If you mention the word “Carnevale” in Italy, most people’s first thought is of Venice, with an elegant crowd dressed in beautiful 18th-century costumes strolling through piazza San Marco. But it is on the other side of the Italian peninsula, in Viareggio, adjacent to Tuscany’s Tyrrhenian Sea, that we find the oldest continuously operating Carneval...

The Florentine neighbourhood of Sant’Ambrogio may only be 10 minutes’ walk east from the landmark Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio, but this part of the Tuscan capital has a distinctive character far removed from the tourist pizza traps and overpriced gelato. It’s a tight-knit community that is still genuinely Florentine but also multi-ethnic. It’s a food...

In Tuscany, between the delightful Lucca and Pistoia and not far from Florence, Montecatini Terme is the 56th Italian site to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its Art Nouveau and neo-Gothic architecture, Montecatini Terme has managed to rise to the Olympus of the "Great Spa Towns of Europe" because of its past and its incredible featu...

As is often the case in the United States, the capital of California is not the largest city, and in this case not even the second largest. Sacramento is home to the California government, and also to a very active center of Italian culture, really very committed to promoting every aspect of our country. So, we welcome our guests in this new interv...

Stage and film director, producer, set designer, painter, wartime partisan, politician, and gourmet chef Gian Franco Corsi Zeffirelli was one of the world’s most significant opera and theater directors during the second half of the 20th century. Particularly renowned for his lavish stage sets and film adaptations of Christian biblical stories and l...

Banks: we all use them but have we ever thought about when and how they were created? History tells us that the earliest forms of banking – or something close to it – were practiced by the Assyrians and the Babylonians in Mesopotamia, as far back as 2,000 years before the birth of Christ. It was quite normal for the wealthy to entrust their riches...

The stunning capital of Tuscany, Florence, is one of the most beautiful cities in the entirety of Italy. A bold statement, I know. But, considering that it’s the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, that’s a hard statement to contest.  Home to majestic architecture, lively squares, rich culture, history, and some of the best Italian food – it’s...

One crisp winter day in 2004, Uran Pelushi was walking along the banks of the Vivo, a creek in the Seggiano Valley in southern Tuscany. Unexpectedly, he noticed an object jutting from the leaf-covered earth. At first, it resembled one of the many charcoal-colored tuff rocks that cover the ground in the area. But as he cleared away the weeds around...

Italy is a country that has so much to offer, and one of the most beautiful regions is Tuscany. If you are looking to have an authentic Italian experience with your family, then staying at an agriturismo in Tuscany may be the perfect choice for you. What Is an Agriturismo in Tuscany?Agriturismo Tuscany is an introduction to Italian country life tha...

Visiting a Jewish quarter means approaching a fascinating world that perhaps many people still know too little about. It's not only a very ancient civilization, from which the three main monotheistic religions are derived, but also a culture with a strong identity that has found expression in literature, art, phylosophy, complex symbolism, and even...