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From useful resources about life in Florence, Italy, to interviews with members of the vast international community, spot familiar faces and get to know others as we share the helpful tips, endless creativity, and innovative enterprises offered by both Florentines and Florence-adoptees, and all the need-to-know info about life in the city.



Knowing when to push: Editor’s letter

September is always a busy month as temperatures finally start to dip and Florentines return home.


Florence through my father’s eyes

I had just made Florence my permanent home. Here was an opportunity to fulfil one of my father’s dreams.


Florida State University Florence Program unveils mural

Acclaimed artist and alumnus Michael Rosato has painted a mural on the premises of Florida State University’s Florence Program.


Meet the Canadian School of Florence’s new Head of School, Isabelle Leblanc

The Canadian School of Florence welcomes a new Head of School. Isabelle Leblanc chats with The Florentine about her move to Italy. 


Transport in Florence: how to move around

Here’s a guide to Florence's transport options, with an overview of the best ways to get around the city and surroundings.

Life in Italy



The scent of beauty

It was a cold morning in February, and he had walked all the way to Florence from the woods of the Mugello. Jimmy, a young wild boar with two good ...


The benches of piazza Santa Maria Novella

Halina finished her shift at Signora Ludovisi’s at 5pm. In ten minutes she had combed her long curly red hair and put it up into a ponytail, brushed her teeth ...


Another Florence

This essay, L’altra Firenze by Vanni Santoni, was originally published in The Towner. Translation into English by Helen Farrell. Florence, Florence. “Do you still live in Florence?” was the word on the ...


The media is the message

‘Reading a newspaper in Italy can be quite a unique experience that should be reserved for the bold, the brave and the very brilliant. If you fall somewhat short of ...

Whether you’ve just arrived in the city or have been here for a longer haul, becoming part of the community is an essential part of feeling at home in Florence, Italy. Get to know who’s here and what they’re up to with interviews with many members of the community, from content creators to entrepreneurs, talking to both Florentines and Florence-adoptees about their life here.

With video series and in-depth interviews, we speak to inspiring members of the community so as to share their stories and to help you find out more about the people out and about making Florence what it is. Florence attracts endlessly interesting individuals, meaning we’re never short of someone to reach out to.

Find out key info for local life depending on your interests and needs, such as schools, mental health services in English, childcare in Florence, where to worship, visa schemes for digital nomads and legal advice to make living here more manageable.

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