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Tuscany + Beyond

Top 5 Carnival celebrations in Tuscany

Streamers, silly string and satire
by Mary Gray
Does the winter weather have you dreaming about day trips from Florence? Brighten up your dreary February by celebrating Carnevale. Carnival festivities will take place …
Tuscany News

Pisa's Leaning Tower in San Francisco

Pisa exports its world-famous monument to California
As an initiative to celebrate the 950th year since construction work commenced on Pisa Cathedral and Galileo Galilei’s 450th birthday, Pisa and Tuscany are encouraging Americans …
Places + Travel

Explore Sammezzano Castle

The last of Tuscany's hidden treasures?
by Paola Vojnovic
They say that each of us dies three deaths: the moment when your heart stops, when you are buried and the last time someone says your …

Top 10 events in Florence this year!

A 2015 preview
by Marco Badiani
Happy New Year! And what a year 2015 is going to be for Florence! As we compiled the events listing for this issue, we saw that …
Florence News

8 exhibitions you have to see in Florence in 2015

A Year In Art shows announced
by Oreste Giacche'
The lineup for the 2015 edition of Florence: Art for a Year has just been announced. Many of Florence’s most prestigious museums, including the Bargello, the …
Florence News

When the Mona Lisa was in the Uffizi

Ieri. I Musei exhibition
by Helen Farrell
A beautiful 1913 black-and-white photograph showing Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa on display in the Uffizi is the centrepiece of the ‘Ieri: I Musei’ exhibition currently …
Florence News

Piazza del Carmine goes car free

First step in transforming the Oltrarno
by Helen Farrell
On January 11, piazza del Carmine, long a car park for the neighbourhood, officially became a car-free zone. The transformation is part of the City of …
Florence News

A crazy success

Opera di Santa Croce's #CrazyforPazzi campaign makes history
102,426 dollars and 859 backers: the first ever Kickstarter campaign for a restoration by a major cultural institution in Florence has been successfully funded. Launched on …
Italy News

Armani museum plans

New museum to house collections and exhibitions
by Oreste Giacche'
A new space dedicated to showcasing and appreciating design, art and fashion is being created in Milan. The project consists of a collaboration among public and …
Italy News

Emotional tourism app proves a success

Mad for art
by Helen Farrell
Once your rage at the queues to enter the Uffizi has subsided, go straight to Botticelli’s Birth of Venus to feel ecstatic or head for Michelangelo’s …

Behind the scenes at Santa Croce

by Alexandra Korey
Photos by Marco Badiani Most people go into buildings. But in the case of Santa Croce and in particular the Pazzi Chapel, the building has gotten into …

New platform for single parents in Italy

Single and social
by Helen Farrell
A pizza in central Florence, a bowling night, ice skating in Lastra a Signa: if you’re a single parent, the idea of socializing and starting over may …

When social media and opera meet

Tweet opera
by Helen Farrell
If you’re a social media user and a lover of bel canto, Opera di Firenze’s tweet-seat competition is likely to have you singing its praises. The …
Economy + Society

Tax debate

Roots and remedies for tax evasion in Italy
by John D'Attoma
Ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi once famously claimed that the evasion of high taxes is a ‘God-given right.’ As many European nations grapple with debt crises, the …

Act like it's winter

It's the date, not the weather
by Alexandra Korey
Anyone who has witnessed the passage from summer to autumn in Italy knows that here the seasons are defined by dates, not weather. On September 1, …

Naked gnocchi

by Rachel  Priestley
Well known for being tricky, rife with double meanings and open to various interpretations, the Italian language never ceases to surprise and delight me. What do …

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