Florence Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches in the world and absolutely a Florence highlight that shouldn’t be missed. Its construction started in 1296 in the Gothic style. The cathedral was finished some 150 years later. The church was made by Arnolfo di Cambio’s design, who also made Santa Croce Church and Palazzo Vecchio. It’s the m...

Italian authorities on Tuesday announced the extraordinary discovery of 2,000-year-old bronze statues in an ancient Tuscan thermal spring and said the find will “rewrite history” about the transition from the Etruscan civilization to the Roman Empire. The discovery, in the sacred baths of the San Casciano dei Bagni archaeological dig near Siena, is...

We drive our little Fiat 500 through the woods down a gravelly road just a few minutes from the small hill town of Radda in Chianti. One side of the track is lined by a fence, behind which a few dozen furry goats briefly stop their plant-munching to watch us drive through the iron gate. A few large white dogs blend into the herd, and they also watc...

The Delaware Valley Italian American Herald is proud to present the First Publisher’s Wine Tasting and Gourmet dinner featuring Count Sebastiano Capponi of Villa Calcinaia in Florence, Italy. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Margaret Kuo’s Kitchen in the  Promenade at Granite Run in Media, Pa. A Knight of St. Stephen and a medal-holder...

The new episode of "Italian innovators" is a profile of Emilio Pucci, aristocrat, sportsman, aviator, war spy, smuggler, politician, and world renowned fashion designer, who pioneered the project of Italian moda in the early 1950s, designed the style of dolce vita, and created one of the most iconic brands in the 20th century. His unique approach t...

Italy is the most beautiful country in the world. For its cities of art, and for its landscapes, often designed by vineyards. And now, also for its wineries. Because the monumental and much-visited Antinori winery in Chianti Classico, an architectural masterpiece signed by Marco Casamonti for the Antinori family, which leads one of the most importa...

A world-famous Italian spot just opened a location in Greenwich Village. All’Antico Vinaio opened last week at 225 Sullivan St., near West Third Street, which is the eatery's second location in Manhattan. All’Antico Vinaio opened in Florence in 1991, where its three locations became popular tourist attractions for what Savaeur magazine called "the...

The Ponte Vecchio is about to be restored comprehensively for the first time in its 677-year history. Despite being structurally sound, the bridge is showing signs of its age-old exposure to the elements and the constant flow of the River Arno. A floating platform has been set up with the scaffolding required to carry out the necessary pre-restorat...

Autumn in Tuscany is the season for sunny, golden-hued grapes. It is time to cherish the earth and the fruits of the vine. Restaurants put up handwritten signs about fresh porcini mushrooms, and small towns hold sagra, festivals celebrating local food and history. Living in Florence over the years, I have enjoyed short local train travel within the...

I recently got my hands on a new book called A House Party in Tuscany and was reminded of just how much I love the interiors and gardens of Villa Arniano, interior designer Camilla Guinness’s farmhouse in Tuscany. Have you seen it?  A House Party in Tuscany – Recipes, Stories and Art from Arniano was written by Amber Guinness, Camilla’s daughter an...