Author: Phoebe Owston

Born in London and raised in Watford, Phoebe has just finished a Masters in cultural heritage management in Florence and is now pursuing a career in journalism and museum education.
September 25, 2019
LIFESTYLE

Do-over

For Florence dwellers, there are plenty of clothing collection points run by the city’s social cooperative San Martino as well as a few charity shops. It’s time for a clear-out…     CHARITY/ Bottega del Dono     The mission of this bottega del dono in via Guelfa 28R (a sophisticated way of saying charity […]
September 18, 2019
LIFESTYLE

Going greener

It’s a proven fact that city dwellers who frequent parks, gardens and green spaces are happier and enjoy greater life satisfaction. Citizens exposed to nature perform better in terms of memory and concentration tasks.     Green spaces have a positive effect not only on the individual but on the community: parklands in urban areas […]
July 31, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

  FOOD/ Mani in pizza at Mercato Centrale 6.30pm – 8.30pm, August 1       Get your hands dirty and join expert pizzaiolo Marco Fierro in this pizza workshop at Florence’s central market. Head up to the pizzeria on the first floor for a cooking show and the chance to taste the authentic Neapolitan […]
July 24, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

FESTIVAL/ Pon di Lake – Two Days in Reggae From 6pm + 3pm, July 26 + July 27         A two-day reggae, dub and dancehall festival on the banks of Lago Viola, just outside of Florence in the Mugello. The picturesque lake is the perfect spot for the happy tunes, abundant stalls […]
July 17, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

ENTREPRENEURSHIP/ Girls Night Out 5–9pm, July 17             An event targeted at female millennials studying abroad in Florence who, for one night only, will have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive tour inside the award-winning Student Hotel followed by interactive and engaging workshops. The Student Hotel has brought together four […]
July 10, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

FESTIVAL/ Festival au Désert July 10 – 12     Festival au Désert has been running since 2010 and has always sought to connect African, Mediterranean and European culture through music. This year’s edition starts with an evening at the Manifattura Tabacchi that includes a meeting with Mario Tronco and Gianfranco Cabiddu before a projection […]
July 5, 2019
LIFESTYLE

The dating scene for queer women in Florence

Italy has a chequered history when it comes to the LGBTQIA+ community.     Homosexuality was legal in 1890, decades before legalisation was passed in some of today’s more “progressive” European countries like Iceland and Denmark, but formal marriage between same-sex couples is still not recognised today. There are obviously major discrepancies between the constitution […]
July 2, 2019
LIFESTYLE

Summer hotspots in Florence 2019

For music lovers and boogie aficionados, there’s a plethora of spots, old and new, that open during the summer months. Most of these places offer more than just tunes and good vibes. With free yoga classes, delicious street food and even a skate park popping up, it’s set to be a scorcher.     THE […]
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Best events in Florence in Summer 2019

MOVEMENT/Florence Dance Festival         Until August 3 Various locations   An eclectic mix of some of the biggest names in classical, modern and contemporary dance comes to the Renaissance city. This year’s highlights include The Special World Wide Event, two evenings with Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin in an unprecedented choreography dedicated […]
June 27, 2019
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Your Thursday forecast: best events in Florence

WINE/ The Wine Talks 7:30pm, July 3           #WineTalks are back every #WineWednesday! An events showcase in Italian and English celebrating the culture of wine every Wednesday in late June and July. An alleyway of the uber-popular Serre Torrigiani in Piazzetta is taken over by Ruffino and The Florentine with some […]