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.
April 3, 2018

Fashion Revolution Fair 2018

Fashion activism movement Fashion Revolution is preparing for another year of their namesake fair, and Prato-based Lottozero / textile laboratories has answered the call. On Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, the creativity hub and start-up will open its doors in a part-showroom/part-exhibition event that brings together Prato’s main textile stockists, tailors and dressmakers […]
March 5, 2018

Unmasking Florence’s Museum of Archaeology

As of March 1, 2018, art lovers can dig into a side order of archaeology as their Uffizi tickets allow free entry into Florence’s Museum of Archaeology, also known as the MAF, located in piazza Santissima Annunziata. The partnership highlights the enduring bond that the museums have maintained since the Medici era. Ph. Marco Badiani […]
February 9, 2018

Marie Antoinette exhibition in Prato

Prato's Museo del Tessuto, inaugurated its most recent exhibition on February 9, titled Marie Antoinette: The Oscar-Winning Costumes of a Queen.
January 25, 2018

The New Gateway to Florence

Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella announced the winners of the “Call for Ideas” for revitalizing Santa Maria Novella.
January 24, 2018

Playable Museum Award

The Museo Marini is seeking proposals for innovative methods for designing a museum of the future.
January 10, 2018

The war on bags

Policy decision met with resistance and political blame
January 4, 2018

2018 plans for culture

The mayor announced 19 million euro in investments and a budget of 1 million euro for Estate Fiorentina.
December 6, 2017

Exploring with Escher

Not a political man, Dutch artist M.C. Escher was frustrated to discover that his eldest son, born and raised in Italy, was showing signs of Fascism’s growing influence. Wearing a Balilla uniform to fit in with the rest of his classmates, young George’s developing interest in the movement made his parents determined to leave the […]
December 2, 2017

Interview with Paola D’Agostino, director of the Bargello Museums

The Bargello Museum, a treasure trove of Florence’s medieval and Renaissance sculptural masterpieces, is one of five museums comprising a network in the historic city center. Director of the Bargello Museums Paola D’Agostino spoke with The Florentine about the five institutions and her hopes for their future.   Ph. Giacomo Badiani   Samantha Vaughn: The […]
December 1, 2017

Ser.I.O. at the Istituto degli Innocenti

A project in collaboration with the Tuscan Region