Author: Suzi Jenkins

Suzi Jenkins has been living and working in Florence longer than most people care to remember. Originally from the Docklands area in South London, she has a background in marketing and communications, which was very handy when the world (and, later, Florence) launched itself in 2.0 mode. She is now is partner in a web communications agency in Florence, helping local businesses find their social voice.
August 18, 2020

Covid-19 and the parenting experience in Tuscany

I genuinely do not believe that I could have been any more shocked if you had picked me up and dumped me on Mars and told me to get on with it, alone.   At the beginning of March, the Italian government with a huge dose of courage and foresight shut down all Italian schools […]
September 28, 2017

Parkrun for the win

What brings together people of different ages, backgrounds, cultures and physical abilities? The answer is Parkrun—and it’s coming to Florence. Parkrun is an idea that began in London in 2004 and uses communal areas, such as parks, to promote social and health-oriented activities, free of charge and open to all. This new addition to Florence’s […]
December 1, 2016

Ditching the sack

Faced with selecting an elementary school for my six-year-old daughter, I was flummoxed. Whilst her state school experience in the Scuola d’Infanzia had been wonderful, I was not at all convinced with the elementary school approach to education. Mine was a wider concern than simply finding a good school; I wanted a school that placed […]
October 6, 2016


It’s that time of year again! On November 27, Firenze Marathon will uniting approximately 11,000 runners, attempting the route over 42km and 195m taking them past all that is astoundingly beautiful in Florence. That’s 22,000 feet pounding the cobbled streets of the old town and the tarmaced surfaces of the suburbs, too. Like in 2015, […]
June 21, 2016

What exactly is a Bistecca alla Fiorentina?

The steak is cut from the loin, just below the rib cage and above the round or rump (depending on which side of the pond you come from!). The higher cuts, nearer to the rib cage also contain the fillet, whereas the lower cuts do not. The Bistecca alla Fiorentina refers to both cuts, which […]
May 5, 2016

Barefoot running in Florence

If you’re a runner you’ll know that there’s a right shoe for every conceivable situation: hard surfaces or trail runs, sturdy training days or lightweight race days, summer and winter, wet and dry conditions, and so many more. But the latest craze to sweep the planet is doing away with all of those and using […]
January 14, 2016

Join a running group in Florence

On a quiet walk through the semi-deserted city on a Wednesday night, pay attention if you hear shouts of ‘Fate passare! Fate spazio’ (‘Let us through! Make way!’): it’s not uncommon to suddenly find yourself in the path of 600 excited runners all
November 5, 2015

#RunforMeyer at Firenze Marathon

  I have only ever run one marathon in my life, which certainly doesn’t make me an expert, but it does make me a member of a rather exclusive club. Before I started training for my previous marathon, I naively believed that if you trained harder, the whole thing was easier. Now I’d revise that […]
April 30, 2015

What Florence can gain from Hollywood

Love him or hate him, Dan Brown deserves a huge thumbs up for having done more for the Florentine economy in a relatively short period of time than anyone else in recent years. First came the book, Inferno ( in 2013, in which The Florentine got name-dropped.
November 6, 2014

Flux out

Once upon a time we called it the ‘brain drain,’ implying that anyone with a decent degree, a mind in fabulous working order and some half-cooked English could get a far better job and pay outside Italy. We also called it an ‘event,’ an ‘