Author: 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".
November 15, 2016

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 why Florence is the best place to study abroad written by someone who’s “been there, done that”. La bella vita awaits…     1. Art […]
August 23, 2016

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 with people from around the world. All these are cornerstones of the Erasmus experience. Over the years, this enriching EU-funded university exchange programme has seen […]
July 29, 2016

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 before me. Five whole months had led me to this point, the point I had liked to think would never come, the point of admitting […]
July 26, 2016

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.     The sculptures by Park Eun Sun, who has previously exhibited in various Italian landmarks and been awarded for spreading Korean culture abroad, merge notions of […]
July 20, 2016

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 restored. Take the crunch and swap the carbs for something a little fresher this summer with this list of perfect places for health and energy […]

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 call the museums in advance for further information.   Bargello     Via del Proconsolo 4, Florence Tel. 055/2388606 Open Mon-Sun 8.15am-5pm. Closed 2nd and […]
July 13, 2016

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 character with a striped shirt and propeller hat upon what looks to be a pedal bike, colourful, catchy street art of this kind is now […]
July 6, 2016

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 said to have booked or are looking to book a place in Tuscany this summer. At a recent convention held in Florence, director of Toscana […]
June 23, 2016

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 can only be The Tuscan Times Book Club! Launched in September 2015, this informal and fun book club, open to all, celebrates Italian literature in English—although […]
June 21, 2016

#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 #tantecose, and inspired by the current Palazzo Strozzi exhibition From Kandinsky to Pollock: the Art of the Guggenheim Collections, the exhibition will explore the importance of collectionism in […]