Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia, inscribed by Unesco in its World Heritage list in 2004, encompasses the villages and surrounding agricultural and pastoral territories of Castiglione d'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani, San Quirico d’Orcia, from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata, near the border with Umbria. Its hilly landscape dotted with cypress...

In the summer of 2014, our young family spent a month in Tuscany . It was our first summer in Europe, let's say we had a whole month without work and school. We had recently moved to Paris because of the commitments of my husband and my son had finished the first year of kindergarten in French, and it was exciting to think that we had four weeks in...

Italians and tourists are set to get a rare glimpse of a medieval village that lies at the bottom of a lake in Tuscany. The village of Fabbriche di Careggine, that was founded in the 13th century by a colony of blacksmiths, resides under the waters of the artificial lake of Vagli. It was submerged after a dam was created in 1947, causing the villag...

Manifattura Tabacchi is a rationalist industrial complex inaugurated in 1940, opposite the Parco delle Cascine (Cascine Park) in Florence. Once home to the Italian State Tobacco Monopoly, its modern and dynamic structures were built in reinforced concrete, iron and glass, creating an austere visual impact that ties in with its functionality. Design...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 5:30 PM Eastern Time. Please click this link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89519505109. No password is necessary to access the webinar. This lecture will explore the sometimes violent, often bizarre, and always fascinating representations of saints and martyrs in Italian art by artists such as Michelangel...

“Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city,” writes Unesco, which inscribed it into its World Heritage list in 1995. “The whole city of Siena, built around the Piazza del Campo, was devised as a work of art that blends into the surrounding landscape.” The buildings were designed to fit into the overall planned urban fabric and also to form a whole...

L’emergenza Covid stravolge un sistema culturale e economico che vale più di 700 milioni: è quello alimentato dalle Università americane che hanno sede e programmi di studio in Italia, più di 160 istituti basati soprattutto a Roma (una sessantina) e Firenze (una cinquantina) che accolgono ogni anno circa 35mila studenti stranieri e danno lavoro a 1...

Together with my partner, I run a small guest house in our own home, in a popular tourist town in the Chianti area of Tuscany. I've been here for 30 years. This year we're in dire straits as we have no income for the foreseeable future. The area of Chianti, and its three main towns in particular, live and die by tourism. Due to the coronavirus outb...

Regarded as one of the world's most dangerous sports, Calcio Storico Fiorentino, or 'historic Florentine football," dates back to 16th century Florence. A combination of football and rugby, it was a pastime for wealthy aristocrats and even popes, such as Clement Ⅶ, Leo Ⅺ, and Urban Ⅴ Ⅲ who participated in this violent game. A bit of history Althoug...

Are we the ones really preserving art through conservation or is it a mutual relationship where art preserves us as well? The concept of displaying art in hospitals may seem to be a modern idea, but humanists truthfully believed that art and beauty possessed intrinsic healing powers for both the body and the soul. A great example is the oval depict...