When, on a hot day in July 1510, in the halls of a noble Florentine palace, a servant gave birth to a boy, no one ever would have imagined that the child would become Duke of Florence and heir to the Medicis, one of the most powerful Renaissance dynasties. Even more so as the boy was black. Five-hundred years on, Daphne Di Cinto, the African-Italia...

Google is a tool that is now an integral part of the daily life of each of us. Searching for songs, recipes, information and much more on the well-known search engine is a natural action, almost like drinking a glass of water. Among the numerous Google tools there is Destination Insight which is part of Google Travel Insight, useful for monitoring...

Want to live la dolce vita on your honeymoon? Head to one of the most romantic destinations in the world: Italy. From relaxing seaside resorts to glamorous metropolitan cities, the European country that gave us pizza, pasta and so much more offers something for every kind of traveler.  “In Italy, you can have a really varied itinerary, and travelin...

The Florence Cathedral is among the most iconic buildings in the world and the best things to see in Florence, so you might be surprised to learn that for many years a very important part of it – the original façade – was missing. The medieval façade of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore was designed by its first major architect, Arnolfo Di Ca...

The Church of San Miniato al Monte, the Church of San Salvatore al Monte, the monumental ramps designed by Giuseppe Poggi, piazzale Michelangelo, the Rose and Iris Gardens have all become UNESCO World Heritage sites. The extension of the historic centre was ratified today by UNESCO during the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee held online...

Something sinister is hovering over real estate Italian cultural assets which, even if privately owned, fail to remain within the scope of state property and are put up for sale without the Ministry of Culture apparently having any wiggle room. Two striking cases in a few months give a good example of the situation. The first one is Palazzo Sacchet...

The kilns of Montelupo began producing the first “archaic majolica”, decorated with copper and manganese, as far back as the end of the 13th century, subsequently developing this activity over the course of the following century.  By the end of the fourteenth century, Montelupo was one of the driving forces in the renewal of majolica techniques and...

My “Italian Adventure” novels are love letters to Italy. There’s no other way to describe the experiences of an American who arrives in Italy on holiday and decides to never leave. Both Cucina Tipica (2018) and Cucina Romana (2021) have characters and plot, conflict and resolution, humor and pathos, but all of these traditional narratives are infor...

Florence is a city packed with historical sights, stunning views and impressive exhibitions. What makes the million of tourists fall in love with the birthplace of the Renaissance is that you can experience so much of its great beauty without spending a penny. It’s a true open-air museum and you’d be surprised at the amount of free things to do in...

Greve in Chianti is a District in province of Florence, along the Chianti road, and it is one of the most quintessential wine areas in central Italy. The renown wine museum is located here at Greve in Chianti. It was established by a family of local entrepreneurs who have been collecting materials to tell the story and the traditions of this Tuscan...