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.
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.
October 17, 2017

Urs Fischer statue collapses

Two Tuscan Men by Swiss artist Urs Fischer are at the center of an investigation following the collapse of one of the statues earlier this month.
October 2, 2017

Bound by a girdle

The year is 1312. The scene of the crime is Prato. Musciattino, from neighbouring Pistoia, sneaks into the Cathedral of Santo Stefano late at night, intent on stealing the city’s most prized possession: the relic of Mary’s girdle. But so strong is the faith of the pratesi that a mysterious fog descends outside, blurring the […]
September 23, 2017

Hermit Tuscany

Technology detoxes are gaining momentum, but while leaving your phone at home for an afternoon might do the trick, Tuscany offers spectacular opportunities for more ambitious off-the-griding. There exists a place, in the province of Arezzo, where quiet reigns supreme. It’s an unusual place, far from anything and only visited by those who have made […]
September 5, 2017

Fascism in Florence

Not long ago, news was abound about a proposed museum of Fascism in Benito Mussolini’s hometown, Predappio, just across the border with Emilia-Romagna. The outcry was immediate, with concerns of Fascist pilgrimage and opponents of dark tourism calling for the plan to be scrapped. Indeed, the museum has yet to get off the ground, but […]