Italy is the second tourist destination in Europe and the fifth in the world in terms of international arrivals. Attracting travelers from the continent and the entire planet to the Belpaese like a magnet is our rich cultural heritage, followed by natural beauty and events, whether sporting, recreational or religious, but food and wine, without neg...

Florence’s Bargello Museum reopened its Maiolica Room and Islamic Hall to the public earlier this week after a nine-month reconfiguration. The Maiolica Room, curated by Marino Marini, showcases a gorgeous lineup of over 400 ceramic objects of the approximately 1,000 stored in the museum’s archives, while the Islamic Hall, curated by archaeological...

On June 11, 1924, the Gallery of Modern Art at the Pitti Palace in Florence opened, and to celebrate its centennial, the Uffizi Galleries is publishing a virtual exhibition on its official website that tells the story of Gam through a selection of more than fifty masterpieces housed in the rooms on the second floor of the palace. The idea of creati...

When my wife and I recently took our ninth trip to Florence, a good friend asked, “Why go to Florence again when there is so much ‘real Italy’ to see?” A fair question and a cause for reflection. Can “real Italy” still be found in the city where Dante Alighieri gave birth to the Italian language, but where English is now default in the historic cen...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is proud to announce the creation of the NIAF DiLella Fellows Program, an all-expenses-paid, weeklong strategic business and political tour of Italy for outstanding young Italian American and Italophile professionals between the ages of 25-40. The inaugural NIAF DiLella Fellows Program will take place...

The City of Florence and MUS.E are offering from May 25, 2024 and throughout the summer a rich program of visits to explore the towers, gates and fortresses of Florence, all of which have endless stories to tell. Visitors will thus have the opportunity to enjoy unprecedented views of the city and delve into the history of Florence in its urban deve...

“In 1994, shortly after he’d won the San Remo Song Festival in the ‘new voices’ category for his song ‘Il mare calma della sera’,” Laura Biancalani, CEO of The Andrea Bocelli Foundation wrote me, “I knocked on Andrea’s front door to ask him to organize a concert to benefit a local hospice for the terminally ill. Impressed that only at age 18 I was...

History as it lives and breathes. History written but with chapters still to write. Fiorentina and Atalanta are finalists again. One in the Europa Conference League final after progressing late against Club Bruges, the other in the Coppa Italia and now Europa League finals after a triumph over Marseille. They are the finalists. A statement of fact....

Florence is one of the most beautiful, fascinating, and culturally rich cities in all of Italy with more than enough choices for the whole family. Whether you are a first-time traveler, returning for a second trip, visiting as a family or flying solo, this list of the top things to do in Florence will help you navigate the city without feeling over...

A new and revealing documentary about the life of the 16th century Italian explorer Giovanni Da Verrazzano will make its debut in New York City on April 17th. The film will be shown on the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Da Verrazzano’s ship, in what is now New York Harbor, on April 17, 1524. The film "Giovanni Da Verrazzano: From the Renaissan...