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.
October 17, 2017
NEWS

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
ART + CULTURE

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
LIFESTYLE

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
ART + CULTURE

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 […]
August 17, 2017
NEWS

A new life for Sant’Orsola

The revamped space will include a museum, music school and restaurant.
August 8, 2017
NEWS

Appeal to bring Rape of the Sabine Women inside

The risks posed by air pollution and increased tourism levels has brought the statue's safety into question.
July 7, 2017
ART + CULTURE

Franco Zeffirelli Performing Arts Centre opening announced

One of Florence’s most illustrious sons is coming home. Renowned filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli is known to the international community as the man behind Jesus of Nazareth, Tea with Mussolini and the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet, as well as a host of opera films and theatrical productions that have solidified his status as an […]
June 20, 2017
NEWS

Torre di San Niccolò and others reopen for the summer season

Torre della Zecca, Porta Romana and Baluardo a San Giorgio also in the lineup
June 5, 2017
TRAVEL

Re-appropriating industrial archeology in Prato

Something is brewing in Prato. The industrial center in the heart of Tuscany has long been a city of opposites: Medieval and contemporary, monasteries and factories, beauty and decrepitude. It is a city that has faced the unfortunate decline of its main industry, textiles, in the last decades of the 20th century, but in recent […]
May 31, 2017
ART + CULTURE

The Medici Dynasty Show team launches exhibition

The Medici Dynasty Show has captured public attention with its intriguing plot and masterful acting, and the 2017 edition promises to go even further with an emphatic and original exhibition. Ph. Luca Morgantini From June 9 to November 8, the organizers behind the theatre production are moving beyond the stage with the exhibition “Who Owns […]