So you've made it to bella Italia, the land of pizza and gelato, where the sun always shines, no one ever stops talking or pays their taxes, and lovelorn Romeos call out ‘Buongiorno principessa!' to their sweethearts. While the country may not live up to all its stereotypes,
Our events listing keeps you up-to-date on the latest and greatest in culture, music and other English-friendly entertainment; this is a selection of the best of them.
Tuscany is alive with the sound of music this summer. With an overwhelming choice of festivals
The Vigil of the Francigena Way
Until October, various locations along the Francigena Way
An event-filled line up returns this year to animate the historical Francigena Way, the ancient road that has lead pilgrims from England to Rome for over a thousand years. Historical re-enactments, concerts, medieval banquets,
The stunning landscape of Tuscany has inspired artists for centuries. While the region is best known for its Renaissance masters, it is something of a well-kept secret that its rolling hills are also dotted with several contemporary art parks. Italian and foreign artists such as Daniel Spoerri, Paul Fuchs and Jean-Paul Philippe have drawn […]
When I decided to come to Italy to teach English after university, my choice of city was greatly influenced by my mother’s stories of the magical summer she had spent here 30 years ago as an apprentice to Giulio Giannini, learning the old Florentine crafts of bookbinding and paper marbling. In the family’s workshop […]
According to a recent
survey by TripAdvisor, the world's largest user-generated travel review
website, Tuscany is still the most popular summer holiday destination in Italy.
With the country's ailing economy, the regional department for tourism has been
promoting the region as the perfect summer destination for all
It isn't listed in many guidebooks, but it definitely attracts tourists from across the globe. Hidden just off piazza Santa Maria Novella is one of the world's oldest apothecaries: the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. This historic treasure, a stunning frescoed shop and workshop is celebrating
The Medici family has always been associated with balls. Six of them to be exact. Their family emblem, five red balls (palle, in Italian) and one blue, on a gold shield, decorate numerous buildings all over Florence and Tuscany-any palazzo, church or monument to which the Medici had connections
A new museum in the San Frediano neighborhood catalogues through photographs, artifacts, and documents the turbulent history of the world's Freemasons.
The Museum of Masonic Symbols was the idea of Cristiano Franceschini. He represents the fourth generation of Freemasons in his family, which has collected more than 10,
Once a year,
the quiet seaside town of Viareggio comes alive with colour, parades, street
parties, masks and costumes. During February and March, the Tuscan port town
fills with thousands of locals and visitors who participate in a fantastic,
non-stop celebration of carnival, the highlights of which are huge