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 5, 2018

Leonardo through the looking glass

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 […]
November 9, 2018

Four-legged friends in Florence’s museums

  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 […]
November 6, 2018

Arezzo to host Tuscany’s first Take Back the Night

University of Oklahoma's Arezzo campus brings US tradition to Tuscany
November 2, 2018

Conference in Florence for the Capitals of Culture

The conference will be the first of its kind in the initiative's history
September 19, 2018

San Lorenzo Church in Florence

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]