Author: Gabriella Ienzi

Gabriella Ienzi visited Florence and Tuscany for the first time in September 2014, and fell instantly in love with the region. It didn't take long before she was on her way to "il bel Paese" for good, where she's now currently interning with The Florentine. Gabriella is happiest with a good book in one hand and an even better glass of wine in the other.
September 22, 2015

Vivoli Gelateria opens at Disney World

Florence’s Gelateria Vivoli now has pride of place at Disney Springs in Florida.   The new gelato store showcases its traditional flavours such as crema and chocolate, as well as tastes appealing to the American public like peanut butter and salted caramel. In addition to your usual coppetta (cup) and cone, visitors to Disney Springs […]
September 17, 2015

Florence Baptistery restoration enters final phase

  The final phase of Florence Baptistery’s restoration is underway: the scaffolding is being dismantled. The baptistery’s exterior and lantern will finally be visible in all their beauty on October 25.   Work began in February 2014—70 years after the last restoration efforts—and has eliminated the buildup and deposits on the baptistery’s marble covering, eight […]

Pre-Colombian Mesoamerican art exhibition

    A new exhibition titled The World That Wasn’t There. Pre-Colombian Art from the Ligabue Collection  launched today at Florence’s Archaeological Museum in piazza Santissima Annunziata.     On display until March 6, 2016 are 230 Mesoamerican and South American works of art dating to before Christopher Columbus, almost all of them never before exhibited. […]
September 11, 2015

Ghiberti’s north doors on the move

ph. Claudio Giovannini / Grande Museo del Duomo   Lorenzo Ghiberti’s North Doors for Florence’s Baptistery have been under restoration at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure on via degli Alfani for two and half years (see article and video here). Finally complete, the restored doors are being
September 10, 2015

Cantucci & Vin Santo

At the end of just about any meal in Tuscany, be it at home or at a restaurant, chances are you’ll be offered cantucci and vin santo. Let’s look at the history of these two delicacies – both of which date back hundreds of years –