Author: Oonagh Stransky

Oonagh Stransky is a translator of Italian literature and writer. She has translated books by Pope Francis, Saviano, Lucarelli, Pasolini and others. She has been writing for The Florentine since 2010.
May 5, 2016
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Aglione: the return of a giant

The entire Valdichiana, which extends from Arezzo to Lago Trasimeno and Lago di Chiusi to the southeast of Florence, is rich in history. Home to Etruscan settlements 2,500 years ago, the valley is believed to be that depicted in the background of the Mona Lisa.     Cosimo de’ Medici funded the project to drain […]
May 4, 2016

Etruscans: Masters of Writing exhibition in Cortona

Sometime around 700 BCE, needing a system of writing to commemorate the dead, present gifts, autograph works of art, gifts, produce documents and record civil codes, the Etruscans appropriated an alphabet from a small Greek civilization on Ischia. As the current exhibition “Etruscans: Masters of Writing” at Cortona’s Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca e della Città di […]
April 7, 2016

Talking oil with Nicholas Coleman

If you live in Tuscany, chances are you’ve been called on by friends to help with their olive harvest or you have olive trees yourself. If you’re here for a visit, you are most likely enjoying flavorful Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil where it is grown and pressed. But what about our friends back in the […]
January 10, 2016
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A chat with Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

In 1996 Frances Mayes published Under the Tuscan Sun, a memoir about buying, renovating and living in an abandoned villa in rural Cortona. It went to number one on the New York Times bestseller list, where it remained for over two years, and in 2003, was made into a film of the same name, starring […]
December 3, 2015
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Building The Tuscan Times Book Club

By now many of you will have heard about The Tuscan Times Book Club, which meets in Arezzo and in Cortona— and hopefully soon elsewhere. In Arezzo, we gather at none other than the elegant Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi, mentioned in my market article here. Director Lucio Misuri called
November 5, 2015
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Artisans and antiques at Arezzo Antique Fair

  Many people come to Arezzo to witness the beauty of Piero della Francesca’s frescoes or to see the birthplace of poet Petrarch or Vasari, the Medici architect. Some people revisit the places in Benigni’s Life is Beautiful, which was filmed here, while others come for the medieval joust, which pits rival neighborhoods of the […]
October 1, 2015
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Rondine Cittadella della Pace nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Rondine Cittadella della Pace, a small nonprofit association in Tuscany, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by the vice president of the Italian chamber of deputies, Marina Sereni. The nomination has been accepted by the Swedish Committee, and Rondine is now one of 273 candidates in the running for the Prize. Rondine (, headquartered […]
July 16, 2015
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Interview with Max Weinberg, drummer for Bruce Springsteen

Weinberg performing at the Cortona Mix Festival   “The screen door slams, Mary’s dress sways, Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays…”   I’ve written for The Florentine about hot New Jersey summers (n.164/2012), but never thought that some of the Garden State heat would come to Cortona. This year […]
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The man behind the move

ph. Phillip Toledano – ‘Maybe’   Now in its fifth year, the Cortona on the Move Festival is a summer-long celebration of photography. This always-astonishing mosaic of exhibitions, workshops, portfolio reviews, competitions and more brings works by 27 well-known and emerging international photographers. I met with the festival’s founder, Antonio Carloni, to talk about his […]
June 25, 2015

Exploring Stia’s Wool Museum

With so many museums to visit in Florence—from the famous art galleries to cultural institutions, gardens, villas, chapels and historic homes—one might be forgiven for not venturing beyond the city limits. And yet, each town or city in Tuscany has a space devoted to something unique,