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.
September 19, 2018
ART + CULTURE

San Lorenzo Church in Florence: a short guide

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 […]
July 30, 2018
NEWS

Grand Tourismo at the Uffizi Gallery

The exhibition highlights our incessant need to filter tourism and museum experiences through the lens of our smartphones.
July 11, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Reflections on the IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival

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 […]
July 10, 2018
ART + CULTURE

Italy in Hollywood exhibition, Salvatore Ferragamo Museum

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.
July 4, 2018
TRAVEL

The curious Vie Cave

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 […]
July 3, 2018
ART + CULTURE

Talking with the director of the Museo Novecento

More than half a year into his new role as Artistic Director at the Museo Novecento, Prato-born Sergio Risaliti is hard at work making a place for his museum in the Renaissance city. The art historian and curator boasts a long, varied history working with contemporary art, from his time at the short-lived Centre for […]
June 26, 2018
NEWS

Maintenance check for Gates of Paradise replica

The originals were crafted using the same techniques Lorenzo Ghiberti employed in the 15th century.
May 30, 2018
NEWS

On the ticket gates at Santa Maria Novella

As the high season sets in, holiday goers will notice a new addition to Florence’s main transportation hub: the ticket gates at the Santa Maria Novella train station.
May 29, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Summer camps in the Florence area

As the school year winds down, what better way to spend the holidays than at summer camp, where kids can explore their potential with a variety of English-language activities?   For young adventurers     The mission is: Inspire – Engage – Learn at Camp School Next Door, which organizes immersive experiences totally in English, […]
April 6, 2018
ART + CULTURE

The colour is wine: enoartist Elisabetta Rogai

For many, the pull of Italy lies in its traditions. The concept of Made in Italy is more than just a quality marker: it’s a window into the lives of those who breathe their country’s customs every day. Embodying this spirit perfectly is Elisabetta Rogai, the talented painter who sits at the crossroads of so […]