There’s no shortage of spectacular castles in Italy. Many centuries ago, stone-walled castelli were owned by the wealthiest of noble families who ruled across the country. Fortunately, several of these stately structures have survived intact, and have been rebuilt and reintroduced as magnificent hotels—many featuring original structures, centuries-...

In the heart of the historic Italian city of Arezzo, there is a unique art gallery called Theatrum Mundi, the 21st century cabinet of curiosities. Founded in 2015 by Luca Cableri, this gallery is located in the most dynamic antiquarian district in Tuscany. With a prestigious career in the art world and a personal passion for the unusual and the biz...

Last year, when the boys asked my husband, Jim, where he would like to go this year for his birthday, without hesitation he said Tuscany. He had great memories of the region, where we celebrated his 70th birthday in Florence a few years ago with the three boys. Unfortunately, son Dean could not join us this time, as he is busy with his catering bus...

Many times my interviews have given light to people and institutions born in America who work to help Italy, improve the bridge between our two countries, and represent in an excellent way an aspect - territorial, thematic, professional or cultural - of being part of the Italian American community. The friend who is today the protagonist of this in...

Cities bursting with priceless art? Florence, Lucca, and Siena fit the bill. Spectacular hill towns with gentle rhythms and sweet piazzas? Bagno Vignoni, Monteriggioni and Massa Marittima are only the start of a list of villages that will steal your heart. Add in top notch-spas focusing on local treatments alongside natural thermal waters, outdoor...

Tuscany is one of the best loved destinations for both Italians and foreigners. Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Livorno and other towns are well known and certainly worth a visit, but those who want to discover the authentic countryside, symbol of ancient tradition and history, and home to the Tuscan farmers’ lifestyle, should visit the Maremma grossetana....

Dalla sinergia fra FUA – Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence, la High School of Fashion Industries di New York City e con la gradita partecipazione dell’Ufficio Istruzione del Consolato Generale di New York, nella persona della Dott.ssa Annavaleria Guazzieri, nasce il Corso di Aggiornamento di Lingua Italiana e Did...

I wonder how many people think of spending a bit of time in a library when they’re in Italy. Of course, I’m not talking about your average small town affair, filled with tattered 1960s editions of the classics and a bunch of recent best sellers. No, nothing like that. I’m talking about ceiling-high bookshelves, carved wood reading tables and fresco...

As the countryside prepares to roll out of the fall and head into the winter, saffron blooms in Tuscany – the promise of a precious touch used in applications as diverse as cooking and art, medicine and fabric dying. Over the centuries, San Gimignano established its role as the center for the cultivation of this spice, with records dating as far ba...

Less than six months into his tenure as Fiorentina owner and president, Rocco Commisso is already starting to grapple with Italy’s infamous bureaucracy as he attempts to build a new stadium for the club. First, Commisso’s plan to overhaul the existing Stadio Artemio Franchi was rejected by the city committee that protects cultural monuments. Now he...