One of the landmarks of Florence's artistic life is returning to its former glory. Set in the jewel of the Convent of the Santissima Annunziata, the Chapel of St. Luca or Cappella dei Pittori (Painters’ chapel) finally regains its original colors and forms thanks to a two-year restoration project. The imposing frescos by Giorgio Vasari, Santi di Ti...

Florence wakes up from winter at the start of March (although the festive season is something to behold), but don’t expect a quiet city. Already, crowds teem through the commercial centre, past the Duomo, with the Ponte Vecchio – which you must walk over at least once – an ongoing adrenaline-fueled exercise in crowd dodging.  The weather is clement...

The call of la dolce vita brings millions of visitors to Italy each year, ready to explore the country’s rich art and history, the thriving wine and food culture, stunning scenery and more. Enjoying Italy is as much about the broad, bucket list items (glimpsing Venice on the horizon as you speed across the lagoon from the airport) as it is the smal...

Florence's iconic Uffizi art gallery has got over one million likes on video-sharing social media platform TikTok, the Florentine gallery said Wednesday. A video of a three-day visit by British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa pushed the Uffizi over the threshold, it said. Furthermore, with over 116,700 TikTok followers, the Uffizi is by far the most fol...

“Dante’s Train,” a rail route tracing the journey of the Supreme Poet from Florence to Ravenna during his exile years, is returning for the summer season. Launched last year to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, the vintage steam train takes travelers from Florence, the Tuscan capital, where Dante was born, to Ravenna in Emilia-Romag...

New technologies have enabled us to travel even by just moving a finger on our smartphones. Here tourism has become somewhat virtual. And we have noticed it in these two years of lockdown and pandemic. Enabling it was the innovation introduced in 2007, just 15 years ago, by Google, which after changing our lives with the Maps application, launched...

Studying abroad is a daunting task. There is enormous pressure to travel somewhere new every weekend. Constant traveling is extremely draining, and trying to plan successful trips — especially on a college student’s budget — can make it even more stressful. In hopes of providing some inspiration for future NYU Florence students, and making Italian...

Don’t get me wrong; I love being in Florence. As a volunteer archivist at one of Florence’s libraries, I am used to spending long weekends in this captivating city. Just walking around and drinking in the beauty of its architecture, art, and even shop windows have always given me great pleasure. But… deep down I’m a country girl also ready to escap...

Even a short walk around Florence is enough to leave you speechless and awe-struck by the enormous amount of art and beauty in this unique city. If you visit Florence for the first time you will be surprised by finding yourself literally surrounded by art hidden in richly-decorated churches and in the magnificent private palaces of noble families....

Land of artists and poets, green valleys and soft sandy beaches, also famous for its immense food and wine heritage. A list of good reasons to visit Tuscany would be basically endless. In every corner you can breathe a centuries-old history, which took place against the backdrop of a landscape that still today  enchants and amazes. To see Tuscany i...