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.
The most magical time of the year sees Christmas lights dangling, trees adorning piazzas and the return of our favourite holiday markets (mulled wine, anyone?) as we scout for presents. The region is especially enchanting at Christmas time, with traditions to be found in every town and hamlet. Here are a few of […]
Artist, mathematician, engineer, scientist, wonderer, thinker: if he were alive now, Leonardo da Vinci might be a modern-day Bill Gates, a Steve Jobs, maybe even an Elon Musk. Ahead of his time and a pusher of the boundaries of human possibility, he was the emblematic Renaissance man, ready to explore every field of study and […]
Ancient Egyptian cats, Renaissance hunting hounds, Futurist horses galloping wildly: no matter the era, no matter the style, pets have been a mainstay across cultures and their artistic expressions for millennia. It’s rather unsurprising, then, that furry companions are a fixture in many of the artworks across Florence. Titian’s sensual Venus of Urbino […]
The Basilica of San Lorenzo is one of the oldest churches in Florence, said to have been consecrated by St. Ambrose on Easter day, 393 CE, even though the building we see today dates to the mid-1400s upon a design by Brunelleschi. The fascinating façade-less church is no stranger to glory, and while it may not be […]
For three days in early July, Florence was painted pink during the International Breast Cancer Paddler’s Commission Dragon Boat Festival. Paddlers, coaches and supporters of all ages from around the world came to honour the triumphs and struggles of being diagnosed with breast cancer and working with those who have suffered from the illness. As […]
The "Italy in Hollywood" exhibition at Florence's Salvatore Ferragamo Museum tackles all manners of questions surrounding mass Italian immigration at the turn of the 20th century, from stereotypes to inspiration, resentment to worship.
Deep in the Tuscan Maremma, there lies a remarkable trace of Italy’s ancient history. Long before the Roman Republic made headway through the peninsula, much of Tuscany was home to another vastly cultured civilization: the Etruscans. Though this ancient civilization is the subject of research, an aura of mystery still surrounds their way of […]