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Rachael Harper

    A love for languages from a young age pushed Rachael Harper to study French and Italian at Cardiff University. She was drawn to Florence’s rich culture and art history, which formed her base as part of her year abroad. Since her time in Italy, Rachael's become somewhat obsessed with creativity and "aperitivi".

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    COMMUNITY

    10 reasons to do a year abroad in Florence

    So, you’re looking to do a year abroad. Dream come true, right? A new country, with new people and new experiences. But where to do it? Here are 10 reasons ...

    Lifestyle

    The (not so) Great British breakup

    Students past and present: visualise your ideal, horizon-broadening experience abroad. Maybe you’re thinking of language immersion; lessons on local history (or locals’ habits); perhaps you’re partial to making lifelong friendships ...

    Lifestyle

    A final Florentine farewell

    Staring out of the taxi window, I can barely contain my emotions. The streets whizz past, like the millions of thoughts rushing through my mind, the past five months rewinding ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Park Eun Sun exhibition in Florence

    Korean artist Park Eun Sun, who lives in Pietrasanta, is exhibiting in Florence this summer with a range of contemporary works in various iconic places throughout the city.     ...

    FOOD + WINE

    7 light bite spots in Florence this summer

    Now that the midsummer is upon us, the foods we crave are lighter, not so much pizza and pasta but salads and light bites, just enough to feel satisfied and ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Summer museum opening hours in Florence

    Summer is a season when Florence slows down and museums are known to vary their visiting hours. Here’s a definitive list of the city’s opening times.   Disclaimer: We recommend that you ...

    ART + CULTURE

    A street art tour of Florence

    Ambling along the street before the summer sun starts to beat down, I’m minding my own business until a figure upon the wall grabs my interest. A quirky red-and-white cartoon ...

    NEWS

    14.4% of Italians holiday in Tuscany

    Recent studies carried out by market research company Pragma have revealed Tuscany as one of the most popular destinations for Italian tourists.     14.4 per cent of Italians are ...

    ART + CULTURE

    The Tuscan Times Book Club reading list

    A group of book lovers that meet every month in the Tuscan towns of Arezzo and Cortona, to unite over the wonders of words and discuss all things literary: this ...

    ART + CULTURE

    #tantecose: Collectionism exhibition

    From June 23–30, Master students at the European Institute of Design (IED) will host an exhibition in collaboration with Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, held at IED and the OnArt Gallery. Titled ...

    THINGS TO DO

    9 hotels with pools in Florence

    Nothing says “summer holiday” like lounging by the pool. With the temperatures heating up, our thoughts are turning to where to keep cool this summer. To ensure that your stay in ...

    ART + CULTURE

    7 mystery books set in Florence

    If you like to be kept on the edge of your seat, this list of mystery books set in Florence could be right up your alley. Mystery, suspense and thriller ...

    COMMUNITY

    Florence is at my feet

    Stepping out of the safety of my little Italian apartment, curiosity, excitement and new possibilities consume me. Left or right? Left will take me to Florence’s top designer shopping street, ...

    ART + CULTURE

    6 new books set in Florence

    As any avid book lover will know, there’s nothing quite like sitting down to a good read. Whether it be outstretched in a hammock on a warm Tuscan afternoon or ...

    THINGS TO DO

    7 hotels with gardens in Florence

    The best hotel is one that provides an escape: a time-out from everyday tasks that allows you to just be. Sure, the decor, food and location are all significant when ...

    THINGS TO DO

    6 hotels for art lovers in Florence

    Florence is universally acknowledged as one of Italy’s most captivating cities. The Tuscan city is home to the world’s finest artistic accomplishments, with marble statues, impressive architecture and intricate frescoes. ...

    NEWS

    Jan Fabre in Florence

    Works to be displayed in piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and Forte di Belvedere

    NEWS

    New crowdfunding platform launched in Florence

    An alternative means of financing performing arts projects

    THINGS TO DO

    Fuori di Taste 2016: top events under 15 euro

    The most delicious weekend of the year is upon us as the Stazione Leopolda prepares for Pitti Immagine’s annual food and lifestyle fair, Taste. In the lead up to the ...

    NEWS

    “Baby Pit Stop” at Pitti Palace

    The Pitti Palace complex recently opened two new “Baby Pit Stop” spaces within its basement level restroom area

    ART + CULTURE

    From Kandinsky to Pollock

    Beginning March 19, Palazzo Strozzi will host one of the year’s most anticipated exhibitions, “From Kandinsky to Pollock. The Art of the Guggenheim Collections.” The show comprises over 100 European ...

    NEWS

    University of Siena launches first online Italian course

    The University of Foreigners of Siena is launching a free online course dedicated to teaching Italian language and culture on May 16, 2016.

    COMMUNITY

    7 gyms in Florence

    It’s that time of the year again where our thoughts turn to getting into shape for summer. Whether you’re a keen fitness goer or are just looking to join some ...

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