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.
September 23, 2017

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

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

A new life for Sant’Orsola

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Contemporary spaces in Florence: the definitive guide

Last month we gave you a comprehensive guide to Florence’s major monuments and museums. This edition here is the definitive list of city’s contemporary museums and galleries. More fervent and friskier than you could ever imagine. 79rosso Gallery This creative hub, situated in the heart of the Oltrarno, is dedicated to exhibitions, artist residencies and […]
May 24, 2017

Restored Medici vase returns to the Uffizi

Thanks to the generous contribution of Friends of Florence, the Uffizi Gallery recently unveiled the newly restored Medici Vase, a permanent piece in the museum’s collection since 1780. One of the largest and rarest surviving examples of Neo-Attic sculpture, the Vase has been subject to many restorations over the years, including the integration of fragments […]