Discover one of the most important cities of art in Italy, which combines the thousand-year history told by its walls with a memorable gastronomy. To the streets where time seems to have stopped and to the hundred churches full of masterpieces, Lucca adds many events, and its people will conquer you. Lucca is one of the most visited cities in Tusca...

It is the smallest island in the Tuscan archipelago and is the last prison island in all of Europe. But the Gorgona Agricultural Penal Colony is no maximum-security Alcatraz. On the contrary, inmates serve their sentences by working outdoors, ranching and farming and learning a trade that will help them reintegrate into society once they complete t...

From Florence and Rome to Positano and Capri, Italy is home to many must-visit destinations. Of course, the beautiful European country also has a plethora of less-visited spots ranging from charming hilltop villages to postcard-perfect coastal escapes. While Ravenna isn’t quite a hidden gem, it’s certainly not a requisite stop on most tourist route...

Florence is home to some of Italy’s finest Renaissance art, history and architecture. It’s a must-see for visitors to Italy and one of the world’s most famous cultural cities. But rising above all these masterpieces, both literally, and some would argue figuratively, is the colossal Florence Duomo, or otherwise known as Santa Maria Del Fiore. The e...

As the summer heat wanes and the air turns crisp, Italy undergoes a transformation. The country, renowned for its art, history, and gastronomy, dons a vibrant palette of autumnal hues, making it an even more enchanting destination. From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the historic streets of Turin, let’s start a journey to discover Italy’s gems in...

A travel in Tuscany to discover the Medici Villas, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These splendid residences were commissioned and curated by the Medici family at various moments in their long history as the “rulers” of Tuscany and Florence, becoming places of delight and beauty for the various illustrious family members. The history of the...

Cellar master and Tuscan wine ambassador Beppe d’Andrea will be in Chicago this October to host a pair of events at Tuscany on Taylor Street and Stefani Prime. Beppe will be meeting guests, detailing the history of Ruffino Wines, and providing additional insight into some of the night’s featured wine selections. The Ruffino Wine Experience will tak...

Lucca’s historic city walls form a 3-mile greenway loop that completely encircles the city, and the bike path stretches for the entire loop on top of these walls. You’re not balancing on a narrow wall, as many people first imagine; the walls are 40 feet high but they’re also almost 90 feet across. The path is very wide (wide enough that it was once...

To experience the finest Italian Renaissance art anywhere, there’s no finer place to visit than Florence, Italy. That’s what keeps drawing State University of New York at Fredonia students each summer to Art History 390: Arts of Italy, a study abroad course taught by Department of Visual Arts and New Media Associate Professor Peter Tucker. Beginnin...