The Arno and its bridges are among the most characteristic images of Florence. One of the most famous images of a city famous all over the world for its architecture and culture. The very special relationship that binds the city of Florence with the bridges it houses has ancient and deep roots: the first bridge, in fact, was built around the middle...

Italy holds claim to 58 UNESCO sites (the most of any nation), with 31 additional sites on the tentative list right now. It’s incredible; all that history and enlightenment from a country slightly larger than the state of Arizona. And it means that no matter how many times you’ve been to Italy, there’s always so much more to see, and do. While I do...

A US principal forced to resign after parents complained about an art lesson showing one of the world's most famous sculptures has visited the masterpiece. Hope Carrasquilla and her family went to see Michelangelo's David on Friday at Florence's Accademia Galleria. They came at the invitation of museum director Cecilie Hollberg, who said that she w...

We see it time and time again in Italy: A run-of-the-mill restoration gets underway, only to be interrupted by the discovery of new artworks and artifacts. This was the case last week when a group of restorers in Florence, working on an unused staircase inside the Palazzo Vecchio, announced they had peeled back layers of plaster — only to find a se...

The XLII Italian Superbowl was announced by American Consul General Ragini Gupta at the U.S. Consulate in Florence, along with Deputy Mayor of the City of Florence Alessia Bettini, Mayor of Toledo (Ohio, USA) Wade Kapszukiewicz, Italian Federation of American Football (Fidaf) Federal Councilor Manfredi Leone, to Nick Eyde of GEYDE Development, Edoa...

The Italian Renaissance was one of the shining jewels of human history. The Renaissance itself began in Tuscany, especially in Florence, in the late 13th century, although the great age of Italian Renaissance art was the 14th through 16th centuries. And by then the Renaissance was spreading to other parts of Europe. This post will be a very basic,...

One morning in July, a girl is dragged away from her homeland, reduced to slavery, and sold by human traffickers. From the wild plateaus of the Caucasus to the Black Sea, from Constantinople to Venice, from Florence to Vinci. When she arrives in Italy, everything has been taken from her – her body, her dreams, her future, her land, and her ancient...

For travelers who daydream of wandering through streets filled with art, beauty and indulging in delicious Italian cuisine, Florence is a top destination to consider. As you stroll through the charming city of Florence, you may feel like you have been transported back in time to the Renaissance era, and it is no wonder why it was the birthplace of...

Bank runs. Market volatility. Panic in the streets. When I say we’ve been here before, I don’t just mean 2008 or 1929. One of the earliest recorded bank runs dates back to the 14th century. Italian city-states like Florence and Venice sat at the crossroads of trade routes between Asia and Europe and were financial hubs. In the early 1300s, the “Per...

Florence marks Easter Sunday morning with a centuries-old tradition called the Scoppio del Carro, or the Explosion of the Cart, which attracts large crowds every year. The ritual is believed to date back to the First Crusade in 1099 when, according to legend, the Florentine Pazzino de' Pazzi was the first man to scale the walls of Jerusalem. His br...