A new and revealing documentary about the life of the 16th century Italian explorer Giovanni Da Verrazzano will make its debut in New York City on April 17th. The film will be shown on the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Da Verrazzano’s ship, in what is now New York Harbor, on April 17, 1524. The film "Giovanni Da Verrazzano: From the Renaissan...

In the seven centuries since the Ponte Vecchio was first built in Florence, Italy, the bridge has watched the city changing around it, surviving floods, fires and the Nazi invasion in World War II. Now, the famed bridge itself is getting a two-year makeover, at the cost of about €2 million, to restore it to its former glory, the city of Florence an...

There is a guaranteed method for making even the most peaceful of restorers hostile: uttering the phrase “restore to ancient splendor” in his presence. Emanuela Daffra, superintendent of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, is explaining this to us in front of a panel by Giovanni Bellini that is under the care of professionals working in the institute’s...

Thanksgiving Day 2023 is one that Penn State York students Olivia Miles and Abby Snyder will not forget. They spent 10 days, including Thanksgiving, in Florence, Italy, as part of a human development and family studies course, Understanding the Italian Family: Historical and Cultural Context (HDFS 499).  Studies in Florence, as the course is common...

The delights of Italy are universal: clinking Negronis in Rome, spinning a Riva through Venice’s Grand Canal, island-hopping off the shores of Sicily, all interlaced with hefty doses of wine, mozzarella, and art. It’s this limitless allure that has travelers from all over the world descend on the boot with near insatiable fervency, and often all at...

April 17, 2024, marks the 500th anniversary of the first entry of someone from the Old World into New York Bay. It was, of course, an explorer from the lands now called Italy: Giovanni da Verrazzano. We the Italians could not miss this very important date with history. We talk about it with admiration, pride and gratitude, hosting a great researche...

If you’ve been to Florence, there’s a good chance you’ve wandered the hallowed halls of the Accademia Gallery in search of the city’s most famous inhabitant: Michelangelo’s David. Along with thousands of other visitors, you may have picked up a magnet to commemorate the encounter with this nude sculptural icon, completed in 1504. But this time-hono...

While preparing for my recent holiday to northern Italy, I read that we owe a lot to the city of Florence (Firenze) and the cultural awakening that began in this former city-state. Between the 14th and 17th centuries, Florence and much of Europe experienced a period of cultural enlightenment that we now know as the Renaissance. It was a period that...

Discovering Florence in two days knowing that the city has almost three millennia of history behind it is certainly a difficult undertaking, but perhaps it is enough to light the spark towards one of the most enchanting cities in the world, a real manifesto of beauty. Just think about its two super ambassadors and what they represent: Michelangelo'...

Discover Italy from a unique perspective with a memorable cruise. Our selection of the 10 best cruises in Italy brings together the most exclusive travel experiences the Bel Paese has to offer. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, an action-packed adventure or a relaxing family vacation, there is a cruise to Italy for you. From the charm...