Rosie Scammell

Rosie Scammell is a British journalist based at the European University Institute in Florence. Previously specialising in the Latin American legal scene, she has also been published by the Guardian, and has worked at the Times and the Independent in London. Follow her at

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The winners

An exhibition of contemporary works at Villa Romana, located on the edge of the city, a mile and several centuries from the Pitti Palace, marks the arrival in Tuscany of four new foreign artists.   Villa Romana—Winners 2013 is a collection assembled by this year’s fellows,


Run around the Renaissance

In the second of this two-part series, Rosie Scammell explores running routes around Florence. She offers routes up to the town of Fiesole, through Florence's vast park, the Cascine, and neighbourhoods far from the tourist trail. These are strategic itineraries to keep off the holiday and winter pounds,


Run the Renaissance

For those inspired by the Florence marathon on November 25, there are ample opportunities to get running. With one of Europe's milder winters, the Tuscan countryside on the doorstep and a stunning cityscape, Florence is the perfect place for amateurs to begin. In the first of a two-part


The grape escape

If you love food and wine and don't mind getting your hands dirty to help save the planet, then volunteering at an organic farm or vineyard through the international nonprofit World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) may just be the ticket. WWOOF helps volunteers find organic farms around