch, showcasing high-impact, modern images with thought-provoking themes. ph. Bettina Rheims PHOTOLUX FESTIVAL. International Biennial of Photography #LUCCA   Contrast is at the core of the Photolux Festival’s Eliade-esque theme this
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

Christmas markets in Tuscany in 2015

It’s finally that time of year when shop windows begin to glisten, fireplaces start to glow, and holiday cards from back home start filling up your mailbox. But if you are far away from familiar traditions this Christmas, you need not feel nostalgic about the festivities you may
November 5, 2015

Florence University plans a new library

Florence University has asked ‘for the city’s help’ as the institution calculates costs of 52 million euro to build a state-of-the-art university library for architecture, humanities and the arts in piazza Brunelleschi.   The plan, created by architect and former university professor Alberto
October 14, 2015

Free electric car hire for women at night in Florence

Two hundred electric cars have been introduced in Florence by company Share’NGo as part of the city’s already flourishing car-sharing initiative.   Not only are the cars a major step towards a greener Florence but towards a safer city for women too. Use is free to women between 1 and 6 am.   These new […]
October 13, 2015

The Leaning Tower of Pisa turns blue

The Leaning Tower of Pisa will be bathed in blue on October 24 to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.   Spotlights will illuminate the world’s much loved monument as part of the Turn the World #UNBlue initiative, presented at the United Nations Headquarters in New
October 1, 2015

Five bizarre things about Florence from an English perspective

When living abroad for the first time, all the peculiarities of a place stand out to you. Florence is no different. Some of these quirky distinguishing details make you smile, while others make you want to hurl insults off the Palazzo Vecchio. But life is always beautiful, of course.