Director Joe Dante is heading to Tuscany this spring. The director of iconic films including Piranha, Gremlins, The 'Burbs, The Howling, Explorers and Innerspace will be the 2019 recipient of Lucca Film Festival’s lifetime achievement award. Dante, who started work as a trailer editor for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, made his directorial debu...

Are you sure you know everything about Carnival in Italy? We will help you with an excursus that goes from the origins, through the typical masks and sweets of the Italian carnival tradition, up to the indication of the most beautiful carnivals in Italy. The origins of Carnival in Italy and beyond are closely linked to religious culture, as they ar...

One of the most interesting discoveries of the year could be the one announced at the Opera di Santa Croce in Florence following the restoration of Christ meeting Veronica on the Way to Calvary, an altarpiece made by Giorgio Vasari in 1572. The restoration of Michelangelo's altarpiece and monumental tomb are being restored, due to the damage caused...

One of the best ways to see Tuscany's legendary Val D'Orcia region is on the reopened steam railway running through fields, forests and vineyards. Most of us see Tuscany’s famous rolling landscape from the road. Or maybe on foot, since walking holidays in the region have become so popular. But there’s a more unusual way to get your fix of stunning...

Con 2713 eventi e un fatturato totale stimato attorno ai 160.2 milioni di euro, la Toscana si conferma regione leader in Italia per il segmento del wedding tourism, di cui detiene il 30.9% del mercato nazionale. Sono questi alcuni dei dati presentati oggi dalla Regione Toscana alla BIT di Milano, nell'evento che ha fatto il punto sul progetto Tusca...

Florence’s first U.S. Consul assumed office in 1823, his name was Giacomo Ombrosi and, curiously, he wasn’t American. Michele Amedei, a scholar and art historian specializing in the link among American artists in Tuscany in the first half of the 19th century, details his research. The Florentine: What can you tell us about Giacomo Ombrosi?Michele A...

It was a clean-up that Marie Kondo would have been proud of. Out into the streets came paintings, statues, jewellery, clothing, all heaped into piles. On February 7th, 1497, the inhabitants of Florence had decided many of their worldly possessions were not ‘sparking joy’, but rather leading them towards the hellfires of sin. This event, known to hi...

A giant, godlike President Trump float made its debut on the first day of one of Italy’s most famous carnival events this weekend. The Carnevale Di Viargeggio festival in Viareggio, Italy, is attended by about 600,000 people and is famed for its papier-mâché sculptures. The largest of which can be as heavy as 40 tons and often carry a political mes...

Few Italian wines trigger nostalgia in American consumers like Chianti. Many tasted their first sip of tangy Sangiovese from a fiasco, a bottle wrapped in a straw basket, in a red-sauce Italian restaurant. Over the last few decades, Chianti has increased in quality, though most of its top wines fail to titillate palates as seductively as Baroloand ...

You might say that we’re in the middle of the journey of our life: My wife and I reached our 25th wedding anniversary last year. To celebrate, we went to Italy. We put Florence on the itinerary because we wanted to see Brunelleschi’s dome, Leonardo’s paintings, and Michelangelo’s statue of David. But we also had a special reason for traveling to Fl...