Florence, Italy, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and fall is the perfect time to visit. The crowds have thinned out, the weather is cooler, and the city is alive with autumnal colors. We’ve packed together a list of things to see and do to make the most of your trip and guide you to Fall Fun in Florence! Whether you’re a first-tim...

"Is that snow?" my partner said one morning during a summer Mediterranean cruise as we opened our cabin's curtains to see a wide view of the Apuan Alps in Carrara, Italy. "No, it's marble," I said, smiling, because if I hadn't done my research, I would have thought the same thing. The mountain range is home to the marble basin of Carrara in Tuscany...

The restoration work on the Vasari Corridor that began in March 2021 is now entering the final phase, with an expected reopening of May 27, 2024. The works are being helped to the finish line by a one million dollar donation from Marisa and Raymond Avansino of the Edwin L. Wiegand Foundation of Reno, Nevada. They have previously shown their support...

Ironically, the Tuscans are often credited with inventing the modern Italian language. History books and encyclopedias alike record that the standard literary form of Italian is based on a Florentine dialect called “volgare”, which means “of the Volgo” or “of the people”. The credit goes to Dante Alighieri, who wrote Divina Commedia in said dialect...

The Maremma, south of Grosseto, comes to an arty end in Capalbio, a medieval citadel that graces even more Southern Tuscany. Its undulating hills and rosemary-scented scrubland run down to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Two lines of defensive walls encircle the scenic village: centuries ago, they were built to protect the locals against pirate attacks.  My da...

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...