The refined Toscano cigar has reached an enviable milestone, celebrating its 200th year in an evening gala at the original Manifatture di Firenze cigar factory in Lucca, where the "200" cigar (200 mm with an exceptional tobacco and smoke time) was created especially for the anniversary. The Toscano cigar's ingenuity, passion, and Italian tradition...

The recently restored statue of Aphrodite housed in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale (National Archeological Museum/the Museum) in Florence, Italy, was unveiled in a public celebration on September 11, 2018. Funded by Friends of Florence with a donation by Michael and Sandy Collins, the cleaning and restoration process revealed a surprising develop...

Who says that religion is outdated? It seems the Order of Friar Minors of San Francesco Stimmatizzato have taken their new pastoral mission in stride, ending up being a mediatic sensation while at it.  Last Sunday a group of Franciscans, along with young members of the diocese of Florence, have entertained passerbys and onlookers with a modern danc...

In recent decades, Italy has been repeatedly considered the perfect set for a lot of unforgettable international cinematographic productions, due to its fascinating cities and gorgeous natural beauties spread across the country. Despite there are many Italian directors who decided to portrait our countrysuch as Vittorio De Sica or Federico Fellini,...

It’s back-to-school time in Florence, and like every semester, between 3,000 and 5,000 American college students will flood the city, coming to study abroad here. Shedding light on this phenomenon are representatives of the two largest organizations involved in this sector: Fabrizio Ricciardelli, director of the Kent State University Florence Cente...

WHAT could more typical of an Italian holiday than sitting in a sun-soaked piazza or the on steps of a grand cathedral, and tucking into a gelato, panino or pizza? Well, if you’re in Florence, you can forget that — or be prepared to pay for it. The Renaissance city is cracking down on visitors who eat on footpaths, doorsteps or driveways at lunch a...

September 22, 2018 – January 13, 2019. Bowers Museum - 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Knights in Armor features stunning masterpieces of European arms and armor, dating from the Medieval and Renaissance ages to the Romanticized Medieval revival of the 1800s. The provocative beauty and the exquisite craftsmanship of more than 90 pieces...

With the legal name of Cenni di Pepi, and the common moniker of Cimabue, came a revolution in medieval Italian art. As the most celebrated Florentine artist of his generation, Cimabue (pronounced chee ma BOO ay) is hailed for transitioning Italian art out of the flatness of Byzantine icons to the beginnings of the naturalism that would culminate a...

As a result of a collaboration between Indiana University and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, it's now possible to view some of the world's most admired ancient artifacts and sculptures in 3D without traveling overseas. A newly launched website, www.digitalsculpture-uffizi.org, was unveiled Tuesday in a ceremony at the historic Uffizi Galler...

Italian Enthusiasts know that in Italy, there is no shortage of dialects.  A Sicilian speaking in his pure vernacular is not usually understandable to Italians from other regions.  In other parts of Italy, however, one’s dialect may not be so different than standard Italian whereas to render the speech wholly unintelligible. As we become more acqua...