The Leonini Horti dates back to the period of reconstruction immediately after the long war that culminated with the fall of the Republic of Siena in 1558, commissioned and built by Diomede Leoni in conjunction with the restoration of the ancient walls. Monsignor Lattanzi, on November 8, 1581, wrote that "within the said Land of San Quirico, alread...

More millennials are spending money on travel experiences over buying things, and research shows these experiences bring more happiness. So what is the best travel experience in the world? It offers fresh pasta, an apron and a stunning view of the Tuscan countryside, according to TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor recently released its Travelers' Choice Awar...

Three of Leonardo da Vinci's greatest masterpieces, which were until this week housed in separate rooms at the Uffizi Gallery, are now on display together in a room dedicated exclusively to the Renaissance genius. The development is one of several revolutionary changes brought about by the gallery's director, German art historian Eike Schmidt. The...

Giorgio La Pira, the deeply religious Christian Democrat mayor of Florence in the early 50s and 60s, was set on a possible path to sainthood Thursday when Pope Francis recognised his "heroic virtues". The pope authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding the "heroic virtues of Servant of God Giorgio la Pira"...

In the Tuscan countryside of western Italy, just 12 miles southwest of Michelangelo’s “David,” in Florence’s Accademia Gallery, is another display of marble and stone, far less well-known than “David” but, in its own way, far more meaningful. The Florence American Cemetery is where more than 5,800 U.S. soldiers who died in combat during the Italian...

When the conversation begins and ends discussing favorite eateries and obscure museums in Bologna, you know it’s going to be a great chat. I was lucky enough to spend two hours speaking with the 44th U.S. diplomatic representative in Florence, US Consul General Benjamin Wohlauer, a role that covers Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, and the Republic of San M...

The weaving of plant fibres is one of humanity’s most ancient activities, and takes inspiration from nature and has been used over time to create a wide variety of containers and hats that protect against the sun’s glare. In Signa in 1714, Domenico Michelacci, known as Bolognino, began to cultivate 'grano marzuolo', a variety of wheat with small ea...

L’Italia a Hollywood è il titolo della mostra al Museo Ferragamo, aperta dal 24 maggio 2018 al 10 marzo 2019. L’Italia a Hollywood esplora il periodo che va dal 1915 al 1927, cioè gli anni che Salvatore Ferragamo trascorse in America prima di fare ritorno in Italia. E si tratta di anni che furono cruciali, perché videro il passaggio del testimone c...

Each June, Florence Cathedral hosts a unique demonstration of nature's precision matched by human engineering: the passage of the midday sun through a gnomon set into the mighty dome. Unnoticed by visitors for most of the year, the Duomo's gnomon – a device that tells the time of day or year by the way the sun strikes it – comes into its own betwee...

We owe the Italian Renaissance picture more than the ideal human figure.  Experiments in figuration, whether they involve contour or sfumato, cannot exist without ground, here understood in three senses of the word: first, the preparation of a given support (such as a gesso ground on panel); second, the plane on which figures stand; and third, the...