The Apuan-Versilia territory hosts one of the oldest production activities in Tuscany, that has been conducted uninterruptedly since pre-Roman times to the present day with different intensities and characteristics, but always with a reputation of production and an unquestionable “personality” that represents a historical thread that is constantly...

The best time of year in Tuscany? The October weeks of the olive oil harvest. At any time, small Tuscan towns have a sense of community but during this season, the festivities triple, jovial arguments ensue over whose oil is best, the tastings seem endless at neighbors’ houses, and at home, there’s just the plain joy of welcoming this year’s olio n...

"The waves crashing loudly against the cliffs, the bad weather that prevents the ferry from arriving for days, the strong northeast wind making its presence felt... And then a handful of men and women, each with a kettle and their own cup of tea brought from home, protected inside the tower, reading a novel together: this, for me, is the library; t...

Brunello di Montalcino, once again, on the top of the world, with one of its most prestigious brands: Argiano’s Brunello di Montalcino 2018, the winery of the Brazilian entrepreneur André Santos Esteves, and led by Bernardino Sani, is the “Wine of The Year”, wine No. 1 in the world according to the famous magazine “Wine Spectator”. A record that re...

More than 400 years ago, Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi painted her first commission in Florence, adorning the ceiling of Casa Buonarroti—once home to the Renaissance master Michelangelo—with a female nude titled Allegory of Inclination. Less than half a century later, the figure was prudishly censored by heavy drapes of blue obscurin...

Anghiari is a charming medieval village, an architectural jewel located in the heart of the Tiber Valley in the province of Arezzo, in what is known as the Tuscan Valtiberina. Characterized by its cobblestone streets, ancient stone dwellings, and panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside, it offers a cultural and historical immersion of an ancient...

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on November 6, at the FermiLab in Batavia, near Chicago, for the "Quantum Garage," the new and innovative Laboratory of the Super Conducting Quantum Materials and Systems Center (SQMS) directed by Italian Anna Grassellino. The ceremony, which was attended by more than 300 scientists from the FermiLab's partner cou...

Florence, Italy is over 5,600 miles away from Austin. Yet, the two cities share more in common than one would think. This fall, Austin and Florence entered into a “historic agreement” to facilitate educational, cultural and business collaborations. Cristiano Maggipinto is a diplomatic adviser to the mayor of Florence.“There were so many similaritie...

Saffron tourism is the holiday of choice for a growing number of people fascinated by the small purple autumn crocus that grows in Italy. The trick is to catch the flower just before it opens in order to preserve the three to five orange-red stigmas that must be dried to obtain the precious spice that adds taste to many dishes including saffron ris...

Italian cuisine is a perennial favorite both in the U.S. and abroad. So it's not surprising that three Italian cities—Rome, Florence, and Naples—were ranked among the top 10 best food destinations around the world. These destinations were selected as part of Tripadvisor’s “Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards.” The list highlights hotels, rest...