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.
June 26, 2018

Maintenance check for Gates of Paradise replica

The originals were crafted using the same techniques Lorenzo Ghiberti employed in the 15th century.
May 30, 2018

On the ticket gates at Santa Maria Novella

As the high season sets in, holiday goers will notice a new addition to Florence’s main transportation hub: the ticket gates at the Santa Maria Novella train station.
May 29, 2018

Summer camps in the Florence area

As the school year winds down, what better way to spend the holidays than at summer camp, where kids can explore their potential with a variety of English-language activities?   For young adventurers     The mission is: Inspire – Engage – Learn at Camp School Next Door, which organizes immersive experiences totally in English, […]
April 6, 2018

The colour is wine: enoartist Elisabetta Rogai

For many, the pull of Italy lies in its traditions. The concept of Made in Italy is more than just a quality marker: it’s a window into the lives of those who breathe their country’s customs every day. Embodying this spirit perfectly is Elisabetta Rogai, the talented painter who sits at the crossroads of so […]
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