parkrun: it was always about the coffee

It was back in 2004 when a South African living in London named Paul Sinton-Hewitt gave birth to the first parkrun event, with his partner Joanne, three other volunteers and a ...


The Florentine Olympian: Lorenzo Zazzeri

Lorenzo Zazzeri (born in Florence, in 1994) competed at the Tokyo Olympic Games, winning silver in the 4×100 men’s freestyle swimming relay. He speaks with The Florentine about the Games, ...


Where Italy really won the Euros

There’s something innately inspiring about Coverciano: the light breeze, rolling hills and silver-green countryside. This is the setting where Italy’s victorious Euro 2020 squad trained at every stage of the ...


Teaming together

November is a meaningful month for Americans. Every year on the 11th we gather together to thank all those who have served in the Armed Forces for their sacrifices in ...


Florence Tennis Club

Originally the largest park in Florence, the Cascine was a Medici hunting and farming estate, which passed to the grand duchy of Lorraine with the death of the last Medici ...


Skydiving over Florence

Now, I see the sky in a different light. This weekend, I eyed up my terrace’s base-jumping potential and obsessed as a drone was piloted downriver. On Friday, I tumbled ...


How to plan your “settimana bianca”

Abetone, the Maremma and the Apuan Alps: these wintery Tuscan destinations are sure to satisfy your cravings for snow during a "settimana bianca".


Top-tier basketball in Florence

Florence has been selected to host the Serie A Basketball League Cup, known as the Final Eight, at the Nelson Mandela Forum in February.


Florentine rugby finesse

After a 34-year exile I Medicei Rugby Club has won promotion to the top Italian division after a 38–14 playoff victory over L’Aquila. The team rejoiced alongside the 1,000-strong fans ...


Run through the art of Florence

Running events all year round through the art and architecture of Florence, from the Firenze Marathon to the Notturna di San Giovanni night run.


Tuscany Cycling Season: a new magazine

Cyclists throughout the region and beyond are celebrating the launch of new print and digital publication Tuscany Cycling Season, a pilot project aimed at showcasing Tuscany through its thriving bicycle ...


Where to watch Euro 2016 matches in Florence

The summer football season has certainly kicked off this week, with Italy already bagging one victory after winning 2-0 to Belgium in the beginning stages of the European championships. With ...


Bike tours in Tuscany

I’ll never forget the first time I took a bike tour in Tuscany. It was spring, that time of the year when poppies dot the winding country roads and the ...


Top-tier tennis tournament in Pontassieve, 17-27 September

  Tennis lovers are in for a treat in the next 10 days as Pontassieve stages a top-tier men’s open tournament.   Just 30 minutes from Florence, high-calibre players from ...


The rise of Italian tennis and why it matters

On September 12, Italian tennis was in an unrivalled win-win situation. To a nation it really didn’t matter who out of Flavia Pennetta or Roberta Vinci walked away with the ...


Italian football: not just a man’s game

The ‘men only’ world of European football is seemingly coming to an end. The clubs of the ‘Old Continent’, such as Chelsea, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, have established solid, successful women’s teams and the fan base that follows women’s football is increasing&


Summer nightlife spots in Prato

Prato has long lived in its neighbor’s shadow. But the second largest city in Tuscany has recently undergone a modern revival with the opening of new locales. With hip crowds and refreshing venues, the city center of Prato may be this summer’s best-kept secret, and


Fiorentina 2014-15 season review

That which starts sweet ends bitter. And that which starts bitter ends sweet.   Fiorentina supporters will identify strongly with that sentiment when looking back on their team’s season as they head into what should be a summer of change for la Viola. After a rocky start to


New stadium plans for Fiorentina

With renovations expected both on the pitch and off, this summer could feature big changes for Fiorentina.   Like many other big European clubs, Fiorentina expect to have the normal comings and goings in personnel during the summer transfer period. They also continue to look into changes to their stadium. &


Fiorentina season recap

Only one Fiorentina match remains this season: at home against Chievo on May 31.   Fiorentina did not enjoy the best of starts to the 2014–15 season with a 2–0 defeat against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. The situation quickly improved with an initial 3–


Match preview, March 5, 2015: Fiorentina v. Juventus

This Thursday, the Juventus Stadium plays host to one of the two semi-finals matches in the Coppa Italia. The Bianconeri welcome rivals Fiorentina to Turin. The relationship between the two teams hasn’t been the same since the controversial transfer of Roberto Baggio from Fiorentina to Juventus.  


Match report, March 1, 2015: Fiorentina 1-0 Inter

Since the dawning of 2015, Fiorentina have been a roll, having not lost a game in the New Year. The Viola has won seven out of their last ten matches in all competitions, with three draws. On Sunday, they took a difficult journey up north to face Inter Milan.  


Match preview February 19, 2015: Fiorentina v. Tottenham

Fiorentina have travelled 750 miles north for a Europa League clash with Tottenham Hotspur. Thursday’s encounter will be the first of two legs to be contested, with White Hart Lane being the venue for the first meeting.   Tottenham have been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride


Match report, February 14, 2015: Fiorentina 3-1 Sassuolo

A week removed from Fiorentina’s emotional home win against Atalanta, La Viola took a trip up north to clash with upstart Sassuolo.   Unlike the previous game, Fiorentina started this game off on the right foot nearly scoring two minutes into the game. Sassuolo’s keeper Andrea