Author: Margreta Moss

Margreta Moss is a journalist, historian, art critic and lecturer. Born in Florence, where she graduated in classical studies and gained a PhD in Mathematics, Margreta has also worked in Italy, the USA, Venezuela, Australia, Borneo, Middle East and, since 1993, in London, where she currently lives. She is a member of the Amerigo Vespucci a Casa Sua Committee and the Toscana-USA Association as well as head of the Fiorentini nel Mondo Association in the United Kingdom.
August 4, 2017

Plinio Nomellini exhibition in Versilia

The summer exhibition on Plinio Nomellini at Seravezza’s sumptuous Villa Medicea is a must for Versilia vacationers.

Worthy of kings: Impruneta terracotta

Fancy those reddish tiles on roofs that make Italian towns and villages so picturesque? Or those elegant orange and lemon vases which dot their Renaissance gardens? Both of these essential Italian elements are made of cotto, a type of traditional brick tile, which in Tuscany is practically synonymous with Impruneta. A must for Chianti lovers, […]
July 14, 2017

Michelangelo’s marble road

500 years have passed since Michelangelo forged his marble road, extending from Seravezza to the heel of the Trambiserra and Cappella quarries. One of the many roads crossing the Apuan Alps, it is imbued with a legacy that has shaped the character of all towns in Alta Versilia. That character is as hard as the […]
May 8, 2017

London One Radio with Filippo Baglini

This is not Radio Ga Ga: Filippo Baglini is serious on radio power and his London One Radio has yet to have its finest hour. There are 250,000 Italians in London, give or take. It’s not a “merging amalgamated” community, but it is nevertheless an audience to be reckoned with. Three years ago, an enterprising […]
March 22, 2016

Exhibition review: Botticelli Reimagined

Sandro Botticelli was the creator of complex allegories: it’s no wonder that his Birth of Venus, like Michelangelo’s David, has been reinterpreted and re-presented in every possible form by artists down the centuries. With its latest exhibition, “Botticelli Reimagined”, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London strives to mix modern interpretations of the Florentine painter’s […]
February 9, 2016

Florentine botanist Odoardo Beccari celebrated in London

With family roots in Chianti, born in Florence and educated in Lucca, Pisa and Bologna, botanist Odoardo Beccari (1843–1920) spent what must have been a heady several months at the Royal Botanic Gardens before heading to Indonesia.     While at Kew Gardens, he met not only botanists William and James Hooker but also Charles […]
November 5, 2015

A Florentine paradise in London

When, a century ago, the National Gallery in London bought an impressive altarpiece, the Assumption of the Virgin, it was thought to be by Botticelli. But it turned out to be by Francesco Botticini (1446–98)—an esteemed colleague of Botticelli, as well as Filippo Lippi, Verrocchio and
October 1, 2015

Engineering SMN

Eugenio Alphandery, director of the world-famous Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, is not a shortsighted person. As a true engineer he gets to the heart of the matter, whether it’s about mechanical equipment or perfumed essences. His faun-like features perfectly match his deeply rooted
September 10, 2015
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Mario Puccini exhibition at Villa Medici in Seravezza

  The majestic location of the Medici Villa in Seravezza, designed by Buontalenti, in the shade of the Apuan Alps, provides an elegant frame for the works of the Livornese artist Mario Puccini (1869–1920), called by some the ‘Italian Van Gogh,’ at the exhibition Mario Puccini: The Passion of Colour, from Fattori to the Twentieth […]
July 16, 2015

Perfumes and prospects with Eugenio Alphandery

Eugenio Alphandery, director of Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is not a shortsighted person, and as a true engineer he gets to the heart of the matter, whether it’s about mechanical equipment or perfumed essences. His faun-like features perfectly match his deep-rooted Tuscan origins in spite of his surname, which is native to […]