A new railway link will directly connect Rome airport and the main cities in central and northern Italy. It will take 2 hours and 14 minutes to arrive in Florence and 2 hours 59 to get to Bologna, while a longer ride would be required to Padua (3 hours and 57 minutes) and Venice (4 hours and 12 minutes).   The new high-speed routes will star...

Italy is turning to the private sector to try to increase the profitability of some of its cultural treasures, including the Uffizi gallery in Florence and Borghese gallery in Rome.   Under a new initiative sponsored by the government of the prime minister, Matteo Renzi, Italy's cultural centres are likely to begin to look more like other gr...

  WTI Magazine #51    2015 January, 9Author : folclore.it      Translation by:   On January 6, the day of the Epiphany, since 1997 Florence has recovered an ancient tradition to commemorate the visit of the Three Wise Men (in Italian, "I Re Magi") to the infant Jesus. The ride of the Three Wise Men starts in the afternoon from the Pitti Palace,...

by Massimo Frontera Of the many restoration works currently underway in Italy, some involve complexes of outstanding significance, on which substantial resources are being invested and that could give a significant boost to the country's economy, besides representing a precious heritage for humanity. Here is a selection of 10 of these gems.  ...

It started out as a self-funded venture founded by Ermanno Daelli (more commonly referred to as Ermanno Scervino) and business partner Toni Scervino, in the year 2000. It has grown into a Milan fashion week mainstay with revenues of €100 million over the year 2015, employing a group of 300 individuals. Last year, Florence-based brand Ermanno Scervi...

In occasion of the 450-year anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Buonarroti, the Government Department responsible for Florence's Museums, and the Grandi Opere – FMR UTET Editorial Group present Il Potere dello Sguardo ("The Power of a Look,") beginning February 18th. On show in the Tuscan Capital's Museum of Medicean Chapels until March 15th...

The Pazzi Chapel is a landmark of Renaissance architecture in Florence, Italy. Located in the Santa Croce church complex, the structure was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi – the master architect who is most famous for engineering Florence's beloved cathedral dome.   The loggia in front of the Pazzi Chapel is a prime example of 15th-century...

By Guy D'Astolfo   The Youngstown Connection has made a lot of amazing trips over its 28 years of existence, including a few visits to Europe. But its recent trip to Italy topped them all, said Carol Baird, the founder and director of the city schools' song and dance troupe.   The 14 high-school age members, plus Baird and three...

A motherland of artists and scientists that changed the shape of the world, home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a kaleidoscope of bewitching vistas - Bella Italia! From the staggering antiquities of Rome and the alluring romance of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the cosmopolitan flair of Milan, the country is...

Domenico Ghirlandaio was the artist that, in 1476, painted the Hall of the Last Supper of the abbey of St. Michael the Archangel, founded in the 9th century and enclosed in the wooded hills of Passignano, in the Chianti area.   Then the centuries damaged the structure, which meanwhile became the castle of the Dzieduszycki counts, who chose t...