A different kind of new year

The arrival of a new year normally brings with it a feeling of lightness, a weight off one’s shoulders, a breath of fresh air, a new beginning.


Challenges and prospects for the study abroad industry in Florence

Fabrizio Ricciardelli, president of AACUPI – Association of American College and University Programs in Italy, explains the challenges and prospects for the study abroad industry in Florence.       ...


December festivities make a return for the best

The break of December marks the initiation of Tuscany’s festive holiday season, accompanied by an assortment of uniquely Florentine landmarks and traditions. The lights, street markets and various events all ...


Tuscany’s olive harvest: a treasured tradition faces seasonal challenges

As October came to an end and the crisp autumn breeze began to envelop the Tuscan hills, it marked the beginning of one of Tuscany’s most celebrated traditions: the olive ...


Leonardo da Vinci school group wins best Italian school in Italy

    The prestigious international StudyTravel Magazine recognized the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci group as the best Italian language school in Italy at the 2021 ST Star Awards. It is ...


Le Arti Orafe: where the next generation of jewellers are forged

Chinking metal on metal and hissing naked flames form the soundtrack to lab time at the Oltrarno’s LAO – Le Arti Orafe jewellery-making school. Turn off bustling via dei Serragli ...


Talking about universities and conferences with Alessandra Petrucci

Leaders in academic, medical, research and professional fields were awarded on October 14 for their commitment to winning bids to hold congresses and events in Florence, which bring a strong ...


International School of Florence: humanist values and a global mindset

Despite its young age of 70 years, the International School of Florence, one of the oldest international schools in Europe, is harnessing its humanist values and global mindset to build ...


The Jewish Community of Florence: from kindergarten to care home

    Freshly baked challah has been carefully wrapped in individual paper packages and arranged in a wicker basket by the entrance into the Jewish Community of Florence. While the ...


Thoughts about education in Italy

We pick the minds of local education experts with considered contributions from Simon Gammell, Director of The British Institute; Carla Guarducci, President & CEO, Lorenzo De’ Medici – The Italian International ...


Changes at the Canadian School of Florence

When children return to school this month, some of them will be attending a new international pre-school (3-5 year olds) and elementary (6-10 year olds) school in Fiesole. This brand-new ...


New Head of School appointed at ISF

Dr. David Ottaviano has been appointed as new Head of School for the International School of Florence (ISF), with over 30 years of experience in school leadership in Asia and ...


BE.LONG makes staying longer in Florence easier

With every move, there are a series of practicalities to be sorted. The Be.Long platform brings all those bits to one place, making your longer-term move to the city as ...


SACI College of Art and Design to close its doors in Florence

Founded by the highly esteemed painter Jules Maidoff in 1975, the Fulbright scholar had come to Florence to paint and established the school which has had enormous impact over its 46 years.


ISF students become Palazzo Strozzi guides for the night

The International School of Florence is working closely with the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi on a collaborative project that connects students directly to the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Florence, ...


BE.LONG: the online service to make staying longer in Florence easier

Florence is about to launch a new service for the city’s temporary citizens. Be.Long, a project developed by Destination Florence in partnership with the City of Florence, aims to repopulate ...


How to enrol your kids in kindergarten in Florence

The second round of kindergarten enrollment in Comune di Firenze (City of Florence) schools will commence on May 3 and last until June 30. For parents who did not have ...


Dive back into Medieval Florence… virtually!

Those who return to Florence this year will find a city transformed. The extended lockdown offered the opportunity to carry out important works of maintenance and restoration across the centre, ...


Celebrating secondary school teachers in Florence

In the last days of summer, when most of us were indulging in myriad entertainments, Florence’s secondary teachers were bracing for the fall semester. I learned this first-hand on an ...


Lessons learned and lessons pending with Europass Teacher Academy

For the sustainable development of our communities, the United Nations points to the need to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” The COVID-19 ...


Florence brings out the best in you

The great Italian writer, Italo Calvino, wrote: “You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours”. With ...


What’s new at Europass Italian Language School in Florence

Italian-Brazilian Rafael Tronquini, communication manager at Europass Italian Language School, talks to The Florentine about what’s new at the popular institution in Florence, including reduced class sizes, online offerings and ...


Canadian School of Florence expands to Fiesole

Back in 2016, The Florentine wrote about Blyth Academy Florence, a new international school about to be inaugurated. Four years on, we revisit the school, now the Canadian School of ...


Europass Teacher Academy offers new online courses for teachers

In response to the global health crisis and in an effort to support teachers of Italian schools as they adapt to changing education standards, Europass Teacher Academy in Florence is ...