That Italy is beautiful goes without saying: I may be partial to the fairness of my own country, but I think the whole world has pretty much agreed on it, as heralded, for instance, by the large amount of UNESCO heritage sites in the country. What many may not know is that Italy, just as every country, doesn’t only have beautiful and historically r...

First Lt. Loren Hintz didn’t exactly disappear without a trace when he died. The P-47 Thunderbolt he was piloting on his 64th and final mission in April 1945 set an Italian farm house ablaze when it was brought down by German machine gun fire. But only a fraction of Hintz’s remains were recovered and buried under a marble cross bearing his name at...

I knew something was wrong because, as I lay in my bed that morning, light was coming in through the window at an unusually early hour. I reached across my nightstand to grab my phone and, to my horror, it was 9 a.m. I knew that I had set my phone’s alarm to 6:30 a.m., but I had heard nothing. I leapt out of bed in a panic, but knew there was no wa...

Doctors at the Meyer hospital in the Italian city of Florence turned to 3D printing to create an ear for a teenager who was born without her, according to a press release released by the health center. The 13-year-old patient suffers from bilateral microtia, a rare congenital deformity of the outer ear, which affects 5 in 10,000 children. Using 3D...

A large-scale painting of the Last Supper by the female Renaissance artist Plautilla Nelli has been hung on permanent display in Florence. The work’s powerful subject matter and expertise execution are finally being highlighted in an art-historical canon dominated by men. Nelli’s Last Supper had languished in storage before it was pulled out four y...

If Florence is your destination, it's more than likely that you will arrive at the station called Santa Maria Novella, or Firenze SMN for short. It is Florence's main station, built in the Modernist style in 1934, used by 59 million passengers per year, and named after the nearby enormous Dominican church begun in 1246. Normally areas near stations...

Today was a banner day for Fiorentina. News broke out of Mayor Nardella’s office that the city of Firenze would be selling the land known to Fiorentina fans as Mercafir to Rocco Commisso, ensuring the stadium would be built in a timely manner inside the city limits. It was reported that Federico Chiesa’s injury was not as severe as initially feared...

Friday, 10/18/2019 - 6:30pm. Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011-8604. Drs. Ann Wilkins and David Wilkins, two of the curators of the Sisters in Liberty: From Florence, Italy to New York, New York exhibition at the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration (October 18, 2019—April 26, 2020), will discuss Pio Fedi’s monumen...

For all the glories of Florence today, while meandering through the labyrinth of narrow alleys that open to grand piazzas graced by gorgeous sculptures, I reflect on how time has transcended history here, on the site of an ancient Etruscan settlement that grew into the historic core of Tuscany. Lingering in the early morning of Piazza della Signori...

“A city that defines beauty”, one day in Tuscany’s fabulous Florence is only a taste and just not enough… Using Pisa as a base for twelve days to explore other areas in Tuscany over Christmas and New Year’s day, it’s an easy train trip to travel to Florence. Founded during Roman times and as a centre of commerce, Florence is renown as a Renaissance...