Author: Samantha Vaughn

Samantha Vaughn came to Italy to study museums in grad school and hasn't found any reason to leave yet. After living in various cities across Northern Italy, she finally settled in Tuscany, an ideal place to follow her passion of protecting and celebrating cultural heritage. Between museum visits, she's likely to be found reading in cafes.
January 10, 2018

The war on bags

Policy decision met with resistance and political blame
January 4, 2018

2018 plans for culture

The mayor announced 19 million euro in investments and a budget of 1 million euro for Estate Fiorentina.
December 6, 2017

Exploring with Escher

Not a political man, Dutch artist M.C. Escher was frustrated to discover that his eldest son, born and raised in Italy, was showing signs of Fascism’s growing influence. Wearing a Balilla uniform to fit in with the rest of his classmates, young George’s developing interest in the movement made his parents determined to leave the […]
December 2, 2017

Interview with Paola D’Agostino, director of the Bargello Museums

The Bargello Museum, a treasure trove of Florence’s medieval and Renaissance sculptural masterpieces, is one of five museums comprising a network in the historic city center. Director of the Bargello Museums Paola D’Agostino spoke with The Florentine about the five institutions and her hopes for their future.   Ph. Giacomo Badiani   Samantha Vaughn: The […]
December 1, 2017

Ser.I.O. at the Istituto degli Innocenti

A project in collaboration with the Tuscan Region

Streetsmart: via del Serraglio + Pop-Up Lab

Foot traffic just off piazza Duomo in Prato has dwindled in recent years, affecting businesses and leading to security concerns, but thanks to some enterprising business owners and initiatives by city officials, the area is making a comeback. Pop-Up Lab is the newest effort by the Città di Prato to regenerate life within the medieval […]
November 3, 2017

The Accademia beyond the David

Synonymous with Michelangelo’s David, the Galleria dell’Accademia’s attraction as a tourist destination is largely due to the Renaissance masterpiece, but the museum is home to so much more, boasting collections like a musical instrument display and a hall of plaster casts, not to mention a host of other Late-Medieval and Renaissance works worthy of more […]
November 2, 2017

Virtual reality tour at the Biblioteca Nazionale

The augmented reality tour introduced last year at the Biblioteca Nazionale for the 50th anniversary of the 1966 flood that hit Florence has been revamped and updated. To celebrate this new phase in the project, the library is hosting special tours of Arno66 – The Time Machine (La Macchina del Tempo) from November 4 – […]
October 25, 2017

Vaclav Pisvejc at Sant’Orsola

The former monastery of Sant’Orsola is home to an art installation by Czech artist Vaclav Pisvejc until January 18, 2018.
October 22, 2017

Giovanni della Robbia’s lunette comes home

After 119 years away from home, Giovanni della Robbia’s monumental Resurrection is making its way back to Florence from Brooklyn.