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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]