La prima public company europea nel campo della cultura oggi compie 100 anni. Ed è italiana: l'8 aprile del 1920 infatti si costituisce, dopo un ostinato lavoro che oggi definiremmo di moral suasion da parte di Vittorio Emanuele III, la Fratelli Alinari Istituto di Edizioni Artistiche (I.D.E.A) che è quella attualmente ancora operante. 'Vittorio Al...

THESE GORGEOUS HOT SPRINGS ARE a must-see for anyone visiting Tuscany. A wooded path leads you to the secluded pools surrounded by trees. The colors are simply spectacular, and when the weather is nice, you can find Italians and tourists climbing to reach different pools on the hillside. The calcium carbonate deposits in the water not only make for...

Michelangelo is one of the most famous artists and sculptors of the Renaissance, and had a major influence on the development of art in the Western world. His greatest known masterpiece is of course the colossal stone sculpture of David who stands victoriously in pride of place in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Michelangelo’s home city of Florence....

About an hour south of Florence is the medieval town of San Gimignano, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1990. During the Middle Ages, its location in Val d’Elsa, 56 km south of the Tuscan capital, provided an important rest stop for pilgrims traveling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. San Gimignano is famous today for its fortified tower hou...

As the coronavirus emergency is keeping us all at home, it is still possible to travel virtually to Italy and visit some of its outstanding museums, from the comfort and safety of your couch at home. Here are four that make their collections and rooms available online, with special initiatives in place specifically during these times of lockdown, w...

Winemaker and Owner Clara Gentili braved corona virus fears to travel to the US to showcase her reserve wines from Fattoria Le Pupille of Maremma Tuscany, a region that is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Tucked away in small, secluded region of southern Tuscany, Maremma doesn’t appear on any of the popular tourism guides, and perhaps that’s a goo...

Crossing the threshold of the new Museo dell'Opera del Duomo in Pisa gives the sudden sensation of feeling elsewhere. Yet, the building of the ancient Episcopal Seminary is also located in the crowded Piazza del Duomo. After five years of work, from the 3000 square meters of the renovated museum emerge the cultural interweaving and the skill of the...

Welcome back to our tour of Italy. This time we are landing in Tuscany, the beautiful hilly region famous for its charming hills and bucolic landscapes. But if you ask me, it’s for its absolutely lovely way of speaking and accent. As I told you a long long time ago, when I first introduced the Italian language to you, Italian comes from the Tuscan...

Inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List since 1982, the historic center of Florence is defined as a “unique artistic realization, an absolute chef-d’œuvre, the fruit of continuous creation over more than six centuries.” In addition to its numerous museums, with the Uffizi Gallery renowned for being the oldest museum of modern Europe, Florence b...

The beauty of Florence’s monuments is well known throughout the world. A stroll through Piazza del Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and Ponte Vecchio is amazing; like walking through an open-air museum. Possibly the best time to take advantage of the beauty and weather is to enjoy the month of March in Florence. Treat yourself to a weekend of spring v...