On the top of a hill, to crown it with its towers, there is a small 13th-century village perfectly preserved. It is San Gimignano, a hidden gem and in turn a treasure chest full of art jewels. This place was once called "the city of 100 towers". Today, of these buildings with which noble families challenged each other by flaunting their prestige, o...

“The World’s 50 Best Bars” ranking was recently announced for 2022 and Italy, lauded land of the aperitivo hour, has four spots that made the cut. An annual ranking of the planet’s top pouring establishments, The World’s 50 Best Bars is voted on by a group of 650 well-traveled drink experts and owned by William Reed Ltd, a multimedia company in the...

It barely needs to be said that Italy has long been a favored vacation destination for tourism; and especially for the rich, famous and the extremely famous. For centuries people have been attracted by its stunning coastline, its culture, its chic fashion sense, its gorgeous vineyards and its stellar mountain regions. Italy has always impressed the...

Swimming in UNESCO-protected canals. Breaking into historic sites. Driving down the world's most famous staircase. And just when you thought that was as bad as it gets: smashing priceless sculptures in a fit of pique. As travel restrictions dropped this summer and tourists flooded back to Europe, the news of visitors behaving badly in Italy just ke...

Thankfully, things have changed a great deal since I first arrived in Italy to take up the position as U.S. Consul General in Florence in July of 2020. Finally able to get out and about more, I have lately taken to grabbing my backpack and getting out to explore places that are off the beaten path in Tuscany.  I recently had the opportunity to expl...

Expect to see some chef knives along with the fabric scissors at one of the world’s top fashion schools. Polimoda draws students from over 70 nations to Florence, Italy to study style and design for clothing — and now they are launching their first Food Styling course to impart those same skills to chefs plating their main courses. “There are amazi...

When it comes to the history and tradition of winemaking it would be hard to top Tuscany, whose well-earned reputation as Italy’s answer to Bordeaux precedes it. Any discussion of fine Italian wine usually begins with the green valleys of a region whose vineyards were prized by the Romans. Tuscany’s rise to pre-eminence began in the 12th century, w...

I was standing on the terrace of a medieval castle–turned restaurant, watching the sun setting over hills dotted with farmhouses and vineyards, when an Andrea Bocelli song planted itself in my head — clearly my subconscious calling me out for being a walking Tuscan tourist cliché. I sipped my glass of Chianti in spite of myself and snapped another...

A new European hub dedicated to cultural heritage research will be launched soon in Florence, it will be based at the city's tobacco manufacturing plant. It is called "E-rihs" (European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science). The investment was made by the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio Firenze, a foundation dedicated to the promotion of the...

Marking the first collaboration between The Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Uffizi Galleries, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, decorative arts, and a selection of ancient Roman marble statues. It is the largest and one of the most comprehensive shows on Botticelli ever staged in the United States, featuring works...