Author: Katie Acompora

Originally from Mamaroneck, New York, Katie Acompora is majoring in English with a concentration in journalism at Fairfield University. She is attending the Florence University of Arts this spring to study art history and travel writing.
February 27, 2014
NEWS

A pillar of surveillance

Now, every slight movement of the Column of Justice in piazza Santa Trinita is under intense surveillance.   A special sensor was placed on top of this granite 1581 statue that was given to Cosimo I in 1560 by Pope Pius IV. The device was placed as a precautionary measure
NEWS

New plans for Piazza della Repubblica

Transport yourself back to the Piazza della Repubblica of centuries past: picture the heart of culture and commerce in Florence, a bustling square and preferred meeting place of prominent poets, writers, businesspeople, merchants, and politicians in 16th century Italy. Although the beauty of Piazza del Mercato Vecchio was destroyed in
LIFESTYLE

An afternoon in Fiesole

As a study abroad student living in the center of Florence, I appreciate my picturesque view of the Duomo from my apartment window, the distinctive sound of the church bells ringing every morning and the violinist who plays symphonies directly under my third-floor apartment window each night. My location
January 30, 2014
NEWS

Nothing virgin about this oil

The Italian government is acclaimed for its confiscation of counterfeit goods. So what happens when Harrod's tries to sell pseudo ‘Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil,’ olive oil that claims to be derived from 100% pure Tuscan olives.   The Italian ministry of agriculture has taken serious and
FOOD + WINE

Creative cooking

Ever wonder about the genius and innovation required to cultivate a successful food dish? Beginning on February 26 at the Caffetteria delle Oblate, food bloggers will publicly express their personal experiences with cooking, enlightening us to the creative process behind each recipe. They will then design an appetizer of the