by Giulia Louise Steigerwalt   Lisa del Giocondo, also known as Lisa Gherardini, was a member of the Florentine Gherardini family back in 1479. Her husband commissioned her portrait to Leonardo da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance and today many experts believe that that same painting is the Mona Lisa, also known as "La Gioconda".  ...

by Rob Lovitt   Violating the first rule of visiting a museum — look but don't touch the art — an American tourist in Italy has generated shock and outrage by snapping the finger off a 600-year-old statue at a museum in Florence.   According to the Italian newspaper, Corriere Fiorentino, the snap heard around the art world took place...

  WTI Magazine #13    2014 Jan, 17Author : Irene Salvadorini for PoisonDrops.com      Translation by: Alessandra Bitetti   Pitti W: Where ideas are born"Where women's fashion ideas are born". This is the slogan for Pitti Immagine W, the young Florentine salon that was born to give voice to emerging talent that, left the old location in Via Valfo...

The Siena Cathedral's Gate to Heaven opened on March 9 and will remain open until October 31, 2015. Thanks to a project by Opera della Metropolitana di Siena, visitors can now enjoy a unique view of the magnificent Romanesque-Gothic church built between the 13th and 14th centuries, from a place as high up as the stars.   The Tuscan city's cr...

La Capitale italiana della cultura è una novità introdotta con il Decreto Legge 31 maggio 2014, n. 83, contenente nuove misure in materia di tutela del patrimonio culturale, sviluppo della cultura e rilancio del turismo (convertito in legge e pubblicato nella Gazzetta Ufficiale n. 175 del 30 luglio 2014).   In particolare, il provvedimento c...

Università di Pisa, intesa con il Mit di BostonE' il primo ateneo italiano siglare un accordo per la ricerca. Progetti di ricerca comuni, borse di studio e scambi per studenti e ricercatori, circolazione di idee e conoscenza: così, con un accordo siglato il 28 gennaio, l'università di Pisa e il Massachusetts institute of technology...

by Claudia Astarita   Andrea Pugliese, an expert in job policies, has just launched the Art Hub Carrara as a unique Italian incubator for the professions related to contemporary art. Pugliese's idea was the one of connecting the manufacturer sector with the digital one as well as of mixing tradition and modernity.   Art Hub aims at fo...

Between naturalism and real life, between dream and reality: walking through the Santa Maria della Scala museum will take you into a special world where the art and history of one of Europe's oldest hospitals are brought to light.   Located along via della Francigena in Siena, Santa Maria della Scala used to be the hospital for abandoned chi...

by Elise Balzotti   Firenze, Florencia, Florence — no matter where you're from, or how you pronounce the name, this Tuscan city is one of the most enchantingly beautiful in all of Italy. Firenze is like a painter's palette, vibrant with color from all the periods of its lengthy history.   From cobblestone alleyways shaded by medieval...

by Claudia Baroncelli   With the wonderful Jacopo Juvarra hall in the seventeenth century Palazzina di Caccia Stupinigi (Turin) coming back to new life after restoration and the famous Andrea Mantegna's Bridal Chamber in Castello di San Giorgio (Mantua) reopening to public, Italy is once again one of the best places to admire timeless and ex...