Reading feels like the smell of books, allowed to linger for a long time under the sun’s rays, and the moss-like softness of pages when a storm bursts and the rain melts little by little into the ink of the printed letters. Reading feels like flipping through a paperback at the bookstore, deciding whether or not to leave with it under your arm. Rea...

Visitors to Florence’s Accademia Gallery can now see Michelangelo’s David in a new light as the tribune that houses the Renaissance masterpiece boasts a revamped energy-saving lighting system. “There’s no better way to celebrate the 140 years of when the tribune opened to the public on July 22, 1882,” comments Cecilie Hollberg, director of the Acca...

There are so many reasons to love Firenze, one of Italy’s most amazing cities: its history, its art, its food, its atmosphere. And it was the home of Dante Alighieri, so poetry permeates everything here: the cradle of Renaissance, Firenze is where modern Europe was born. Firenze is also at the heart of a glorious wine-making region, let’s not forge...

ARIES – The first sign of the zodiac, these rams love to be number one and aren’t afraid to dive into challenging situations, no matter how hard they may be. The same is true of MATERA, a city dug into a rocky outcrop in Basilicata whose challenges are (quite literally) as hard as stone. Annoyed by excessive details and needless nuances, Aries woul...

AMHS is pleased to announce that our next in-person program will feature distinguished art expert, Dr. Eric Denker, who until recently was the Senior Lecturer of the National Gallery of Art.  The luncheon meeting will take place in Casa Italiana on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 1 p.m. The program is being co-sponsored by the Casa Italiana Sociocul...

Exploring under the Tuscan sun has always been a dream of mine. During our visit, Florence effortlessly weaved itself onto my list of the best places in the world. I was sure I was going to be disappointed since we left Positano (one of the most beautiful places) for Florence. But I just fell in love all over again! We arrived in Florence after tak...

On our way from Florence to the wine country of Chianti, we stopped at the American Cemetery and Memorial 7.5 miles south of Florence. This is one of 26 cemeteries overseas honoring fallen American soldiers, eight from WWI, 28 from WWII. There are two in Italy, the other in Nettuno. They are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission an...

The lush green heart of the city of Florence is about to get a major facelift. A €50 million mega-project to restore the Boboli Gardens was announced last week by Uffizi Galleries officials during the inauguration of the newly-revamped Kaffeehaus, an 18th-century domed pavilion and rare example of Rococo architecture in Tuscany. The first phase of...

The concept of a "new Florence" might seem like an oxymoron; like the new Botticelli or Michelangelo, two masters of the Renaissance that the city of the Rinascimento has leaned on for the last five centuries. Florence is so rich with artistic and architectural wonders, who can blame the conservative Florentines for resting on their laurels, or sor...

After sex is certainly the name, the most popular detail among the questions asked to parents who are expecting a child. Everyone is curious to know what the boy or girl who will come into the world will be called. There are those who opt for traditional names, there are those who trust in chance and those who are oriented towards honoring their lo...