Second set of Baptistery doors to be restored
With the years-long restoration of the Baptistery’s Gates of Paradise now complete, officials at the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore have set their sights on new project: restoring the Baptistery’s north doors.
Also made by Renaissance master Lorenzo Ghiberti, the Baptistery’s …
Alberti's masterwork opened to the public
Florence’s Rucellai chapel, Leon Battista Alberti’s tiny scale model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, built in 1467, is now permanently open to the public. Part of the deconsecrated church of San Pancrazio, which today houses the Marino …
Chianti Classico presents new logo and more
Wine is one of the few business sectors in Italy to have shown signs of growth despite the global economic crisis, and Tuscany’s ever-more-popular Chianti Classico is among the country’s brands recording a profit.
The Chianti Classico consortium recently released data showing …
Survey reveals some statistics
A new study has revealed a great deal about the typical visitor to the Basilica di Santa Croce, including nationality, age, and reasons for visiting.
The findings revealed that 40.4 percent of the visitors surveyed were male and 59.6 percent female, that about …
New park in Florence
The camping ground below piazzale Michelangelo will close to make space for a park named after Tuscan poet Mario Luzi.
Florence mayor Matteo Renzi announced the decision on Facebook: ‘Mario Luzi’s dream will finally come true.’
‘We have approved an important decision for …
Last year, the Sant’Ambrogio Market introduced a loyalty card to reward its faithful customers with discounts and promotional offers. Now the card has been extended to include other neighbourhood businesses. Already popular with locals, the new fidelity card gives discounts at …
A visually impaired Florentine has helped develop a Braille writing system for smartphones. With BraillePad, computer engineer Claudio Guida’s new app, BraillePad, blind or visually impaired smartphone users can type text messages, use e-mail and post on Facebook and Twitter. The …
That attractive stranger in the crowd, across the piazza or down the corridor in the library might pass through your life in a moment. Or you could try ‘spotting’ him or her: find that cute face again through Facebook. The new …
In business only three and a half years, the Libreria de’ Servi will close in May. The fallout: three employees will be made redundant, a wealth of books will be discounted for sale and one of the most historic streets in …
Chinese migration, entrepreneurship and development in the new global economy
The Monash University Prato Centre and the PIN Polo Universitario Città di Prato have opened a call for papers on Chinese migration, entrepreneurship and development in the new global economy, to be presented at a symposium in English on the topic …
Flash mob in Florence
When, on February 14, about 2,000 people participated in a dance flash mob in Florence’s piazza della Repubblica, they were taking part in the biggest mass global action to end violence against women and girls in the history of humankind. The …
Library in Pistoia opens digital centre
The You Lab Pistoia digital innovation centre was recently opened at the San Giorgio library in Pistoia. A joint partnership between the U.S. Embassy in Italy and the Pistoia library, the pilot project will be a veritable ‘American Corner’ or centre …
More tourists to the Tuscan city foreseen
After almost three years of construction, a new port in Pisa was officially opened on February 16 by the mayor of Pisa, Marco Fillipeschi, and the president of Tuscany, Enrico Rossi.
Over the three-year period, the construction of the tourist port of …
Road race cycles across Italy
Get ready for one week and seven intense stages of professional cycling crossing central Italy, from Tuscany to Marche.
On March 6, the 2013 Tirreno–Adriatico, called the Race of the Two Seas and organized by RCS Sport, starts from the Tuscan seaside …
Animal, now blind, transferred to Livorno aquarium
An adult shark named Linute was recently rescued from a dance club in Livorno, where it was kept in a small tank as an attraction for customers. After suffering blindness, likely from the disco lights, and thyroid problems, possibly due to …
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