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.
July 2, 2019

Parents supporting parents with coming out

When looking for support in the aftermath of their child’s coming out, parents need look no further than A.GE.D.O., a non-profit volunteer association active throughout Italy that offers guidance to parents, relatives and friends of people who identify as LGBTQIA+.     Founded in 1992, A.GE.D.O. carries out activities to raise awareness about homosexuality-related topics […]
May 29, 2019

Sustainable Thinking: exhibition review

Sustainable fashion is about more than recycling scraps. As the Sustainable Thinking exhibition at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum demonstrates, clothing can be crafted from the most unexpected resources.
May 3, 2019

Science for culture: a chat with Maurizio Seracini

With the Year of Leonardo da Vinci upon us, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone with more interest invested in the Renaissance master than Maurizio Seracini, a born-and-bred Florentine and a biomedical engineer who has made a career out of blending science and cultural heritage in the pursuit of conservation. Between teaching at the University […]
May 1, 2019

A return to piazza del Carmine

Il Bronzetto is changing the way Florence’s long tradition of craftsmanship operates
April 23, 2019

What’s in a wine label?

In the vast world of wine, non-connoisseurs are wont to select a bottle with anything but quality in mind. Unsure of what makes a red rich or a white right, we may find ourselves choosing based on the price, a suggestion or even the label itself. Unsurprisingly, we might be attracted to an intriguing label […]
March 8, 2019

Lunchtime judgement from Italian colleagues

“No, Samantha, no.” “How can you eat all that? “You’ll never be able to digest it!” “I could never eat that.” “Dio mio,”   After nearly eight years of Italian living, according to my colleagues I remain immune to a crucial cultural element: I do not know how to eat. At least, that’s what […]
March 5, 2019

The Bargello Museum in Florence

A visit to the Bargello Museum is a must for anyone looking to fully understand the Renaissance, home to a vast collection of history’s most renowned sculptures by the likes of Michelangelo and Donatello.
February 21, 2019

Talking with American artist Kiki Smith

Internationally renowned American artist Kiki Smith is at Palazzo Pitti with her exhibition What I Saw on the Road, running until June 2, 2019 in the Andito degli Angiolini, exploring the interplay between humanity, nature and the cosmos. With nearly 30 artworks on display, including twelve innovative jacquard tapestries, Smith challenges our perception of nature […]
February 12, 2019

Don’t call it an exhibition: the “art immersion” experience

Some say the permanent exhibition is dead. A static display unchanged over the centuries, save for the occasional rotating piece, may appear unattractive in comparison to the ever-evolving exhibits and high turnover of innovative concepts offered by the temporary. While the Uffizi’s high-season lines may cast doubts on such a conviction, there’s something happening a […]
January 31, 2019

The AMIR Project in Florence and Fiesole

At the height of tension between the Italian government and the European Union over the steady stream of refugees arriving on the continent, stories abound of a country grappling with the influx of these peoples and their cultures. Social inclusion is a hot subject at this time, which is why a group of museum educators […]